Skip to content
Previous article
Now Reading:
Can dogs send us messages from the other side?

Can dogs send us messages from the other side?

Does the afterlife exist, or not? A heartwarming story, food for thought.

When my friend Michelle called to tell me that her beloved dog had died, I knew how she felt because I went through my heartbreak with Skai only a couple of years earlier. When he “decided” it was time to leave, I was away on a business trip in Norway, checking out the manufacturing facility for FeelGood Omega

When I learned that Skai had suddenly declined following an injury he had suffered a few weeks prior, the whole world around me became foggy. In order to clear my head a little and process the intensity of my emotions, I hiked up a nearby hill. It overlooked the colourful neatly organized houses of the small Norwegian town, surrounded by the jagged coastline. I was thinking that I was about to face the moment I feared the most. 

Image of a coastal city in Norway

I took the first possible flight back to Vancouver, minutes seemed like hours, and hours felt like days. During the journey, I channelled my grief and sadness into writing a letter to Skai, not even trying to hold my tears back.

Originally, Michelle was one of my long distance clients from the UK, and her dog Tot was my patient. As time progressed, her mom Janet and her friend Andrea also came on board, and gave me their trust to look after their dogs. Gradually, through our common love for dogs, our friendship was born. 

Despite being able to solve Tot’s health challenges, and adding a few years to his life, no one can escape the cycle of life, and one day Michelle had to make the hardest decision of her life. When Tot passed away, I was walking on the beach with our new puppy Pax, who was rocketing along the shoreline chasing the waves, happy as he could be. 

Pax running along the coastline at a beach in Tofino, BC

Hearing the news struck me hard, as it was a reminder that at any moment life’s happiness could be interrupted by sadness and grief. Michelle was in shock, and similar to other dog lovers, she was trying to make sense of what just happened. 

When people lose their dogs, they often find comfort in the possibility of an afterlife, believing that their dogs go on chasing bunnies and butterflies in the heavenly fields. I like the idea, but at the same time, I struggle with believing that an afterlife exists for sure. After all, there is no scientific proof of an afterlife, which makes me stay in the middle; it may, or may not, exist.

To say this, I love to play with the idea and talk about it with my grieving clients, because it helps them to process their grief better as it helped me when I lost Skai. 

Oftentimes, people shared the most amazing stories of “receiving their dog’s messages” from “the other side.”

On the day Michelle called, she shared with me that her “spiritual teacher” told her that Tot would show up as an eagle. “There are no eagles where I live,” Michelle was objecting, as I was walking along the beach and then I looked up, and there he was, a beautiful bald eagle soaring above my head! 

Michelle!” I shouted in disbelief, “I think Tot is here, he came to say hi!

My friend was quiet for a few seconds, and then she said something very sweet: “He came to say thank you for helping him.” 

No, no,” I replied, “he had to find a way to send you the message that he was fine, which meant he had to find a place where eagles live and a person who will pass the message to you!” At that moment, neither of us cared about the lack of scientific evidence in support of an afterlife. What mattered most was that it made us both feel better after being struck by sadness and grief. 

One might think that this is where the story ends, but it isn't. 

Less than a month ago, we visited the same beach in Tofino again. When we arrived, Pax was once more acting like a race horse, whining, ready to be ‘launched’ onto the expansive wild beach. 

Three, two, one, GO!” I let go, and watched Pax disappear into the distance like a bullet. I love seeing healthy dogs run! Then I turned around and started walking, and right there, about 30 meters away, I saw HIM again! A beautiful bald eagle, sitting on a huge log, watching us, regal and still. I managed to snap a picture and messaged Michelle. “Look, Tot is here again!” I wrote. 

It made me so happy to be the bearer of this news. The eagle looked at me one more time, and then flapped his majestic wings, taking off, soaring high up above for a few minutes before he disappeared in the distance. It was as if he was saying, “All is good, I am happy, well, and free!

When I woke up the next day I thought there was no way I would see the eagle again, but there he was, and this time he was with a friend! Two beautiful bald eagles, sitting next to each other, completely relaxed about Pax and I being there. 

Perhaps it was his friend Archie, who was Michelle’s mom Janet’s dog, who passed on some time ago? Pax and I hung out with the two eagles for a few minutes, snapped a few pictures, and took a video of them soaring even higher than the day before, beautiful and free.

Janet, Michelle, Archie, and Tot

Living with dogs makes us acutely aware of the limited time we have together, and losing them is so hard. But my Tofino experience was a good reminder that just allowing for the possibility of an afterlife can be very healing, and perhaps it may even be true.

Looking for ways to extend your dog’s life? 

Here is Part 1 of our Health and Longevity Course. For the next 15 weeks, I will be attaching one part of the course to my weekly newsletters. 

Subscribe to my newsletter not to miss them, it is the essence of what I have learned about health and longevity in the course of 30 years as a holistic vet and what I also do for my dog Pax. 

SUBSCRIBE to Dr. Dobias' weekly newsletter

 © Dr. Peter Dobias, DVM

Health & Longevity Course Chapters

To read the entire Holistic Health and Longevity Course for Dogs click the links below:

About the author

Dr. Peter Dobias, DVM is an Integrative veterinarian, nutritionist and creator of natural supplements for dogs and people. Helping you and your dog prevent disease, treat nutritional deficiencies, and enjoy happier, healthier, and longer lives together.

Most Popular

  • Flying with dogs
    In my article, I share the personal story of how I'm able to fly with my dog, Pax, thanks to overcoming challenges with sleepwalking and night terrors. This unique experience not only allowed me to travel with my service dog but also serves as a reminder that even difficult situations can have positive outcomes.
  • dog and pony
    Successful communication is essential for building healthier and more fulfilling relationships and happier lives. In this article, I'll share with you 8 communication hacks to help you avoid unnecessary drama, prioritize active listening and address conflicts effectively.
  • Dalmatian eating fruit
    Can dogs eat bananas, apples, strawberries and other fruit? What about grapes? Find out what fruits are safe, toxic, and healthy for dogs. Learn about the potential health benefits and risks of feeding fruit to your canine companion, and get tips on the ideal time to feed it.
  • Illustration of the anatomy of a heart
    As dog lovers, we all want our beloved pups to live long and healthy lives. Protecting your dog's heart from potential health issues is important, and in this blog Dr. Dobias shares some key points that you might not yet be aware of, read on to find out what you can do to keep your dog's heart safe. 

Dog Health

  • Husky lying on blanket with heart toy
    Dogs have our hearts and that is why we need to protect their heart. Dog’s as they age often face muscle problems and spinal misalignment and you might be surprised to know how that can hurt their heart. Learn how to protect your dog’s spine and by extension their heart.
  • The secret ingredient for a perfect No. 2
    Dogs and humans have evolved side-by-side but they are still quite different when it comes to their digestive tracts and dietary habits. We have studied their original environments such as the soils of the African savanna and consulted with top experts in the field of probiotics and microbiology to come up with a combination that reflects healthy bacterial flora of canines.
  • Man being pointed at
    Criticism can hurt a brand, but constructive feedback can help it grow. In this blog Dr. Dobias talks about the differences between these approaches, and how to handle the power of influence and opinion with care. 
  • Broccoli with vitamins and minerals
    Are you worried that your and your dog's diet is missing something? Maybe you're worried about toxin levels in food, the environment, or flea and tick products. Let's face it; we can't remove ourselves entirely from our toxin-filled world, but we can do things to reduce our exposure to harmful substances. 

Human health

  • Dr. Dobias with Pax
    How do you navigate the seas of life? How do you deal with disappointment? Whatever life throws at us, we can always rely on our dogs to bring joy into our days. In this blog I share my thoughts on the support our dogs provide during the difficult moments in life. 
  • Why 1 in 4 Americans suffer from non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)
    Learn more about the alarming prevalence of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) affecting 1 in 4 Americans. Discover its main risk factors, diagnosis methods, and treatment options to better manage or prevent this silent yet severe condition. 
  • A new perspective on brain health, memory loss, Alzheimer's Disease, and dementia in people and dogs
    The Science of DHA and the Brain: Omega-3 fatty acids, primarily DHA, are the unsung heroes of brain health. They play crucial roles in brain physiology and biological activities, with exciting links between Omega-3 levels and cognitive function. Higher DHA levels have been shown to preserve the integrity of the Blood-Brain Barrier (BBB), your brain's security system
  • Dr. Dobias and Pax
    It appears that most of the world is ready for change, but whenever I think about the solutions to any of the problems that plague our world, I can’t prevent myself from thinking that we humans are acting like little toddlers who have broken a toy and do not know how to fix it. Despite my generally optimistic attitude, I have had a hard time staying positive at times because I know how complex this all is. Read here for some tools that make me feel good about the world, which I would like to share with you.

News, stories and good life

  • Dr. Peter Dobias with his dog Pax on his lap
    Do you have trouble staying positive during difficult times? These days we are surrounded by a lot of negative messaging, and it's easy to let that get you down. Here are some of my tips for remaining positive, and don't forget to share your tips with me!
  • Man raising fist on a mountain
    Most of us have been exposed to panic-inducing information about the virus spread, however, I have noticed the general absence of one piece of information, how to make your immune system stronger and body more resilient. (It will definitely not happen by stockpiling toilet paper!) I have always loved immunology and the current situation has prompted me to put together two simple lists on how to increase your dog’s and your own immunity.
  • Man with dog wearing a collar
    Does your dog have ear problems, nasal or oral tumors, reverse sneezing or an  itchy head or hair loss on their head? Learn how you can address some of these problems and save thousands in vet care costs.
  • Terrier eating raw food
    Now there is no need to guess if there is something missing in your dogs diet.  The HairQ Test is a highly accurate test for mineral deficiencies, toxins and heavy metals in dogs to finely tune your dog’s diet and supplement schedule.

Cart

Close

Your cart is currently empty.

Start Shopping
Close