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Do dogs have souls?

This post was filed under Dog Psychology.

Even since our beloved Sheero passed away last October, I’ve wondered a lot about that. Do dogs have souls? Could really there be a Rainbow Bridge where spirits of our loyal pets go to and play while they wait for us? The dream I had last night made me wonder even more.

I normally dream of seemingly useless and unrelated things, but last night, it was different. I dreamed of playing with my late baby Sheero.

I dreamed of Sheero often the first few weeks she passed away. It’s normal, isn’t it? After all, it was during that time when I still couldn’t believe that Sheero already left us. My dreams of her were usually “re-enactments” of the times we have spent together, like as if she was still alive. What made my dream last night very different was the fact that I knew she was no longer alive, and it was a ghost of her I was playing with.

Sweet little Sheero

I dreamed that we were on a small patch of grass on a cliff overlooking houses and streets. I think it might have been somewhere in Antipolo, or maybe Palawan. I wasn’t sure, all I knew was I felt peacefully happy.

Sheero and I were playing. She wasn’t on a leash, rather, she was running around happily around me while I chased her. She slowed down every now and then so I could catch up, and when I did, she jumped on her hind legs and gave me doggy kisses. I hugged her.

The whole time we were playing, I was aware she was no longer alive. A spirit, maybe. But it was the spirit of my beloved and loyal pet who always understood what I was thinking.

It was silly to think that she would respond if I spoke to her, but I felt she would, somehow. So I did.

“Sheero, can I come with you? I missed you so much.”

I don’t know how I heard it, but she managed to tell me “not yet, Mommy, but we’ll be together again. Just not at this time.” Though it was a dream where anything can happenโ€”where pigs can fly and pets can talk like they do in cartoonsโ€”she still didn’t speak. She just looked at me and somehow I understood that that was what she was answered, the same way she made me feel better when I was down during the time she still alive.

Maybe it’s just a grieving pet owner’s wishful thinking, but that night I felt she was really with meโ€”I felt my little doggy angel visit me in my dreams. Maybe dogs do have souls, maybe they don’t. But this dream lifted something heavy from my shoulders; somehow it gave me hope. I can now accept my fur-baby Sheero is gone, but her spirit still lives on… Somewhere by the Rainbow Bridge, my little Sheero waits for me ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • sherwin says:

    Creatures that can look at you that way, with those meaningful eyes, must have souls. But whatever the reality may be, I know these animals will live in the hearts of people that they touch for as long as there is memory and dream. This was a wonderful gift from your Sheero, Gail! Thanks for sharing. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Cristina Garcia says:

    Hi Gail,

    Your story is so heartwarming it made me weep as I just turned on my PC to start my day at the office. I’m convinced that dogs do have souls. This was when my 10-year old dog, Alfred (my dog-soul mate if there was such a thing) died in 2002 that I started to seriously question this… What’s next? Will we be reunited again? I came to a realization that it would be impossible for an animal so capable of love and compassion to live without a soul…God could not have created the dog (which I believe is more capable of unconiditonal love than humans)just to assign them such short, temporary roles in this life. This is also why I still talk to Alfred sometimes just to say that I love and miss him. I look forward to the day when I will see him again, along with our other pets who grew up with me since childhood.

  • Wynn Ann Palenge says:


    Hi! I was so touched with your story. I almost cried (if I wasn’t here in school I would have cried). I do believe that animals have souls. I also believe there’s such a thing as doggy heaven. You are lucky at least your Sheero visits you in your dreams. I guess she misses you too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Gail says:

    Thanks guys ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad to hear that my Sheero touched you too, even through just her story… She was an indcredible dog.

    @Cristina Garcia: I think Alfred is watching over you ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Valeri says:

    Hello Gail,
    Thank you so much for your magical message.
    Monday 23 June my beloved cat, Nimbus, passed over. I had adopted her when she was three years old, she was with me for 18 years. It had to be one of the saddest most heartbreaking experiences I’ve had beside the passing of my mother.

    The day after she passed, on my way home from work, I was dreading going home to face my sadness full on, with the tears, crying, knowing she was gone, that I couldn’t see her physically again. I thought maybe I should send out a message to the PAWS group to see what people would recommend for handling the grief of a pet that has passed. Emails from the PAWS group are sent to my email address automatically, and as I brushed the thought away because it seems I can never post a PAWS message because I don’t know what I’m doing, and not sure I can find the group if I figure out how to log into yahoo, etc. I then started to think about past PAWS messages I had received and seen, in case I could go back to one for consolation but realizd I’d never seen or saved any message with regard to a passing of a beloeved pet or any shared info on grieving.

    Since I believe wholeheartedly in the existence of the souls of all animals, I then decided to think about how Nimbus’ soul would be with my mother, as they knew each other when they were both alive in the physical world. So, instead I prayed they would find each other and keep each other company especially since I had been hearing her calling to me.

    By the time I got home, stopped my crying and settled in to check my emails, to my shocked surprise, what do I see!? your message “I don’t normally email links to my blog posts, but I think this can help grieving owners who have lost their beloved pets” . . . .total synchronicity! Nimbus had sent me a message through you! While I couldn’t get to your blog that night, I printed the message out as proof that I had not imagined your message, so I could see it in the morning and perhaps put it in a memory album with my girl.

    That night before turning in, I glanced down at the printout, and the second synchronicity struck! My mother’s maiden name was Villanueva.

    With that synchronicity and realization, a peace came over me, and I dreamed of both of them that night and I awoke the next day to share the lovely experience with my loving friends and colleagues.

    I just so happen to try your link again tonight before filing away your email, and somehow it went through. So I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your email & the synchronistic message that was being sent to me from my beloved Nimbus and mother.

    I wish you Love & Light always, in all ways . . .

  • Valeri says:

    Oh! before I forget, I have three dogs and two other cats, in case it appears odd that I’m posting about my beloved cat on a dog-lover bulleting board – I just laughed at myself, but I used to describe Nimbus as being like a dog because she was a Maine Coon Cate breed who are likened to dogs . . . thank you again ๐Ÿ™‚
    Love & Light

  • Jasmine says:

    your story made me cry. so heartwarming. i remember my cat Riko who passed away on Dec 12, 2007 and is buried at PARC. he’s always in our hearts.

  • Betty says:

    Our God is a smart God. He has a lot of surprises up His sleeve when we join Him. I won’t be surprised if all those pets which touched our lives during our lifetime will join us there on the other side — whole, perfect, younger, happier. We grieve now, but it won’t be permanent. I don’t know if pets have souls but God can raise them back to life again to join us in the next life.
    What’s life without them anyway?

  • Valeri says:

    I didn’t know Parc had a pet cemetery, my Nimbus is buried in one somewhere in Rizal. They also made a paw print and cut a piece of her hair for me with a name plaque. The people also gave me a card that had a poem quoted by an author as if sent from Nimbus to me . . . it was beautiful.
    Love & Light

  • wip says:

    Hi Gail! I also lost my dog last Apr30, 2008. I was so sad at his death. he has been my dog for 10yrs and he has been the closest to me & sweetest dog i ever had. & I agree with cristina too that dogs can really love you unconditionally because Harvey was like that to me.

    during his last days, he and my lola were sick almost at the same time. he was admitted to a hospital for about a week due to kidney malfunction and hernia. when he was discharged my lola had a fracture and had to be brought to a hospital. while my lola was at the hospital, harvey grew weaker and the day he passed away was the same day my lola was brought home from the hospital. it was as if he just waited for my lola to be brought home safely from the hospital. friends and family perceived this as Harvey saving my lola from danger. some even told me that Harvey gave way so that i can focus my attention on my lola.

    i miss harvey…very much…and you are lucky gail that your dog visits you in your dreams.

  • Cortney says:

    Your story is so touching. I definitely believe dogs have souls.

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  • pao says:

    ๐Ÿ™ naiyak ako. naalala ko yung dog ko na namatay. ๐Ÿ™ i wish they do have souls, para magkita-kita uli kami sa after life.

  • anne says:

    yeah i never thought about this question until my dog Bacon passed away recently march 14, 2009 past 1 in the morning. It was really heat breaking until now I’m still grieving. This lead me to a conclusion that losing a pet you loved so much is 10x painful than having your heart broken. Seeing your pet dying fighting for his life in the middle of the night in front of your eyes and you’re there standing don’t know what to do, don’t have any idea where to call for help at that time is something i can say traumatic. That picture has been etched on my mind ever since. It’s painful to think he passed away at a very young age of 7 months. I had so many plans for him but all of those shuttered away in an instant.

  • Dave says:

    March 25, 2009

    Dogs do indeed have souls! I lost my sweet Black Lab (Elvira) on March 23 2009 at 8:15 pm. She died in my arms. I have my crying bouts. They hit me every now and then, when I’m thinking about a beautiful smiling little girl!

    She would talk to me with her eyes, and motions. When I was ill, she would not leave my side. She had to give me good morning, and good night kisses! It was a ritual that had to be followed.

    She was a daddy’s girl. She gave me unconditional love! I agree with some other comments that I have read. There was more soul in my little girl than I have seen in most people I have met. I had her eight and a half years. They were wonderful! I miss her terribly, but I feel she is with me in spirit and I will see her again!

  • charrie says:

    dogs do indeed have souls.. I lost my baby spanky one month ago.. I really miss him.. I always cry every night… thinking i would not have the chance carrying and hugging him again… One day ,he visited me in my dreams… saying ” I miss you Mama!”… It was a wonderful dream, playing with him again… I always pray to God that he will take care my baby and i hope one day we will see each other again… I really miss him so much…

  • Red says:

    Hi, thank you for posting this. Our dog has just passed away this morning, and we are still devastated by his sudden departure. We love him so much that remembering him always give us tears down our faces. It would be hard for us to move on because he has been one of our beloved baby pets here at home. I even dreamt of him the night before he passed away. I dreamt of taking him home from the vet, alive. But in reality, it appeared to be the opposite. What we took home was his rigid remains. ๐Ÿ™

    We love you so much, Ferlo. We wish that you are wagging your tail and watching over us from afar or up close. See you in the afterlife.

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  • LILLY says:

    I loss my dog 4 weeks ago, I still suffering so much
    Every day I hear her barking, I think she still here with us.
    I do believe they have soul, and she Still here with us.

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