By Devin O’Branagan
Out of curiosity, I asked my social media friends if they had ever experienced miracles in relation to their pets. The stories I received were amazing and too numerous to include in just one column. So, I will begin this series about the topic with my own, miraculous experiences.
My late Australian Shepherds, Kolbe and Jazz, were extraordinary, and losing them was beyond horrible. However, both reached out to me from beyond the grave. Despite the fact that I write about the supernatural, I am a skeptic by nature. Therefore, when the following things occurred, I didn’t readily accept them as reality. Ultimately though, I was convinced that there are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in my philosophy.
After Kolbe died, I saw her three times over a period of several weeks, and she was always in the company of a male wolf. The wolf would stand in the background while Kolbe approached me. He was obviously wary and not at all friendly, but I felt no fear. Each time Kolbe manifested, I could tell she was overjoyed to see me, but there seemed to be an invisible barrier that kept her at a certain distance, a line she never crossed.
Later, I met a Native American medicine woman. I showed her a photograph of Kolbe and mentioned that she had recently died, but didn’t say anything else. The medicine woman studied the photo and pronounced that Kolbe was doing great. She said a wolf greeted Kolbe when she crossed over, and he acted as her guide. I found the woman’s insight fascinating and it seemed a confirmation that maybe my experience was real.
Five years after Kolbe’s death, Jazz died following a lengthy illness. Six weeks later, I thought I heard someone at the front door and went to answer it. Suddenly, Jazz appeared at my side and ran out into the street and the path of an oncoming truck. Reality and the vision merged and I screamed as the truck ran over her. When the truck passed, Jazz sat in the middle of the street and smiled at me. The words flashed through my mind, “Nothing can hurt me now.” Then she disappeared and never returned.
The imaginings of a creative mind? Perhaps. However, one strange event common to both sets of experiences is that every time I saw the girls they had long tails. In life, their tails were docked before I adopted them, and all Australian Shepherds I have ever met had docked tails. I never pictured them with full tails—although it makes sense to me now that, in spirit, their forms would be as created.
Love is the bridge between here and there, and love never dies. I still feel my girls. Indeed, they inspire my work and life in a myriad of ways. I want to see them again and believe that some day I will.
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Devin O’Branagan is a bestselling author who writes novels about uncommon heroes. Her genres include fiction about dogs and cats, comic romance, paranormal romance, and paranormal thrillers. She is a member of the Dog Writers Association of America, the Cat Writers’ Association, and many of her writing projects support animal rescue. Her books have been published by Simon & Schuster’s Pocket Books in English, Heyne Verlag in German, and Dogan Egmont in Turkish. They may be found in print, eBook, and audio formats. Visit her website at DevinWrites.com, and check her out on Facebook and Twitter.