German Shepherd Dog > Dreams were a passed-away GSD will let you know they're okay. (11 replies)
Dreams were a passed-away GSD will let you know they're okay.
by Emerald City on 09 March 2012 - 06:43
|Of course this would obviously to all pets, and goes against a line of thinking that i've heard before 'that only people/humans have souls'.|
Three weeks ago my GSD (Tyson, he's in current avatar) passed away suddenly, and very unexpectantly too, at the age of nine. He really was still in his prime. Just a few grey whiskers on his snout, which became more broad by comparison with the avatar pic.
Basically he fell ill, while i was at work on a Saturday (which isn't a normal thing for me), and passed away in my arms as i carried the big boy out to the car in preparation for a ten minute emergency dash to the vet, via the freeway. It was stomach bloat unfortunately, so during that time i spent at work, he must've ran around a bit in the yard, stewed up some fermentation & gave himself an upset stomach and the domino effect began. Obviously because i was away, for a little more than half the day, the early & identifiable warning signs were missed.
I found him on a bean-bag in the loungeroom, and he must have already been in cardiac shock, before giving me his last breath. I've got this feeling that he specifically waited for me to get home, and he must've been hanging on by a thread at that stage. Such a brave boy he was at the end, i guess because he was such a 'people dog' he just didn't want to pass away alone, which is somewhat contrary to stories i've heard about some dogs who'll make their way to somewhere private & quiet ie. underneath a house. His groomer (a vet nurse) told me of instances where there there has been such a strong bond between dog & owner, a pooch will hang-on (with all systems failing) for dear life in a bid to be reunited with their master for one last time.
I'm not a full-on spirtual thinker by any stretch of the imagination, but i had one those dreams (as unusual as it was) the second night following his passing. It was my first sleep after the event, following a sleepness effort the night before. in this dream Tyson and i were walking on a patch of grass (or paddock) with a road nearby, or out front. It resembled a casul walk, where he was off his leash. And what comes rambling along that road was the weirdest piece of machinery i have ever seen. What i saw was a small bus, made from wood of all things, and it was driven by a teddy bear. It was at that point, after the bus had stopped, that Tyson broke away from me and trotted off (in that aristocratic stride of his) to the bus' then open door. Before he bounded up the bus' steps he turned around and gave me a 'look', really stoic. There was no dog-speak, just complete silence and it only lasted a few moments. It's difficult to put into words, as it was more of a feeling that was communicated to me by him. Something along the lines 'i'm going to be okay dad'. And then he was on the bus, and gone. As dreams go, to borrow a cliche, it was short, sharp & sweet
Normally my dream recall skills are terrible, which is probably the case with most people. Although it has been a one-off in that i haven't seen him again (at least in dream-form), this one has stayed with me. The details will remain as vivid as they were that night, and tbh i wouldn't have it any other way.
As i mentioned earlier this dream i think was a one-off, both in terms of timing, relevance and it's poignancy. You come away with a definitive sense of calm, i know that's a basic word to describe, but just know that he/she will be fine. It helps during the healing process, while at it's rawest point ie. when you're distraught.
Apologies for being long-winded here, and i don't mean to personalise so to speak, but have any of you guys experienced something along similar lines, where your passed-away pet has given you one last gift ie. made the grieving process a little easier.
by Kalibeck on 09 March 2012 - 07:17
|My Kali gave me 2 gifts, first by fighting her disease to stay with me (I was very ill as her cancer progressed) until I was almost healed, & then, as she was too weak to even get up, & I was so distraught that she may have suffered towards the end, she lifted her head to look in my eyes, & her paw to place her foot on my arm, as if to say she loved me, good-bye. I hope to see her in a dream, it's not quite a month since she passed.|
Your boy visited you. That indomitable GSD spirit brought him back to say good-bye. That dream of good bye is very common to the recently bereaved. It brings comfort, & the feeling that you are loved, it can restore faith & hope. It was certainly a gift.
So sorry for your loss.
by dogshome9 on 09 March 2012 - 07:26
So sorry for your loss and I hope that his visit to you in your dreams gave you some comfort
My 11 year old passed 1/1/12 of bloat and I was with her and saw it happen, we were at the vet within 15 minutes / gas released and home within 90 minutes and she bloated again as soon as she was out of the car.
by Super Para on 09 March 2012 - 07:32
|Emerald City, A very touching story, I hope that you can find strength from the close and loving bond that you very clearly had. My thoughts are with you.|
by EuroShepherd on 09 March 2012 - 10:17
My experience was not with any of my past dogs, but with the most wonderful cat I'd ever known. I've owned a lot of cats in my life, but this girl was one of those special "lucky if you even have one once in a lifetime"
by Emoore on 09 March 2012 - 15:07
|I lost my beloved Shepherd a year and a half ago when he was playing fetch with my husband. His tennis ball went down his throat and he asphyxiated. Since then we've gotten rid of all tennis balls and bought bigger balls. He was only 4 years old. |
I dreamed of him twice and both times were very real. Once was right after he passed; I had a chance to hug and pet him in the dream and I think he was letting me know he was ok. The other was very recently. I dreamed that he was protecting me from someone who wanted to hurt me. I believe he was telling me that he's still here watching over me. The dreams are very comforting.
by gsdshow on 09 March 2012 - 17:32
|I'm am very sorry to hear of your loss. I do believe that your boy visited you in your dreams. |
I lost my first GSD 5 years ago, she was a special girl. we rescued her from an abusive home when she was 8 months old. I got very ill a few years back and Sheena would not leave my side. My husband had to make her go outside to potty. She developed mammery cancer at the age of 10 yrs. and died a few months later. Still to this day I still sometimes feel her panting on the bed next to me. It sounds weird, it is unexplainable, but I believe she still comes back just to lay next to me. It always makes me smile because I know she is still watching over me.
by VonIsengard on 09 March 2012 - 19:25
|Incidentally, I have had that experience.|
I lost my first GSD suddenly at two years of age, and in the days following his death I had a crystal clear dream I can still remember to this day. I don't know if it was so much him coming back as me subconsciously needing to say goodbye (he was found dead when I came home), but it helped me enormously. Just a dog, my ass.
by CMills on 09 March 2012 - 22:25
|I am so sorry for your loss! I too had something like that happen, I had my 2 favorite GSDs PTS within a 3 months of each other, the first was almost 15, and just couldn't get around, see or hear anymore, so I did her the honor of not letting her suffer any longer and let her go. Then just 3 months later, our 9 yr old male fell very ill, and was diagnosed with stomach cancer in very advanced stages, and was PTS. I was so distraught that afternoon after having the second one PTS, and later that afternoon, a brief storm blew through, then suddenly there was a double rainbow in the sky overhead, one fainter and not so new, the other one brilliant and new, and it was as if the one put down that day had reunited with the one PTS 3 months earlier, and they were telling me they were together again, no longer suffering and old, it touched me so much I cried. I think they were telling me it was OK, and they would see me again someday.|
by Emerald City on 13 March 2012 - 02:38
|Thanks for the well-wishes, everyone.|
The day he passed was surreal, and it puts into perspective the whole 'sixth sense' thing too.
You see out of the blue, and i work on trade/building site - so my mind is well & truly on the job and other things don't usually creep in, i remembered an incident involving Tyson from a number of years back. It was a serious incident at the time in that he had a bad nervous reaction to some bee stings. It was a simple course of treatment though, the vet gave him a sedative and kept him under observation for the day, and when it came to picking him up at the day's close he was good as gold. But on reflection it fell into that category, the silly things your GSD has done to warrant a trip to the vet. It's one those incidents you can have a small chuckle about in hindsight. I can imagine him, at the time, thinking that all his Christmas' had come at once ie. these flies, and so many of them in one cluster, are alot slower & easier to catch than normal. So out of nowhere i had a little chuckle about it at work, when rememebering it.
But it was on the way home from work i felt a sense of urgency, for no particular or specific reason, to get home that day. It wasn't a case of me planting the foot on the accelerator (that came later, during what i knew was a futile emergency dash to the vet), but i cut out any of my normal after-work errands.
by Dawulf on 13 March 2012 - 03:58
|I am sorry about the loss of your GSD... how nice of him to give you that last little gift. I have a similar story...|
I lost my first GSD - Dallas, when I was 12, and it was the day after we had gotten back from a trip to Colorado that things went downhill. But on that trip, it was my first time up to the top of Mt. Evans (if you've ever been there you'll know how truly awesome it is...), and I remember telling Dallas all about it, and I promised I'd take her up there one day so she could see it. She died a couple weeks later. I was devastated, as I had gotten her the year my parents had gone through a nasty split... and she really was my only friend during those two years I had her.
A year or two after that, we went back to Mt. Evans. I remember being kind of bummed, remembering making that promise I couldn't keep. It was kind of stormy up there, but we went anyway (which was really cool, because the thunder was beneath us). As we got back in the car and started driving down the mountain, I was watching the sky. The clouds were being kind of weird... darker clouds floating across lighter clouds, and a certain group caught my eyes. I kid you not - these clouds formed into Dallas (theres a pic I have of her in the exact pose) for just the briefest of moments before they disappated. I was awestruck. She has also appeared in a few of my dreams since. I know shes watching over me... and it is comforting knowing I'll see her again someday.
by flygirl55 on 13 March 2012 - 20:32
First let me sat how sorry I am for your loss. I know how difficult it is to try and help but deep down you know that this is it. I just lost my two favorite cats, one last Monday and the other about 6 weeks ago. It's really tough...