Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring—it was peace. ~ Milan Kundera

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Our good friend of many years, Dan Beck, sent us the following letter a few days ago. He’s given me permission to publish it here.

Hi John,

Just had a sudden death of one of our pets. I am not writing for sympathy—well maybe I am—since I am seeking some understanding beyond what I already have.

Do animals choose their time of death the way humans do? I can’t imagine Blackie being ready to move on—maybe at the point he had a choice there was no choice. Somehow he got poisoned—not sure by what—wild mushrooms or moldy walnut—seemed plausible to us and the vet, but didn’t explain his not pulling through. A scramble to an emergency vet—to spend $800 to not feel guilty we didn’t try everything—is how it feels in retrospect—I sensed he was going to die when he first started shaking, but neither my wife nor I could have acted differently. Not sure why I even mention the money, because it isn’t important….

I know that there are just things in life we can never quite understand. A sudden death of a family pet—or worse I should think another family member or close friend. We each choose our reality and yet there are times in life they don’t seem of our choosing.

I am grateful to have had Blackie in our lives—he was (is) one of the most passionate dogs I have ever known—exuberant about life—from wild chasing barker to lovable cuddler—he had the full range. Needless to say, at less than three years old, we weren’t ready to have him move on. And naturally we are both sad and incapable at this point of seeing any blessing in it beyond the support of each other and friends.

Anyway, I appreciate your listening and your friendship. If you or spirit have any thoughts to share, I would appreciate it as well. I know in time it will feel less muddy, but in the mean time it feels beyond my understanding—and that is nothing new either I suppose.

Bought a really good bottle of scotch to toast him when we bury him tonight. Even short, his was a life worth celebrating.

Dan Beck
Outhouse Studios


Animals do not live in time, in the sense they are aware of it. They live only in the moment. Obviously, they live in linear time, as you do. But it’s not something they care about.

Since they are always aligned with their spirit, they live freely and joyfully. They know they are Spirit, they are God.

They also know, in death, they are returning to Spirit. In fact, they have never left, even when in a physical body. That is why, unlike most adult humans, they live so freely and uninhibited.

So, to answer Dan’s question, they do not choose their time of death. They just know when it’s time to go, and by whatever means are available. Age doesn’t matter to them—again, that is only a human concern.

Animals certainly feel physical pain. But they do not feel the mental and emotional anguish humans do. They know, even in the midst of physical pain, they are safe, they are loved. They know who they are—which is God. They are always connected. They know all is well.

When they arrive “on the other side,” they continue their joyful, exuberant, and happy lives, romping and playing with abandon.

And, by the way, they never leave you.

They often return to visit you. As do your human loved ones. But most of you are not open to that happening for you. It’s all a matter of vibration. If you believe, you vibrate in a positive way. And then you open the “doorway” to those beings who, on “the other side,” are vibrating at that same high level.

You never lose those you love. If you remain open to them, “alive” or “dead,” you will always be comforted by them. You will feel their presence, their energy.

None of your loved ones, animal or human, ever leave you.


Here’s Cesar Millan, the legendary dog trainer, talking about the death of his own dog.

Related links:

He Was Just a Dog

Forever Faithful

The Far Side of the Rainbow Bridge

Heart To Heart

What Is the Purpose of Animal Suffering and Death?

Dogs and God


How do you handle the death of a beloved pet? Have they ever come back to you from “beyond the veil?” Please share your thoughts and comments with us below.


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