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In our last newsletter article, Materializing, Dematerializing, and Other Illusions, we talked about how physical objects can seemingly appear and disappear with no logical explanation. Today we’re continuing that topic, but with a strange, eerie twist.

One cold late February night 20 years ago, my mother-in-law died at home. My wife, her sister, and our dog Schnapsi, were with her the moment she died. I was at home a short distance away, and when my wife called I immediately went over.

I walked into my mother-in-law’s bedroom where she was lying peacefully in bed. My wife, sister-in-law, and Schnapsi were in there with her, all obviously sad and upset. Schnapsi, a miniature schnauzer, had been very close to my mother-in-law, and appeared just as upset as the two women.

We busied ourselves attending to all the things you’d expect under those circumstances. An hour or so later, we realized Schnapsi wasn’t there. This was a small, single-story, two-bedroom house and it didn’t take us long to search the whole place. But Schnapsi was nowhere to be seen. It was a cold winter night, and no doors or windows were open. There was no logical way he could have gotten out. Yet he was gone, only adding to all the emotion of that cold dark night.

About 2 a.m. the next morning my wife and I left to go home. As we approached our car, Schnapsi came galloping out of the black night, clearly very glad to see us — as we were him.

Later I asked one of my spirit guides to tell me what he thought. Even though I should not have been surprised by what he said, I was.

The guide said Schnapsi, since he’d been close to my mother-in-law, had also decided that night to die. And he actually did, and moved back into spirit. But then my mother-in-law persuaded him to come back — he was young and healthy, and she knew we would all miss him. So he came back.

Even today it seems as strange a tale as it did that dark February night so long ago.

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