Animals do reincarnate, and it is a spiritual law that love will always draw us back together again with those we have loved in the past. It’s heart-warming to realize that we can never be separated from a beloved animal forever.
My brothers and I are all able to remember our previous lifetimes, and I am able to see the previous incarnations of others. Growing up, it was normal in our household to have discussions about our shared past experiences which spanned several centuries. My mother was skeptical about this reincarnation idea. But what happened with our dogs changed her mind.
Our dog Lady was a purebred, black Alsatian (similar to a German Shepherd), who came from Africa. She was obedience-trained and my father wanted to breed her. The only problem was that she always refused. The problem was that she was in love. Her boyfriend was a tiny black and white mongrel who always visited whether or not she was in heat. My father did not approve.
Years went by. Lady was so well trained that she could be left outside alone and never leave the property. But one day she saw her boyfriend on the neighbor’s driveway and could not resist running to see him. My father ran out and screamed at her to come in. From wagging tails and sniffing noses, her head went down and she sadly slinked indoors. Not long after this she got cancer and died — never having bred.
Several years passed and our family was begged to adopt a purebred German Shepherd female who had no papers because she was the product of an unverified breeding. Her parents had jumped the fence. Inja was small like an Alsatian, and what convinced my mother of reincarnation was not just how identical her personality was to Lady’s, but that their barks were completely the same. When she heard an old tape that my brothers had made, the lights went on for her.
Soon the boyfriend showed up. This time he had papers. And he was imported. He was an exquisite German Shepherd gentleman with a white ruff tuxedo. He would visit day and night whether or not she was in heat. The only problem (isn’t there always a problem with soulmates?) was that he was too much of a gentleman to take food or water from us. So after about three days, he would go home. But he would always return, much to Inja’s relief.
The drama was eventually resolved when the boyfriend’s owner, a young man, decided to move back in with his parents, who did not want a dog around. He told us that we could have his dog because he was always at our house anyway. The two dogs were so happy they were literally both leaping in the air. They went on to raise two litters of puppies. True love always wins in the end.