July 17, 2018

Animal Spirits – Animal Ghosts

Lorraine and I enjoyed our lunch in the gazebo on the edge of her property on this hot, July afternoon. I had always noticed the many curious stone markers in the back yard, and had wanted to ask Lorraine who was buried there. She pointed to a large pine tree and told me that it was planted in honor of their German Shepherd, Major, over thirty years ago. “He’s the reason we bought this property,” she explained. “He was too large for our apartment in Bridgeport. When he died, the tree was planted along side his marked grave to honor his memory.”

Do animals survive the grave? “Yes”, says Lorraine, “through our love and our yearning to be with them.” She knows this is true because Major appeared to them in spirit form on top of his old dog house on two different occasions. The ground beneath Major’s tree became the burial ground for many of the Warrens’ beloved pets: Clancey the parakeet (adopted from Lorraine’s mother when she went into Saint Joseph’s convalescent home), cats, dogs, a mouse, and even a tarantula! There are two smaller pine trees next to one another planted in the memory of Tuffy and Sleepy. Lorraine has felt the presence of these two dogs, plus many other pets over the years. “Animals have a high degree of psychic ability,” says Lorraine. Her German Shepherd, Gretchen, felt the coming of a recent tornado and howled a loud warning to Lorraine. They can also be strongly affected by negative spirits, as was seen in a recent case in which students were witnesses. In a demonically infested house, a cat yowled, tore across the room and up the walls. It then crashed into the onlookers in terror at some unseen entity.

Are animal spirits common in hauntings? “Usually animals appear as a guise for some other spirit.” Lorraine tells of a case in Waterbury, in which a man kept seeing the apparition of his own cat, then finding the flesh and blood feline asleep in some other part of the house. The spirit did this as a ploy to gain recognition. If it had been a warm, loving experience where a deceased animal is concerned, the animal would have been attracted through that love, not in a frightening way, as in this case.

Are animals reincarnated? Lorraine says, “Yes, but only into other animals”. She does not believe they can ever return as a human. She also believes that living animals can take on the personality of a deceased one. For example, she told of Miss Lucy, her son-in-law Tony’s dog. The family grieved for the loss of this much loved pet, and one day when Tony went to work he came across a dog that looked just like the one that had died. He called out to the dog and it answered to the deceased dog’s name. He brought him home, and the dog automatically began acting as if it was Miss Lucy. It went to her food dish, slept in her bed, and even took up her old spot in Tony’s bed.

As a clairvoyant, can Lorraine read animals’ auras? “Yes,” says Lorraine, “I believe that when I communicate with the animal, it has the ability to let you feel its emotions. I feel that animals can convey love and receive it. You can feel their pain and discomfort and they can feel your healing. The only creature that was able to relay events and places was Bigfoot” (Ghost Hunters, 1989). She also says that abused animals never forget their abuse, that it stays in their subconscious, but we can heal them through our love.

Are there demonic animals? Lorraine says there are no demonic domestic animals, but as in the case of Bill Ramsey (Werewolf, 1991), he was possessed by a wolf spirit.

As we sat and talked, we could see several families of Canadian geese by the river below the gazebo. “Animals will always survive the grave if they are loved by humans,” she said. “If you ever see a dead animal in the road, or anywhere, call on Saint Francis and pray for that animal.” This act of love will help that animal into its afterlife. “I believe we should always go out of our way for God’s creatures. God created them just like he created us and brought them here for our pleasure. We should try to make their lives better.”

I think all of us who have had pets will agree with Lorraine’s sentiments, and find some comfort in knowing we will be with our departed loved pets again.

Story by Lorraine Warren and Carrie Reiss

Pet and Animal Spirits: Rainbow Bridge

By Lorraine Warren

The story of Rainbow Bridge is one of my favorite pieces. I truly believe that we will all one day be reunited with our beloved pets throughout eternity.  Lorraine Warren’s “Rainbow Bridge” Author Unknown

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all our special friends so they can run and play together.  There is plenty of food, water, and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.  All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor.  Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.  The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.  They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance.   His bright eyes are intent.  His eager body begins to quiver.  Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.  You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again.  The happy kisses rain upon your face. Your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.  Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together.

Note: This letter was received by Mrs. Pelkey following the loss of her beloved cat Agatha.  This is in response to an older article in the journal concerning animals having spirits.

During the week of June 8th, Tony Spera (Ed and Lorraine’s son-in-law) went on a desperate search to find a copy of “The Rainbow Bridge” for me.  Tony explained that he and his wife Judy had a copy of it posted on their refrigerator, and that it was a favorite of Lorraine’s. He was confident that I would enjoy reading it.  Well, his search paid off and he gave me a copy of the endearing poem on Thursday, June 11th.  What Tony was really doing (though he didn’t know it at the time) was preparing us for the loss of our beloved cat of 20 years, Agatha. Sunday morning, we woke up to find that she had quietly passed away in her sleep.  We were both devastated, and our dog, Samantha, was lost without her little companion.

That same evening, after we had taken her to the vet to be cremated, both my husband, Peter, and I heard her meowing from our upstairs bedroom.  All was quiet for the week, except for Samantha moping around the house.  When her remains came home, the dog seemed a bit easier, knowing her little friend was home once again.  Early one morning, I “felt” Agatha pull herself up onto our feather bed.  I could hear the soft “crunch” of the feathers as she made her way to me.  It was her ritual to rub her little nose on my hand to try to wake me up.  That moment, I felt her nose and felt her rub her face on my hand.  I lay there very quietly to see what would happen next.  She then made her way up to the top of the bed, and lay down on the extra pillows.  That morning when we woke up, I told Peter what had happened.  He said he felt as if she were still with us, and even heard her meowing in the early morning hours.  I had heard it as well, but had not mentioned it to Peter.  We both knew she was there.

We still hear her every now and then.  One day, I went to dust the shelf off where her ashes are kept, and I told her that “Mommy” was going to move her to clean.  As I reached for her ashes, I felt a cold breeze run up my right arm. Despite the heat of the day, the air around her was cold.  This gave me comfort knowing she heard me and was there. I have a collection of decorative Nutcrackers near the love seat in the living room.  Agatha used to go past them (usually knocking them over in the process) to go behind the love seat to take a nap.  One day, I heard something fall in the living room and went out to investigate what had happened. Sure enough, they were knocked down.  There was absolutely no way the dog could have been near them as there isn’t enough room for a 70 pound dog to squeeze her way into where they are.  Most people would find these events disturbing, but we are both comforted knowing that we had given Agatha a wonderful life with us during her 20 year stay on earth, and realize that she just isn’t ready to leave us yet.  So thank you, Tony, Judy, Ed and Lorraine for “The Rainbow Bridge” and this tribute to Agatha.

Sincerely, Wendy and Peter Pelkey, and Samantha too!