WHAT ATTITUDE ABOUT DEATH SHOULD WE HAVE FOR HUMANS AND ANIMALS?
The following comment came in while I was preparing to leave on my newest, around-the-world, four-year, journey. Now, I’m happily staying for awhile in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and can again turn to my websites and answering the wonderful comments sent in by the public. So many of them concern owner’s grief about the death of their beloved pets. This comes from Yuki in The Philipine Islands:
Hi, I lost my toy poodle, Shawn, last night October 9,2015 at 11:30 pm . I’m so sad right now. I just rescued her because the one watching her is just a boy here in Philippines. Her spine is deformed because of spankings and other devastating things that this boy was doing to her. There are now three pets in this house -my Yorkie, my Cocker Spaniel, and this Poodle.
She died because of amoeba and respiratory illness. My mother accidentally gave her 1000 mg. of Amoxicillin that made her overdose. I went to the vet and she stayed for two days. Then, the vet called that my little Shawn is okay so I drove her home. She ate and drank plenty of water but when I went to the veranda to check on her, I saw she couldn’t stand up and was so weak that she refused food and water.
I was so scared I didn’t know what to do. The Philippines is the worst place for vets. The vet closed at 7 pm and she was very weak. I stayed with her the whole time. She couldn’t stand but forced herself to stand. She was also breathing through her mouth because she had mucus secretions in her nose due to flu. I was so sad and knew that my little poodle would not get through until tomorrow morning.
She always barks when some of the dogs bark in our village. But when the dogs bark now, even though she has that very critical condition, she still stands but cannot bark because she’s very weak. I just said to her, “We’re okay here, Shawn. We’re okay!” and she went back to her lying position. At 11:00 pm, I prayed for her and took her to the veranda.
I’m just crying and crying and I know that she will not make it. I said to her: “Just come back, Shawn. I know you’re coming back!” She cried because of pain and then, before one minute, she died. She stood and looked at me and I went and put her on my lap. After that minute, she breathed her last breath and died.
Dogs have minutes of hearing when they die. I just said to her: “Come back. I will find you!” I’m here now on the veranda and I can feel her energy. My Cocker Spaniel, who was Shawn’s best friend, is crying and trying to find her.
I know that she will come back and I will have much time to take care and give her more time to play. I loved my Shawn, even though we just knew each other for a short period of time. Even the last minute of her life I saw the loyalty in her eyes and she still manged to stand and look at me to say “Thank you for taking care of me.” I just felt it the way she looked at me. That’s why I can’t get over this. Because of that look.
I’m so angry about owners who put their dogs in cages and spank them or do whatever things they want to them. Dogs have feelings even though they are only animals. They can feel what we feel! They have emotions!
We are the highest creatures in this world and we are very capable of taking care of them. I know that God is taking care of Shawn now in heaven. Just trust and have faith and they will come back at the right time and the right place, because they love us!
Oh my Holy Spirit! Yuki, in the Philipines, describes the unexpected death of her toy poodle rescue dog. We can witness the universal sense of helplessness in the face of the dramatic and rapid decline of an animal which had already received so much deliberate torment in its short life. Then, the irony is that it should die from medicine administered in its behalf, cradled in the arms of its adoptive owner’s loving care. It’s almost as if even our most-heartfelt attempts to save an animal can’t excuse it from the perils of life on Earth. But, with a small and helpless animal, just as with a child, we feel their agony most exquisitely.
I don’t believe that this writer has a question to ask and I can’t really think of one to turn it into. Maybe, the Cosmic Reality here concerning life, itself, is that we’re not in control even if we seem to be much of the time. Medical situations can overwhelm us or our family members, in spite of and sometimes because of, professional treatment.
Pet owners do multiply their chances of facing such dramas again and again; just as parents of large families do when they commit themselves to child-raising. However, human children often outlive their elders and must carry the burden of dying relatives. So, no one living on Earth escapes such sorrow unless they’re a hermit in a cave caring for only themselves. Even then, perhaps they mourn their own approaching demise.
Perhaps, the true Cosmic Question here is our attitude towards Death in the first place. Not all societies seek to prevent death at all costs, nor grieve so profusely when our attempts are unsuccessful. A fear of death is typically built-into Western man’s thinking.
What’s the best attitude that we can have towards death concerning both humans and animals?
“Linda Layli has asked the central question for mankind today. Until humans come to grips about their future involvement with Us they cannot advance further than they have right now.
Animals seem to know more than humans do and accept death philosophically and willingly. The only reason they try to stick around longer than their body can sustain life is because they feel guilty about leaving their owner. They know, instinctively, that those tears are caused by their immanent departure; so they try to make their loved one happy before they leave. This doesn’t mean that they’re resisting death. There will come a time when they can no longer turn in an earthly direction. Their bodies fail but their love and loyalties don’t.
Animals love it Up Here in this Dimension and it’s no sacrifice for them to leave the Earth Plane. Any way, shape or form of the non-human kingdom will prefer spiritual life to a purely physical one. So, death is no sacrifice for them.”
“If we didn’t believe that on some level, then, we as a human race could never slaughter and eat them. Could we?
“That is true! Humans ignore the inner life of animals. Mankind is the greatest killer on the planet. However, anyone who comes to know an animal, personally, will feel as these pet owners do and will never take the life of that particular animal.”
Death isn’t an issue in the matter of acquiring our food but we’re extremely sad about our personal loss when a pet dies, simply because we understand, to some small extent, the mind of that animal.
However, imagine the overpopulation of the planet if neither humans nor animals experienced death. That’s not feasible, either. So, death serves its own purpose. Sometimes, it releases us from the suffering that life in this world might cause.
And sometimes, it provides food so that others may live. Death just is! And it’s an important part of life which we can’t always appreciate.