Dear Dr. Fox: I know you enjoy hearing stories about humans and beloved pets in the afterlife, so I wanted to share a story about my husband and his beloved cat, Rita.
A few months ago, Rita was nearly 20 years old, and my husband took her in to be put to sleep due to her ailing health. My husband and Rita were great buddies and always hung out together around the house — watching TV together, watching birds, etc.
My husband recently went to the hospital for what was supposed to be a simple procedure, but he had complications and ended up staying for weeks. His doctor decided to perform a relatively simple procedure to determine what was causing all the complications.
A couple of days before surgery, my husband said that he didn’t want me to think he was crazy, but in the evening, Rita had come by to see him. He was not on any pain medication that would have caused hallucinations. He said that she had strolled close by his chair so he could pet her on the way and that she sat up in the hospital window and they’d watched for birds.
Then Rita curled up on his bed. I told him that I totally believed in animals reaching us from beyond and that Rita was just trying to lift his spirits. My husband, however, was worried that her appearance was an omen and that he wouldn’t make it through the procedure. If that were the case, he was thankful that he’d had such a wonderful life.
Much to our surprise and sadness, my husband did not survive the “simple” procedure. Evidently Rita was the omen he thought she was. As much as I miss my husband, I am comforted knowing that Rita escorted him to the other side and they’re both up there in a better place and out of their physical pain.