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Do Animals Remember Us?

Do Animals Remember Us?

There are dogs and cats, and then there are Sam Phinneys. You animal lovers know what I mean. When you look into their eyes, something special looks back at you. Yes, all animals are special, and I believe they all have souls. But Sam Phinneys have old souls. Perhaps they have more wisdom or intelligence, or maybe they are even our pet soul mates. I don’t know which, if any, it is, but I’d like to tell you about my Sam Phinney.

Sam was a Chow Chow. Chows are often misunderstood, because some are temperamental. But I’ve always liked them–especially Sam. Sam’s guardian, Mike, did business next door to my veterinary office. Mike would go do his errands, and Sam would stand outside our glass front door with his joyful tail-wagging, until someone would notice him and let him in. Sam loved everyone, and I mean everyone. He would visit with all of us — clients, other patients, staff, docs — until Mike was finished and ready to leave. He was the hit of the office.

I sold that practice to go back to school for advanced training. A couple of years went by, and I was having a typical neurology resident kind of day — crazy busy. As I was walking through the treatment room at my normal fast pace, out of the corner of my eye I noticed a Chow on a gurney. I heard someone say he had been hit by a car. He had a doc and plenty of caring students all around him, so there was no need for an extra pair of hands. I kept walking until I spotted a small tail wag. I about tripped over myself when I stopped dead in my tracks. Sam? Is that you? The tail went nuts. Sam had recognized me. And what’s more amazing is that even in his pain, Sam showed us what animals are really about. Love. They express it unconditionally, in bad and good times. Perhaps there’s a lesson there.

Oh, by the way, Sam made a complete recovery. No car was going to rain on his parade.

Dr. Susan Wagner is a board certified veterinary neurologist whose pioneering work acknowledges the bioenergetic interaction between people and animals. She is an advocate for change in the area of interpersonal violence and animal cruelty, and works toward a greater understanding surrounding the health implications of the human-animal bond.

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Susan Wagner

Dr. Susan Wagner is a board certified veterinary neurologist whose pioneering work acknowledges the bioenergetic interaction between people and animals. She is an advocate for change in the area of interpersonal violence and animal cruelty, and works toward a greater understanding surrounding the health implications of the human-animal bond. Dr. Wagner is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University Veterinary College, a Level IV Healing Touch for Animals practitioner and co-author of Through A Dog’s Ear.

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9:51AM PST on Jan 18, 2014

Thank you for sharing.

9:44AM PST on Jan 18, 2014

They definitely do. Thanks for sharing.

11:47AM PDT on Apr 6, 2013

of couse they do

2:24AM PST on Dec 31, 2012

It's for sure they remember us like that we do

8:21PM PST on Dec 8, 2012

Animals know.

8:20PM PST on Dec 8, 2012

Animals know.

6:19AM PDT on Aug 21, 2012

oh they surely know us...

5:01AM PDT on Jun 11, 2012

Animals know us better than we know ourselves.

3:54PM PST on Jan 28, 2012

From personal experiences, I fully back those here who also believe that animals never forget us. It's one of their most endearing qualities which makes me admire and respect them so much.

Dr. Masson, in his book, 'Dogs Never Lie About Love', recounted and incident in which he hadn't seen a particular dog for years. By the time he encountered the dog again, it had been trained to attack. And although it initially approached Masson aggressively, when he got close his tail wagged and he reverted to his old friendliness.

11:07PM PST on Jan 4, 2012

animals have such instincts & vibrations we have to yet understand.

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