Shelly J's Pet ADC

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Experience description:

Our 8 month old pet cat, Magic, had disappeared about 7 to 10 days prior to this experience, and my husband and I had resigned ourselves to the fact that she had been killed, and carried away by either a coyote or a bob cat, as we live in a very remote and forested area of Washington State.

Of course, for days after her disappearance, I hoped against hope that she would return, and come bounding through the pet door installed in our bedroom wall.

About 7 to 10 days after her disappearance, I awoke to her meowing loudly in my right ear, as she often did when she was hungry and wanted me to get up and feed her. At first I thought I had been dreaming when I woke up, but I continued to hear the meowing from the living room, which is just off our bedroom. I jumped out of bed screaming: "Magic! Magic!" but I couldn't find her anywhere. I must have spent a good hour looking behind furniture, in other rooms, under the bed, and calling her continuously. I was completely baffled, but, later, I decided that I must be grieving much more than I had been willing to admit.  However, her visits continued...the last one being about 5 days ago.

Did you sense an awareness or presence of the deceased without actually seeing, hearing, feeling or smelling them ?  No
        
Did you hear the deceased or hear something associated with the deceased?  Yes
     
Describe:  She was meowing very loudly, and insistently, and I recognized her meow.
     
Did the voice or sound seem to originate externally, or outside of you, inside of you, or did you not hear a voice or sound but had a knowing of what was communicated?  Externally...in the room, up on my bed

     
If you heard a voice or sound, was it similar or dissimilar to the voice or sound the deceased made when they were alive?  Yes, it was exactly the same

     
How clearly did you hear the deceased?  VERY clearly

     
Is there any possibility that what you heard was from any other source in the surroundings at the time of your experience?  No, my windows were closed, and we had no other cats.

     
Was there any possible impairment to your hearing at the time of the experience?  No

Did you feel a touch or experience any physical contact from the deceased?  Uncertain

     
Where and how were you touched?  I was just coming awake from the meowing sound and it seemed that when I was awakening, I felt her whiskers near my face.

     
Was the touch familiar?  Very familiar

     
Was anything communicated by the touch?  No

     
Is there any possibility what you felt was from any other source present in your surroundings at the time of your experience?  No

How long did the experience last?  From the time I heard the meowing in my bedroom, and then in the living room....about 20 to 30 seconds, perhaps.

Was the beginning and end of the experience gradual or more sudden?  I'd have to say it was BOTH. Sudden...in that the meowing was so loud it woke me up, and GRADUAL, in that it continued into the living room, and the meowing gradually ended in that area.

Could you sense the emotions or mood of the deceased?  Yes! She sounded happy to finally be home and her meow was the sort that told me she was hungry and wanted to eat!
     
Describe:  Yes! She sounded happy to finally be home and her meow was the sort that told me she was hungry and wanted to eat!

How do you currently view the reality of your experience:  Experience was definitely real

Describe in detail your feelings/emotions during the experience:  Well, when I realized that she had NOT come home alive, and that it was her spirit, I was astounded! After I stopped looking for her, I had a happy, peaceful, comforted feeling and knew that she was not really "gone".

What other attitudes and beliefs about your experience do you currently have:      Joy
     
Was there any emotional healing in any way following the experience?  Yes
     
Describe:  Yes, the grieving was greatly reduced as I knew she was still with me in spirit.

Did the experience give you any spiritual understandings such as life, death, afterlife, God, etc.?  Yes
     
Describe:  I had always heard that animals don't have a "soul" as we do. Now I know that they do.

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?  Yes

      Describe:  I'm now certain that pets have an after-life.

Has the experience affected your relationships?  Daily life?  Religious practices etc.?  Career choices?  I feel a much stronger bond with God's creatures and a very strong feeling of gratitude that I was allowed to experience this. I'm also praying every day now.

Have you shared this experience with others?  Yes

      Describe:  My husband seemed a little skeptical. My mother and daughter were astonished and believed that Magic did come back in spirit.

Have you shared this experience formally or informally with any other researcher or web site?  No

What emotions/feelings did you experience following your experience?  Well, when I realized that she had NOT come home alive, and that it was her spirit, I was astounded! After I stopped looking for her, I had a happy, peaceful, comforted feeling and knew that she was not really "gone".

What was the best and worst part of your experience?  The best part was realizing that she was not really "gone".  The worst part was that she didn't stay around longer that morning.

Is there anything else you would like to add regarding your experience?  The experience was so REAL, that, as I awakened fully, I REALLY believed that Magic had come home and was meowing to be fed.

Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience?
  Yes

      Describe:  Yes! I know that I'll be with all my pets when I cross over to the other side. I'm certain of it.

Following the experience, have you had any other events in your life, medications or substances which reproduced any part of the experience?  No
        
Did the questions asked and information you provided accurately and comprehensively describe your experience?  Yes

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SECOND SET EXPERIENCES

On August 23, 2002, I submitted an ADF experience concerning my deceased cat, Magic. It's listed as Shelly J's Pet ADC 8/23/02.

I've had about 5 ADC's with Magic, the other three being mainly purring and meowing after the first contact, when she awakened me to let me know she was home. However, the third ADC is even more astounding than the first one I shared!

Shortly after the first ADC experience with Magic, with my grieving greatly reduced, knowing she was still with me, my husband and I discussed getting another kitten. So, one day, we decided to go and just "look" at a local pet store. I was extremely undecided about whether to get another kitty at this point, but I realized that my husband was still grieving something awful over Magic and he seemed to think that another kitten would help both of us at this time, and so I agreed when he picked out a tiny gray kitten, and, once again, a female. The pet shop said she was part Blue Russian. She was very tiny and feminine, so we named her Missy.

A few weeks after Missy came to live with us, I was getting ready to go to town. I went into our walk-in closet to look for my good pair of shoes. I didn't turn the closet light on, as I was in a hurry, and it was a sunny day, but the closet wasn't as fully lit as I'd have liked. I was on my hands and knees searching for my shoes, when I heard meowing. I made a mental note to make sure I left the closet door ajar so that Missy could get out when I went to town. Then I saw the bottoms of my long dresses moving, and I said: " Missy, I don't have time to play right now!" Then the meowing began again at the other end of the closet. Then, in a flash, I heard meowing and purring from my side of the closet, again! I thought..."Wow! She's fast today!" This was one of the games I always played with Magic, and Missy seemed to enjoy it, too....Mama and kitty playing hide and seek in the walk-in closet!

After finding my shoes, and leaving the closet door open, I went into the kitchen to collect my keys and shopping list. As I walked into the living room to get my purse, I was shocked to see Missy asleep on the sofa. For a second, I felt very confused, looking towards the closet door, ajar, which I could see from the living room, and then looking at Missy fast asleep on the sofa.... then it HIT me! I had been playing hide and seek with Magic !!

This ADC went beyond just hearing meowing and purring. Magic had been swatting the bottoms of my dresses, with her paws, just as she did in life! She had engaged me to play one of her favorite games!

As I said, up to this point, today, I've had about 5 ADC's with Magic. For me, it's become common to hear her purring and meowing. It gives me such a feeling of joy to know, without a doubt, that Magic is still with us.

Another one of her favorite games was to play "mouse behind the shower curtain". I would run my finger from one side of the shower curtain, and while she was in the tub, she'd lunge at the curtain, or, vice versa, if I was in the tub, I'd pull the shower curtain, and we'd play the game that way. One time, she fell into the tub, but just shook herself off and continued the game.

If she attempts to play the "mouse behind the shower curtain" game in the future, I'll share it on this web site just as soon as I can. 

Did you sense an awareness or presence of the deceased without actually seeing, hearing, feeling or smelling them ?  Yes
     
Describe:  Dresses in the closet were moving back and forth, and I could feel her presence.

Did you hear the deceased or hear something associated with the deceased?  Yes
     
Describe:  Meowing and purring
     
Did the voice or sound seem to originate externally, or outside of you, inside of you, or did you not hear a voice or sound but had a knowing of what was communicated?  Outside of me, as if she was really there

     
If you heard a voice or sound, was it similar or dissimilar to the voice or sound the deceased made when they were alive?  The same...similar

     
How clearly did you hear the deceased?  As clearly as if she was actually in the closet.

     
Is there any possibility that what you heard was from any other source in the surroundings at the time of your experience?  No, as I explained, Missy was fast asleep on the sofa.

     
Was there any possible impairment to your hearing at the time of the experience?  No

Did you feel a touch or experience any physical contact from the deceased?  No

How long did the experience last?  Probably about 2 or 3 minutes

Was the beginning and end of the experience gradual or more sudden?  Beginning was sudden and ending was sudden

Could you sense the emotions or mood of the deceased?  She was in a very playful mood !
     
Describe:  She was in a very playful mood !

How do you currently view the reality of your experience:  Experience was definitely real

What did you feel (while awake) immediately prior to your experience?    Happy
 
Describe in detail your feelings/emotions during the experience:  I was chuckling, thinking it was Missy in the closet, and felt sad that I didn't have time to play as I was late getting to the market. When I realized, later, that it was MAGIC in the closet, it just warmed my heart and I was so happy that she had returned again.

What other attitudes and beliefs about your experience do you currently have:      Joy
     
Was there any emotional healing in any way following the experience?  Yes
     
Describe:  Even more emotional healing than the first major ADC with Magic.

Did the experience give you any spiritual understandings such as life, death, afterlife, God, etc.?  Yes
     
Describe:  Yes, once again, it reaffirmed my belief, that animals do have souls, and that all of us, who have lost our pets, will be reunited with them in the after-life.

Was the experience dream like in any way?  No

Has the experience affected your relationships?  Daily life?  Religious practices etc.?  Career choices?
  My daily life, I know, includes Magic being around me, just as she was in life. As I shared in my first ADC on this web site, I now pray daily, without fail, and thank the Creator for allowing Magic to still be with me.

Have you shared this experience with others?  Yes

      Describe:  I shared this ADC with my husband and he was really shocked, and it seemed incredulous to him.. However, I know that he believed me when I described what happened.

My mother and daughter, once again, were saying..." Wow ! "  About 2 weeks after this ADC, my mother, also, had an ADC with Magic, but I'll allow her to tell the story, and will encourage her to share it on this web site. she and Magic were very close, too, and it was difficult for her to accept Magic's death, as well.

Have you shared this experience formally or informally with any other researcher or web site?  No

What emotions/feelings did you experience following your experience?
  Great joy and happiness

What was the best and worst part of your experience?  The best part was hearing Magic so clearly, and actually seeing her trying to play with me, with the dresses moving. I don't think there was a worst part, because, by now, I'm used to her "visits", and I know she'll return within a day or two.

Is there anything else you would like to add regarding your experience?  Yes, once again, if you have lost a pet, and you're grieving, please know and believe that they are still with you in spirit !

Did the questions asked and information you provided accurately and comprehensively describe your experience?  Yes