Are Pets Psychic or- Just Super-Sensitive?
I just cannot understand how my dog, Ginny, a mixed breed I have had for seven years, can know when I am going to walk him. Only my thinking of it is enough for him to jump about joyfully. In order to exclude the possibility of eye contact and information through the other senses, I left the dog outside in the garden and behind closed windows and doors when I thought of taking him. And still the same result every time: He acts crazy out of sheer joy and expectation. When I dress to leave for work, however, he remains totally quiet.
After my father had retired he sometimes worked for an acquaintance in Aargau. Sometimes he called us from there in the evening. One minute before this happened, the cat became restless and sat down next to the telephone. Sometimes my father took the train to Biel and then used a moped to get home from there. Then the cat sat down outside the front door 30 minutes before he arrived. At other times he arrived at Biel earlier than usual and then called us from the station, and the cat sat down near the telephone shortly before the call came. After it she went to the front door. All this happened very irregularly, but the cat seemed to know exactly where he was and what would happen afterward.
The Sense of Direction
The stories about animals that have made long, sometime arduous journeys to be reunited with their owners are some of the most incredible and compelling cases for unexplained animal powers.
My father-in-law had a small farm and on it he kept a watchdog, Sultan. One day my father-in-law became ill and was taken to the hospital by ambulance. A few days later he died and then he was buried in the local graveyard, five kilometers from the farm. Several weeks after the burial the dog was not seen for days. This seemed strange to us, as Sultan never used to stray. But we did not make much of it, until one Sunday a former employee came along, who lived near the graveyard. She told us: "Imagine, when I went across the graveyard the other day, Sultan lay at your family grave." I cannot fathom how he could have found the way all these five kilometers. There were no footprints of his former master that he could follow. And he had never been taken to the graveyard, not even to the fields, since he had to keep watch at the house. How is it possible that he found his master's grave?
In this section of the book, Sheldrake explores the possibility that some animals can forewarn us of events that are about to occur. Most common, perhaps are pets that seem to know when their owners are about to have epileptic seizures. Epilepsy, explained in the simplest terms, is a kind of temporary short circuit in the victim's brain, resulting in convulsions, labored breathing and sometimes blackouts. Is it a real premonition the pet is having before the onset of such a seizure, or is it supersensitive to slight muscle tremors, subtle changes in behavior or emitted odors that even the victim is not aware of minutes before the seizure takes hold? Sheldrake notes that pet dogs, cats and even rabbits can be sensitive to the event.
Sheldrake wonders if animals are sensitive to other diseases as well. He offers some anecdotal evidence that could suggest that some pets have warned diabetics when their blood sugar was low, and also stories of pets that seem to know where cancerous spots are on their owners, long before the diagnosis is made.
Mentioned earlier is the ability of some animals to "know" when an earthquake is about to occur. Before the quake actually starts, rats and snakes have been seen fleeing their burrows, horses and other farm animals become agitated, and birds fly away from the scene in great flocks. Again, this is almost certainly a case of supersensitivity to the environment rather than true precognition. The animal senses subtle vibrations, odors and electric and magnetic emissions resulting from the stresses within the earth.
Much harder to explain, however, are incidents in which the pet truly seems to have foreknowledge of some disastrous event - an event for which there can be so sensory cues to pick up on. Sheldrake includes several interesting examples, including this one:
One morning my dog, Toby, tried to stop me going out of the front door. He barged against me, leaned on the door, jumped up at me, and pushed me. He is normally a quiet, loving dog and knows my routine; I would have been back within four hours. I had to lock him in the kitchen and left him howling, something he has never done before or since. I set off at 7:30 a.m. and by 9:40 a.m. I was involved in a horrific traffic accident resulting in a fractures neck and right arm, and many other injuries. In the future, I'll listen to Toby.
Yes, this is all true:)) animals are very communicative, that`s like everyday communication with them:) I have a cat and sometimes, because of these experiences, I find it difficult for me to define this attitude:) I`ve had some strange (visual) experiences, but the most funny of all is how my cat senses me in which room I am:) When she`s outside, and me inside, she comes on the window of the room where I am, if I am on the second floor, she than climbs a tree to come to the specific window:) This is everyday situation:))
My cat Cherry was telephatic with me, now she's in a better place)))) We were extremely connected! When I was small, and had a scary dream, or afraid of something, she always came to me, and sit on my laps like to comfort, or protect... when I was ill sometimes, she sitted on the place where I was hurting! I loved her very much, and still do!!!
Oh Ksenia she was absolutely exquisite, intelligent of heart & her beauty of souls shines through her...I love you sis.