Nowhere is God’s love closer to us than in the company of our pets. That is a bold statement. Since there is no record on file anywhere with such a quote from God, a lot of people have the mistaken idea that only they have the honor and privilege of being Souls. But pet lovers know better.

It is a spiritual principle that Soul comes to earth in many different states of consciousness – and even in many different body forms. And God loves us all.

Soul exists because God loves It.

While no one can offer indisputable evidence of that love by pulling a quote from some holy text, the proof is in the pudding. God’s love is all-encompassing. There is plenty to go around to all creatures.

The stories that follow only include cats and dogs to demonstrate that divine love. But don’t fret. God’s love also includes birds, fish, reptiles, wild animals, and even insects and smaller creatures still.

One night a sales representative named Niki had a dream. It was about two collies. Her recollection of the dream was a bit garbled the next morning, but she wrote down as much of it as she could remember.

At the dinner table the next day, Niki was surprised when two collies came to the kitchen door. She recognized them immediately.

They were the collies in her dream.

Niki opened the door. Both dogs greeted her like an old friend, and they seemed to be talking to her – trying to tell her something. They nudged her and made moaning sounds. But each refused all treats, food and water. She got a phone number off one collie’s dog tag and left a message for the owner to call her.

In the meantime, Niki grabbed a coat and boots and went outside to be with the collies. They jumped and danced around her, showing complete love and trust.

So she took them for a walk.

Walking up and down the street, she hoped to run into the owner, who might be looking for the lost pets. She tried some commands on them.

“Heel!” They obediently fell into step with her.

“Stay!” They stayed.

“Come!” Of course, they came running up.

Well-trained dogs, she thought.

Finally, the owner got her message and called back to arrange to pick up his dogs. When the owner arrived, he explained that home was three or four miles away. He was confounded when she told him how they had obeyed her commands. They’d never had training, he said.
The lost collies came to Niki’s door because they remembered her love from the dream world, where they had already met.

Can animals love? Highly evolved people accept it as a fact. They know it because of their better understanding of how God’s love actually works – due to their longer enrollment here in the University of Hard Knocks.

Yes, animals can love. There are too many such examples of animal behavior to doubt it. Love goes beyond instinct.

Although they are capable of showing love, animals – like many humans – can also show a strong dislike. That can change, however.

A mother took her two daughters to a pet store and returned home with a grey tabby kitten, Socks. All went well for several weeks. Then her son, who had moved to a new apartment where pets were not allowed, brought over his cat, Spook.

Spook took an instant dislike to the kitten. At every opportunity, Spook hissed and swatted at Socks, which soon produced a bloody nose.

In time, though, the two cats became inseparable friends. They did everything together.
Then Spook had a litter of kittens. Socks became a second mother to them: licking them, keeping vigil with Spook over them, even babysitting when Spook left for a drink, food, or just time off. Day after day, Socks stood in during Spook’s break times.

The family later came across an article in the newspaper about whether animals can love. With such a pure example of it in their own home, this family has its own answer. Could there be any doubt?

God’s love is sufficient for all.

Sri Harold Klemp
Sri Harold Klemp, the Mahanta, the Living ECK Master, is the spiritual leader of Eckankar. The Temple of ECK, in Chanhassen, MN, is the worldwide spiritual home for the Eckankar teachings. It offers free classes based on Sri Harold's books, Wednesdays at 7 p.m. People of all faiths are invited to experience singing HU at the community HU Song, from 10-10:30 a.m. on the third Sunday of every month. For more information: www.TempleofECK.org or 952.380.2200.

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