know that pets go straight over to the other side. I saw
it with my own eyes when my dog, Oliver crossed
my son, Richie's death, Oliver used to sit next to me
all the time and then all of a sudden he would turn
himself around and face the corner of a wall and stare.
I used to say, " Oliver, do you see
Richie?" and he would make a noise.
was 18 and he had started to limp for a week and I took
him to the veterinarian. The veterinarian said that
Oliver had arthritis and gave him medication and shots.
I think that the shots actually hurt him rather than
helped him. I had to carry him to the veterinarian every
week for the injection.
got so bad that he stayed in the corner one day and
wouldn't even move to eat or drink. I carried the water
to him and had to hold the water to his mouth. I called
the vet and Kerri, my daughter, and Daniel, my grandson,
came with me.
was so weak that when I stopped for a red light, he
slipped right off the back seat. When the vet checked
him, he said, "Mrs. Russell, I am sorry but, he is
dying." (The vet indicated that Oliver would live
for another three weeks or so.) Well, Kerri was
extremely upset. The vet left us alone to "decide"
what we wanted him to do. She was crying so hard and
said, "Mom, I can't let him put him to sleep.
I can't have another loss."
We had Oliver since Kerri was 10. So, she told the vet
that she would take him home and care for him and we
couldn't put him to sleep.
long as he wasn't in pain, I said ok, if you can handle
I knew that I couldn't. So, the poor thing was laying on
the table and the big eyes were just staring at us. So,
Kerri picked Oliver up and said, "I am taking him
home with me." We got in the car and Kerri is
crying and said, "This is the only thing that I
have left from my childhood and I am not letting the vet
put him to sleep." The poor thing was on her
lap in the front seat not moving a muscle.
Kerri started talking to him and saying, "If Richie
was here he would know what to do."
And that is why she missed him so much.
. . he would have made this decision.
continued talking to Oliver saying, "Richie would
take care of you too Oliver.
Don't you miss him too?
how you used to steal his socks and hide them?"
She is bringing up all these memories. All of a
sudden, this dog that couldn't move, jumped up off her
lap, and sat up with a smile on his face (and as a dog owner,
you know that we know when they smile).
Oliver put his head out the window, smiling and reaching
his head all the way up looking to the sky... smiling
Kerri started saying, "Oliver what are you
doing? Do you see Richie?"
And Oliver kept looking up staring in the sky.
then said, "Go ahead Oliver, if you see Richie, you
can go with him." And Oliver put his head back in
the car, lay back on Kerri's lap and that was it! He was
so amazing at the time.
I couldn't believe it. I said to Kerri that if
anyone saw that they would definitely believe in the
afterlife. I told Kerri that Richie knew how difficult
it was for us and he came and took Oliver and made the
decision just as if he were here.
thing, Richie knew that Oliver was getting old when he
was still here.
And Richie said to Kerri that he was going to
take Oliver to stay with him at his new apartment
because "Mommy could never handle it when something
happens to him."
Imagine that? Ironic, isn't it? This lifeless
animal suddenly came to life.
It was something beautiful to see.
Oliver stuck his head all the way out the window, it was
awesome! So, Oliver is on the mantle next to Richie's
pictures in a gold box with his picture on the front. I
said that I wanted the best for him.
Oliver was cremated all by himself and put in the