I have three dogs. Two females and one male. They are all shelter dogs and I love them each immeasurably. My children like to joke that our male dog (Rocket) is my husband from another lifetime. At first it was just a joke and I laughed about it. It was an acknowledgement of our amazing bond with one another.

Rocket is my shadow and will sniff me out if he loses sight of me for even a brief period of time. Say, as long as it takes him to enjoy a nap. He plants his nose to the tile floors to pick up the most recent scents my feet have deposited. Once he reaches me, he rejoices. Ok, we both rejoice. He jumps around as if to say, “I did it! I saved you! I found you! I saved me, too!” And I joyfully exclaim, “Hi Buddy! Were you searching around for me? So glad you found me!” This happens multiple times a day. It always creates the same joyful exuberance from us both.

Rocket joins me in my meditations, keeping a still quiet presence while I go into my practice. He lies parallel to my yoga mat during my home yoga practice. He joins me in all of my channeling sessions, lying underneath the chair I occupy (see photo) and I can feel him protecting my energy field and grounding me. I tell him, “Let’s go to work” and he trots into my room and lies right down under my chair. He remains quiet and still until he detects the words I usually use to wrap up my sessions. Then he starts to stir, eventually coming out and sitting next to me as if to say, “That was a good one. We did good work”.

I’m not sure what is true with regards to animal reincarnation. I keep my mind and heart open to the possibility that our animal companions return to us as we cycle multiple times through the earth plane. Rocket’s soul feels incredibly comforting and familiar to me. His devotion and dedication to being my companion, protector, locator, and supporter fills my heart with gratitude and love. When I travel, I miss his sweet presence beyond what words can express. My kids tell me he’s not the same when I’m away. Our reunions are always wildly expressive with joy emanating from both of us. Perhaps his sweet soul is a husband of mine from another lifetime. Anything is possible, right?

Stephanie Banks

Stephanie Banks is a professional intuitive channel who uses her gifts to connect with all life, humans, plants, and animals. 

Stephanie Banks

Intuitive Channel, Soul Insight LLC

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