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I am not someone who usually puts a lot of stock into dreams (other than the obvious, where you dream about someone you interacted with or some scenario you encountered during the day).   But I had an unusual dream last night, which has kind of stayed with me.   In the dream, I was someplace wooded, lots of evergreens and perhaps in the mountains.   There were other people there, although no one specific.   Although we had places to live/sleep, it was a temporary place, somewhere I was just passing through.  And there were dogs, including Otis and Tess, running freely about, without any fear of traffic, other animals, or getting lost.   In fact, when I called Otis and Tess, they came bounding to me from out of the trees, happy as could be.   Another specific dog from this site was playing with them, and there were a couple of smaller, "unidentified" dogs running with them as well.   With regard to Otis and Tess, I remember thinking how amazing it was that they were so happy and full of life, when I knew that they were dead.   I was getting ready to leave the place - not on a deadline or anything, but not someplace I could stay forever, but somehow asked them if they wanted to keep playing, and they said yes, so I told them we would stay longer so they could play some more.   Woke up then, so don't really know if there would have been more to it.

Otis - 106 pound lab/Dane mix, lost his right front leg to osteosarcoma on Febuary 9, 2016.  Four rounds of carboplatin completed in April, 2016.  Lung mets August 25, 2016.  Said goodbye too soon on September 4, 2016.   Lost his adopted sister, Tess, suddenly on October 9, 2016. likely due to hemangiosarcoma.  

Wherever they are, they are together.

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I love this dream!!! I have had a few with Shelby similar to what you described... happy, playful, healthy Shelby... I like to think that is what is to come when we are reunited. And I am not particularly religious but rather spiritual but I firmly believe with all my heart and soul that Shelby and I will be together again and it will be like time has never stopped. And she will love me the same and I will love her the same (and presuming Jasper is there too... love them both). It's almost like how I have wondered what life would have been like with both of them together ... with their different personalities and quirks ... I will get to see one day. 

It is showing you, I think, that Otis and Tess are doing amazing ... playing and happy and waiting till they see you again!!! 


Shelby Lynne; Jack Russell/Shiba Inu mix. Proud member of the April Angels of 2014.

October 15, 2000 to April 8, 2014

Our story: Broke rear leg in June 2013 - non-conclusive results for cancer so leg was plated and pinned. Enlarged spleen in September 2013 and had it removed and was diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma and started chemotherapy. Became a Tripawd January 8th, 2014 and definitive Hemangiosarcoma diagnosis. Three major surgeries in 7 months and Shelby took them all like a champ only to lose her battle to cancer in her brain. We had 8 amazing extra months together and no regrets. #shelbystrong #loveofmylife

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WOW. Very, very cool and a huge sign that yes, they are good. How beautiful! Don't you hate waking up from stuff like that?

And Alison I've often thought about what it would be like for sweet Jerry and rowdy Wyatt to meet. And then I put that fantasy aside!

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I am absolutely breathless from reading this....and I've read it several times because this "dream"'could not have been any more clear!!! OMD!!! This is such a profoundly beautiful message from Otis and Tess!:-) 🙂

And this is just me, but I DO put a lot of stock into dreams! This comes from my own specific personal "life experiences", as well as research into all the possibilities that can happen when we are in an "altered dream-like state". Our so-called conscious state has waaaay too many filters for us to connect to dimensions of our Soul like we can in our "dreams"

ANYWAY, please be open to the importance of this dream! Otis and Tess not only gave you this amazing gift of connection, but gave us ALL this beautiful gift too! To experience this kind of insight from a "different" time and space in the Universe truly is magical!!!!

Just another confirmation that transition to the other side of life does NOT break our connection!

Thank you Christine for sharing this! And thank you Otis and Tess for allowing us all to have a glimpse into the glorious time you are having! Even though some of the other images of the dogs in the dream weren't very clear, I know my Happy Hannah was somewhere on the fringe eating a bowl of ice cream with deer poop sprinkles! 🙂


Sally and My Chunky Spiritual Being Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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So so cool Christine! I can picture it perfectly - I can see the two of them bouncing around with giant smiles! It makes me happy!

I love the idea of all the tripawds playing together at the Bridge, or at least coming and going as they please. I want to believe that the connections we humans have here translate to our dogs.

Sweet dreams all!


Right rear leg amp 7/12/16 due to OSA. Metastatic lesion on her right front leg, January 2017. Joined the Winter Warriors January 19, 2017. Run free my sweet girl.

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What a pricless dream to have! I am spiritual, as well as a religious person, and this dream gives me so much hope! Especially at the stage of the journey we now find ourselves in , hope is the greatest gift there is. Thank you for sharing, I hope to have a similar dream someday.

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Nitro 11 1/2  yr old Doberman; right front amp June 2014. Had 6 doses carboplatin, followed by metronomic therapy. Rocked it on 3 legs for over 3 years! My Warrior beat cancer, but couldn't beat old age. He crossed the Bridge peacefully on July 25, 2017, with dignity and on his terms.  Follow his blog entitled "Doberman's journey"

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I love it.   I only have 1 dream of Sassy and it was raining and she laid down smiling and wouldn't come in.  That is all I ever remember.  I get pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters from her.  Her banner shows up and I know she is thinking of me like I am her.  But I never remember my dreams so maybe I do have more I don't know. 

I would love to have one like this though.

Great sign


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Thank you so much for sharing your dream. Otis and Tess running and playing with other Tripawd babies. Great-gives me peace and hope.  

Love to you and your angel pack.  

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