Yesterday, while eating lunch with the back door open and the storm door shut, I heard a whine. Almost a squeak. As if Stuart were whining to come back inside.
From where Sniglet is relaxing in this photo, Stuart would lounge and watch the world go by. Then, when he was ready, he’d turn around, sit, and stare a hole through the storm door to come back inside the kitchen. When we didn’t let him in right away, he’d whine to get our attention.
Never one to overexert, his whine was sometimes faint. Sometimes it wasn’t. As when he was so frustrated when the chipmunks wouldn’t “come out, come out wherever you are” and the whines were more like a strong child stamping his feet. Hard.
I know I heard him. It was so real. It was him.
In a split second, I found myself upset thinking that wherever his soul was, he was in trouble. Why whine? Why that kind of whine? The pit of my stomach felt bottomless and painful.
The last thing anybody would want for a loved one who’s crossed over, is trouble. Or distress. Or pain. Or, God forbid, fear.
I thought being over the bridge meant that all was well. Trouble free. Freedom. And perpetual happiness.
I said to the Dad Peep, “Don’t think I’m crazy, but I’m going to open the door to let him back inside.”
I stood there with the door open for a few moments. And stared at the empty “backyard kingdom”.
The Dad Peep said I was acting like a crazy person. He was serious.
I know I’m not crazy. Am I?
No…not at all…a whine is also just a whisper in terms of doggie talk…maybe Stu has met our boy..whose angel dust we picked up and bought home at 3pm today…the sun was out when he got his wings..and after days of storms and still overcast as we pulled up our driveway the sun broke through..Stu is just letting you know that for him it is business as usual..complaints and all..huge hugs Bev xxx
We are sorry for your loss and know we shall send a wee prayer up for him.
What a beautiful story of the sun shining through to make way for Forrest’s arrival. “Complaints and all” – that’s so Stuart. Thank you for this. Those two are old souls and they’ll be with us forever. Hugs to you, too.
They are indeed..xxxxx
Thankyou my friend..xxx
No, you are not crazy! You were trusting your instincts, and I would have done exactly what you did. I think Stuart needed to be near you and ‘spoke’ to you knowing you would help him.
McDuff & Mom
Thank you so much.
I know my second scot Half Pence came around I could feel him worrying about me as it was just the two of us ~ like it is now with just Sweet William and I. Maybe Stuart made that sound because it disturbs his little soul that you are grieving so.
Sweet William The Scot
You’re probably right. He’s trying to tell me to snap out of it. But it’s so hard. Cheers to Half Pence, You and Sweet William.
Oh no…..you are NOT crazy…..he wanted you to remember those special moments when he’d whine and you heard him and opened the door for him – – and you did it – – and that’s that. I think they continue to “touch base” with us – in many ways that sometimes only make sense to us!
Love, Pam (and Sam)
That’s a comforting thought. Thank you.
He was just saying “hello”. No troubles, no worries, no fear………just “hey, mom.”
Maybe he was after all. “Hey!” “I’m here”. I hope so.
Maybe he’s anticipating the arrival of Whitley Westie who is making the final trip today.
Maybe dat wuz it… he wuz anticipatin’ da pawty dey’ll be havin’ tonight to welcome Whitley to da Rainbow Bridge… she wuz always one fur a gud pawty….
I like to think of it that way. I hope so. Godspeed Whitley girl. Stuart and Kyla are there with open arms to welcome you.
No crazy person in sight. Just a loving, gentle human, hearing the sweetness of Stuart’s spirit come back for a visit. I know that our loving furpals, who have passed, visit us all the time! When a chipper is bugging sweet Toby, I know it’s his big brother Cane, who sent the chipper to say “hello Toby” from Cane! Our lovely animal friends are with us….All the time!
That’s a nice thought and I believe that. Thank you, Cane, for sending the chippers!
I Agree with Sweet William the Scott… it’s Mother’s Day weekend. His spirit is still around… but in our human-ness we lose sight of that. So Stuart had to be more demonstrative: thus his whine & know that when you opened the door he came in, to be with you! No pain, no stress, no tragedy on the other side – just his love coming thru strong.
Ozzy & Callie’s Mom
PS Ozzy is 5 today arooooooo!
That’s comforting. Thank you so much. Happy Birthday Ozzy!
No, you are clearly not crazy, and, I don’t believe Stuart is between transitions. I too agree with Sweet William. Xxxxxxxxx Skyler
Sweet William is usually always right. Thank you Skyler. I hope he’s not between transitions, too!
You did hear him, you’re not nuts….your post made my eyes weld up and tears spilled….I need to hear a good ARRRROOOO! We feel the presence of our scotties also, catch a shadow from the corner of my eye and feel one or the other just moved past me, or the jingle from their collar dangles and know they are near…..its their and our love for each other that makes these connections so real….my prayer for you is that some day soon the melancholy in your heart turns to sweet sweet memories of all the greatness of Stuart .
all so true Elizabeth…I ‘see’ my wee angel Scotties also.♥
You’re both right. I need to move the melancholy out of my life. Soon. Thank you Elizabeth and Sue Ellen.
No you are not crazy!! He was there and wanted to come in and visit so he let you know he was there by the whine. I believe he is happy and well on the other side of the bridge and he paid you a visit because he loves and misses you. When it is your time, he will be there waiting to give you kisses!! Sometimes I feel the kisses our Corgi, Copper, would give our toes and I know he is making a visit to let us know he loves us. The whine was to get your attention. Sending you a hug!!
Thank you Donna. I believe what you say is true. Thank you Copper and Stuart my boy.
NO. You. Are. Not! We know that was Stu, wanting to come in!
Edgar and his mum
Thanks friends. I’m not feeling crazy after all.
You are not crazy. Stuart wanted you to open the door, let the grief and sorrow out and let a clean breeze blow into your life. Lee is right, Stuart wants you to be happy again.
Nessa Noodledog and her Mom
A clean breeze. I like that thought and I think you’re right. Thanks Noodledog and Mom.
Your angel scotty will be with you always…and yes, you did hear the wimper. Stuart just wanted to let you know he is there with you.
sweet when you stop and think about it….
hugs on you , sue ellen
He is with us, isn’t he? Thank you for helping.
You are not crazy, you are grieving. Stu is at peace and happy. Perhaps you heard him sigh because he loves you and knows your heart hurts. You will feel a bit better soon. Grief needs time . X
I appreciate your kind thoughts. Thank you.
You are definitely not crazy. Whee hope you can take comfort in that he will always be with you in his own special way.
*hugs and whiffles*
He will, won’t he? Thank you. Feeling better.
No, you are not crazy, and it was not a whine of distress. Stuart whined to get your attention so that you would do exactly what you did, as you always did in the past – open the door to let him in so he could be right there with you. He knows how much you miss him so he wants to give you signs to let you know he’s still with you in spirit and will never leave you.
I do think that his spirit is beside me. Thank you for helping me see that.
Of course you aren’t crazy, Dear Peepstress! That sort of thing happened to me, too. I was always seeing my Hazel from the corner of my eye, too. It’s just that Stu is heavy on your mind and heart. He may have just wanted your attention because, though he is happy in Heaven, he also thinks of you, and that is what you hear and feel. He misses you, too.
We are sure, and we have deep Faith that God our Father who is all Good is keeping him safe and happy.
Just open the door when you hear him wanting in. You are NOT crazy!
Love and kisses,
Riley-Puppy’s and Tessie-girl’s Mum
I think I’ll keep the door open! Thank you my friends.
Mom’s really emotional right now and this made her cry. She agrees with you… Opening the door was a good thing. *Ear licks* Noodle
Tell her I hope she feels better soon. It’s hard when emotions are raw. Thank you so much.
Thank you. She sends hugs!
I don’t think that you are crazy. I see Tory once in a while. He has been gone for a long time. He was trying to get your attention. don’t think that he is in trouble.
Thank you. Now I don’t think he was in trouble either. Just a sign…
You are not crazy. We’ve had pets ‘come back’ for visits here at the Hotel Thompson. And I don’t think the whine was distress. Think of on the other side. Maybe he did something that he knew you would recognize to let you know he was okay, that he was still there with you in spirit. He doesn’t want you to hurt my sweet friend. We love you! XOXO – Bacon’s MOM
Oh me. You’re right. Maybe I need to visit the Hotel Thompson. I think you’ve got all of the amenities I’d ever need!
Our door is open anytime my friend – ANYTIME. Hogs and snout kisses. XOXO – Bacon
This post is too painful for me to say I like. Many of us have known similar experiences after losing someone we loved. Stuart came to see you, that is all…
Thank you for this reassurance.
you are definitely NOT crazy!!! I believe in these things……………..DakotasDen