In 2008 my beloved Pomeranian dog, Angel passed away. She was 11 and had cancer. She went very peacefully with no apparent pain. She was the sweetest Pomeranian. She was a pretty cream color, very beautiful dog inside and out. When she passed the vet took a paw print impression of her paw and put it on a special ornament keepsake. The vet did this for all pet owners when they passed as a gift to their clients. I kept the ornament and still have it today. I remember looking at the cast impression and thinking, wow I never really studied her paw before and I made a mental impression in my mind of her paw print. I guess in a way dogs all have different looking paws to some degree. I never really gave it much thought until I saw that impression of her paw on the ornament.
I had Angel cremated and and a couple of weeks later I took her ashes to Florida (I lived in Michigan at the time). I used to like to take Angel to the beach in Florida. There was a place she loved to walk on the beach so I spread her ashes there. Although I really missed my dog because I loved her dearly, by spreading her ashes on the beach it brought me closure and I felt at peace with her passing.
When I returned home to Michigan after spreading her ashes, Michigan had a snowstorm and fresh snow covered everything. I lived in a small apartment on the second floor in downtown Northville. I remember admiring how pretty the snow looked because it was untouched and fresh looking since it was freshly fallen even though I'm not particularly fond of snow, but it looked pretty and freshly white. I parked my car in the parking lot and approached the stairway to my second floor unit. There were two units to the second floor, mine and one that had been vacant for awhile. Only one staircase which was the only exit/entrance to the second floor. Everything was covered in fresh snow including the stairway to my apartment and as I approached the stairway I noticed a single set of paw prints going up the stairway. None coming down, just going up and no other foot prints or markings of any kind in the fresh snow and I remember thinking immediately that they looked like my dog, Angel's paw prints. The only explanation I could think of why there were paw prints going up but not down was a sign Angel is with me. She came home and apparently made it home from Florida before I did.:)
I guess everyone can come to their own conclusion for the paw prints on the stairway but there really was no explanation of why there was paw prints going up the stairway and not going down and no people prints and no animals were up in my apartment or anywhere on the staircase. The prints did look like the paw print of Angels on the ornament-
I've had many dogs in my life and have been saddened by their Passing. I miss all of them but this was the only unusual after death experience I've had with a dog. It gave me peace in knowing they are still with us after death. It was a beautiful way for Angel to let me know that. I hope my true story helps bring peace out other pet owners as well who miss their pets. I believe they are still with us and perhaps when we die, we all walk to the pearly gates together. That's what I'd like to think.:]