I preface this with some history interfaced with what has happened as it's all relevant to make it understandable as to reactions to each other.
This story is do with two of our three animals that have passed. Our two ponies to be exact. YES we believe animals have spirits just as we humans do. I will also note here that our gelding Dom surpassed our expectations of how long he would live after his "sister" passed away (we gave him 6 months at best)
I've owned 2 ponies, both of whom I took ownership of before my partner and I were together. This account may sound a little disjointed but I think you'll understand.
My mare Cherry I got on 1st April 1986. She was 14, I was 16. My gelding Domink (pronounced Dominic) was a 7 year old when I got him in August 1989, they were always a close pair, hence why we always said they were brother and sister even though they were not biologically related.
This is the story regarding these 2 ponies
Cherry always loved her mum (me), never listening to dad. She was a mamma's girl through and through despite being a total you know what. On December 30 2008 at age 37 she passed away. Despite what her dad says he loved her as much as I did. Dom, after the first 10 years of my partner and I being together (we become a couple on 16th October 1994), had become dads boy.
Cherry always loved getting her hair onto her dads clothing hanging on the clothes line, completely ignoring him when he told her to move making mum (me) come out to deal with her etc.
Anyway onto the story. Cherry since that day she passed away, has made herself known to me, and her dad, at different times. Showing herself out of the corner of my eye near the shed where the clothesline is (ready to get hair on her dads clothing as she was won't to do!), in the paddock moving along as she always did, that feeling I always get when I know those I have loved, animal and human, that have passed are just watching making sure I'm ok but without actually showing themselves etc. I have thought until now that it was just Cherry hanging around making sure I'm ok and to let me know she's still with me. AND being her normal self. Her dad has at times caught her out of the corner of his eye too.
I now believe this is only partially true. On 7 March 2010 (our labor day long weekend here)...a little over 14 months after she passed away her "brother" Dominic had to be put down, age 27, due to a leg infection. We could have had this treated but with his leg and hoof problems over the years and his age (he was 27) it was for the best to put him down as it would be do more harm than good for him.
I have the feeling Cherry haunting us was now only partly for our benefit. The other reason, we believe, was she was waiting for Dom to join her while also making sure we knew she was ok. And as a guide to her beloved brother so he knew she was there and to guide him along (his main nickname was Dopey as he really didn't have an ounce of sense or reason).
In the weeks and months since Dom has passed I have seen and felt them both. It's a nice feeling I get that they are happy and together. My partner has caught him out of the corner of his eye and has done what I have done, turned his head expecting to see him or Cherry, but nothing is there of course.
They are both buried on our property along with the other animals we have lost and it's nice to know they're there, watching us and making sure we know!
Just a further note: They've been seen further times just briefly, things from just out of the corner of our eyes in their favorite places to glancing out the window and seeing them.