When I was 10 my family rescued a young boxer pup from a horrible family who was not looking after him. He was skinny, losing hair, and had mites. He was in a pretty bad condition. He would have died an early death if he had stayed there. The owners didn't even care when we said that we would take him. They were glad to be rid of him.
His name was rocky, and we loved him immensely for 10 years, before he died of old age. This dog was amazing, and helped me through my tough teenage years. He could always tell when I was sad. He would put his paw on my lap, and give me kisses. He was such a dope too. I have never loved an animal so much.
Late 2008 we had to put him down because he was in such a bad way. He would barely walk by the end of his life. It was the most horrible decision we had to make.
After he died... Over the next few weeks... I swear I saw him. I would lie in bed and stare into the darkness, thinking. And there he was. Not bright as day, but I saw his shadow moving against the darkness. The shape of his silly head would be imprinted against the darkness, next to my bed, as though he were watching me, wanting to hop up and cuddle. He was a very large dog, and it's hard to explain what I saw.
A shadow against the night, walking around my room.
Has anyone else had this with animals?