Ask Dr. Orloff
Can our pets absorb our illnesses?
Today we found out that one of our dogs is dying of kidney failure. He has a rare congenital defect that usually kills dogs before they reach their first birthday, but he is four now and has lived a healthy, energetic life until a few weeks ago.
Even though I now know his kidneys were bound to fail at some point, I can't shake the thought that the timing is no coincidence. He has always been extraordinarily sensitive to me and my emotions. Is it possible that he somehow absorbed the energy of the kidney failure that was in me? It seems like such a coincidence that the very thing I was predicted to endure is what my sweet dog is suffering with, while I remain healthy.
I know these sounds like a complete crack-pot idea. We have to put him to sleep in two days, and it is very possible that I'm just grasping for something that would give some meaning to his death.
Please tell me what you think. My heart is so broken right now.
Answer: Life can be very mysterious in the way it plays out sometimes. I don't believe your idea is so crack-pot. Dogs are channels for unconditional love and healing. It could be your sweet dog has decided to heal you. Take the blessing with the love it was intended. Do not feel guilty one bit. Make sure your child never forgets the importance of this dog in all your lives.