|Sir Jacob of Penn's Wood March 11, 2008 - January 22, 2015|
I am not sure where I stand in terms of believing what you wrote. Normally I would be very skeptical. In any event, I wanted to share our current situation.
Last week, 1/22/2015, we lost our Jacob. Jacob was a Sheltie and he died about 2 months before his seventh birthday. Jacob had lymphoma and despite every effort including chemo he lost his fight.
Jacob was my "baby". While I always liked dogs, they were pets. Jacob was the first animal that I completely gave my heart to. He came at a time in my life when I did not have much to live for. He gave my live meaning.
Jacob was born on an Amish farm in Lancaster county. He did not care much for horses and buggies and he would bark like mad when ever we passed one on the street. It was a game my wife and I would play with him pointing out all the buggies.
When Jacob passed I stopped eating and drinking. I went for three days with noting to eat or drink. The average human can survive three to five days without drinking. This was going to be my exit. Near the close of the third day my wife and I were sitting at a convenience store near our home getting gas. I have to say we live some distance from Lancaster and do not see horses and buggies where we live. After talking I decided to drink something. We had a bottle of water in the car that was for Jacob when we went somewhere. I drank some of the water ending my attempt at a passive suicide. At that moment a truck pulling a trailer passed in front of us. On this trailer was an Amish buggy. As I said, we just don't see buggies where we live. My wife and I broke down at first but then we considered the possibility that it was a message from Jacob. (All this happened before getting your book.)
Last night my wife was in a doctor's office waiting reading your book. A song came on "I can't Live without you." My wife, having just read where you talk about music, said "OK Jacob if that's you and if you're OK and someone is there taking care of you please send me a sign." The song ended and was followed by the song "The wind beneath my Wings." This is perhaps my wife's favorite song and holds very special significance for her since her father passed many years ago as it was his favorite song. The interpretation of this could mean that Jacob is OK and her dad is there with him.
Again, I don't know if I believe or not, but I have to say that I would like to. Believing would make life just a little more bearable. Bill D.
My response to Bill: Those were amazing signs from him. Spirits lead us to places where we will see things that we'll associate with them, just as he enabled you to see the buggy (that drove him crazy). Perfect sign.
The musical signs are also great messages. The first song was directed to you, and the second song was the answer to your wife's request to prove the messages were from him. He's very strong, and will be around you from time to time.
He doesn't want you to grieve, but instead wants you to know how much he appreciated you both saving him from a life of hardship on the Amish farm. He knows how much you did for him to try and heal him, and for that he is eternally grateful.
You gave him more love in a day than he experienced in his life before you adopted him. That love binds you all together forever. I know the feeling with our two dogs who have passed and provide us signs from time to time.
With deepest sympathy, Rob
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