Rover was a beautiful white cat with the pointiest ears I’ve ever seen! His person was a kind woman named Kathy. Rover didn’t start out as her cat, though — he originally lived with Kathy’s neighbors. But Rover LOVED bacon and was happy to visit Kathy to get his share when she cooked it. Kathy loved Rover from the start.
When the neighbors had to move, Kathy volunteered to taker Rover in. It took Rover a couple of weeks to settle in his new home, but as Kathy says, “It was the beginning of a bond that I’ll never forget!”
I first spoke to Rover in January of 2012. He had been diagnosed and treated for mast cell tumors the year before, but appeared to be doing well with treatment. Rover told me that he wasn’t yet ready to cross to Spirit, but he wouldn’t be afraid when the time came.
I talked to Rover again a year later. Rover said he was really sick and wouldn’t be able to hang on much longer. Rover said he didn’t want to get any sicker than he was — if he got sicker, he wanted to cross to Spirit.
Rover agreed to let Kathy know when he was ready to cross over. Kathy agreed to hold Rover and send love to him while his Spirit left his body. As we talked, both Kathy and I shed tears knowing that Rover wouldn’t be with us much longer.
Sadly Rover had a brutal end. Kathy’s vet recommended another vet, who would come to Kathy’s house to euthanize Rover. But the vet, without telling Kathy what she was going to do, grabbed Rover by the scruff of the neck and plunged the euthanising needle into his back. Shocked, Rover screeched and struggled until the medicine took effect and his Spirit was released. Kathy was devastated that her beloved Rover was treated in this way. Sadly she said it was the darkest day of her life.
We talked to Rover, now in Spirit, a couple of weeks later. Rover assured Kathy that what had happened was not her fault. He said that he had felt her love, despite what had happened to him and that her love had helped him cross to Spirit. He said that she needed to let the vet know about how upset she was with the way Rover was treated . . . Rover told us that this was not the first time the vet had done this and that the vet needed to understand what she had done, so she could learn the lesson to not do it again.
Rover said he felt well and healthy again in Spirit. I could see Rover clearly — he looked more beautiful than ever on earth, with a white glow around him that felt like Angelic energy.
Kathy asked Rover if he could give her a sign that he was OK. He showed me a dream catcher with a white, a black and a yellow feather on one side. Kathy said that she had a dream catcher, but that it only had a white and a black feather on it. Rover said he would send her a yellow feather and that she should attach it to the dream catcher in memory of him.
Kathy looked and looked but the feather was no where to be found. Then two weeks later, on Easter Sunday, Kathy came home from church thinking about her beloved Rover and wondering when she’d find the yellow feather. Suddenly, she felt compelled to go outside and check the yard. As she left the house, there, right in front of her, was a beautiful pale yellow feather! There were no other feathers of any kind in her yard. And there was no doubt in Kathy’s mind or heart that this was Rover’s feather!
“This feather represents a wondrous act of love and the bond between me and Rover won’t be broken by death.
I truly believe that this was the connection with Rover that Sky told me to look for!” — Kathy H., CA.
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