Angel Animals in
Allen and Linda Anderson
We were recently asked to submit stories to a national publisher who was
doing a book about angels. We sent stories of animals who transformed people’s lives and inspired them to greater purpose.
According to the editors’
of an angel, the animals in those stories didn’t make the grade. Finally we found out what they wanted — stories of animals
that had literally saved people’s lives. Only a dog that alerted some-one to a fire or a cat that dialed 911 (just kidding) qualified as an angel.
Animals Network, we think animals are angels when they deliver the message that you are loved. Emily T. Hartmeyer from Florida wrote the following story
for “Angel Animals Story of the Week” June 8, 2013 newsletter. She and her husband Bill had recently lost their
beloved dog Gizmo. Their home was now lonely and silent. Six weeks later, Bill found a young yellow cat huddled up by their garage. He asked around the neighborhood, but no one knew anything about the cat.
EMILY’S STORY OF JERRY Cat
“Remembering that Bill only had dogs as pets, I never thought he might adopt a cat. But Bill found a cardboard box, lined it with old towels, and invited the
lonely vagrant to spend the night in our garage, where he felt perfectly at
home. Saturday and Sunday we provided our guest with food and drink, and he
visited our neighbors. Bill and I conferred and decided that since we lost
Gizmo, we needed a pet.
afternoon, Bill left without saying where he was going. He returned with cat food and a cat carrier on which he placed the
sign, “Jerry Hartmeyer”. I knew then that we had a cat. Bill explained, “If we
are going to keep God’s gift to us — which this little cat is — he should get
checked out, so let’s take him to the doctor first thing tomorrow.”
Jerry cautiously entered our laundry room adjoining the garage for meals, he preferred
sleeping in the garage at
night. Gradually he grew accustomed to indoors, and eventually even slept with
us on our bed. He captured our hearts with his antics and his silky golden
hair. We loved to brush it each morning as we gave him catnip while playing
with him and his cat toys.
said, ‘isn’t it funny how Jerry’s the same color as Gizmo?’
“’Yes, and it seems more than a
coincidence that Jerry came so soon after we lost Gizmo: I wonder when he left, if his gentle spirit
found this poor, lost cat and directed him to us, knowing how Jerry could heal our broken hearts.’”
Have you had the feeling that a pet angelically guided
a new animal family member home
An Angel Dog with a Mission
In our book
“Animals and the Kids Who Love Them” we have the story of a dog whose rough start in life could not
foretold what an amazing
angelic mission he would have one day. After Dayna Hilton, a firefighter from
Clarksville, Arkansas, adopted a neglected Dalmatian named Sparkles, the dog’s purpose became clear.
adopting Sparkles in 2003 with the sole intention of making her a member of our
family, I soon realized that she was a fast learner and enjoyed going with me
to the fire station. She loved interacting with the other firefighters. One
evening, just for fun, I wanted to see if Sparkles could “crawl low” for me. This is a
key fire safety behavior that
I was teaching children as part of my school education program.
In a building
on fire, the air is cleaner and cooler twelve to twenty-four inches from the
floor. “Get out” and “Go to our family’s meeting place” are also instructions that parents must give their children for fire safety in the home. With a video camera in
one hand and a treat in the other, I asked Sparkles to crawl low for me. It was exciting to watch her follow the command on
her first attempt.
“I realized then that Sparkles could be my partner in fire safety education. Demonstrating other fire
safety behaviors also came easily for her. She would jump into her bed when I
directed her to do so. I would cover her with a blanket, and she would pretend
to be asleep. At the sound of a smoke alarm she would jump out of bed, crawl
low, and go to the meeting place I had designated.
I visited Tulsa, Oklahoma, to read from our book “Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog” and make a fire safety presentation for approximately 450 pupils at Celia
Clinton Elementary School. Each child that day received the book, courtesy of the Rotary Club of Tulsa.
“The school’s principal, Mrs. Tanya Davis, called later to tell me the experiences
of two children, Angelica Riggins and Dystiny Hodges. About Dystiny, the principal said, ‘I was walking down
the hallway, when one of my third graders came running up and said, ‘Mrs. Davis, my microwave caught on fire, and
I grabbed my brothers and sisters, and we got out of the house, because we saw smoke. Sparkles taught us to get out quick,
so we ran outside.’
follow-up visit to the school, five-year-old Angelica told me her story. She
said, ‘Firefighter Dayna, I was in bed under the cubbers, and the smoke came. I crawled out of bed and
crawled low, just like Sparkles showed me. I said, ‘C’mon, Daddy, you have to get on the floor and crawl low like
dad had become disoriented while standing in a smoke-filled room in the burning
house. Fortunately, he was able to follow his daughter out. The firefighters
said the home had flashed over, which means it became totally engulfed in
flames, just as they got Angelica’s father out the front “
is your definition of an Angel Animal?
and Linda Anderson are co-founders of Angel Animals Network
and authors of a series of books about the spiritual connection between people
and animals www.angelanimals.net. Their newest book is A Dog Named Leaf: The Hero from Heaven Who Saved My Life. (www.adognamedleaf.com)