Bob’s Story: What I Learned from My Best Friend

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I want to share Bob’s story with you. He has made a huge impact on my life, much of it I didn’t realize until recently. I hope his story will make a difference for you.

Bob and I had and have a special connection, something I can’t explain. He is my best friend, and I share almost everything with him. I’m sure you each have another being that is your best friend.

We met when he was only a few weeks old; in case you didn’t realize — Bob is a non-human of the cat species. My daughter and her friend found Bob and his three siblings in a box with no mom. After a few days, his brother died and Bob himself came close. This is when I began to appreciate life. Bob really enjoyed people — something that was a struggle for me. I didn’t trust or believe what they said because it always seemed the words didn’t match up with actions.

Bob and I became almost inseparable. And even though other animals have been and are part of my family, our relationship is different.

Similar to two kids at a slumber party, our conversations seemed to be non-stop, and he greets me when I come home, helps go get the mail and brings in the garbage cans and goes for walks.

As the years passed, we would travel together. If the family wasn’t going, Bob would sit in my suitcase until I made him move. He would to try and get in until I closed it. Then the routine of sitting on top insisting that he was going began. If the answer remained no, the suitcase immediately became a scratching post. I learned to pack early and hide it in the garage.

On August 15, 2017, Bob left his physical body and went back to spirit because, at 15 years old, he had congestive heart failure. Some people refer to this as heaven or the rainbow bridge. I was lucky to be with him as he transitioned in order to help him in the last few months to forgive and heal the issues that caused the heart failure. We both recognized that we held onto emotional pain from our own experiences and from helping others. What we didn’t really pay attention to was how fast the physical issues can appear and wreak havoc on our bodies.

My heart hurts and I miss his physical presence. Bob was and still is my best friend. That said, I have become aware of so much with his passing. I realize that even though his body was no longer able to keep up with the energy of life, his spirit does. He accomplished what he wanted to, which was to walk this earth with me and to help guide me. I am honored by his unconditional love, presence and guidance. My heart is in the process of healing as Bob continues to work with me in a different capacity.

The animals, insects, plants, rocks and minerals come here to be a support system for the humans in our journey of this thing called life. They help us move through our feelings and recognize when we are not living in a space of love. Bob reminded me to want to take better care of myself first and then help others do the same … to be my own best friend first.

I share this with you not only so that you see the impact that the animals have on our lives, but also to also show you how much love there is always. I say this because even when in spirit, they continue to teach and love us every minute of every day. The key is to listen. The song “Long Time Sun” by Snatam Kaur was playing every couple of hours as Bob was transitioning so much that I realized that his spirit was speaking to mine. When I looked up the words, this is what I found:

May the Long Time Sun
Shine upon you
All Love surround you
And the pure light
Within you
Guide you on your way
Guide you on your way

Bob sometimes speaks to me through this song as a reminder that I am love and so is every living being.

In sharing this, I hope that you will understand and recognize that we are all the same. We each want the same thing — love, kindness, compassion, respect and to live our lives in peace. Be the change you would like to see in this world. Say Nam/Namaste, which means, “My soul recognizes your soul.” I honor the love, light, beauty, truth, and kindness within you, because it is also within me. In sharing things, there is no distance and no difference between us. We are the same. We are One.

P.S. If you’re interested in communicating with your own animal companion that has passed on, please reach out to me to schedule a session.

  1. Cheryl

    A beautiful tribute to your dearest friend Bob, Terri. Welcome back and wishing you a perfect day for sharing your gifts.

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