SUTTY DOG AND DULCIE JANE
Dulcie Jane was eighteen and still living at home with her parents. Her pet dog Sutty, a Scottish terrier, shared her bedroom. Dulcie had had Sutty since the dog was only a few months old, and over the years they had formed a close psychic link.
The little black terrier even developed the same hesitant way of eating that Dulcie had. Sutty would not just run up and gobble down all her food like most hungry dogs. Just like Dulcie, Sutty would stare at whatever meal you placed in front of her and think about it for a while. Sometimes the dog wouldn’t touch her dinner at all. This was exactly like Dulcie Jane, a very fussy eater.
In fact, Dulcie and Sutty dog had grown to be so much alike that sometimes Dulcie Jane’s mother would call the dog ‘Dulcie’ by mistake. The really odd thing was that the dog would answer to the name and come running up as if her own name had been called.
Sutty dog was always protective of her Dulcie Jane and would bark if anyone she didn’t like went too close to her. When strangers came to the house, Sutty would start barking and growling. No one could get near Dulcie if Sutty dog was unsure of them; she seemed to be able to sense if they were nice people.
The boyfriend test
In the spring of 1994, Dulcie fell in love. His name was Rob. She was very nervous the day she first brought her boyfriend home to meet her parents. She hoped they would like Rob, but she was aware that Sutty dog might object.
Dulcie had been telling Sutty all about Rob, so she was sure her pet already knew that something was happening. The Scottie always seemed to be in tune with Dulcie – when she was happy, so was Sutty dog. But Dulcie Jane was a little but worried that her pet might be jealous of Rob. For years they had been best pals and now Sutty would have to share her owner’s love with someone else. Dulcie’s steps slowed as she came down the driveway with Rob. As soon as she opened the door, Sutty dog was there. She was making her pretend growling noise and dancing in delight, welcoming Dulcie home. But what about Rob? This was the test. Rob walked into the house and reached down to stroke the dog. For a moment Dulcie held her breath. Then Sutty jumped up and licked Rob’s hand, and Dulcie broke out in a big grin.
Dulcie Jane had never seen Sutty do this before. The dog usually took some time to go near a stranger, and she had never met Rob. Her pet really liked Rob at once. She was prancing around happily, just the way she always did for Dulcie Jane. It was as if Sutty knew that this man was her friend too. When Dulcie saw how well Sutty dog had taken to her boyfriend Rob, she knew he was the one for her.
Dulcie Jane and Rob Dowrick got married in October 1995. Sutty dog couldn’t go to the wedding, but she was waiting when they came home to give the happy couple a proper welcome.
From their honeymoon in Tenerife they sent out many postcards. One card was to Sutty dog, and it read: ‘To our best little pal, Lots of love, Dulcie & Rob.’
VINNIE: THE CAT THAT CURED A MIGRAINE
Jeanne Garner, who lives in the town of Lexington, Oklahoma, USA, was a very sick person when she first welcomed Vinnie the cat into her home. Her life was spoiled by headaches, not just little ones that hurt a bit behind the forehead and disappear with a couple of tablets, but really serious ones. Doctors at her local hospital told her she was suffering from migraine attacks.
Often Jeanne would be so ill with these awful headaches that she would have to go into a dark room and lie down. The pain was unbearable and, when it was at its worst, the vision in her eyes would become really distorted.
Then one day, at a vet’s office, she saw a bedraggled stray cat that was due to be put to sleep. It had been abandoned, no one wanted this cat. Jeanne took one look and asked if she could have him. The vet agreed.
Jeanne called the cat Vinnie and took him home. He quickly became Jeanne’s best pal. He would snuggle up on her knee as she watched TV, and followed her everywhere she went. Then one busy afternoon, while Jeanne was working on her computer, she was struck by the most horrible headache she had ever suffered.
Jeanne knew exactly what she had to do: go into her bedroom, draw the heavy velvet curtains, switch off the lights, and lie down. The terrible buzzing feeling pounded through her brain and her eyes began to blur as the migraine attack took control. She was helpless, locked into a world of pure pain.
Then as she lay in the darkness, she felt something gently stroking her neck and shoulders. Jeanne relaxed as the soothing pressure smoothed away the awful pain. For a moment she did not think about who was massaging her, she just enjoyed the release it brought.
Slowly the migraine attack passed. When Jeanne switched on the bedside lamp, she saw Vinnie the cat sitting on the pillow by the side of her head. It had been her pet cat that had been softly stroking away the hurt from her head. Vinnie had somehow known that his best pal was in pain. With his little paws on Jeanne’s neck, he had eased the terrible tensions from her taut muscles.
Two amazing recoveries
For years afterward, Vinnie helped Jeanne in this way. Each time she had a migraine attack, he would follow her into the darkened bedroom and stroke away the blinding pain she was suffering. Gradually, and neither Jeanne nor her doctors can explain how, her migraine attacks disappeared. It wasn’t an overnight cure, but slowly they became less frequent. Months began to pass between the headache attacks, and one day she realized she was cured. Jeanne believes that cure has something to do with the loving attention of her cat Vinnie. She thinks that the cat was sent to help in her hour of need, like a special gift bestowed from the mysterious world beyond.
Twelve years after Vinnie first entered Jeanne’s life, it was Jeanne’s turn to help the cat, for he was diagnosed as having a kidney complaint. The vet did not think he could live, but Jeanne refused to accept this and decided to try a different form of treatment. Using the Japanese reiki method of channeling the energy or life force fundamental to traditional Oriental medicine, Jeanne has helped Vinnie to live. Just as Vinnie helped her all those years before.
Vinnie’s recovery astounded the vets. Jeanne believes that the power of healing she shares with the cat begins within their loving hearts. As each cares for the other, so the power increases. To her, Vinnie is one very special cat.