I spoke with Dodger…

As you might have suspected, I was taken by surprise when Dodger passed.  I didn’t expect it.  Sure, he was 40… but he was as healthy as a 40 year-old pony could be.  In the days before, he had been able to graze on green grass and roam around the huge pastures – he had been totally normal and he was eating properly, drinking and eliminating.  He hadn’t had too much grass… his water was fresh. –  I just couldn’t figure out what happened.  Without a necropsy (and I couldn’t do that to him), I wouldn’t ever know.

I needed to ask Dodger himself.

So I contacted animal communicator,  Candi Cane Cooper (yes, that is the name her parents gave her).

Immediately, after Candi centered me and we prepared ourselves to reach Dodger… Dodger busted into our session (that was so like him) to talk to me.

From Dodger:

(Candi is so loving and giving.  I didn’t feel awkward or embarrassed that I was calling, weeping… she totally made me feel at ease.   And she asked questions to Dodger that I wouldn’t have thought about,  but that were great questions!)

From Dodger:  He said he had a terrible pain in his chest.  His heart.  (Since his heart rate was through the roof, this seems correct – he had pain.). He said he fell down during the night and couldn’t use his body right.  Candi offered the image of a stroke, and Dodger agreed.

Dodger said that nothing could have been done.  He knew it was his time.

I asked if I could have done more… and he said that he waited for me to come out and knew that I would fix things once I saw him.  He said I didn’t let him down at all.  He said that I did, indeed, fix it for him.

Dodger said that his life with me had been really great!   He always felt safe, he had enough “really good” food and lots of water.

Candi asked if anyone was there to help him cross over.  Dodger described a very big and hairy dog.  A dog with an incredible coat.  Dodger knew this dog in life and that the dog described himself as “Mom’s heart dog”.

I knew immediately who that was.  Eddie.  Eddie was my heart dog that lived with me in Oregon from puppyhood until his own heart attack death at 12..  He was half rottweiler and half wolf.  He had an amazing coat.

Candi asked Dodger where he was now.  He said that he and Eddie were by a very beautiful lake and if he was closer to it, he would take a drink.  “Me, a drink!”… Candi told me that it seemed like Dodger was making a joke about him wanting to drink as if he wasn’t a great drinker in life on earth.

I asked Dodger what his life was before he met me.

Dodger replied with a lot of pictures of stress, loud noises, cramped conditions, no love, no petting or grooming… He didn’t show what his job was.  He told Candi that his memory was fuzzy but that he knew his past life before me was what made him know he ‘had it good’ when he was adopted into our house.

Candi told me that animals stay the age they are when they die.  So Dodger is an old pony in heaven.

Speaking to Dodger totally eased my mind.


I asked to speak to Norma.  She was right. there.

Norma was eager to put me at ease.  She said that she is a much wiser donkey about death now.  Yes, she was very sad when Slick left… but now she gets it.  And, she knew Dodger was very old and failing.  She knew he had had a bad night during his last night and that this was the end.

To be honest, she said, she was relieved.  Dodger was very old and was losing his sensibilities.  She was exhausted, really, taking care of him.

*I have noticed that Norma seems lighter and happier.  She isn’t morose like she was when Slick passed.  I was so nervous that she would fail, too.  But she is quite happy and exploring new relationships.

HOW TO CONTACT CANDI CANE COOPER – animal communicator

Easy.   Here is her website.  (no affiliation)


This was the amazing man who came with his backhoe to bury Dodger – only 20 minutes after he was put down. I was so happy that this all happened quickly and easily.

Norma watched the entire thing, very carefully. She never lost interest. I sat with her throughout the process.

This was her view.

On her own, when I let her back into their pasture, she stood right on top of his grave.

then she walked over to the shade.

At dinner time, she stood at her feeder, eager to eat. When Slick passed, she refused to eat.

This is me with Eddie. Candi said that Eddie was Dodger’s guide on the other side. Eddie and Dodger knew each other when we all lived in Oregon. Eddie was an enormous dog. 155 lbs and lots and lots of hair. He was half wolf and half Rottweiler.

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3 comments have been posted...

  1. Calvin48

    I’m happy for you that the animal communicator helped. Jane Smiley wrote a book about her horses and she also uses them to “talk” to her horses.

  2. Sarah

    Thank you. You “do” death absolutely right. Loving care through life, through the transition, and beyond. As you can see love transcends the transition.

    Be well. Be joyful.

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