By Victoria A. Gardner
Do dogs have souls? A good question! Let me offer an answer from my perspective as a former professional dog breeder as well as a Spiritual Psychologist.
Of all the animals on this planet, dogs are the closest to human beings in their emotional responses and expression. Brain studies reveal that although apes, whales and dolphins have a cerebral cortex (the part of the brain where reason, judgment and other higher level thinking processes occur) similar to humans, dogs have a midbrain (the section where emotions occur) very similar, both structurally and functionally, to that of humans.
Studies show, and dog lovers know, that canines have the intellectual level of a child between one and four. They experience and exhibit attachment and bonding (or lack of), joy, contentment, security, fear, anxiety, jealousy, loneliness, depression, abandonment (separation anxiety) and learned helplessness. The psychological research on learned helplessness originally conducted on dogs was finally discontinued because it was so traumatic for the animals . . . and the researchers.
Most dogs, especially once they bond with a human, radiate energy from a perfectly developed and balanced solar plexus chakra. The perfection of the solar plexus chakra expresses itself through the dog’s unconditional love, devotion and loyalty. Dogs will sacrifice their lives for their beloved masters, and often die from grief if the human dies first.
The solar plexus chakra also expresses itself in the dog’s ability to balance the mood of the human being. For example, when people are sad or depressed, the dog helps them become happier; when people are anxious, agitated or angry, the dog calms them down.
Another example of an open and balanced solar plexus is the socio-emotional stability and validation people receive when the dog wags its tail and leaps with joy to see them. How many people greet you without criticism or condemnation, no pettiness, fussiness, opinions or judgments, and with complete forgiveness of past mistakes? Demonstrating unconditional love, dogs always start fresh and new, and see the best in you in the shining light of the moment.
It’s been said, “Animals have a way of filling spaces inside us we never knew were empty.” I know my dogs and cats have brought me unlimited emotional comfort and peace during my darkest moments. When the people in my life tired of all my misery and pain and complaining, my pets continued to listen, love me unconditionally, and give me the support and freedom to get through it. I believe the words of an anonymous writer, “Until one has loved an animal, one has not awakened to one’s soul.”
So back to the question, “Do dogs have souls?” There are some people who make me wonder if all humans have souls! Numerous studies in Spiritual Psychology show that dogs do indeed have souls, and once a dog bonds to a human, its soul attaches to the human’s soul and upon death, goes where the human soul goes. Indeed, thousands of people who have had a Near Death Experience (NDE) report being greeted in the Next Life by their beloved pets who have already crossed.
Dr. David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D., an expert on Consciousness and Spirituality and author of Orthomolecular Psychiatry, Power vs. Force: The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior, Truth vs. Falsehood and many other books, started out researching and measuring human consciousness and spirituality, and then expanded into animals and even plants. Believe it or not, his research shows that many pets have higher levels of consciousness and spirituality than some humans!
I’ll go one step further. I don’t know who wrote, “Dogs are angels with fur,” but it’s not an exaggeration. I have researched, studied, written about and worked with angels (beings which every religion in the world acknowledges), and found that it’s not unusual for guardian angels to manifest as a companion animal. I could cite more evidence that dogs have souls, but it would be redundant. Anyone who has ever loved a dog already knows that!
Dr. Victoria A. Gardner, aka Dr. Vickie, has a B.A. in Education with majors in Psychology, Sociology and Music; a Masters in Counseling; and a Doctorate in Spiritual Psychology and Wholistic Healing. A former professional dog breeder, she also has 40+ years’ experience in Psychology, Special Education, Grief/Trauma/PTSD Counseling, and Wholistic Healing.