:Andrij the Orphaned Ukrainian Rescue Dog” : Chapter 23; Bob and Andrij Travelled to the World Beyond but Are Told to Return

They told me both Bob and I died on the table at 12:04 a.m. What happened was I suppose our trip to the world beyond. Reggie has told me about this world that he has visited it when he died. There was a blazing light ahead of me beckoning me and Bob appeared picking me up and holding me in his arms as we walked toward the light. He told me not to be afraid that this was our final journey to peace.

We followed the light and I felt no fear. My body was healed and there was no pain. We walked until we reached the light and what I saw was absolutely magnificent. In front of me there was my late master Anatoli, my mistress Boyka and their son and daughter Danilo and Daryna. Behind them were hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers in dress uniforms chanting, “Welcome Brave Andrij”. Bob recognized Anwar with some dog Bob said had died and was a friend of Reggie. I wanted to jump into Anatoli’s arms and kiss him all over his face but he shouted “STAY”. He warned me to not touch anyone or I would be stuck here forever which to me was not a bad idea. But it was Anatoli and a Ukrainian army general that said that I must go back with Bob away from the light because it was not my time nor Ukraine’s time. They told me I was as strong a force as many battalions and I must return to save thousands of lives. I did not understand this but Bob grabbed me and we went back from whence we came. I remember hearing the Ukrainian anthem being sung.

The doctors had noted the time of my death and that of Bob’s at 12:04. At 12:05 both of us woke up with a start and hopped off our beds completely healed. Bob said later it was the miracle of millions of Buddhists sending us a kindness and compassionate meditation.

Well it is good to be back. There is business to do.

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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