Four in ten pet owners believe their cat or dog will return to them as a ghost.
Evening Express reports that nearly half of those are convinced that their dead pet has already visited them!
As part of a poll conducted by Animalfriends.co.uk it was found that 23% of people believe they will be visited by the ghost of their dead pet and 17% of people believe they already have been.
One example given in the survey was of a 12-year-old Scottish Terrier Wallace who came back to his owner in the form of a black smudge on the door.
Gilbert Donaldson, Wallace’s owner, was convinced the smudge was a shaped like ears and a long nose and was convinced it was his beloved pet returning to him.
The survey also found that 12% of pet owners have received counselling or taking anti-depressants following the loss of a pet.
Over two thirds of animal lovers treasure their passed pet’s pictures but it’s women who are the most sentimental when it comes to keeping mementoes – 35% choosing to cling to the collar, compared with just 29% of men.
However, more than 50% go on to get another animal.
Less than 40% of all animals die of old age each year in the UK. Around 15% die of cancer and 9% die following an issue with their kidneys.
Nearly 10% are sadly killed in road accidents.
(Story source: Evening Express)