We had a family dog growing up (husky mix)..my parents got her the same year I was born and we always had a special bond. She died suddenly when I was 12. To this day I will have the occasional dream that I am back at our old home and she is sitting by her dog house...I smile and go hug her and she kisses me. I wake up happy..I think it is her way of visiting me and telling me she is ok.
My husband's mother went to a psychic one day. Just out of curiosity really. Not too long into her session, the psychic told her that she always had a dog near her. A black german shepherd. And at that very moment he was sitting next to her with his head on her lap. They had put their black shepherd down a few years prior to that-she was floored!