A friend once lost one of her pets and was so distraught she mourned it for weeks. Some people do not understand the attachment she had to the poor puppy. While majority of people cannot understand why a human being should love his or her pets more than even human beings, pet lovers, on the other hand, find it difficult to believe they are misunderstood.
Today we are going to look at the issue from a different perspective.
Animals have souls just like human beings. But the souls of Animals are rather fluid, and not individualistic as that of the human soul. In the same way, even trees and rocks have their own souls, but their souls are rather forces of the elements that inhabit the trees and as their houses. There are stories of trees that refuse to fall and which even bulldozers cannot pull down; or if it was pulled down, it stands again. Such stories are not only found in superstitious Africa but also in the Scandinavian countries, where some of the natives still have connections with the forces of the elements. Even Rocks have their own beings that inhabit them, just as flower elves inhabit flowers, where the flower is far away from human habitation and may not be disturbed by humans.
But Animal souls are different from these, since they are imbued with independent movement. All elephants, for example, have souls which after death flows back to the common pool like a river, only to incarnate again by a small part of the pool flowing into the animal at the middle of pregnancy. Thus, in principle, no animal is meant to be a reincarnation of another, except in special circumstances.
These special circumstances can be of two types. The first is by applying the strongest force on earth, the power of Love. When a man loves his pet, the love radiation can hold the pet's soul together, making it individualistic and therefore, if the pet passes on, the soul is not allowed to flow back to the group soul. Under this condition, the animal can reincarnate, and can still seek out the former owner if he is intuitively alert to recognize it.
The second is more rare in application. There are also animals in the higher realms which have nothing to do with animals in the realm of animism.These can sometimes be incarnated on earth for special tasks. However, these ones cannot incarnate on animal bodies but in HUMAN BODIES. Hence not every human being is a normal human being.