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Hours After Dog Passes Away, Woman Looks at Clouds and Sees Pet's Face

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A 19-year-old woman from York, England, has had a special dog since she was 6, but she recently had to say goodbye.

Sunny, a Parson Russell Terrier, had several health issues as she grew older and died last month at the age of 14.

The pet of Lucy Ledgeway and her family, Sunny passed away in the arms of Lucy’s father on June 20 after being diagnosed with diabetes last year and ultimately suffering a seizure.

While the Ledgeway family knew their beloved dog’s time was approaching, Sunny, a rescue animal, seemed to rally a day before she died, giving the family one last good day.

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“She was in bed up until around 2 p.m., and then my brother got a bag of crisps out and started eating and she started sniffing up,” Lucy told Today. “It gave us a bit of hope, like, ‘Oh, so she’ll be all right.'”

When Sunny passed away the next morning, Lucy was understandably sad and grieving — but then something brought her comfort.

According to what she told Today, she mentioned to her boyfriend that she wished she could have a sign that Sunny was in a better place.

And Lucy got her wish: The pattern of the clouds in the sky resembled her dog.

“I was in shock really, in disbelief,” Lucy said. “The thing is, I was sad all day and then as soon as I saw her, it just made me laugh. It made me giggle to myself and it made me happy. And I think that happening has made it easier to grieve.”

“[M]y dog passed away in my dads arms this morning seconds before setting off to the vets,” Lucy tweeted. “[L]ater in the day we went out to clear our head and i cried to my boyfriend in the seat she died in, just begging for a sign that she’s okay. this is what I was blessed with.”

Of course, many dog owners have wished for similar signs after their pets have passed on, and many commented with their own photos of cloud puppies.

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Several people have called the image fake, and others think the resemblance is a stretch, but for Lucy it was real and a blessing.

“I’m grateful that I’ve seen that with my own eyes, and I know that it’s not fake,” Lucy told Today.

Family members have been featured in many reports and are happy to share their story with fellow animal lovers.

Can you see Sunny's face in the clouds?

“Sorry to keep on posting on here, but we are so happy to see our little Sunny in all these papers,” Lisa Ledgeway posted on Facebook. “York Press did a lovely full page, The Daily Mail and The Sun, (plus an Australian paper) and Lucy’s talking about her tomorrow on Radio York between 2-6pm.”

“Thank you so much for all of your lovely kind comments, and on Twitter too, we will never forget you our darling Sunny.”

Whether or not you see Sunny’s face in the clouds, it’s clear this moment was special to the Ledgeway family and brought them a little joy amid their grief — and that, in itself, is a beautiful thing.

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
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