A bereaved woman claims she captured the ghost of her dead dog on camera while taking a video of her new pet.
Kimberley Pearce, 40, had to have cocker spaniel Sadie put down just a week earlier and was filming her new puppy Bella when she said she saw the spooky apparition .
The footage appears to show a dog-shaped spirit flash across the room while the other dog scampers around.
Kimberely, from North Carolina in the United States, believes it was 12-year-old Sadie coming back to tell her she had forgiven her for having her put down.
Kimberly said: “It was only a few days after when I was showing the video to a friend that I saw her appear. I just knew it was her. That was my dog.
“I was in shock – I went outside and started to cry. But then I started to smile. I had been begging for her to give me a sign.
“You can see it’s a white and caramel colour, and so was my little girl.
“The video had been taken around lunchtime and no cars go past my house to make a reflection, and no birds for a shadow or anything. We live quite far out in the country.
“There was nothing else it could have been. Before I kind of did and didn’t believe in ghosts. Now I really do believe.”
Kimberly, who lives with her husband Chad, Golden Retriever Rosco and Bella, who passed away just three days before her 13th birthday.
Kimberly said: “It might sound strange, but a couple of days after Sadie died I finally went and sat out on the porch and had a half hour conversation with her.
“I felt so guilty because I was the one who made that decision to have her put down. I signed the papers. I was shaking even just writing my name on them. And I just wanted to tell her, ‘Sadie, I’m so, so sorry and please forgive me for what I’ve done’.
“In that conversation I just begged and begged for her or God to send me a sign so that I knew she was okay.
“My husband got me Bella the morkie puppy because I hadn’t stopped crying since Sadie died and it was to try and help.
“I already suffer from severe depression and anxiety attacks, and through the months of Sadie’s illness I was getting worse and worse.”
The bereaved florist’s initial emotional outburst at seeing the footage soon changed to a sense of joy, which Kimberly says has eased her pain deeply.
Kimberly said: “Sadie was sweet as she could be. She was a momma’s girl.
“I think her appearing was her telling me, ‘It’s okay, Momma, I’m here. I’m not mad at you. I will be here waiting for you. Now go play with that little ‘un’.
“It warmed my heart. A psychic has also told me that she walks around with me. Nobody knew how badly I’d felt. I don’t feel bad anymore and I can play with Bella.
“It’s just like her. She was such a loving dog. She used to sleep with me, she’d be curled up around my head and my husband said it looked like she was a hat.”
“When we were home she used to follow me around. She was always at my feet. Whoever walked through the door, whether she knew you or not, she was your best friend. She never snapped or bit or growled.”
But Kimberly believes this was a one-off visitation from her companion.
Kimberly said: “I’m not holding out for Sadie to appear again, I think she was just answering me after our conversation out on the porch.
“I would like for people to know that lost ones are here with you. They can come back to let you know they are okay and that they love you. I want people to see Sadie and smile.”