A grieving dog lover was astonished when she saw the spitting image of her dead pet in a photograph she snapped of the full moon.
Donna Mortlock, 50, was heartbroken when her Jack Russell, BiJa, died shortly before his 19th birthday.
The cherished pet died of old age and his heartbroken family spent their first Christmas without him in nearly two decades.
But four days after Christmas Donna noticed the back garden in their home in Welling, Kent, flooded with moonlight and went out to enjoy it.
Snapping a photo of the full moon, Donna was astonished to look at her phone and see a familiar face staring back at her from the clouds underneath.
Donna said: “BiJa was approaching 19 when he passed away.
“About three or four days after Christmas I was out in the back garden and it looked really bright.
“I took the picture and I didn’t see anything initially. I looked at the picture and I just saw my dog.”
Donna sent the photo to her sons, Billy, 21, and Jack, 24 – who BiJa was named after.
“My youngest son came running out into the garden and we looked for the image but couldn’t see anything – it was in the picture,” Donna added.
“At that moment it just looked like my dog.”
Donna, a teaching assistant, added: “We all agreed we were all freaked out by it and my husband Colin put it on Facebook.
“It looks like him just when he died. I have gone through in my mind whether it is BiJa from beyond the grave.
“It would be a nice thing. It was nice to have that memory back.
“He was well-loved. I just thought I’d take a picture because it was full moon and it was so bright.”
The family now have a new puppy, Jack Russell Taz, aged seven months, as they could not face living without a dog.