Alfie also showed how him & Shadow are balancing the environment around his owner by the two of them working together but in separate places.
When a beloved pet "dies" we are sad for the loss in our hearts but when you see it from their persepctive it's uplifting. They're free to be who they really are without the burdeon of the physical body and World. It's not to say that we shouldn't grieve, it's a natural process. We SHOULD do what feels right to us but if you take anything from this story let it be that there is no death.
We have a lot to learn from our animal companions. x