I must admit that I had a very long conversation with one of my boxers that spanned over a year about this subject. She suddenly told me one day that she was "done" with her job here and just let me know that she would be transitioning soon. I was totally freaked out and asked a couple of friends of mine who are professional Animal Communicators to connect with her and have a conversation. The information was consistent - she was planning to go and there was no talking her out of it.
Then she literally began to die before our eyes. Over a period of days, she became gaunt, pale, and listless. She stopped eating. I cried; I pleaded with her; I threatened her (never a good idea). I told her I would lock her up in the house so she couldn't get hurt, and her response was "I'll just throw myself down the staircase when you're not looking".
What was this all about? She felt that her job in this life had been completed. She came to teach me some things, to offer us some new lives and abundance in the form of puppies, and she needed to move on to consider what she had learned and choose a new job. She even had an idea of what it might be.
I talked with my AC mentor for advice. I didn't want to "lose" my beautiful Ginger. She advised that I "negotiate", so I did. I asked her what I could do for her that would entice her to stay in this body longer. She took a long time thinking about it. Hours and days, in fact. It was agonizing for the whole family. Then, she announced that if I was willing to learn to work with her in agility, she would delay her transition and stay with me. I agreed, and within a day she became her rosy self again, bounding around like a puppy. Now how would you explain that to a veterinarian who would have wanted to hook her up to all kinds of life support when she intended to die anyway?
So back to the original question - why are so many animals transitioning in great numbers these days? I knew about the puppy deaths, because those who have no jobs do not live. Some of them have lessons to teach their caregivers about how to handle a particular birth defect, or that they need to be better prepared if they want to breed babies and have the right supports in place before they make the decision to breed. But I wasn't so sure about the adults. So I asked my guides. This is what they said:
Many jobs are ending. Many animals have taught the lessons they came to teach and are transitioning to help with the newer, higher frequencies that abound on the planet. Animals are always concerned with the growth and health of their human caregivers, and once a lesson is taught (such as how to deal with a particular health issue, behavior problem, etc.), they also teach us about unconditional love and how to handle grief.
They ALWAYS come back. Have no doubt. The Rainbow Bridge is not a one-way street.
BTW, we have been doing agility at every opportunity and she absolutely loves it! When you make a promise to your pet, always be sure to follow through to keep the trust between you. I followed through and so did she.