I can honestly say however I have wondered about spirit animal guides. I find the concept fascinating!
I have had some strange encounters with Owls, 2 white ones and one mottled one (which I just photographed recently). The white ones both circled me at night years apart; the mottled one roosted in my tree. But I only mention these as others have, I live next to some mountains and often see coyotes, raccoons, cranes (usually in my backyard), ducks, geese, all manners of small birds, foxes (whole family lived down the road few years back), frogs, bugs, hawks and even a bald eagle...
But does that make them my spirit guide? If anything I have an inclination to Frogs they appear in my house as babbles and such I have also worn a necklace with a frog on it. But does this make the frog my spirit guide or just animals I have had encounters with and I like.
How does one recognize an animal guide vs. just an animal encounter or dream?
edit on 29-5-2012 by abeverage because: (no reason given)