Anyone who shares their life with an animal knows that there is a lot going on in those little craniums. You can tell just by their expressions that there is that their wheels are constantly turning, thinking about all kinds of things. Have you ever watched your dog dream? They can become very animated, sometimes barking, running in place and otherwise acting out a dream. I'm sure that you have looked at that dog before I wondered what in the world is going on in that crazy head of yours? As an animal communicator I have the privilege of working with a myriad of pets, though I'm going to focus this conversation on dogs and cats. There are some things that come up frequently in animal communication sessions and I would like to share them here.
1. Your company is vital to us. We miss you when you are gone. When you get home we really wish you would make some time just to greet us. We are so excited to see you! Please sit with us for a minute and help us to feel secure and loved.
2. We feel your emotions deeply. Your pets are so dialed in to your emotions, it is impossible to hide what you are feeling. In fact, they are probably closer to your emotional body than anybody. Many of my clients with extreme anxiety report that even when they cannot stand to be around any people, they can still allow their dog or cat to sit closely with them. You may also notice that when you are grieving that animal tries to be very close to your heart chakra, sitting on your chest, in your arms, right up near your face. This is no coincidence. They choose to sit close to you and to be near your spirit and in your heart space to help heal you. I do believe that animals see auras. They do know what's going on with people just by looking at them. I also believe that due to their enhanced sense of smell they can smell your body chemistry and also know where you are emotionally and physically. When they act like they need to show you love, let them. They have assigned themselves a role in your home and frequently a large part of that role is emotional support. It's okay to hug them, to cry and to allow them to be your comforter.
3. We really hate your cellphone. These days you spend more time looking at that thing than you do at us. Can you just put it down for a while and take us on a walk or throw our ball? I have found it interesting how many of my clients report that their dogs or cats try to knock their phones out of their hands. I think they are telling us something. Not only has our screen time taken away from the time we would normally spend with them, but I think that they also see what is or is not good for us. In fact, as I type this, my Chihuahua Rico is desperately trying to get my attention and insisting on sitting in my lap. I will definitely have to make some time to cuddle with him soon. (Side note, I finally ended up writing this article by voice text because he was so insistent on being held. He really wanted to be a part of the conversation.)
4. If we were a rescue pet, there may always be some level of insecurity within us about whether or not this is our forever home. It's not because you don't make us feel secure. It's not because there's anything wrong with your home. We love it here. We're grateful for you. But you have to understand that when you have been abused and abandoned, that kind of thing stays with you. I have been amazed with rescue animals who are in very secure home situations, and have been for years, who are still asking if they will live here forever. If you have rescue animals in your home be sure to reassure them frequently that you love them and that they are there for good.
5. Please stop setting us up to fail. We try to please you, and we do want to follow the rules. However sometimes our emotions or senses overpower us and we do things that you cannot explain. If we tend to be destructive when you're not home, it would be better for us to be in a crate where we would feel more secure and not have the temptation of destroying your belongings. If we cannot make it through the night without an accident, it would be better for us to sleep in a room where an accident is no big deal. You see, we do have our own limitations as well. I am amazed at how frequently I have a client who is very frustrated with the pet for not following the rules that they seem unable to follow. For example, if you are walking your dog off leash and he takes off chasing a cat, that is on you. He was overwhelmed by his senses and even though he knows that the rule is to stay next to you, he simply could not. Rather than setting him up to fail by going off leash, why not keep him on a leash in places where his safety and the safety of those around him are paramount? Everyone wins in a home where accommodations are made for the needs of the animals living there. This can become especially important as animals age. Elderly pets may not do as well with going to the bathroom outside as they once did. They may need a change in food. They may need to be kept warmer, have different sleeping arrangements or need more time with you. Just as we make accommodations in the home for the humans who live there, sometimes accommodations for the pets who live there is just as vital.
Clearly our relationship with our animal companions is symbiotic. We both receive a lot from these relationships. Just remember, as you are making decisions and plans, to include their needs in the conversation. They are every bit as much of the family as you are.
I presented on this topic recently, at the 12Family Psychic Symposium. You can watch my presentation on YouTube.