Many years ago, when I was still quite new to the field of animal communication, I had an interesting client. A dear friend of mine called me from another state to say that her friend had a pit bull that was going through something and refusing to eat. They were worried sick. In diving into the case I discovered that she had recently become pregnant by a much larger dog. Her owners felt that it was in her best interest to have her spayed. The vet agreed that due to her unusually small size it would be dangerous for her to carry the puppies.
When they got her home from being spayed she was terribly despondent. All she wanted to do was lay on her bed and stare at the wall. She was not interested in eating, cuddling or playing. She was not herself at all. Her humans assumed that the reason she was so upset was that they took her puppies from her. They felt horrible about it and wanted to express to her why it had to happen. That's where I came in. I employed distance animal communication techniques and quickly built a bond with her. I launched directly into the speech from her parents about why she had to go through this surgery and why her puppies had been taken from her. I was puzzled when she expressed her relief for that surgery and explained that she wanted to the be the baby in her family not have babies.
So why then, was she so upset? She explained to me that her experience at the vet was terrifying. She was very frightened and locked in a cage. She had no idea why she was there at the time. She couldn’t understand why her beloved family would leave her in this place where she was scared to death. When the vet tech came to get her out of the kennel to take her to surgery, she panicked and pinned herself to the back of the cage, snarling and snapping. She bit the vet tech. The tech responded by beating her. This sweet little dog received a terrible beating at the hands of those who were trusted to heal her. She wondered why her family had brought her to this place. She had never been treated this way in her entire life. She was traumatized and hurt. Shortly thereafter, surgery commenced. When she woke from surgery, she was back in the same cage. Much to her relief, her family came soon and wrapped her in her favorite blanket and took her home shortly thereafter. She knew that her babies were gone. She could feel it. That wasn't why she was sad though. She was sad because she couldn't understand why her family would take her to this place. She was terrified that she would have to go back there.
Through my own tears, I promised her that I would relay the message to her family. I swore to her that she would never ever have to go back to that place again and that they would find a new place that would be loving to her. I expressed to her that her family loved her dearly and that they would have never taken her there had they known that something like that would happen. A huge wave of relief rushed through her as she knew that she would not have to go back there anymore. I expressed to her that her family was worried about the fact that she wasn't eating. I asked for permission to do a healing on her body and spirit. She gave me permission and I did the kind of healing one would do after someone has had surgery, and a healing for trauma.
When we were done, I spoke to her loving family on the phone. They shed tears as I explained to them why she was so upset and traumatized. They of course, vowed to me that they would find a new vet immediately, as she was scheduled to have her stitches removed in just a few days. As our call was concluding her mother shrieked with joy as she realized that this sweet little dog had just jumped up on the couch, stolen her sandwich and eaten the entire thing. She was able to revert back to her happy, playful self and was back on her food. It was a relief to say the least.
This experience taught me a lot. I learned from her that one should never go into a session assuming anything. Things are so frequently not as they seem. I also learned from her the importance of helping animals understand what is happening when they go to the vet or to be kenneled. So much of her angst could have been avoided had she known beforehand where she was going and why. Of course, that may not have prevented the abuse she endured. I always encourage my clients to have a quick session with their animal companions to help them understand what is happening if they are to be kenneled, taken to the vet or groomed. Wouldn't you want to know why you were being taken and left at a strange and potentially scary place?