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How to Hold the Energy for Our Pets

What does it mean to “hold the energy” when we are with our pets? It’s selecting a concept and feeling it, breathing it, believing it deeply in our core. It takes some focus because out in the world there are distractions. When we can remain conscious and consistently directed at our chosen end-result, however, the results follow.

Let’s practice: Fluffy has had some litter box mistakes. Her vet has given her a clean bill of health and a professional animal communicator has identified Fluffy’s reasons for the occasional mistake. You can help her remember to always use her litter box by “holding the energy.” Visualize Fluffy walking toward, then into her litter box. Feel what you believe a cat would feel stepping over the edge of the box, into the litter, relieving herself, then leaving the box feeling comfortable and satisfied, knowing her humans are pleased that the family home is remaining clean and fresh-smelling.

If Poco the horse is exhibiting behaviors which, through your vet or an animal communicator, you understand as boredom, you can “hold the vision” or energy to direct Poco to a job to keep him interested and out of trouble. Know first in your mind what activity you believe will work for Poco, then hold the energy – envision the activity and imagine how it feels for him to engage in that activity – to reinforce your desire for a healthy and balanced and happy horse.hold the energy dog

After a communication consultation in which your dog Rufus has agreed to work on remaining calm and quiet when the doorbell rings, you can reinforce this new way of being by “holding the vision” of a calm and quiet pooch when you know someone is about to arrive. Imagine the doorbell ringing, Rufus hearing that, and perhaps looking toward the door, waiting for you then accompanying you to the door with a calm and quiet demeanor. Envision your guest walking in and Rufus getting big pets and praise for being such a good, quiet, calm boy.

Notice in these examples a common thread – no matter what we are reinforcing, we “hold the energy” of the end result we desire. It is important in this exercise of holding energy to let go of the past mistakes, demeanor, and behaviors and stay completely focused on what you know to be possible. One successful result gives you a perfect example to use in your next reinforcement exercise, then you have two successes to build on, then three, and so on.

It can be challenging at times to find a way to hold the energy positively without consideration of past behaviors, but you’ll get the hang of it. Do be sure your desire to “hold the energy” isn’t overshadowing the need for a trip to the vet or to understand the deep-rooted rationales your pet may have for a certain way of being, but if all systems are go, then enjoy your practicing!

Pets Say the Funniest Things

Do you remember that television show “Kids Say the Darndest Things” hosted by Art Linkletter back in the 1960s?  It’s true, they do. Kids are uncensored and honest and sincere. I love that about them. That’s probably why I love communicating with animals so much – they are also uncensored, honest, and sincere. And boy do they say some hilarious things! Indulge me as I reminisce.Linkletter

I remember years ago working with Milo for the first time. He had been licking his foreleg for months and his human hoped we could understand why. This was a unique one for me and continues to be the only time an animal has explained that the lick sore is “his friend” and this is his way of showing affection. And yes, we were able to convince Milo to greet his friend in other ways and we haven’t had to talk to him about this topic since.

Sometimes animals convey funny things with no words at all. Ferguson was asked what he thinks of his companion Billy? Eye roll. That’s all.

There are several animals when asked to consider a different behavior who give me the proverbial arms-crossed-in-front-of-the chest demeanor. How can I not chuckle at that attitude?

A puppy in training to be a service-dog was asked by her guardian if she knew what she was training for and if she wanted to be a service companion? “I love it; I’m going to be star!” she replied with no apology for her confidence. Indeed she did graduate from service-dog training and it is clear that she is a star and loves every minute of her job.

It shouldn’t take me by surprise anymore, but I still laugh when a pet answers a request such as “could you consider changing this behavior?” with a simple and definitive “nope, I can’t.” Usually there is no accompanying attitude. It’s just their answer. Okay, we can work with that!

It is my desire and style to be very respectful of the animals I work with, and yet sometimes I just can’t help it and little chuckle comes out. They don’t mind; some tell me they chuckle at us humans too!

Pet Emergency Info Sheet

Someone sent me this Pet Emergency Information Sheet and while I don’t know who created it or for exactly what purpose (I would give proper credit if I could) I feel it is valuable and needs to be shared.

Emergency Info Sheet 1I have just completed the form myself and I plan to keep it in my emergency box which I keep with me in my car during high-danger months. In the unlikely circumstance that I would be evacuated or kept from returning home during an evacuation, I will have all the relevant and critical information, including a photo, to give the sheriff or firefighters in order to have them identify and retrieve my pets.

My other consideration is to have this form filled out in the, again unlikely, event that my dog should go missing. It takes a little bit of time to gather this information and when a pet is missing we may not be in a state of mind to find all this information quickly.

Lets take the time now to gather this information and keep it in a place where we can have access to it in case of emergency and at a moments notice. I know I will rest a little easier as wild-fire danger escalates this summer, knowing that I am prepared to do all I can for my beloved pets during an unexpected circumstance.

Final Stage of Life Conversations

The topic of the final stage of our pet’s life is hard to think about. I suspect there is a part of us that believes we may bring about the end sooner if we admit that it is approaching; however, discussing with your pet it’s end of life can be the best, most fulfilling discussion you’ve ever had with them. The opportunity to express your deep love and appreciation for your pet while you can still enjoy more time together is priceless. These discussions are helpful in understanding the animal’s desires for assistance to pass or not, for comfort requests in the final days, and for pouring out our heart to our animals who know us so well. Beyond that, there is a relief and release when you are “on the same page” with your beloved animal companion in their remaining days, weeks, or months together.

shadow man dogFrom the animal’s perspective there is a relief and release as well. Many animals are masters at caretaking us, their humans. What a relief for them to know that yes, we will absolutely miss them terribly when they pass, but we are preparing ourselves for that inevitable time. They most likely will continue to take care of us but now with a knowing that we will be sad, but okay. It is a lifted burden of concern for them.

The conversation is simple, and the details of the conversation will evolve as time passes. Initial conversations may be reminiscent of favorite activities combined with an expression of your love and gratitude for the wonderful memories. As you become aware that your beloved companion’s time may be short you can include your desire to take care of them now as they have taken care of you through the years. This is giving them permission to relax and release their caretaking responsibilities, assuring them that you need time to practice while they are still with you to guide. Finally, when you have reached your final time with your companion, be true to yourself and to them. They’ll know if you are not being sincere. Cry if you need to, and admit that you will miss them like crazy and be sad for a while. Then assure them that you will be okay eventually and you want them to be out of pain and free of their body that is no longer working for them. Give them permission to let go.

These are not easy conversations to have, however I can tell you from my experience that these conversations are extremely helpful for our animals as they are preparing to transition from the physical to the spirit world. I have heard from many humans that these conversations help make a devastating time a little more bearable when we, the humans, know that we have expressed our love and deep gratitude to our beloved pets while we still can.

 

Supporting Our Aging Pets

Where does the time go?  We know that our pets will age, but that doesn’t make it easier when we start to see the physical symptoms. Sometimes the indicators show up slowly over time; for some animals it seems like they age almost overnight. We know how to help with physical comfort but what about the emotions? Do we know how best to support our beloved pets as they come to terms with less energy, less mobility, and/or a decline in sight or hearing? As the aging process progresses it is important to stay in communication with our pet and help them with the emotional aspects of aging.

Graceful aging
Graceful agers tend to be wise old souls who recognize aging as a natural part of their journey on earth. These animals are generally content, fulfilled, and treasure each moment with their beloved family. It doesn’t seem to matter what their origins are; I’ve met plenty of rescue animals with difficult beginnings whose life purpose is fulfilling and they move through each stage of life with love and well-being. These animals often have significant, even profound, wisdom to impart to their human companions in their elder years. Supporting their ability and desire to guide their human with insights and knowledge deepens even further their joy, contentment, and purpose in life. It seems it is often the animals in this category who surprise their human with a rapid decline followed quickly by their passing. These peaceful, quick passings are usually expected by the animal but can leave their human confused and wishing for time to prepare.aging pet

Reluctant aging
Some animals have a harder time with the physical and emotional aspects of aging. There can be a variety of reasons for being reluctant or resentful of the aging process including concern for their humans as they begin to recognize their mortality. It’s important to communicate with these pets as they age to reassure them that aging is natural and to help them with physical and emotional comfort-care through the process. The shift from care-taking their human to accepting care is a process for them. I’ve found these animals can make that shift and joyfully accept aging when the process is a shared journey with their human.

Communicating with your pet through their years of aging and understanding how best to support them will keep you and your pet emotionally healthy and prepared for the inevitable shifts and changes in their senior years. Whether our pets joyfully enter their elder years or kick and scream a bit, what a beautiful gift to share this time with them supporting them and creating lovely memories.

Emergency Preparedness with Microchips

Have you staged an emergency drill to test your pet’s microchip? We never hope to need to rely on the microchip to be reunited with our beloved pet, but in the unfortunate event that you would need to rely on the chip, it will be well worth the time it takes to practice walking through the steps.microchip

Microchips can be a lifesaver for our pet, literally, but if the information that was recorded by the chip company is not accurate, or your contact information has changed and wasn’t updated with the chip company, your pet’s safety and the chances of being reunited with your pal is significantly reduced.

Most of the time microchips work as they are supposed to. Once in a while an error or malfunction renders the microchip useless. In two cases of which I’m personally aware (both turned out fine in the end!), when the guardian of the missing pet called the chip company to report their pet missing, there was a problem. One resulted in a completely different family and different dog – different breed, age, all the vital information – on record. The other realized, after the dog had been found through other means, that the number on the chip was one digit off from the number of record. The rescuing family went through the proper steps but the microchip was no help in reuniting the dog with his family since the chip company had no record of the number that matched the chip. Errors can happen, and we can take responsibility to limit the consequences of the error by simply running our own emergency drill periodically.

  1. Next time you have your microchipped pet in for their well-check exam, ask the veterinarian or vet tech to scan the chip
  2. Match the chip number to the number you have in your file at home
  3. Call the chip company and confirm the number is properly associated with your contact information
  4. Update your contact information if necessary. Is your mobile phone number included? Is the secondary contact person still the appropriate person of record? Has the guardianship of the pet changed through divorce or death, or is the primary residence of the pet with a different family member? Confirm and/or update your contact information every year or so.
Our pets are a member of our family and microchipping is a valuable insurance policy for them. Just like the periodic review we give our other insurance policies, let’s remember to review our pet’s microchip policy as well!

Discussing Animal Communication with Our Veterinarian

I am grateful that I have a very open and respectful relationship with my pet’s health care providers. It occurs to me, however, that some of us may hold back a bit with our veterinarians when discussing the information that has come forth utilizing animal communication with our pets.vet w rabbit

I know there are many animal health care practitioners – veterinarians, techs, DVM specialists, alternative practitioners – who recognize and utilize the value of animal communication. Many refer their clients and many use animal communication services themselves. How do we know when the health care practitioner is familiar with and a fan of animal communication services? How do we pass along valuable information received from our beloved animal companions via an animal communication consultation?

I usually answer questions about disclosure of using an animal communicator with two or three comments, in no particular order:

  • Maybe your vet IS familiar with animal communication. If you suspect that possibility (most holistic veterinary practices are open and even encouraging of many non-scientific resources) try to bring it up next time. If they are a fan of animal communication then you are on your way to an even more rewarding partnership with your animal’s health care practitioner.
  • It’s not so important to disclose *how* you got the valuable information from your pet about how they are feeling; it is important that you convey that information in some way. We can talk that through in a way in which you are comfortable, and in which you are not holding back viable and potentially valuable information.
  • All of us are entitled to a respectful relationship with our health care providers. Even if the veterinarian doesn’t use animal communication as a resource, most will listen to the information provided directly by your pet. If not, and since communicating with your beloved animal is important to you, perhaps this is a good time to evaluate other animal health clinics to find one which is more closely aligned with your priorities.

When you are in partnership with your animal’s health care providers simply relaying the symptoms as you know them, whether from your personal observation or from your pet’s description of how they are feeling, is key. Whether you mention that you’ve worked with an animal communicator is secondary. Follow your intuition and if you do choose to divulge your use of animal communication to your health care practitioner, you might be pleasantly surprised with an enthusiastic acceptance and sincere interest in what your animal companion has to say!

Flower Essences tele-class ~ Adminstering to Pets

flower essenceIf you are an animal guardian and have wondered

  • what flower essences are
  • the benefits of usage
  • topics for usage
  • individual essences
  • blended essences
  • how to safely use flower essences for our companion animals

then this 45-minute informational tele-class may be for you. We will discuss the benefits and how to safely use flower essences for our pets. For more information and to register visit the Articulate Animals website.