Our dog Odie is an 8-year-old Dachshund/Terrier mix. He has funny little legs with a big round body, though not overweight. Even at this older age with a graying beard he still enjoys playing fetch. Odie is a foodie who loves all food and eats everything, no pickiness in his taste buds. He behaves like a goofy three year old jumping up on your lap when you least expect it (ouch). When I look into his eyes I see a wise old soul. We love our Mr. Odie very much, but life with him has not been easy.
As an animal communicator and energy healer I have been working with Odie to quiet his barking for the past five years, a very heartbreaking and frustrating experience.
In talking to Odie with animal communication, I learned about his early life story of abuse at the hands of another human being. Understanding his pain has helped my husband and I to have compassion for his behavior instead of getting angry with him for his excessive barking.
As his pet mom, I want Odie to enjoy his life with us in a happy, loving, carefree way – not live in fear. I worked with him each week, healing his pain of the past so he could forgive and move on with his life. I have the inner faith that Odie would heal into a peaceful life where he trusts other human beings, and this motivates me to keep doing the work. Odie has healed PTSD, abuse trauma, emotional pain, abandonment; feelings of disconnection, fear, anger, rejection, and hatred. He has forgiven and moved forward. I am happy to report that he has healed all of this and so much more. Just this week Odie received deliverance from a demon that had attached in during his abuse as a puppy, infecting his thoughts, causing him continuous fear as an adult, feeding into the excessive barking.
Today as I was thinking about Odie and all we have been through together, I had a light bulb moment.
I realized something important I want to share with all pet parents – something that has completely changed my perspective in life.
Like attracts like. When we adopted Odie from the shelter as a puppy, he felt comfortable with me because he felt my energy of the past (that I was not aware of at the time) that mirrored his past experiences. Odie chose me as his guardian so he could help me to heal with him, a huge gift of love.
I wanted to get very clear on this, so I asked my guardian animal angel for the truth about our human and animal relationships.
What she told me blew my mind.
“The animal and human connection runs deep at a soul level. All animals within the Animal Kingdom have an agreement with human beings to support the mortal soul’s evolution and growth through companionship. Animals are teaching through their behaviors and/or illnesses what their family member is holding inside themselves. This is a direct, energetic line of connection between you. It’s time to begin listening to your pet and receive their messages that support your personal growth.”
“Now is the time to understand the powerful unconditional love of your animal teachers and healers who are within your family, neighborhood and wilderness. Every animal you encounter in your life is assisting you in some way. Open your heart to this new relationship with all of life! Allow yourself to see what your pet is asking you to see inside yourself. Create a healing partnership with your pet and heal together and help the world to heal in the process.”
Understanding that spiritual truth shows me why I’ve had so many different animal encounters. I regret not being aware that they were teaching me. Know that I understand how deeply animals care for all of us, I can look for the guidance they provide.
Does your pet shake in fear at the slightest noise? Does your cat hide under the couch when friends come over? Does your dog bark at everything? These types of behaviors are showing you something. All you have to do is ask yourself, “How might this apply to my life? What am I afraid of? Why am I hiding?”
Your pet is your guardian angel and spiritual counselor, showing and teaching you what you need to do or not do in life, if you are willing to listen. Your pet is making personal change easier for you in this way. Life can be challenging – your pet wants to make it easier for you.
Pet behavior problems are one of the top reasons for dogs being surrendered to shelters. Odie’s aggressive barking behavior had us considering this at one time, before we understood the true problem of his pain. We have been courageous in keeping Odie in our family because we love him. We do not give up on our family members. Now that I understand how Odie has been helping me, I am grateful. As I have healed my inner wounds, Odie has too.
Please understand that in order to help your pet to heal you have to be willing to look inside yourself and heal too. You can establish a deep spiritual connection between you so you can heal, transform and grow together – for the love of your pet.