Most people are thinking about giving thanks this week. I’m no different. I have a dear friend in the hospital who like some, will not be home for Thanksgiving. I lost my old beloved collie, Duchess, a few months ago after having collies for over 30 years. She was to be my last collie. In memory of her, all of my collie collectibles will be going to the local collie rescue group so they can use the items for fundraisers. We still have Lady, our chihuahua/terrier mix that used to be my grandmother’s dog and is a wonderful teacher in my workshops. She is doing a great job filling in for Bandit, who we lost last year. We also have Angel, the husky/chow mix we got as a puppy from animal control and who came home with parvo after being spayed. She pulled through and is a wonderful friend to my daughter and a protector of our family.
I know a lot of people have lost their dogs lately. I’m hearing this a lot. Even my parent’s dog just passed away a few weeks ago. During this week of thanks, I would like you to keep some things in mind for ANY animal you are caring for:
- Don’t wait to talk to your pet. Do so while they are with you. You do not want to have to say one day “I wished I would have said this to them when they were alive.”
- Talking to your pet out loud is so important to them. Animals are sentient beings and they have feelings just like we do. Talking to them shows you care and that they are an important part of your life.
- Believe it or not, they can understand you. (Now whether they always want to listen is a different story, especially when you are trying to correct a behavior. Now if you are talking to them about a behavior – tell them what you want them to do, not what you do not want them to do. Sometimes they don’t hear the “no” and think you want them to do the behavior you are trying to get them to stop. Remember, focus on how you want them to behave.)
- Tell your pet “thank you” for all they have done for you. “Thank you for the special walks, for laying beside me when I’ve been sick.” You can play catch up if you haven’t been telling them thank you. But remember to do it now and whenever you appreciate them. Don’t wait.
- If you have never told your pet they have a forever home, do so NOW. So many animals do not realize they have a forever home, even if they have lived with you for years! A lot of emotional/behavioral issues are a result of animals wondering when their next move to a new place will be. If you are fostering an animal, tell them you are looking for their forever home so at least they know.
- Tell them how your day was. They enjoy a conversation with you.
- Tell them your dreams, your fears, anything on your mind. Really, they have been tuning into you ever since you got them and want to hear from you on a regular basis.
- Do not worry that you do not know what they are saying. Do not let that stop you from talking to your pet. The main thing is that you talk to them.
- Yes, anyone can learn to “hear” what they are saying. This is inside ALL of us. It is just a matter of waking that up. (If you ever want to know what they are saying back to you, this is when an animal communicator can be of help or better yet, learn animal communication yourself.)
- And lastly, tell them how much you love them and thank them for their love for you. For some people, animals are their very best friend because they are the one being that they know will never let them down.
So on this Thanksgiving week, please remember that animals are pretty amazing and we need to think of them as having an intelligent mind, a loving heart and a deep soul that reaches the depths of our own.
Blessings to you and the animals you love!