Pets feel stress and anxiety too… Here are a few quick tips to help in healing and communicating with your pet…
It’s 3pm, have you hugged your pet today?
If you recall some TV ads from the early 1980’s – they sounded a bit like the above line, but had nothing to do with pets and everything to do with children. However, be it 3pm or 3am, the idea of hugging your pet is a good one.
You’ve had a long day. You’ve had a great day. You’ve had a stressful day. You’ve gotten a lot done today. All great reasons for hugging your pet! The fact is you have a furry friend (or two, or even more) waiting for you at home, wanting your attention. That little hug or even a few nice pets between the ears or on their shoulders can mean a lot – and not just for your pet. By simply spending just a few quite moments with your pet, you’ll find a sense of relaxation and calm – for the both of you. If this isn’t the case it could mean that your pet is picking up on some stress and doesn’t want to relax with you. Your fuzzy little cat or dog could actually be telling you to slow down by not curling up with you for some hugs.
If the idea of hugging your pet, or just carving out some time to be with your pet, sounds a little “out there,” you may want to simply consider why it is you have a pet in your home. They may have fur, but they still want for attention. Pets are much like young children. The rewards of having a pet can also be greatly beneficial too.
All too often we take our pets for granted. Couples spend countless hours with their pets then have children and find that their best furry friends have taken a seat in the back, there’s less time for them, and less attention. It’s a very common situation which can be easily cured. Make the time for your pets, just like you did before life took some changes. Try the “one pet hug a day” experiment and make sure to give your dog, cat, or rabbit a nice little hug or pet each and every day. It doesn’t have to be hours of play time at the park, just a few special moments every day can prove to be true therapy for you, and your pets.
I don’t think I’ve ever been without a pet in my life. As a child, my parents had dogs. I was five or six when I was introduced to my first “shelter experience.” That was something that would never leave me. That day, we ended up adopting an adorable puppy mix breed. Frisky, as I called her, lived to be 14 years old and saw me through three changes of address and my high school days. She was a wonderful little dog and I still feel her presence with me at times.
Maybe it was Frisky, or Yoda, Axis or Jonathan (our first house cat!) that drew me into working with animals. Then again, maybe it was just the chemistry I found with animals to be so fascinating. Just listening to our pets can teach us so much.
Today, many a dog, cat, bird, horse (and even llama!) later, I’m certified in the ancient art of Reiki healing, and, I feel a full-circle effect. My numerous experiences with animals have led me to understand that working with them is a calling and has been since I was a child. The full-circle effect feels so similar to what I felt as that 5 yr old at the shelter so many years ago.
Children and animals share a very common bond, an understanding that adults, very often, can’t see. It’s because children and animals are closer to a world that we (the adults) once knew very well too, but slowly, moved away from. The world is that of simply listening and being present. Learning from what is taking place now. Learning from playing. Learning from observing.
How many times did you sit on the curb and watch friends play? argue? hug? cry? You remember those moments, you were present for them. Your childhood holds a number of geniune memories such as those because of how you lived your life at that time.
Back to our furry friends, who, at times, also need healing. Reiki is an ancient art which emphasizes the use of different hand positions on an animal (child, adult or even plant) and aides in directing energy. It deal with the various chakras. Combinging my love for animals, my listening and years of experience in working with so many, I have found that Reiki can work wonders on our four-legged friends.
If you’re not schooled as a professional Reiki Master, it’s ok. You can try a simple excercise with your pet at home. Reiki also works as a calming method for many animals as well. Simply sit with your pet (dog, cat, bird, etc.) in a comfortable and familiar area. Rest your hands lightly on your pet’s back or shoulders. Feel where your pet may be tense. Listen. Move your hands until you find an area where your pet is beginning to relax and feel a sense of calm. If you have a young dog, you may find that this may be a short session. If you have a pet with special needs, you may find yourself doing this more and more often. Whatever the case, practice makes perfect. Take some time each day to work with your pet. You may be surprised at what you find. You may also find yourself to be “healed” a bit too.