So I put it out there on Facebook that I needed a suggestion for a blog topic. I kept trying to write about God and I kept getting blocked. I did 4 readings today and the last 2 gave me fodder for that post, but I'll save it for another day. The questions posed were how do you know your dog is happy and how our emotional energy impacts animal behavior and happiness. Great questions!
Dogs tell me all kinds of things! Things from crazy to basic to spiritual to profound to ridiculous. For example, one dog today said that it loved how the 6 year old in the house always touched her belly, and that she loved the energy that was conveyed during those times. Another dog said that it wanted a blue collar with that reddish pink color on it. Do you know what I'm talking about? The two colors that when they're combined or near each other they are almost electrified? The owner knew what I was talking about! A dog that had passed wanted the owner to know that it didn't feel pain at the end, although it's body was very much filled with cancer.
How is that possible? Well, sometimes when a spirit is crossing over they go to the other side while the physical body is dying. As that is happening we are going through a grieving process or finding a way to let them go, but they are alright. I can explain that to you in better detail if you want me to!
How do you know they're happy? Most of the animals I know have been very happy and grateful to be a part of your life. The ones that aren't make it pretty clear by their behavior. When you're at your wits end and call me to understand an annoying behavior they get the chance to tell you what you need to know about YOURSELF or what they want you to change so that they are happier. Or, so that you are put back on your path. What the heck does that mean? Good question. I believe that we are all here to learn something about ourselves or a higher level of energy. That is why we chose to be born and come here. We are always presented with opportunities to face those lessons. When we ignore them, the universe/higher power/whatever word makes you feel good steps in and tires to get our attention.
So. If your dog is constantly scratching or has chronic hot spots, what's going on in your life? Are you happy? Are you doing what feels good for you? Are you picking at things that you should really leave alone? Are you crawling out of your skin wishing you were somewhere else?
Is your dog filled with anxiety? How are you? Are you walking through life confidently, or always wondering if you're doing the right thing.
Does your react defensively to other dogs? How are you with people? Are you always expecting to be judged? What age did this start with you and is it still a coping skill that is serving you well? If you change your expectation, how does your dogs behavior shift?
All of that being said, it's not your FAULT that your dog may be dealing with some of these issues. It is your opportunity to realize that they often mirror us, and you get to thank them and live with more awareness. That is a gift, and that is what they have come here to teach you. They are not here to judge you, or to critique you. They are here to move you forward on your journey. They are a gift! I'm guessing if you're reading my blog you already know that.