Houston PetTalk January/February 2011 : Page 40

Animal Communication Getting Down To TheHeart And Soul WHAT IS ANIMAL COMMUNICATION Did you know that the word “animal” comes from the Latin word “anima” whichmeans breath, soul, air, living being, life principle? When you hear the words animal communication, do you think about how animals communicate with one another? It is true that animals use body language and sounds to communicate. But there is so muchmore. Animals use interspecies communication. In other words, they are able to communicate and understand one another on an intuitive level. Dog to dog, dog to cat, cat to bird, etc. Scientific studies with humans and animals have been completed that prove this is possible. For example, Rupert Sheldrake, a biologist and biochemist, conducted experiments and the results are dis-cussed in his book, Dogs That Know When Their Owners are Coming Home. This can be a hard concept to grasp but did you know that you are intuitive, too? Have you ever thought about a person and then the phone rang and it was them? Have you ever been in the middle of doing something and then suddenly you remembered that you needed to take your dog for a walk or feed them? Ormaybe you are amother and you knew something was wrong with your child who was not with you at the time. Youmay think that this was just a coincidence but in reality, you were using your intuitive abilities even if you were not aware that you were doing it. In fact, everyone is intuitive. This is an innate ability we ALL have inside of us. Contrary to whatmany believe, you do not have to be gifted or talented in order to communicate with animals. BENEFITS While animal communication never replaces proper veterinary care, there aremany benefits that compliment 40 www.houstonpettalk.com traditional care. ❖ If your pet has behavioral or training issues, you can ask them why they are behaving in a certain manner. It is important to under-stand why because theymay have a very good reason. You should have your vet determine if there is a health issue that is contributing to the behavior, especially urina-tion issues. To help resolve the behavior, you can offer a positive or negative consequence. Our pets really do want to please us and normally when they are given consequences,most behaviors will improve. ❖ If your pet is sick, you can ask them why they are feeling poorly and what you can do to help. While you should seek veterinary attention, this information can be helpful. ❖ You can ask simple questions like “What is your favorite food?” or “What is your favorite activity?” You can ask complex questions such as “What is your purpose in my life?” or “What can I learn from you?” ❖ If your pet is lost, you can com-municate with them to help find out where they are or guide them back to you. ❖ If you are on a trip, you can com-municate with your pet while you are away to see how they are doing and let them know how much longer before you return. ❖ If you are not sure if your pet is ready to cross over, you can ask them. Most will tell you what to look for so that you know they are ready. And when they do pass on, please know that you can speak to them as if they were still here. Your love and soul connection with them does not diminish just because their physical body is no longer present. ❖ Understand that animals are our By Kim Shotola The LightfootWay teachers. They play a significant role in our life. Somemay be here tomake us laugh, some to help us get through the tough times and some to teach us what we should be doing in life such as exploring a new career or health options. Our pets are here to help guide us. Speaking with your pet truly deepens your relationship like never before. STORIES Taffy was a dog that suddenly started lunging and trying to bite people that came to his owner’s house.He said he did that because of the recent theft at the home that he felt responsible for. The owner had forgotten about this incident. After telling Taffy it was not his fault and he didn’t need to protect the house when the owner let people enter, the behavior totally stopped. Cissy was a cat that was urinating on her owner’s clothes and bed-ding and a vet exam did not reveal a health issue. She said she was doing that because the owner’s schedule had become erratic and she wanted more time with them. The owner started spendingmore time with her cat and the behavior ended. Sebastian was a dog that was old and diagnosed by the vet with cancer. The owner wanted to know what would help make her dog more comfortable. He said that he wanted a fluffy white bed and short walks. The dog preferred the new bed and enjoyed their time together.He encouraged his owner to continue to follow her dreams and believe in herself as he did. HOWANIMAL COMMUNICATIONWORKS Remember everyone is intuitive. There are different kinds of intuitive abilities that youmay experience. ❖ When you speak with an animal, youmay see images in your mind. BACK TONATURE

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