Mirror, mirror on the...dog?
When I took my senior Basenji mix, Jaya, outside for a walk on this cold, January morning like we do every day, she was "off." Pulling, zig-zagging, ignoring me, hyper-vigilant, etc. My well-trained older gal was acting like she was new here and had no idea what a leash was. Back in the house, she started pacing, like she had when I first adopted her 7 years ago. I had forgotten how she paced and didn't know how to exist in a house!
She ended up going to work with me as usual while I did some pet sitting and energy healing appointments. She always loves going around with me, and although she was eager to go, she still seemed stressed out. She panted a little in the car and showed concern over things outside the car window that she doesn't normally care about.
By the end of the day, exasperated and confused by this 7-year regression, I said out loud, "Jaya, what is WRONG with you, today??" It didn't take me long to answer that question, however, as I did a quick self-analysis of my own thoughts and feelings that day. It is an automatic part of my personality to be introspective and has been a cornerstone on how I guide pet owners to improve their lives with their furry companions.
Once I addressed my own energy and thought patterns, I was able to take steps to rebalance myself and then Jaya. We took another walk, did a combination of Reiki/IET energy healing, and made a fresh batch of flower essences. Later that evening, we listened to a meditation and got a good night's sleep. Please know that you do not have to be an energy healer in order to heal yourself from these common moments of instability. However one chooses to regroup and rebalance will benefit you and your animal.
The next day, Jaya was back to her usual, calm and balanced self. And, what do you know, so was I.
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