Monday, 9 December 2013

Furry Friends

Merry meet one and all!

I love animals.  Ok, that goes without saying; I'd be a pretty poor witch if I hated wildlife, but it goes deeper than that I think.

I have (nearly) always had at least one pet in the house at any given time.  Mostly cats, admittedly, but also hamsters, rabbits, goldfish, tadpoles, a duck and at my husband's request, a dog. Now, I'm a cat person through and through.  I understand their body language, I recognise the different meows, chirps and purrs, and I can respond so they feel safe.  Yes, I'm the crazy witch who talks to her cat like it can understand her.  Of course I do, because he does!

Dogs, on the other hand, scare me.  My fella grew up with Dobermans - one of my classmates when I was about eight years old got savaged by his own Dobie, it bit through his skull, so I knew I'd never feel comfortable in the house with one of them so we compromised on a German Shepherd, which my best friend from school grew up with.

So we brought this admittedly incredibly cute ball of fluff home, and Mr WitchHazel set about not only training the puppy but also training me.  Looking back, I wish I'd relaxed more in those early months and enjoyed them a bit more, because he soon started to grow up and we soon found ourselves having to cope on our own as my husband went off to Afghanistan for a few months.  In that time, the pup and I both learned to trust one another.  One of the key moments was when he was digging in the gravel in our garden and the heavy clay soil meant he suddenly found his paws were covered and the gaps between his toes was hurting with the stones.  He started whimpering and crying, mummy came to the rescue with a bowl of warm water and a cloth and soon he was clean, dry and sitting at my feet.

Over the next few years we came to an understanding.  With his daddy sometimes away from home for months on end, our dog came to realise that I was pack Alpha in his absence, and I learned to recognise the signs he was thinking about challenging me; he never won those battles, and we'd settle down into our new routine.  The hardest part for me was the fact that I just didn't speak Dog.  I knew the basics of course - waggy tail is good, high waggy tail is excellent - but sometimes I wished I could just ask him what's wrong.  As often happens, the universe sent a magazine article my way that gave me ten ways to tune into my pet.  The contents of this article went into my Book of Shadows, so unfortunately I have no way of crediting any authors for this work, so if you recognise any of the tips, please suggest some names.

One of the best ways of communicating with your pet that I know is to start by waiting until they are calm, then approach them gently and with love.  Gently stroke them; if they get up and walk away, respect their wishes.  Once they have accepted the gesture, instead of daydreaming or thinking about other things, place your focus on your pet and ask it how it is feeling, if it is happy, or if it needs anything from you.  Listen for any responses; with me it is always a feeling or emotion, but it could be images or scents.  Learn to understand what each message means, and if required make sure you act on their requests.  Always thank your pet for sharing with you once you are done.

If you can read auras, then you can read your pet's aura too.  Maybe you can see the colours.  I've never been able to do this, but I can feel the aura by holding my hands over my pet until I feel a tingling, then slowly I move my hands around his body and that way I can pick up any blockages or injuries.

Possibly the most important thing you can do is just to take the time to understand your pet's own method of communication.  Maybe they stare at you until they have your attention then try and show you something or lead you somewhere.  If they have a physical problem they might turn that part of their body to you. or nuzzle at it, or even nudge the appropriate part of your body.  Learn what is normal for your pet so you can detect changes in behaviour such as pacing or being unable to settle down.

Once your pet knows you are learning a new way of communicating with them, they will encourage you and your relationship will become closer and more enriching, so keep practicing and thanking your pet for teaching you and being patient while you learn.

Blessed be )0(

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