With much love and gratitude,
Hi Carole, I was just reading through your website again. I read the Animal Communication section. I am going to print out the Communicating With Your Animal article for reference. What an excellent article. How can we have drifted so far from reality? I took a few world religion classes in college and became enthralled with Eastern religions, vedantism especially. I feel that their representation of God and universe is closer to reality than most other religions, although I was brought up Catholic. The basis of eastern religion is that every living entity is tied to every other living entity in the universe, I believe this is why telepathy is possible, and all have God in their core. Every living entity is so important and each has a purpose and place in the circle of life (and death). How true the saying "the meek shall inherit the earth." We humans think we are at the top of the brainiac scale, and I have doubted that for a long time.
PB, Vancouver, WA
After I talked with you and you relayed Penny's desires about her upcoming euthanasia to me, I arranged a good-bye celebration at our barn. My husband and daughter helped and we brought flowering plants and food to the barn.
Hi Carole --
Thanks so much for your recent message -- I loved your story at the end about your cat's comment about getting to "walk all over" people....our Miso has been doing a bit of that in bed late at night or early mornings. Sorry it's taken so long to respond....but I do have good news to report!
Alex and I have noticed substantial improvement in Miso after your visit, and we've put many of your suggestions into effect. We've increased our play time with her substantially, and found/purchased/made a variety of new "prey" toys for her -- we're learning that "natural" looking toys are the most interesting for her...things that look as much like real mice and birds as possible (she loves the feathers!)...and that she needs a lot of variety, gets bored/tired of the same stimuli quickly. The most ingenious so far...we rigged up a small remote control toy car that we'd "altered" into a mouse by cutting up a fur-covered mouse toy and encasing the car in it...a big hit!
We've also changed her feeding schedule as you suggested, and have been feeding her Wellness instead of Iams, and we're noticing a HUGE improvement from this. She definitely looks forward to her feeding times....and outside of them, seems far less "crazed" or "pent-up". We've been giving her catnip once a week or so -- something we used to do before we moved and she used to love, but then we'd somehow forgotten -- and she really seems to enjoy this as a special treat. Also, we got some "kitty grass" for her, but so far, she doesn't really seem interested.
What else....her odd circling/scratching/excessive talking behavior when we sit down to eat his virtually stopped. We now play with her a little, then feed her dinner before we sit down to our dinner, and after she eats she comes in to just be mellow and hang out in the dining room with us. When she acts up, we have a special fish-scented toy she only gets at those special dinner times when she seems to need a little extra activity.
And most importantly, we've been very conscious to interact with her from a place of love and understanding, rather than fear or frustration. We've been talking to her a lot to make sure she understands that she's staying with us, and to try to help her forgive those who mistreated and misunderstood her in the past. She continues to have intense "love sessions" with me, where she's in my lap purring and kneading and letting me pet here...and I'm now focusing on those times trying to ask her to forgive those who were abusive to her. And, she's just recently started to "mark" Alex sometimes....before when he would hold out his hands to her, she would sometimes comes up and lick his fingers, but now she's starting to occasionally also rub her face against his fingers just a little.
So, a lot of improvement in a pretty short time. Still a ways to go -- she does occasionally try to nip or scratch or bite, but nothing like before, and we've both armed ourselves w/ little spray bottles so we can spray at her and say a firm NO in those moments...but they do seem to be happening pretty infrequently...and she seems to be picking up the new "rules" and understanding what the boundaries are for ok ways to interact with us more and more....she's so smart, and clearly interested in learning what's expected of her and cooperating.
She's a pretty remarkable, wonderfully unique being, and we're doing our best to make sure she knows that we know that, and that we understand (at least a little) what it's like for her. Thanks so much to you for helping us to understand, so that we can keep working with her to make things good for all of us.
Oh -- I explored TTouch a little and discovered someone locally who does TTouch on cats as well as dogs, and who also teaches it. I've been in touch with her about possibly doing some TTouch sessions with Miso later in the summer (we want to give all of the new changes we're putting in place a chance to settle in first, and see what effect they have). So, another possibility for a bit down the road...
Again, thanks for all of your help
A & A & Miso
The 2000 horse camping trip was great! The campsite was lovely in a stand of old Douglas firs that sheltered us physically and spiritually. The workshop was interesting, enlightening, thought provoking and instructive. There was a sense of peace and openness there due to the way you introduced the topics that fostered everyone's ability to explore spiritual ideas. The horses seemed to lend their energy to the group too. I left the workshop with a great deal to think over and my own spiritual practice more fully developed.