At least once a week, I hear an animal ask me, “Please tell my people how to send me messages when they are away.” A simple “hello” from afar can make a stay at a kennel or a lonely stay at your home more bearable.
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Stories from a holistic vet: So far, but yet so close
When you are away from your pup, whether it’s at your place of work or on a two-week vacation to Belize, you can spend some time with your four-legged buddy even though she is back in your hometown. I’m a holistic vet and also an “animal interpreter,” and at least once a week, I hear an animal ask me, “Please tell my people how to send me messages when they are away.” A simple “hello” from afar can make a stay at a kennel or a lonely stay at your home more bearable.
How to contact your lonely canine:
Get quiet. This can mean sitting quietly or, if you can keep from falling asleep, you can do this just as you lay down in your bed at night. Most importantly, create a space so you have minimal or, even better, no distractions.
Close your eyes.
Take 3 deep, slow breaths, breathing each all the way down into your belly.
Say your doggy pal’s name three times out loud or just quietly within yourself.
Wait for a image of your buddy to appear in your mind’s eye.
When an image appears, this is the time to trust you are truly in connection with your furry partner. You may have a mental picture of her head or whole body, or this vision may roll into a motion picture effect with action. You may have a change in your emotions. You may even have new words or thoughts enter your head. The journey for each person is different.
Spend whatever amount of time you want to talking out loud or in your head to your Sweetie Pie.
Save time to remain quiet at the end. Be open to receiving any messages from your friend. After spending some time, let her know you’re signing off, but that you’re safe and supportive, even from where you are.
Trust that this is a true communication! And so it is.
As an additional way to help your dog adjust, try this essential oil combination. You can ask your furry friend’s caretaker to add this mix to an aromatherapy diffuser, and see if it seems to calm your friend. If not, cease and desist; however, for many dogs, this scent-remedy can be a real help. Please only use true essential oils.
Calming Blend for Times When We’re Apart
8 to 10 drops of Sweet Orange (Citrus Sinensis)
4 to 6 drops of Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
4 to o 6 drops of Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata)
Mix these oil into a carrier base and add to diffuser or ask your caretaker to use this blend for a topical massage on your furry friend’s back and legs.
Carrier Base For Essential Oil Blends: Two ounces jojoba (Simmonsdia chinensis) OR Aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis) gel OR Lavender Hydrosol (Lavandula angustifolia) for a spray mist
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