Tip: The power of sharing joy with your animals.
This exercise is powerful when your animals are healthy and very useful when your animals are preparing to transition. This action helps them understand you are able to let them transition with ease when it is their time and for their best interest.
How to Use This:
The best thing you can do for your animal when you know they don’t have much time left, connect with your animal with love and appreciation. Sit with them and share fun stories and memories of being together.
When I was supporting Sasha, my golden retriever, during hospice, it made a big difference. On the days I used this technique with her, she was thriving, going for walks and getting the most out of each day. The days I didn’t use it, Sasha was not interested in walks, not moving around much.
This exercise is so counter-intuitive to what we do and want to do. It isn’t easy. As humans, we are sad to be losing our great companions. Most of what we focus on is our grief and sadness. Their job (to them) is to help us. They get confused by our sadness and sometimes think they’ve done something wrong. They even hold on and on (in pain or wasting away) for us until we have come to terms with their time to go. That is how
much they love us. They are not afraid of death. They inherently accept that it just is when it is their time to go. Another reason they get confused by our sadness.
Please hear me. I am not saying do not feel sad. You are going to. You are human.
What I am saying is to embrace their living now while they are here. Bring the joy of them into each day, allowing them to feel your love over your awareness of they will be leaving soon.
As I was doing this exercise some days with Sasha, I had tears coming down my face and I was hugging her all the while telling her how much joy she brought me and keeping that focus on one level while I was in deep pain on another. She could still feel my love.
This exercise will provide more quality bonding togetherness with you and your special wonderful furry friend.
So I invite you to use this with your cats, your dogs and your horses. And let me know what happens.