Last week, we had to say goodbye to our son’s dog, Doug. He was only four. Doug literally went from being absolutely fine one moment, to down and out the next. Cancer took another dog angel last week… and this experience has prompted me to share something important with you. Here are some things that I wish every pet owner knew….. Fortunately, we were prepared. Are you?
The brilliance of blogging is being able to express opinions about things we feel strongly about. Likewise, blogging is a great opportunity to share knowledge about things we teach, study, love, and experience. With that preface, what the heck happened this week? Surely, there’s some astrological explanation….. but clients and friends everywhere are facing conflict and startling realities about relationships. In essence, the Universe is asking humans to take a stand and take responsibility for crafting the life we want.
Based on the law of attraction, action follows thought. Basically, everything that we experience began as a thought, and action is a product of that thought. We have the ability to attract and create both good and bad, with the cumulative effort being exactly the same. This is the personal element, but there are also interpersonal dynamics. Specifically, other people bring in their own intention and effect through what they are attracting through thought. This is the part that we cannot control, BUT, we can control our reaction by how we respond.
Ultimately, we teach people how to treat us. Really. And for those who are tired of being taken advantage of, this speaks directly to you. There is a breaking point, and someday, you find yourself saying “enough is enough”. The important thing is to speak your truth with love, and to learn that it’s okay to speak up. Trust me, it does get easier after a few times.
The challenging part comes in when there are groups and organizations involved, or for those who volunteer. The more players there are, the more important it is for you to stay in touch with your personal role, and to clearly define how you’re being treated. Unfortunately, there are times when individuals are treated so poorly, or are devalued, and the best choice is to withdraw from the group. This is just a small part of the process called self-spiritual alignment.
The Universe really, really wants us to get it right. Each day, as we make choices, some things happen very easy with little effort, and others just never seem to come easily. Know what I mean? If you start watching closely at how easily things come to you or don’t, you’ll start to see. When we are placed “in the flow”, and work with the laws of attraction, the Universe really tries to light the path. For those who are stubborn, (and you know who you are), you will continue to force the issue until things (appear) to work.
Likewise, relationships will run smoothly, or flare with problems in our lives. Essentially everything we’re involved with is subject to self-spiritual alignment. What this means is that we are fine tuning our vibration, working on our “stuff”, and being good people. Through the alignment process, those people and situations that are no longer aligned with our highest good begin to fall away… or at least become difficult. It’s the Universe’s way of saying “it’s time to grow and move on”.
Honestly, for those who like control, this is NOT an easy process. It’s understandable when we feel angry when someone cheats our child or a friend out of an opportunity, or lets us down. As easy as it is to blow up, know what this is the Universe’s way of saying “move on, you deserve better”.
We don’t have access to the bigger plan, so we have to trust. It isn’t easy, but if you give spiritual-self alignment a chance, you won’t be disappointed. Put yourself, your emotions, and your reactions on auto piolet for a month and let me know how it goes.The reality is that the lesson will keep repeating in different forms in our lives until we get it right. If you’d like to learn more about the law of attraction, check out “The Secret”, or work by Jerry and Esther Hicks.
June is a time of change for many people. Graduations, weddings, and property sales are happening all around us. Through my coaching services, I've observed oodles of change for clients recently. Most change is met with panic, fear, and agitation- mostly because it's UNKNOWN. So, how does one cope? Let's talk about a few tools to make the transition to change seamless.
Obviously, the process of change is inevitable. It's happening all around us in the form of birth, death, and changing seasons. You change your clothes each day, what you eat for each meal, and even your moods. If nothing ever changed, life would be pretty boring. So WHY is it so scary to face a new job, new school, or even a difference in routine? Fear of the unknown.
There are eight great tools that can ease the pain of change for many people- even if you embrace only a few! The first one is intention setting. What you focus on is what you create, and action follows thought. The process of intention setting requires input and responsibility from you in terms of quantifying exactly what it is that you want. It takes equal effort to create both a great and a miserable experience. The later is created when the focus is fear, worry, and anticipation. To create a stellar experience on the other side of change, start by using positive, present tense thoughts and verbalization. One example is "My new job is better than I ever imagined. I am successful, make a positive difference, and I'm embraced by my colleagues".
The second tool for successful change is to understand and accept that you are exactly where you are supposed to be at any given moment. The Universe, or whatever higher power you identify with, has a master plan. Accept this without questioning. Sometimes change isn't what we ordered or wanted, but fighting it just makes things worse. Try yielding to the Universe and know that it's got your back. There is a reason why things happen, and you are right where you're supposed to be. You can gently influence the flow of your life by practicing intention setting.
Living in gratitude is the third way to embrace change successfully. Giving thanks is such a simple and small way to let the Universe or higher power know that you're appreciative. Giving gratitude literally gives the green light and opens you to more experiences like the one you're appreciative of. This small element can really ease the transition of change! Gratitude can be given intuitively, verbally, through meditation, or prayer. One example would be "Thank you Universe for my overwhelming acceptance at my new job". Another, especially when the change is an undesired one is "Thank you Universe for helping me to get through this".
Wear yellow! As a fourth tool, try the confidence boosting color of bright sunflower yellow. If yellow doesn't look good on you, wear it under something, or put sunflowers on your desk. Yellow stimulates the third chakra, which is the confidence center. Change is less scary if you're feeling confident!
Meditate. Each day, I hear "But I can't do it!". Meditation is critical to mental and physical well being. The practice helps keep you focused, centered, and calm. There are many great guided meditations available now via Sounds True (Soundstrue.com) also Hay House. Start small- even two minutes daily can make a positive difference and help keep you centered during change. This is especially true if you practice active meditation- which is the process of manifesting through meditating.
Breathe: You may not realize how often you hold your breath, or disrupt your flow of natural breathing. Change can be made more tolerable by practicing the sixth tool of conscious breathing. Not only will it lower your blood pressure, you'll also feel better physically. While experiencing change, pay close attention to your breath. Deep belly breaths, similar to what an infant takes, are what you're after.
Embrace the Many Emotions the Come with Change: Maybe yesterday was a really awful day, but today can be a great one. If change involves loss, you could also experience the six stages of grief..... but regardless of your situation, know that each day could be very different. Ride it out, and take on the role of the observer. Change isn't a perfect process, and there will be peaks and valleys with each day. Clients who have experienced sudden loss, for example, report that "it doesn't get easier, but it gets different. Getting up each morning and getting dressed gives me purpose". This eight tool is made more navigational by relying on intention setting. Be deliberate in what you want to experience and claim it.
"When God closes a door, he opens a window." Nine: Don't fail before you start. What if the change means something better? Be open to the possibilities for greatness. This is really hard for many clients- especially those who struggle with self worth. Try to get past the reality that we shun change as humans (most of us) just because it's different. Move past your comfort zone and be open to the possibilities.
Ten: If you know change is coming, prepare yourself. Some clients are super resistant to change. They pick dark clothes, eat the same types of foods daily, and take the same route to work each day. To prepare yourself mentally and physically for known change, experiment by stepping out of your comfort zone. If your common wardrobe colors are greys and blacks, throw in some red, pink, or lime green. For men, go for a red tie. (Red also identifies with security and can be comforting to some).
Change doesn't have to be scary- it's a necessary part of life. Give these tools a try to make change in your life a little more bearable. What things are changing in your world? How will you handle them?
Like many other small businesses, I benefit from word of mouth referrals. If someone is happy with their service and session, they tell other people, which I warmly appreciate. Likewise, if I have a stellar experience with a business, or think others could benefit from a product, I like to share. Until Monday, I was indifferent about pet poison phone services. One experience changed everything, and you should know about it!
As an after hours emergency, a long time client brought in a large dog that had consumed a sizeable quantity of a body-building supplement. She called Pet Poison Helpline prior to arriving, and received a case number. The information provided by PPH was absolutely critical in helping her dog, as well as helping our doctor expedite care.
Using her case number, I called into PPH for further information. The doctor who I spoke with was absolutely amazing in her delivery of this life-saving information. She stated that because this product was a proprietary supplement, it could be difficult to ascertain what a toxic level was. We knew that the first ingredient was Xylitol, which can cause low blood sugar, and liver issues. But how much of this specific product was toxic? The veterinarian I spoke with continued to investigate, calling the product manufacturer, until she received the critical information. Within five minutes of my call with her, I had a faxed, full summary of our conversation. This was ideal to send with our client to the nearest emergency clinic for more advanced care.
In my opinion, Pet Poison Helpline was a terrific value. For 49$, a pet owner receives critical information regarding their pet's poisoning, and a case number. There are unlimited follow-ups, and veterinarians can call with the case number to speak to PPH staff veterinarians. The list of professionals that PPH employs is impressive, and can be heard on the initial call recording.
Please keep their number handy because you never know when you'll need it. By the way, I discovered that they also have a pet poison app, and an excellent website. You can check it out here: http://www.petpoisonhelpline.com/
It’s been more than two decades since I began working in various capacities in the animal health field. In those first years, there was a learning curve- you’ll have this with any job. Over the years, clients and animals have taught me a tremendous amount. Most of the lessons have been good, and some have been hard. Regardless of which office I’ve been working in, there have been repeat patterns of client behavior in every veterinary clinic. Here’s what I wish every client knew….
From the blog @ holistipet.net
It’s easier to communicate with your dog than you think, and the truth is, you already are. Dogs are supreme judges of character. Just how do they know if someone is dog friendly or not? Besides their naturally instilled tools, such as smell, dogs have an incredible sense of knowing. So, just how do you communicate with your dog?
A man once said to me “you just read the dog’s body language, right? It’s not THAT hard.” Eh, no. If animal communication was that easy, more people would be doing it. There’s much more to the process, but anyone can learn. Some of us admittedly do have a natural ability to varying degrees. In actuality, most animal communicators who offer the service professionally have learned from some type of program.
There are two basic types of animal communication: passive and deliberate. Passive communication is what you and your dog experience every day. You are constantly feeding your dog information in three common ways: body language, intuitively, and verbally. If you’ve ever run a dog in agility, then you’re likely doing all three. Imagine for a second the client that comes to me with a video of an agility run. Her body language is telling the dog to do one thing, her voice, another, and her intuition is sending the message to her dog that “We’re going to NQ, I just know it”. Yikes. There’s a whole lot of reality there.
Passive animal communication can be very beneficial just by cleaning up the way you think, and in turn, by sending your dog clearer messages. For example, in the above scenario, sending the dog the intuitive message that “we always do our best!” shifts the energetic perspective of that run, increasing the chances for a positive outcome. Your body language and intuitive information are the passive information elements that you’re sending your dog. The verbal information is deliberate.
Deliberate animal communication requires humans to be as centered as possible, and clear in what their intention is. That means whenever possible, it’s important to quiet mental chatter, and center in your heart. A heart-centered connection with your dog is the key to deliberate animal communication. What you communicate through this process can be intuitive, or you can verbalize it. Go ahead and try- you’re already talking to your dog, right?
Keep it simple, and think in basic terms. One question may be “what is your favorite toy?” The problem is, a dog may not understand the emotion behind the word “favorite”. A better question would be “do you like to play agility or rally more?” After you state the question, just wait for the answer. Don’t worry that you might get it wrong, let the process work. Keep practicing, and be open to the information coming to you in various ways. You may experience knowing, psychic smell, taste, words, or see pictures.
Communicating with our animals is a very rewarding process but it takes patience and practice. Even if you choose to keep your style “passive”, your relationship with your dog can be greatly improved. If you’d like to learn more about the techniques used in deliberate animal communication, consider taking a class with Jen.
Back in August, the decision was made to no longer work with lost pet cases. As with any big change, sometimes there are situations that arise which challenge our decisions. Late last week, a call came in from a woman in Michigan. Her daughter's cat had been missing for two weeks, and she had been referred by another client. That client had worked with me to locate a lost terrier in the same state. What tugged at my heart strings was that this cat was very bonded to a young girl. He often followed her around, and she missed him terribly.
Due to the circumstances, I agreed to help locate the kitty. The woman was incredibly respectful of my time and how the process worked. My connection with "Bear" was extremely strong. He insisted that he was alive, and not far from home. He could hear them calling, but it was muffled. Bear showed me a mental picture of lattice, and indicated that he was within the lattice, as if under a "deck". He kept stating that "He couldn't get out". The home he showed was a two story, newer, and light or white in color.
With this information, the woman and her family searched for Bear. I asked for the physical address that he left from, and used Google Maps to further connect with him. Using the map, Bear showed me that he was within a square area, and that he hadn't crossed the highway or water. But over the next three days, there were still no signs of Bear.
We talked again on Monday, and Bear was able to tell me he was still alive. He was thirsty, and stated that he was still "trapped". Bear suggested that this may be an enclosure, such as a garden shed. He could see through the lattice. I suggested that Bear's owner knock on doors and ask her neighbors to open their garden sheds.
After I hung up with the woman, Bear told me "I'm going home today. She's going to find me". This gave me hope! Several times, the client had mentioned it was so important to her to have Bear home for Christmas. His little girl missed him so much!
Within one hour of our call, Bear's owner called back. He had been found! Bear was alive and well! She had knocked on a neighbor's door, who mentioned that she had noticed a sheet had been moved in her garage window. The garage door was lifted, and..... there was Bear!
In the garage, there was lattice. Bear did indeed have a view of the lattice. This was the house right next door to his, so it was close. From the side, it resembled the house Bear had described. There were lots of happy tears. I was so relieved that I'd taken this case, and listened to my intuition that I "had to". And above all, there was the comfort of knowing that Bear was home with his little girl for Christmas.
Even the most responsible pet owner may find themselves searching for a beloved lost pet. It only takes a second for a cat or dog to slip between legs, especially if scared. There are many tools today that help with the recovery of missing animals, such as microchips, GPS trackers, and even lost dog services. The role of the animal communicator is often underutilized in the recovery of lost animals. Here's what you should know.
Because there is no certification system in place, many animal communication referrals are based on word of mouth. It's important to ask questions, such as "what are your fees?", and "what are your success rates?" Many communicators do not work with lost pet cases because of the sometimes tremendous time commitment. Another reason is that the pet owner comes to rely heavily on the communicator as a life line to their animal. Without clear boundaries, the later situation can get out of hand.
Animal communicators use various techniques to establish an energetic or heart based connection with the animal. Then, we are able to gather vital information such as vitality, surroundings, health, and rate of travel. Every communicator works differently, but this is a common summation of the type of information we receive.
In rare cases, an animal may provide information that suggests it is living, when in fact it is not. This happens when a traumatic death has occurred, especially during times of high stress (flight). Rarely, the pet becomes earth-bound at death, or does not move across the rainbow bridge. In this situation, they communicate as though they are still alive, when in reality, their soul has not moved on. Most animal communicators can help guide them across to the light. How do we know this is the case? Usually, a body has been found and the pet still communicates that it is living. Fortunately, this is quite rare.
Many Animal Communicators can stay connected with an animal and ask that they "stay visible", or that they allow people to approach them. Recently, this was successful in the recovery of a lost dog. I asked that she allow people in uniform to approach (by sending her a mental picture of a police officer). She was recovered the next day, alive, by a police officer.
Most lost pet animal communication sessions are done remotely, via phone or computer, and use a photo of the animal. Tools such as Google Maps also aid in providing clarity for Animal Communicators, as they provide a great visual. Here's an example of how it works.
Early in 2014, I was contacted to work with a lost horse over a thousand miles away. He was spooked and ran, and it was the coldest part of winter. He communicated to me for months that he was living, eating spruce and pine, and drinking from "still" water. Using his last known address, I was able to connect with him and provide landmarks via Google Maps- he hadn't crossed the river, was in an area bordered by trees, and had not gone past the tennis court. Because he was very flighty, it was extremely difficult to find him. He would retreat into the woods, and he never was located.... until....
My last session with him provided information that he wasn't alive. It was late spring now, and the snow had melted. He mentioned being in or near "still water".... and in fact, his body was then found in a home-owners swimming pool. Yes, it was a sad ending, but provided closure for so many people. He was at peace, finally.
Happy endings were in store for a high-flight, rare breed of dog that escaped on the highway after an accident. It took two days, but he provided information that he was near a swimming pool in a remote part of the town. The owner didn't think it was possible. We had covered lots of ground, but she didn't give up. Using her other dogs as a lure, she pressed on.... and in fact, her dog was recovered that day at an old abandoned town swimming pool......
If faced with a lost pet, consider using a Professional Animal Communicator to help with your search. Know that because of the time commitment, it can get expensive. Nothing can put a price on having your family member returned to you, or the closure that it provides.
Like many people, I'm excited to see spring finally come. What I'm not excited about is the runny eyes, stuffy nose, and sneezing that comes with pollen and tulips. (Okay, and the mud......)The old stand-by for relief was always Benedryl. But if you've taken this drug, then you know you're ready for a nap soon after. Not ideal.
Recently, doTerra added Triease Softgels, which is a blend of certified pure therapeutic grade lemon, lavender, and peppermint essential oils. This combination is packaged neatly in a palatable gel caplet.
So on particularly bad allergy day, it was my husband who got into the bottle of Triease. He was desperate, having sneezed more than ten times. He called me, as I was traveling, and insisted that I order more. "This stuff is amazing!" Really? Yes, really. Relief of allergy symptoms within three minutes or so, no drowsiness, and it's all natural!
When I got home, I found myself reaching for that brown bottle. It worked! The only odd "side effect" was that a few times I burped peppermint. We both noticed that after a few days of using Triease, the peppermint burps stopped. I'm most excited about the fact that Triease is promoted as "supporting a healthy respiratory system".
Here is the MOST exciting part. Ever. I have an itchy dog that rubs his face on the rug. He sneezes and itches during the night. He's uncomfortable, and neither one of us sleep! During one of these "itch fests", I gave him a caplet. Within five minutes, the itching stopped, and he fell back asleep! I am sold! He's 35 pounds, and one caplet lasted all night. I'm so excited about the potential of this natural allergy relief!
Each 60 count bottle is $30 plus tax & shipping. We generally take one every six hours. To order: www.mydoterra.com/holistipet
Have you tried Triease? What did you think?
We live in a really fast paced society, and with that comes the need to have information fed to us at increasingly quick levels. The e-article "Is Google Making us Stupid?" provides a great synapsis of our current situation as a human race. We want information, answers, stuff, food, gratification, results, and by golly, we want it now! With this mentality and current state however, we tend to gloss over details to speed things up.
This same expectation and human behavior has spilled over into the veterinary exam room. This human need "to speed things up" has also seemingly decreased people's ability to listen to what we're saying. And if they do listen to some of what we're trying to tell them, within minutes, this concentrated focus is interrupted by the beep of an incoming text message. Maybe it's a blank stare that clues us in, or even a question that we've already provided the answer to... but when people don't hear what we say, it's super frustrating.
When someone pays for services, they are paying for time. In many cases, they are also paying for an opinion. What good does it serve to enter into this service situation without listening? And who is really losing out? In the end, it's the pet, who could've benefited from an open and attentive mind, and professional services. Here are a few examples of how the lack of listening plays out in the animal service world:
1. I'm going to tell you everything I know because I need to make myself look good. And, then I'm going to tell you how to do your job.
2. I'm going to ask your opinion, not once, but twice. And then, I'm going to do what I want to do anyway.
3. I'm going to play "Devil's Advocate", which tells me, the service provider, that you've not heard a thing I've just said. You're holding onto your own opinion and not entertaining mine.
1. I'm going to listen to you briefly, look at my watch, and then move on to tell you what I think is wrong with your pet. I haven't addressed (heard) what your important concerns are and I'm on a schedule.
2. I provide a one-size fits all treatment plan. It doesn't matter what you're telling me, because in my mind, I fit most situations into three or so common treatment options.
3. I offer up treatment options that are pie in the sky. Good, but I never listened to the fact that you're on a budget. Then, I'm going to make you feel badly for declining my A-Game treatment option.
Listening and the art of effective communication is a two way street. It's quickly becoming a lost art however, where people are losing the value of showing respect via the of hearing what's being shared. Without effective communication, any situation, especially that of service provider and client can get really frustrating. How can we improve this?
Jen Ortman, owner of Holistipet (LLC) is a Professional Animal Communicator, Animal Reiki Master Teacher, author, and speaker.