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An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language. Martin Buber
We have a connection to our pets that impacts our lives in deep and powerful ways. Yesterday my husband and I watched in horror as our Cockapoo Lulu had a seizure. My husband recorded it. She’s six years old; she’s had them off and on. She had one in January and now one in February. Where I buy her dog food they tell me one of their clients has his dog on CBD oil and has taken it off anti-seizure drugs.
We haven’t put Lulu on drugs; we haven’t investigated with a vet the cause. It has always seemed to me to be something to do with food. Last night instead of writing I researched seizures in dogs. I went to a site about Cockapoos and seizures, and I found what I think might be some answers.
Number one Cockapoos are prone to seizures. A group in England believes as I do some of it is food-related. They say we should not give our seizure prone dogs poultry. The funny thing is I have her on a Canadian brand of dog food and what she’s been eating the most is Australian Lamb, but last time I bought a bag of chicken and blueberries according to the clerk.
I was holding chicken with blueberries but put it back on the shelf and bought Australian Lamb. I’d been racking my brain for what had changed in her diet. I threw the last of the chicken and blueberries out this morning and fed her Australian Lamb.
Some people believe our pets are mirrors of ourselves, and when they have health problems we should look to our lives to see if they could be reflecting something from us.
Animals are such agreeable friends – they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms. George Elliot
We can bring other people up or down with our energy. They bring us up or down with theirs. Why would we think it is different from our pets? Our pets may be more sensitive to energy than we are. Lulu gets excited when people are coming over especially my son’s girlfriend. It is like Lulu knows long before his girlfriend is in the driveway that she is on her way. She was with us when we picked Lulu up, and they have a special connection.
Caesar Milan talks about calm-assertive energy and how it affects our dogs. I don’t think I’ve mastered this yet.
Judith Orloff M.D. has a blog post Can Our Pets Absorb Our Illnesses? I cried as I read it about a young woman with a rare type of kidney disease that wanted a baby. She was advised it was too risky, and that pregnancy would make her situation worse. She wanted a baby so badly she risked it. The pregnancy went well, she remained healthy, but her young Golden Retriever was diagnosed with kidney failure. Soon after the birth of her daughter the dog died, as if it held on long enough to see her through.
There are many stories of connections to animals that we don’t understand. We may have a connection to animals we don’t understand, but we understand we have a connection.
Is there a special animal in our life? Do we have a connection to our pets we find hard to explain? Do our health problems and theirs mirror each other? Is this something to think about?
Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That’s the problem. A.A. Milne
Clearly, animals know more than we think and think a great deal more than we know. Irene M. Pepperberg
Animals are born who they are, accept it, and that is that. They live with greater peace than people do. Gregory Maguire
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