November 27th, 2013 by jerry in Sale · No Comments
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November 18th, 2013 by jerry in Books · No Comments
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Looking for fun ways to give your three-legged cat or dog the mental and physical exercise he needs to stay fit and hoppy as a Tripawd? Here are some suggestions for you.
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Trick Training for Cats: Smart Fun with the Clicker
The perfect resource to nurture the talents and relieve the boredom of your tame little tiger.
Cats are clever animals and are often hopelessly under-stimulated in indoor life. This book shows cat owners how to nurture their cat both in body and mind and how to teach them a variety of different tricks and exercises using clicker training in a cat-friendly way. Great fun for owner and cat, this guide walks owners through planning and preparing training; explains the three paths to the perfect trick: shaping, luring, and capturing; and demonstrates how to smooth the path to the first tricks. It covers such easy tricks as begging, jumping over an obstacle, rolling over, and washing; offers solutions to possible difficulties, and includes directions for trick training with more than one cat.
Felinestein: Pampering the Genius in Your Cat
Help Your Cat PURRFORM His Best!
Research has proven that you can make your cat smarter. Whether your cat is gifted or intellectually challenged, you can help him become a certified Felinestein — a more effective communicator, better problem solver, and faster learner.
Felinestein includes 100 games and activities, some for every type of owner and every personality of cat, that will get your cat exploring, thinking, and making decisions. Incorporating just a few of these challenges into your cat’s life will spark his brain power and enrich his life. Most importantly, it will help the two of you bond on a whole new level.
Cat Training in 10 Minutes
Don’t think your cat can learn to come on command, perch on your shoulder, or walk on a leash? Think again! Cat Training in 10 Minutes shows you how to teach your cat to perform simple tricks in just minutes a day. Author Miriam Fields-Banineau has first-hand, professional experience in training cats for television and film. Cat Training in 10 Minutes not only provides the how-to of trick training, but also includes interviews with professional cat trainers working in the entertainment industry.
Cat Training in 10 Minutes will help you to: —Keep your cat from becoming bored —Spend more quality time with your feline —Learn more about your cat’s personality —Show off your cat’s newfound abilities to friends and family.
How to Teach a New Dog Old Tricks
Fun training with toys, treats, lures and rewards. Easy and effective, dog-friendly techniques for teaching a new puppy old tricks (such as basic manners), or for teaching an older dog that is new to training.
Heralded by many dog trainers as ‘the best dog training book ever written’. A comprehensive workbook for the motivated dog owner, comprising sections on basic off-leash obedience, temperament modification, behavior troubleshooting, training theory and health care. The definitive text for lure/reward training philosophy.
Totally Positive Dog Tricks, Games, & Exercise (Positive Reinforcement Dog Training Series: Book 3)
Did you know exercise and mental stimulation is the key to having a happy well behaved dog? Do you want to enhance the relationship and trust between you and your dog with activities they will love you for?
This book will show you how to do exactly that in fun and varied ways.
Dog Tricks, Games and Exercise is the third book in this successful series, and includes:
• Many Impressive Tricks made Simple
• Agility Exercises, Weaving, Fetching, Catching, Tracking and Finding
• How to use the Amazing Target Stick to teach more Advanced Tricks
• The Keys to the Perfect Training Session
• And much more….
It contains invaluable information on positive reinforcement and reward based training. It will help you plan the perfect dog training session, recognize signs of stress during training and even gives you some ideas if you would like to attempt more formal training.
A must for any dog owner who wants a canine trickster, this book will give you many happy hours of dog training fun. Dog Tricks, Games and Exercise is a perfect complement to the rest of our dog training series.
101 Dog Tricks: Step by Step Activities to Engage, Challenge, and Bond with Your Dog
101 Dog Tricks is the largest trick book on the market and the only one presenting full-color photos of each trick and its training steps. The step-by-step approach, difficulty rating, and prerequisites, allow readers to start training immediately. Tips and trouble-shooting boxes cover common problems, while “build-on” ideas suggest more complicated tricks which build on each new skill.
No special tools (such as clickers) or knowledge of specific training methods are required. Trick training is a great way to bond with your dog and help him integrate into your family. It keeps him mentally and physically challenged and helps to establish paths of communication between you. Many tricks build skills needed for common dog sports, dog dancing, and dog therapy work. It’s every dog lover’s privilege that Kyra and Chalcy took time from their performing schedule to share their secrets in 101 Dog Tricks.
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Tagged: cats, dogs, training, tricks
Bike and walking strollers for small dogs and cats are common; it’s far more challenging to find a stroller for a large Tripawd. But one company we love has the answer.
Pet Gear Strollers for Big Tripawds
Pet Gear makes durable, long lasting gear for all sizes of dogs but we especially love how they manufacture gear for large and giant breed pups. We purchased one of their heavy-duty travel crates for Wyatt Ray and four years later it’s held up extremely well.
We just learned that Pet Gear has these two dog stroller options for larger Tripawds. When it comes to weight limits, keep in mind that although all strollers have certain weight capacities, that doesn’t necessarily mean their design is be comfortable enough for all breeds. A stout 80-pound German Shepherd is structured very differently than a tall and lean 80-pound Greyhound. Some experimentation may be needed to find the right dog stroller for your pup.
If you try one of these, let us know what you think!
Pet Gear Expedition Pet Stroller for cats and dogs up to 150-pounds
- Large protective pet compartment
- Adjustable height handle
- Internal pad with waterproof tray
- Easy fold mechanism
- Adjustable stroller height to handle, from 40.25 Inches to 42 Inches
Here are some reviews to consider:
“I was a little hesitant about this product after reading the reviews, however I love love love it. I have a 68 pound German Shepherd with early stage degenerative myelopathy, she can walk a little but not much. We walk to work everyday and it is about .5 – .75 miles uphill. We travel on concrete and pavement and it ride smoothly; sometimes when we go on walks on the weekends she even sleeps in it. I do recommend this model with 4-wheels as opposed to the other similar 3-wheel product because it is stable. Unlike other reviews I do find the product to be easy to break down( a bit cumbersome and the handle separates and can be a pain, but it fits just fine folded down in the back of my midsized SUV) . I break it down everyday and use it everyday so far its only been a few weeks but it seems to be solid and hopefully long lasting. The only downsides are it is big and bulky and takes some practice fitting through doors, plus it is, even broken down a bit bulky. Highly recommend. ”
“my dog has severe arthritis and can only walk so much…when she is tired she climbs into her stroller and enjoys the ride with our younger , healthy dog…money well spent! It had a squeaky wheel sound that was very annoying, but after placing a soft pillow inside it disappeared…our dog is very heavy more than 110 lbs”
Pet Gear Jogger Stroller for Pets Up to 70-Pounds
- Front wheel is fixed and swivels; quick lock brakes
- Ergonomic handle with easy one-hand fold mechanism; safety tether and internal fleece pad
- Parent tray with cup holder; stroller height to handle 41-1/2-inch
- Top and front mesh windows for ventilation; front and rear entry
- Suitable for pets up to 70-pounds
Check out the Pet Gear stroller reviews on Amazon. Most people say that although this stroller can fit a 70-pound dog, it seems small for a dog that size. Here are some review highlights:
“I originally decided to purchase this Jogger Stroller because of the weight capacity that it can carry. I figured that my 13 year old (30 lb.) Cocker Spaniel would have plenty of “extra” room which would allow him to stretch out and be extremely comfortable. I was wrong. He takes up almost the whole length of the stroller when lying down and he definitely can not lay on his side. I really don’t see how a 70 lb. dog can fit in it and be comfortable. . . . That being said, I am very happy with the Jogger Stroller’s quality. “
“Purchased this stroller in July 2012, now April 2013. Don’t know what I’d do without it! Our littermate sisters don’t like going anywhere without each other, so I now even use this to transport them in and out of the Vets! Makes it so much easier for me. Love the ride and the tires are holding up great. So easy to put up and take down. It does take up a lot of room in a small trunk, but gives my pups lots of room. This is a keeper!!”
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Tagged: dogs, stroller
October 14th, 2013 by jerry in Books · No Comments
Whether your dog is fighting cancer or you’re doing your best to avoid it, Dr. Deva Khalsa’s useful nutrition guide can help you feel good about what your dog eats during all life stages.
Dr. Khalsa’s Natural Dog: A Holistic Guide for Healthier Dogs
Improving the daily nutrition and long-term care of our canine companions is more important today than ever before, with contaminated dog food finding its way onto our grocery store shelves and harmful chemicals being released into the water and air.
There has never been a better time then now to provide your dog with the natural, holistic care he deserves. In her new book, Dr. Khalsa’s Natural Dog: A Holistic Guide for Healthier Dogs, innovative veterinarian Deva Khalsa shares her effective and integrated approach, which combines traditional veterinary medicine with nutrition, vitamins and minerals, and alternative therapies, such as acupuncture and homeopathy, to effectively manage serious canine health problems.
Within this comprehensive guide you will find information on:
- The facts about commercial dog food
- Proper nutrition and how to feed your dog for optimal health
- Supplements with herbs, vitamins, and minerals
- Holistic strategies for preventing, managing, and treating health issues, including allergies, cancer, and diabetes
- Remedies for special-needs dogs
- Bonus: 50 healthy and tasty recipes–including doggy birthday cakes and much more!
Here’s a great recipe from Dr. Khalsa’s Natural Dog: A Holistic Guide for Healthier Dogs
Flaxseed Twist Treats
2 cups all-purpose flour*
1/4 cup low-sodium beef or chicken bouillon powder
1/4 cup flaxseed meal
1/2 cup warm water
1 cup cornmeal, for rolling out treats
1/2 cup flaxseed meal, for rolling out treats
Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
Mix together the first five ingredients until well combined, then knead mixture with your hands to form a soft ball (add more flour if needed).
Put the cornmeal and flaxseed meal on a breadboard, and then drop the ball on the breadboard and flatten. Flip the dough over to get the cornmeal on both sides. Roll out the dough to 1/4 inch (.635 cm) thick.
Use a sharp knife to cut the circle of dough into strips about 1/2 inch (1.27 cm) wide. Twist the strips to the desired length. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown on the bottom.
Store in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.
Yield: Approximately 20 twists
*Try using garbanzo or rice flour for dogs fighting cancer or those eating a grain-free diet.
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Tagged: diet, dogs, holistic, home cooking
September 19th, 2013 by jerry in Music · No Comments
Keeping a dog calm throughout any major events, from amputation to inclement weather, can be tough. Thankfully a variety of music therapy for animals can help.
Calming music for dogs, cats and other animals works because the music is composed using tones that are pleasing to their sensitive ears. Humans might not be able to tell the difference between calming and irritating tunes that are supposed to be “relaxing,” but animals sure can.
For example, a dog hears sounds about twice as loudly as humans do. Dog-friendly is composed with low to moderate frequencies that are friendly to a dog’s ears, and songs smoothly transition without sudden changes in decibels.
Here are some good ones to turn to when your dog or cat needs help mellowing out:
Calming classical music for today’s “stressed out” pets…and their owners! Music soothes the soul. That’s why these Mellow Melodies are so effective at relieving stressed out pets (and their owners). They include a variety of relaxing classical melodies-orchestrated with the sounds proven to calm dogs, cats, birds, and other pets. Play Mellow Melodies or other Music My Pet CDs and you’ll be comforting your pet with the safe, natural, universal language of music.
Canine Lullabies: Heartbeat Music Therapy, Vols. 1-2
Numerous studies have proven that for pets experiencing separation anxiety – whining, chewing, barking, etc.- this CD can have amazing results. It can stop or decrease barking, console whimpering puppies, comfort sick or hurt dogs, and settle hyperactivity.
Duduk Meditation (Music for Pet Sleep)
Pet Music Therapy
Pet Chill Relaxing Piano Music to Keep Your Pet Quiet and Happy While You Are Away
Tripawds Downloads Blog: Learn Why Music is Good Tripawd Therapy
Tripawds Amazong Blog: Reducing Anxiety Through a Dog’s Ear
Tagged: behavior, Music, pets, therapy
The following guest blog post was submitted by Dr. Meredith Stepita, Veterinary Behaviorist at at East Bay Veterinary Specialists in Walnut Creek, California.
Dr. Stepita’s passion for canine behavior assistance is due to the very special bond shared between human and pet. She chose to become a board certified veterinary behaviorist after learning how many pets are unfortunately given away, rehomed or euthanized due to behavior issues.
In October, Dr. Stepita will join us in a brand new episode of
Tripawd Talk Radio. Stay tuned for details!
How to Help Your Tripawd Recover From Surgery
You have made the decision that your beloved furry family member must have surgery and become your 3-legged companion. This is a heart-wrenching decision, but you know your pet will be much more comfortable once his tumor, facture, or other medical problem is no longer bothering him.
What you may not think about, and what I want to discuss today, is what happens once you get your pet home? The first day is about rest and figuring out how to work together so that their needs are met (ie getting outside or to the litterbox to eliminate, getting to food and water).
However a couple of days later your pet feels great and is ready to conquer the world! But remember what the doctor said “Fluffy needs strict rest for the next 2 weeks”. So how do you keep your beloved pet cool, calm, and collected so that they can heal as the doctor prescribed? Enrichment and relaxation can be very helpful.
There are 2 types of ways to keep your pet stimulated and enriched: physically and mentally. At this time you are forced to rely on the latter due to physical restrictions. Many dogs and cats will regain their physical capacities in time, but for pets with any number of legs, metal stimulation is just as important.
For our pets, food enrichment is a great form of mental stimulation. Rather than eating from a bowl, provide you pet with food dispensing toys. Start with easier ones so that your pet learns how to effectively use them, rather than becoming frustrated. Gradually work up to more challenging toys. Initially add in some of their favorite treats to entice your pet.
Some toys allow you to adjust the difficulty level, such as the Busy Buddy Twist ‘n Treat.
There are also plenty of food toys for our feline friends; my favorite is the Egg-Cersizer.
When trying out a new toy, make sure to supervise your pet. Some dogs may destroy toys and are at risk for ingesting pieces of the toy or cutting their mouth on the toy they have chewed up. For these dogs, use the more durable, harder plastic toys.
Another way to use food toys is by making them into a long-lasting treat. Kongs can be stuffed with peanut butter, canned dog food, other soft treats, and then frozen. Some dogs will spend hours on their frozen Kongs. Visit the Kong website for more Kong recipes.
Positive Reinforcement Training
Another form of mental stimulation is positive reinforcement training, and there are plenty of commands you can teach your dog that do not require lots of movement. Two of these commands are eye contact and hand target. Not only are these commands great for a dog or cat with exercise restriction, but they are two of the best focus commands.
Focus commands help when introducing your shy dog to other dogs or people as they require your pup looks to you for guidance. Although most will learn to sit just fine with 3-legs in no time flat, you can use these alternative commands in the meantime while your pet is learning how to balance learning a new way to sit, and they do not require sitting in a pet with arthritis where the act of sitting is painful.
Finally, relaxation exercises can be very helpful. In these exercises, you reward your dog for calm behavior in increasingly difficult/distracting situations. I like Dr. Karen Overall’s Protocol for Relaxation (PDF Download), which can be found on numerous internet sites. Here’s a video preview:
If you use a special blanket, your dog will start to associate this cue with calm, relaxed behavior in situations other than in your house (i.e. the car, the vet, other new places).
Another useful relaxation exercise is a special type of massage called TTouch®.
Some of my clients have found this to be extremely useful with their anxious pets. Visit TTouch.com for more information.
If you are interested in other blogs relating to pet behavior please let us know!
We love guest blog posts about any topic that can help make life better for Tripawds. Please write to us if you’re interested in sharing your Tripawd experience.
Tagged: behavior, health, surgery
August 15th, 2013 by jerry in Books · 2 Comments
Big things often come in small packages and Bite this Book: the book you read to your dog definitely does!
From a Dog’s Point of View
Bite this Book is a little book packed with heartfelt illustrations and simple, touching poems written by author Lony Ruhmann’s dog Juve, along with his pals Zoey, Maggie, Teddy, Sophie and Rocky.
Some poems in Bite this Book rhyme, some don’t, some are long and some are short. But every one is fun to read out loud while providing a glimpse into your dog’s world and her heart. More samples are found on the Bite this Book website.
Meet the Squirrel
The poem “The Squirrel” is so much fun to read out loud to your dog.
We read it to Tripawds Spokesdog Wyatt Ray and it sure got his attention!
THE SQUIRREL (by Teddy)
I hear an Intruder,
Bark, Bark, Bark.
My Job is to Find the Intruder.
Where are You?
Ha, Ha, I See You!
Bark, Bark, Bark.
Got to Get Closer.
Good, You are Close Now.
My Job is to Get You.
Do You Hear Me?
Bark, Bark, Bark.
Or I Will Nab You.
This sweet book is fun way to spend quiet time with your pooch.
Some dogs like Wyatt who are affected by ADHD (Active Dog Hyperactive Discorder) might find it a little hard to concentrate but other dogs with calmer demeanors will enjoy hearing you read these stories from a dog’s point of view.
Kids will especially find it fun to practice their reading while spending time with their best friend.
Win a Copy
You can win our free review copy
just by telling us why you want to win a copy!
Comment below no later than Sunday August 18 at 12 Midnight Eastern Time. Entries will be placed into a hat and Wyatt Ray will choose one at random. Hurry so you can Bite this Book too!
Tagged: animals, children, pets
Maty the three-legged disc dog champion is one of the most well-known Tripawd ambassadors in the country and now he even has his own series of children’s books. If you’re looking for a great way to introduce a child to the amazing capabilities of three-legged animals, Maty’s first book Mimi and Maty to the Rescue!: Roger the Rat is on the Loose! is a great way to do it!.
Lost or hurt animals have no fear . . . Mimi and Maty are here!
Meet Mimi and Maty. Mimi is an animal-loving girl and Maty is her three-legged dog. Together, this fantastic duo sets out to rescue any animal that needs help.
When their friend George calls and needs to find a missing rat named Roger, Mimi and Maty jump into action! Keeping track of all the clues in their trusty rescue notebook, Mimi and Maty embark on an adventure that involves their nasty friend Icky Vicky and her brother Dicky, the Pom Pom Pie Place, and one smart dumbo rat!
Will Mimi and Maty be successful in their first-ever rescue operation?
Mimi and Maty to the Rescue! is brought to life by the delightful and colorful illustrations of Alli Arnold. Inspired by the real-life Mimi Ausland (founder of Freekibble.com) and her special three-legged dog friend, Maty, this is a special book for animal lovers of all ages.
Kids will learn the value of helping out others, including their special animal friends, and hopefully follow in the footsteps of Mimi Ausland, aiding local animal shelters and pet rescues across the country. 80 color illustrations
Meet the Real Mimi and Maty
Mimi has always loved animals. When she was seven years old she started a rescue notebook so she could keep track of all the animals she helped: butterflies, birds, chipmunks… eve a rainbow trout!
When Mimi was eleven years old she wanted to help feed the dogs and cats at her local shelter in Bend, Oregon, so she created the website Freekibble.com. Freekibble has now fed over eight million meals to homeless pets at shelters and rescues all over the country.
Maty is now the Humane Society of Central Oregon’s goodwill ambassador. She visits schools and groups, teaching people about animal safety and showcasing the many abilities of a disabled dog. Maty is also the first three-legged dog to quality and compete in two “Sky Houndz World Canine Disc Dog Championships”! Way to go, Maty!
Mimi and Maty met through their work at the animal shelter and have been special friends ever since. With their big hearts, Mimi and Maty continue to inspire others to help care for and love animals.
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Tagged: children, dogs, kids, three legged
Every animal enters our life for a reason. When it comes to first-time author Tim McHenry and his beloved Tripawd dog Dixie, it’s clear that it was her destiny to make an impact on the world with a heartfelt, entertaining book about survival, courage and hope. A Leg to Stand On: A Shared Journey of Healing is a must-read book for every dog lover, but especially for those of us who have been touched by the Tripawd journey.
A Leg to Stand On is a true story about Dixie, a yellow lab who spent the first year of her life tethered to a rope in a backyard. One tragic day, Dixie was able to escape from her tether but was tragically struck by a passing car during her first moments of real freedom. She limped home for help, where her uncaring humans ignored her broken, mangled leg for three days before relinquishing her to a nearby shelter.
The kindhearted shelter workers and a local vet saw a sparkle in Dixie’s loving eyes and opted to help her through her pain by amputating the unrepairable leg. A few days later as Dixie languished in a kennel recuperating from her surgery, she and Tim, a single parent finding his way through a difficult time in life, set eyes on one another. Tim had most recently lost his beloved dog to bone cancer and was finally ready to bring another pack member into his life. Dixie’s eyes told him she was the one.
Soon thereafter this match made in heaven began their shared journey of love and caring for one another through some of Tim’s greatest challenges, losses and victories in life.
In reading this book I find it surprising that it’s the author’s first attempt at a full-length memoir. He tells a captivating story both from his own perspective and that of Dixie’s, and keeps readers wanting to find out more about how these two set out to make life so much better for each of them. Tim is a dog trainer for Petsmart but it’s clear his real calling is being an author.
I haven’t even finished the book yet, but am so excited to share it with you that I want to make sure you know about it as quickly as possible.
A Leg to Stand On: A Shared Journey of Healing is a must-read. Do pick up a copy here and let Tim and Dixie know on their Facebook page that you found out about it here on Tripawds! Let’s help spread the word so that this wonderful book reaches and inspires as many folks as possible about the amazing capabilities of three-legged animals.
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Tagged: dogs, memoir, three legged
July 11th, 2013 by jerry in Books · 2 Comments
Are your animals a reflection of what is happening in your own life?
A fascinating new book, My Animal, My Self: A Breakthrough Way to Understand How You and Your Animal Reflect Each Other, by animal communicator Marta Williams, brings into focused an unexamined dynamic in our relationships with our animals – the idea that our animals are often our mirrors.
The premise of the book is that our animals are deeply and inextricably connected to us on the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels, and can pick up and reflect back to us the issues and events of our lives. For example, an animal could mimic or mirror the back pain or emotional anxiety exhibited by their human. There can be many components to the process of mirroring, but ultimately an animal does this out of love, as a way to help the person heal.
We recently received a review copy of this book and found it to be invaluable in teaching us how our relationship and behavior with Tripawds Spokespup Wyatt Ray Dawg is a direct reflection of what’s happening in our own complicated human world. Later we’ll share how it’s changing our family dynamic, but for now, here is an article that shares Martha’s insight into her latest book and how all pet parents can benefit from it.
A New Way of Understanding Yourself and Your Animals
By Marta Williams, author
Our animals can reflect our thoughts, feelings, physical maladies and even the significant issues we are dealing with in our lives. A common example of this is a dog who acts hyper and aggressive around other dogs when with the owner, but is calm and friendly when handled by a calm and confident trainer. It’s easy to see that in that situation the dog is picking up and reflecting the owner’s fears that the dog will be aggressive, and conversely, the trainer’s confidence that the dog can be calm and have fun with other dogs.
It’s not so easy to observe and detect mirroring going on between you and your own animal; you really have to look for it, and it isn’t usually as straightforward as the example above. I discovered the dynamic of mirroring between people and animals through doing animal communication consultations for clients over many years. In these consultations I connect mentally and emotionally with the animal, using intuitive abilities. It became apparent that often fact, it seemed the animal was doing everything possible – acting out, getting ill, and etc., — to show the person what needed changing and what was standing in the way of health and happiness for them both.
Here’s an example: A woman called about her cat Lily who was refusing to use the cat box. When I connected intuitively with Lily about the cat box, I started to get information instead about the woman’s husband. Every time I tried to turn the (intuitive) conversation back to the cat box, Lily would show me something else that was going wrong in the household and how the husband needed to change. Finally, I gave up and told my client what I was getting from Lily. My client said that indeed there were problems in the household, and that everything Lily conveyed to me was accurate. At that point, I focused my suggestions, not on the cat box issue, but on how to change the dynamic in the household and address the issues Lily felt were important. A few months later I got an email from my client saying that everything had shifted; Lily and the husband were doing better, my client and her husband had an improved relationship, and Lily was using the cat box again. What began as a housekeeping problem turned into a life-changing journey for this couple and their cat.
Animals just do this for us. The difference between humans and animals is that animals don’t normally shut off their heart like humans do and they are always connected to us emotionally. Through mirroring, our animals strive to show what they sense that is out of balance. Sometimes they will even take on our emotional or physical issues to show us what is wrong, or in an attempt to help take our pain away. Animals show us how we really feel and think inside because they can read our minds and our feelings. They will do everything they can to help us heal and teach us how to live in the moment and be content. That is who they are.
In My Animal, My Self you will learn how to tell if your animal is mirroring you on some level. There is an extensive questionnaire for you to fill out, and by the time you work through it you will have a very good idea of the mirroring going on for you and your animal. You can use the questionnaire to analyze all the animals in your life, including animals from the past. Once you see the mirroring, you will see the gifts your animals bring to you – the healing and teaching they offer.
Sometimes animals will act in ways that force us to grow and change. This too is a form of mirroring because they are showing us our weaknesses. This happened with one of my clients who had a sick horse. Everyone was pressuring to put him down, but that small still voice inside her was saying no. I also felt he was not ready to go. Against all the pressure from veterinarians, horse bodyworkers, the stable owners and the haulers, she hung in with her horse and finally discovered that his problem was a bad hoof trim not crippling arthritis. He is still alive and well, and because of him she learned how to listen to her inner guide and stand her ground.
Our animals are some of the most important beings in our lives. It is clear to many animal lovers that their animals came to them for a reason and people are keenly aware of how their animals have helped them through some of their hardest moments in life. This is why it can be so difficult to lose an animal in your life, often harder than losing a friend or relative. Our animals change our lives, usually for the better. By learning how to detect mirroring between you and your animal, you can return the assistance and help them. My Animal, My Self gives detailed techniques for addressing any mirroring you discover that you feel is negative or not optimal. By employing these techniques you can make both you and your animal happier and healthier, and you will discover a depth to your relationship that you never suspected or imagined.
Mirroring between animals and people is virtually invisible, and as a consequence has been overlooked in the literature and even in popular culture. Through this book you will come to see and understand your animal in a totally new way.
Based on the book My Animal, My Self. Copyright 2013 by Marta Williams. Reprinted with permission from New World Library.
Tagged: advice, animals, behavior