Are You Making Your Pet Sick?

Pug  People spend thousands of dollars on animal health care, food, toys, and fancy boarding facilities where their pets can play all day and have their own vacations.  We love our animal companions, and most of us would be horrified to know that we are often making them sick when we don't take care of ourselves. I have worked with many clients who are concerned with health issues and want advice about making the best treatment choices for their dog, cat, bird, gerbil, or horse.

   Frankly, the animals rarely care whether they need Prednisone or a tranquilizer, surgery or chiropractice adjustments.  More often than not, they are busy doing the work that is their life purpose - taking care of the human family members who have no idea that their own emotions and physical issues affect the health of their pets.  Our animals are working to cleanse our energy fields, comfort us when we are stressed, and absorb as many of our psychological issues as they possibly can.  If you are depressed, your dog will try to cheer you up.  If your child has a tummyache, the cat will attempt to internalize the pain or nausea.  If you struggling with an abusive relationship, your ferret will do its best to help you through the pain.

   How do I know this?  From my own animal communication clients.  When a woman called me about a year ago, desperately seeking a solution to the pain her dog was experiencing, I tuned in and was met with waves of frustration from the dog, who had been diagnosed with back problems and organ disfunctions, was obviously in pain, and in the midst of this, was concerned about the woman's anger level.  While the dog was crying, causing his "Mommy" to panic and search for a way to subdue his pain and cure his physical ailments, he related his ability to leave his body when the pain became too intense, and was far less concerned about his physical health than she was.  What she was seeing was very different than what he was experiencing.

   It was a difficult situation that extended over the next 48 hours, as the woman became angrier and eventually accused me of failing to "diagnose" the exact physical ailments, something I ethically would never attempt to do.  She was so focused on locating and curing an illness that she missed what her dog was trying to communicate.  I awoke the day after the second session very early, with the dog clearly sending me the message, "You dunderhead!  You have to get Mommy to understand! She must release the anger inside.  It is killing her soul."  When I opened my email to send her this last note, I had already received a message from her, with the subject line telling me that her dog had died.  Despite the fact that I make it a point to seek permission to contact an animal (both from the animal and the human caregiver), I made an exception and forwarded the message that I had been contacted and the dog had insisted that I tell her he had been working on her anger level, and was begging her to release her emotion.

   I never heard from the client again, and wasn't surprised that she chose to hold me responsible somehow, along with all of the vets and other practitioners she had consulted.  Often, people are so filled with grief and racked with guilt when their animal companions die that they can't even consider the kind of selfless act at the core of the situation.  Animals willingly sacrifice their own well-being for the people they live with, and they don't have the attachment to their physical bodies most humans do.  We can learn a great deal from their messages about life and death, and the priorities they set for themselves.  I hope that someday this dog's "Mommy" can let go of her anger and allow her beloved dog's job to be completed.  Meanwhile, he has moved on to other work in other places.

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    Denise Norberg-Johnson

    Denise Norberg-Johnson is an Animal Communicator and Reiki Master, who also works with animals and their people as a Certified LifeLine Practitioner. As a former biology teacher, construction contractor, business trainer and financial writer, she has spent her life engaged in a continuous learning process. An award-winning speaker and author, she has been interviewed on television, radio, and in print, and anticipates the publication of her book, "Animals Know! - What Animals Teach Us" in early 2013. Denise's formal education includes an M.B.A., a Masters degree in Teaching, a B.A. in Biological Science, and an A.A. in Architectural Interior Design. When she is not reading voraciously, dancing as if no one is watching, or attempting to play her junior high school violin recital pieces, she amuses herself by annoying her husband Dave and their six rescued cats.

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