Update on the little poodle

Nyla, the four-year-old poodle who went to live with the giant horses continues to thrive. She loves to sit on her new “mom’s” lap and has settled into the family routine as if she always lived there.

Daily she rides out on the quad to feed and visit the horses. Initially suspicious of these giant creatures, she has developed quite the friendship with the smallest horse, a thoroughbred. He seems to enjoy her company as well. He will often leave some of his feed for her to clean up and stand back while she enjoys the scraps. Nyla being very clever quickly learned which horses were willing to share.

One day she uncharacteristically began barking at the herd as they came down the hill to eat. Her guardian was curious what that was about so in a followup communication session I asked her how she felt about the horses and why the barking:

NYLA: “They’re not so bad after all. But does that one big guy think he’ s a dog? He keeps sniffing after me like he thinks I’m in heat. I sure hope he doesn’t think he can breed me. Please explain to him that we are different species and are not meant to mix. I’ll be able to breathe much easier if he backs off.”

“I like visiting with them if the visits are brief. But they were taking too long to come down to eat and I wanted them to hurry up so I could go back to the cozy cabin with my mom. I wasn’t mad at them, just trying to help out. I think mom and Jocelyn appreciated it because they were cold and surely must have wanted to go back inside with me.”

Her guardian reports that the youngest stallion is indeed quite fascinated with Nyla and always wants to sniff her. She has explained to him that he needs to go slower and give Nyla time to adjust. We expect they will become great friends, like with the thoroughbred, as they get better acquainted.

Nyla has been in her new home for ten weeks and her progress has exceeded expectations. Her guardians and I are delighted that she has turned out to be the perfect dog they were seeking.

Law of Attraction: Finding The Perfect Dog

Five months ago we lost our dog, Joshua. He was a huge part of our family’s lives for fourteen wonderful years. Since then we’ve talked about getting another dog, we even visited a humane society adoption day. They had some lovely dogs but it was too soon.

I’ve always wanted a standard poodle and, coincidentally, one became available on our local Freecycle. He wasn’t getting along with his pack mates, and to restore peace, his owner reluctantly decided to rehome. Out of all the responses, and there were many, she chose me! I was convinced this was Law of Attraction in action, and just days after I had put out the desire.

My almost new dog.
My almost new dog.

Before meeting in person, I had an animal communication session with him. It turned out he had a very high opinion of himself and a very low one of his pack mates. He showed me pictures of them as a bunch of hound dog mutts. Imagine my surprise when I found out from his owner that they were all in fact poodles . . . far from mutts! I explained to him during another communication session that they were every bit as special as he and he needed to treat them with respect. We chatted about the situation and he agreed to make an effort.

When I finally met him in person some weeks later his owner reported that his behavior had improved. Observing him it was obvious that he was quite bonded and should stay right where he was, if at all possible. He very clearly let me know that, while I was nice enough, I wasn’t his “mom.” Later I had another communication session with him and explained that he could stay right where he was, it was up to him. Since then he continues to do well, and harmony has been restored to the pack.

During my visit one of the other male poodles totally charmed me and removed any doubt that I was ready for a dog. He intuitively felt my grief (over losing Joshua) and leaned his body against mine filling me with healing energy. I had a thoroughly delightful time with him and the healing he freely bestowed upon me was incredibly restorative.

So now I’m looking for my “perfect” dog in earnest. I’ve decided to put my strong, clearly defined request out to the universe (Law of Attraction) and “allow” the right dog to cross my path. I don’t really care about color, although I do like silver, and I want a natural tail. I’d like a young, healthy, adult (six or under) so that we can have many years together. Sex is not important, but I’d like a gregarious personality.

My dog should enjoy romping with my husband, accompany me on treks into the woods, and enjoy sitting quietly together of an evening being petted. He/She should be smart and lively, but able to remain calm when appropriate. My dog will enjoy our horses but not act aggressively towards them. He/She will function as my ears, alerting me to visitors and activity outdoors, but will politely greet visitors.

I’m visualizing spending time with my new dog. I can feel how wonderful it is to have that special companionship again. I’m doing my part and I expect the universe will deliver, it’s just a matter of perfect timing.

Animal Communication: Do dogs protect children?

After my communication with horses on this topic, I wanted to know what dogs had to say about it. I have personally known dogs who absolutely looked after children, even to their own detriment. I must say I was somewhat surprised by what the dogs had to say on the topic:

“There are some among us who, like people, have a special affinity for children. They take special care with children. But not all of our species has this affinity. Others would rather not be bothered. They feel it is not their responsibility to look after other creatures’ young. Some of us have more empathy and compassion than others. It is truly an individual preference. We say when in doubt, it’s best to carefully supervise your young around us.”

During our communication, the dogs reminded me that being predators they had quite a different perspective from horses, who are prey animals. Their caution to carefully supervise our young around them is sensible and the sentiment expressed, very generous on their part.

With this understanding I am even more touched by the generosity of spirit of those dogs who are the exceptions. One of those exceptional canines, deserving of tribute, completed his earthly journey this year.

Henry, was just seven, but he packed a lot of living into those years. He was best friend to Jill, and vigilant protector of Ryan, her autistic son. Henry patiently tolerated Ryan’s rough handling and even tried to fetch him back for Jill when he wandered too far away. He was always there ready to help in any way that he could.

Beautiful Henry, gone, but never forgotten.

Unquestionably, Henry was irreplaceable, but with an empty space in her heart and home, Jill welcomed young Jack, an Irish Setter. He surely has big footprints to step into. Happily he seems ready and willing to be another canine exception in his attitude towards Ryan and they have become fast friends.

Jill says that although Henry and Jack have very different spirits, one trait they have in common is looking you straight in the eye. She captured that beautifully in the picture below:

Jack & Ryan communicating
Jack & Ryan communicating
Photos courtesy of Jill Yelverton. Thank you, Jill, for sharing the inspirational story of Henry, Jack and Ryan. May you have many happy years together.

Do horses make an effort to protect children?

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Jasmine & Juli (special needs child), meet Dorinda & Venus
Photo courtesy of Serenity Equestrian Center

Recently I was trading stories with a friend about how incredibly considerate horses are. Being large prey animals, their ability to injure us when they go right brained is sobering. So when they make an obvious effort to protect a person, that is worth taking note and showing our appreciation.

Through the years I’ve heard countless stories of horses unmistakably making an effort to avoid injuring someone. Most often these stories involve a child. This lead me to ponder whether horses look upon human children in a benevolent way as humans do upon animal babies.

I communicated that question to the horses and this is what they said:

“Your children are so innocent and vulnerable. We find their company quite enjoyable and some of them are highly entertaining. Of course we take extra care when they are in our presence so as not to injure them. We would no sooner deliberately injure your young than we would our own.”

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Jasmine enveloped by Dorinda & Venus
Photo courtesy of Serenity Equestrian Center

That lead me to ask about protecting adults:

“It is not in our nature to deliberately injure other living beings. We are peaceful by design. Certainly there are exceptions, and they are regrettable, but they do not represent the views of our majority. Why would we deliberately hurt you?”

“We see people who deliberately cause harm to others and animals but it is not our way. We take great pride that our species has evolved to be helpers of people. This sets us apart from lesser creatures who are only concerned with their own needs. We see ourselves as noble, reliable, strong and consistent. We are who we are for we can be no other. It pleases us that there are some among you who recognize our importance in the hierarchy of life. We know that as you continue to evolve that our relationship with you will also evolve and that pleases us greatly. We have only scratched the surface of what we can accomplish together.”