A dear friend just shared these beautiful thoughts with me. A while ago, I had assisted their family with the transition of their aged kindred spirit who they loved so dearly. Though this may seem quite anthropomorphic to scientific ethologists, we continually see evidence of compassion between animals that sometimes defies our current scientific acknowledgement of what is possible. Their are a number of youtube video’s of dog’s remaining with their deceased companion as well as other animals or assisting an injured animal friend. When I read this, my own heart opened to memories of so many suffering animals that I have treated over the years and how many I wish I could have helped more in some way. There are no words to describe the joy in one’s heart when one sees the joy in a dog in need that you have just given a loving home to.
In my practice using complementary therapies to try to help animals where conventional medicine is not working anymore, I do end up assisting people with their animal companions death, when even the best of complementary therapies are not sufficient. As I have assisted many clients with the emotional transition of the loss of their kindred spirit, I have seen many ponder the question of if and when they might consider sharing their lives with another animal. There is no right answer to this question and the perfect time unfolds for each individual. I do love and agree with the sentiment of the thoughts below, that the love we share with another is the greatest gift that carries on beyond physical death. Sharing that love with another being that is yearning for that love is indeed the greatest memorial we can give to our deceased friend. So often I see someone who is resistant to adopting another dog or cat for various reasons, yet once one has found them, their hearts re-open with joyous abandon. This is the essence of our connections with dogs and all beings! Rejoice in the love we share with others in need, whether they be two-legged, four-legged or winged!
Tags: animal behavior, Compassionate Action Steps, Death and Grief, human animal bond