What the Animals Have to Say…
November 18, 2017
In August, I talked to a client and her two dogs in Chicago, IL. Faith was planning an upcoming relocation to Saudi Arabia. When she interviewed for jobs at a job fair for international schools, her main question was could she bring her dog, Angelo. She was told yes. Due to paperwork, however, she was not able to bring him when she left in August, but she planned to take him with her in December when she returned to Chicago for Christmas break.
During our August visit, we talked to Faith’s dogs, Angelo and Alex to tell them she was leaving for Saudi Arabia. We let them know that she would be gone from August (I showed them summer weather and heat) until December (I showed them cold, snow, grey skies and leafless trees). Faith wanted both the dogs to know the plan and see if Angelo wanted to go to Saudi Arabia or prefer to stay in Chicago with her mom and dad (with whom they live). Faith wanted Angelo to know that she longed for him to be with her but that he might not be able to come right away. Faith didn’t want either dog to think that she was abandoning them. She also wanted Angelo to know it will be hot in Saudi Arabia until sometime in September but that the weather would be quite nice most of the year. She also wondered if either of them had any questions for her.
Angelo really wanted to go to Saudi Arabia with Faith. Although he was not quite clear on how many “sleeps” were involved from August until December, he was quite sure that it would feel like forever until he saw her again. (Animals don’t have the same concept of time that humans do. They can relate to about 7 sleeps – or days, and anything beyond that is too far away for them to really think about). Angelo understood why he couldn’t go with her right away, not because of paperwork, but because he could feel Faith’s emotion about having to leave him for awhile. (I could feel Angelo’s heart opening up and love pouring out for Faith. I love it when I feel the love that the animals share with their humans and visa versa. My heart opens and love pours through it, so much so that my eyes tear up. When I experience a heart opening, there is so much love that I can’t contain it in my physical body and it pours out of me in the form of tears).
As for Alex, he will stay home with Faith’s parents. They adore him and he seems to adore them as well. Faith adopted Alex for her mom knowing that she will get to see Alex everyday too because Faith lives with her parents. Alex follows Faith around and sleeps with her. She wonders if he may be more attached to her than her mom… Alex loves everyone, including Faith’s parents, he doesn’t have a favorite, he thinks Faith is interesting to be around. Faith planned to have Alex stay with her parents and her mom didn’t want Alex to leave and go overseas.
It’s a win-win situation for Alex. Although he says he will miss Faith, he said he was afraid to leave home and felt his job was to stay in Chicago with Faith’s parents. It’s his job to look after them. Alex could feel Faith’s parents’ apprehension and concern for their daughter… she would be so far away from home and in a foreign country. He would be there for them and help them stay grounded in faith that their daughter would enjoy her adventure and return safely home to them in Chicago.
So, Happy Holidays everyone! It’s now November and Faith is planning her trip back to the states for school break! The other day, I had the opportunity to talk to Faith in Saudi Arabia, Angelo and Alex in Chicago, and all while I was in my home in Wisconsin!
I used a photograph of Angelo and Alex to connect with them. I look at their pictures, close my eyes, imagine their photo in my mind’s eye and state, “My intention is to speak to Angelo.” When I see him animated in my mind’s eye, I know I have a connection with him. And, boy, was he animated! He was jumping around so much, “hugging” Faith, almost knocking her over. He was over the moon excited to see her. I waited a few minutes until he settled down so I could tell him when she’s coming home and that she plans to take him with her when Christmas break is over. He wants to be wherever she is. I told him that he would have to fly in a plane and what that would be like. I shared that the trip would be arduous, at least two sleeps long. Not only that, but Angelo is a big dog so he’ll have to ride in cargo. There will be people to check on him but he’ll have to travel separately from Faith. Angelo doesn’t care how hard the trip is, he just wants to be where she is. Both Faith and Angelo are very happy that they will be together in Saudi Arabia.
Alex is still happy at home in Chicago and feels fortunate to have the job of looking after his “grandma and grandpa”. He will be very happy to visit with Faith when she arrives home for the holidays.
Sharing Love and Blessings,