Animal Wisdom

Nelly's loving people are considering getting another dog and wanted to see if Nelly had any opinions on that. She immediately shared that the company of dogs is her normal and that she sees herself as part of a pack. Right now that pack has more humans than dogs.

We can sometimes be confused or even frustrated, when our animal family members become agitated if left alone or have to separate from their family. It benefits us, and them, to pause and think about 'norms' in their world before humans made all the decisions. Most of the animals I have the privilege of speaking with, are mammals so their nervous system has evolved in a group setting.

Being alone is inherently threatening to a pack, herd or tribe animal at a deep instinctually level - that goes for us too. Alone is a nuanced word in the human world - you can be with many people and feel alone - it's not just the presence of another living being. This is the same for our animal family members too - they can feel when they are loved and have needs considered.

Nelly is fortunate to be in a family that is attuned to her needs and committed to making her life as enjoyable as possible. She likes to sleep touching her people - relishing the warmth and comfort from contact with a being who loves her. Deep attunement is best served when we put down our human lens and pick up the lens of the species we are integrating our lives with. Luckily we humans have a wonderful ability to be empathic and put aside our world view to step into another's priorities. 

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