Give Your Pets the Best Christmas Ever!
As we are heading towards Christmas time, we begin the rush and stress of preparing for holiday celebrations, family occasions and gift giving of course. A lot of thought goes into giving something special to the people we love. There are also some very special friends and family members in our lives that are unconditional givers – our animal companions.
Whether they are furry, feathery, scaley or hoofed, our beautiful animals never stop giving their love and devotion. They are there for us, in our best moments and our worst moments. They bring so much laughter and happiness in the simplest of ways. They know us better than we know ourselves, and connect with us on such a deep emotions level. We could not imagine our lives without them. In fact, a lot of us prefer our animals to most humans! Whilst our animals live in the moment, they don’t quite understand why we reserve a time of year to show our love and appreciation to the special ones around us – why not show it every day? If our animals can, why can’t we?
What are you going to give back to your special companions? Now this isn’t a one-time act, you do only at Christmas; this should be all year round? All relationships are about giving and receiving, including the relationships we have with our animals. We demand so much from them, and they relentlessly indulge us. From performing tricks and rituals, to enthusiastically enjoying being at our side no matter what we propose.
Here are a few things you can try:
Take your dog for an on/off leash nature walk to a new beach, park or forest. Give your dog the chance to just be a dog; don’t take any toys or distractions with you. This is your dog’s chance to sniff, pee, to explore as they wish. Let them fulfil their instincts of being a dog. Be involved in the walk and be interested in what your dog wants to explore.. Try to be present as you walk with your dog – what can you Smell? See? Sense? Learn to experience that walk as a dog, you may be pleasantly surprised.
Make time to play with your cat, as they love it more when you are involved.
You can use toys or simple things such as string, shoelaces, or leaves. Be creative in your games – and don’t give up if you’re cat doesn’t seem interested; you just have to find the type of game your cat prefers!
For the cats that have outgrown energetic play, set time aside daily to just be with your cat. This is a great time for you and your cat to have one on one time, where they have your undivided attention. No distractions just quiet time together. Give them the chance to do as they wish at this time. This will mean the world to your cat – and they will look forward to this special time with you.
Join your horse for a trail WALK – that’s right, a walk not a ride. Walk together, without any tack as equals. Let your horse lead you where they want to go. You can do this on or off your property. Stop when your horse stops, listen to what your horse hears. You will not only experience what it is like to be your horse, but in the way your horse loves to be. There are always things we can learn about those we have special relationships with.
The best activity you can try with any of your animals is ‘Just Being’. You don’t need to be right next to your animal, but in their presence is enough. If your animal approaches you allow them to do so without your interaction. Ignore their advances until they are settled and are just being themselves. Sit quietly and just lightly focus on your animal. You may a take few deep breaths to calm your mind.
This peaceful state of being is what our animals are in most of the time; and they love it when we are too. It allows your animal to choose how they wish to interact with you; it is about their experience, not just yours. This is also the foundation to beginning telepathic/intuitive communication with your animals. Who doesn’t want to communicate with their animal loved ones?
Your animal will be happier, excitable and love you even more. You may need to try this a few times, until it comes natural and you will achieve a deeper level of mutual respect, love and gratitude in your relationship with them. Our animals constantly have to fit in with our world, the human world. Is it not fair for us to also give back and share in their world too? Don’t we owe them that at the very least?
The greatest gift you can give an animal is to Give of Yourself!