This past weekend I had a major breakthrough.
But to tell you about this is going to take some BIG transparency.
Because even though I’m intuitive with animals, even though I TEACH this stuff every day, there are still places where I struggle.
And taking my dog offleash is one of those places.
Waaaay back, more than twenty years ago, Kevin and I had a dog named Mabel. We had rescued her from Angel Memorial in Boston, MA. She was a six month old pitbul that had been very abused. We figured this out because whenever she saw any man of a certain coloring, clothing, and height – she turned into a snarling beast.
Even harder was the fact that, if Mabel didn’t like another dog, she would go for the dog’s throat and try to kill the other dog. She almost killed our in-law’s dog in fact. We had to learn how to break up dog fights, how do avid other dogs, and how to manage our energy when out in the world with her, because she was SO sensitive to every thought and feeling we had.
Zoom forward to more than twenty years later and I still have some fears around letting our most recent dog, Tuukka, off leash. She is not a fighter – in fact, she would prefer to run between my legs and hide when she meets an off-color dog. The problem, though is ME. I get tense. I get worried. And I REMEMBER the past.
The way that I’ve dealt with that, until now, is to always have Kevin with me when we go for offleash walks. That’s right. For twenty years and three subsequent dogs, I don’t do offleash walks without my husband.
That is, until this Saturday…
I took my friend and Tuukka up to our new property in Maine (where we’re about to start building our new home) and let Tuukka off leash. I felt calm being on that land, hanging out near the brook, and breathing the beautiful 60 degree sunshine in…
And it all went well. In fact, I wasn’t worried at all!
My friend said, “The energy here is so clean and clear!” and Tuukka just said, “Ah, the fun place! I love the fun place!”
It was a big leap for me to trust that I could manage my energy and take Tuukka off leash – and I’m so glad that I did!
Is there some “activity” you’ve been avoiding with your pet due to past fears? Just like Tuukka, your pet will help you get through that – if you give it a try.
Remember, our animals always want us to be our very best selves! <3