Ugh. So, the other day I sent out an email called, “Why get off the couch never works” (which, if you missed it the first time around, you can read about here).
It was an email all about one of the best ways to communicate with animals – which is by taking advantage of the fact that they intuitively tap into the images in our heads all the time.
Well, let me just say that completely backfired on me on Sunday.
Kevin, Cole and I were leaving to go grocery shopping (yes, it’s a bit of a family event at this time), and so I was walking through the house turning off lights and picking things up before we left the house. We planned to be gone for a few hours.
As I was turning the light off in Cole’s bedroom, I remember glancing at his retainer and thinking, “Wow, it would be just so easy for Tuukka to jump up on the bed and grab that retainer off the shelf and eat it. I wonder why she never eats it?”
Then, I continued downstairs to do a little more straightening up. I looked at the sofa and thought, “we don’t need to put the gates up, Tuukka never gets on the sofa…” (We lean baby gates against the cushions and she won’t go near the sofa.)
Then, as we were all finally walking out the door, I said to the family, “Boy! We really get away with a lot of stuff everyday because Tuukka’s not like other dogs!”
Do you have an idea where this email is going? I bet you do…
So, Tuukka is one really smart dog. Yes, I’m teaching humans how to take advantage of the fact that animals take cues from the visuals in our heads, but guess what – animals know how to take advantage of that as well.
Hence, when we came home, Tuukka was sprawled out on the new white sofa – and Cole’s retainer had been chewed to bits.
Take note though – Cole’s retainer has been stored on that shelf for two years. Two years! It wasn’t until I started holding those images in my mind that she went, “Oh! What a great idea!”
Anyway, now, not only do we have to get a new retainer for Cole, but we all have to pay even more attention to what’s going on in our heads.
Intuitive communication with animals – it really is a two-way street!
Love and Light,