♥ Grief and Transitioning

grieving_dogAnimals are vital parts of our lives.  We share everything with them; our thoughts, our dreams, our aspirations.  Our animal companions are often our most trusted friends.

When we experience loss in our lives our animals experience the loss as well.  Animals are impacted by divorce, the death of a family member or the death of another animal in the home just as we humans are.  Occasionally, they will deeply struggle to deal with the emotional pain and to overcome the grief.  As their caretaker you can assist them during this time with a Transitioning Consultation.

silver_princeSharing your life with a working animal or a companion animal can both a blessing and a challenge.  We tend to bond closely with the animals in our lives and sometimes wish we had a shared language.

In return for their love and acceptance of our flawed selves our animals depend on us to make some of the most difficult life decisions.  Sometimes as our animal companions age or experience devastating health issues we are called upon to make tough choices.  If you are struggling with these decisions a Transitioning Consultation can help you through this difficult time.

When they are ill or in pain, we long for a way to communicate to with them to help with their healing.  When they behave in a way that is frustrating or not understandable, we want a way to express our concern and get feedback.  If a life event impacts you and the animals in your life, you yearn for a way to share the information with them.  The ability to communicate intuitively with animals allows us to do all the things we desire.

Animals communicate through thought and emotion.  They are able to indicate how they are feeling, what they are thinking and much more.  Communicating with animals can be done in person or long-distance, similar to a long-distance phone call.

To arrange an Animal Communication consultation with Harmony♥Rescue, please use our on-line scheduling system.

 

The pain of losing a close friend is one of the worse things you can experience, but as a human how can you help your animal friend find relief from the grief they are experiencing?  You want to help them and comfort them but you’re not sure what would help.

The Loss of a Dear Friend

From the moment Gretchen the Doberman met Georgia the tabby cat, they became fast friends.  They slept together, played together and even ate dinner side by side.  Wherever one was, the other was close by.  Georgia was intended to be an indoor-only cat, but she was unhappy being inside if Gretchen was outdoors.  Finally the family relented and allowed Georgia to join her sister Gretchen outside.

On this particular evening Gretchen and Georgia’s family had scheduled activities.  Before they left home they had attempted to get Georgia to come inside but since Gretchen wouldn’t come in, Georgia refused to come in as well.  The youngest son’s ballgame was called due to rain and approaching storms.  When the family arrived home Gretchen was under the covered porch but Georgia was nowhere to be found.  The family split up; some waiting at home to wait for Georgia to reappear and some driving the neighborhood looking for her.  The storm worsened as the night passed but Georgia was not found.  Gretchen paced nervously and wouldn’t settle down to sleep.
The following morning, the family began scouting the neighborhood around the home along with Gretchen.  Sadly, just two blocks away, they found Georgia’s body laying near the curb.  Gretchen immediately ran to her best friend’s side and nudged her gently.  The family turned toward home, practically dragging Gretchen away from Georgia’s still form.  They returned and took Georgia’s broken body home for a burial in the backyard.
From that day and for the next six months Gretchen mourned her dear friend.  She would drag her favorite blanket into the yard and lay with it on top of Georgia’s grave.  If the weather was inclement, she would lay on the covered porch, forlornly staring out to where her best friend had been laid to rest.

With the pain medication, Sue’s quality of life had improved but as her family watched her