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Divine Canine


cat and dog sittingLessons from the Universe are always present and finding the stillness within us can allow those lessons to be comprehended.  As we all have found, the lessons come quietly but at times the lessons are as loud as a rushing waterfall.

My first lesson from the Universe came to me at the age of 6.  My Shetland pony, Trixie was enjoying her oats.  I decided to get on her back and enjoy that moment with her.  I had no bridle or halter but I easily stepped on the fence and sat on her back as I had done so many times.

I can still feel that stillness with Trixie and that sense of love and harmony, if only for a moment, it felt so familiar like I had been at that place before.  Then a thought rushed over my mind of her running with me to the end of the pasture and of me screaming for her to stop but she wouldn’t.  I could get hurt and I could not stop her.  At that moment, she took off at a full gallop.  The other horses were at the end of the 60 acre pasture and I felt her little legs running for them.  I held on to her mane, crying in fear.  We finally reached the horses and I slid off.  Why oh why had she done that to me?  Although I rode horses until I left for college and still ride horses when given the chance, I have never forgot that fear that I felt that day when my trust and innocence was lost.

While in college and my first 10 years of married life after college, animals – especially horses and dogs – were not of my realm.  I was a business person, utilizing my mind in a capitalist society.  My dear husband and I went backpacking and camping every chance we had but our little peaceful home life was not to be disrupted by the chores and mundane demands of animals neither horse nor dog was to be a part of our clan.

At our 10 year anniversary, that utopian world ended when intuition and a desire beyond our control brought Jasmine into our life.  A wiry haired mixed breed pup with unknown lineage but eyes that melted my soul consumed our very existence.  We both had this need to make sure everything was done right.  She was in training and on the best food.  I took classes, decided to start an apprentice program under a dog trainer because taking a class once a week was not enough.  Jasmine needed her education in being a good dog constantly and I needed the reassurance I was doing everything right.  Oh those insecurities were to ruin me.  If only she could learn to roll over, why oh why her little tail was tucked all of the time, what is wrong with her?

Then one day I looked at her and she looked at me and we recognized ourselves in each other.  My mind was quiet on this day for in the stillness her thoughts became my own.  She told me not to try to dominate her and control her every move for she is here to teach me to let go and trust nature again.  Trixie had not forsaken me; she had only done my bidding when that vision of her taking me to the end of the pasture as I screamed in terror came in to my mind.  Trixie and you were so connected in that time of quiet she could only do as your mind had asked.

A revelation came over me in that stillness, Jasmine was here to teach me as all dogs are and all living creatures and nature itself.  I looked at her and her eyes softened and her tail raised from its tucked position.  Love poured out from me and Jasmine said to me embrace that love as that is what the Universe wants you to experience. That stillness abounds within us all if we can only listen. 


A Poem From The Canine

My dog has issues that need to disappear
She is naughty, defiant and cavalier.

I have taken her to trainers and behaviorists, galore.
She will listen for a day or two but sadly no more.

I am frustrated and my mood is always black.
I am tired and the breeder won’t take her back.

With screams of anger, I yelled at the ceiling,
“Why is my life so hard?  I hate this feeling!”

Just then a soft muzzle licked at my hand,
She was the teacher and I listened for her command.

Embody the essence you seek in me
And we shall live in harmony.

When I am afraid be present and strong.
Loose your sense of right and wrong.

As I jump up on you and scratch your arm,
Give love to everyone and wish me no harm.

When I am distracted and hard to reach,
Caress me gently with hands that teach.

I am your dog but I will lead the way.
I will teach you peace without delay.

Breathe and let your troubles disappear,
Resistance may come, but we shall persevere.

All the answers of the universe are near,
All we have to do is choose love and not fear.

I knew my dog was special you see,
For she laid back down and winked at me.

Our future is glorious, for this woman and her canine.
Inner peace and stillness is now mine.

About the Author

Lisa Sellman is the Owner and Operator of Aloha Pet Care & Dog Training in Minneapolis, MN.  She provides pet care and dog training in the Twin Cities and finds great satisfaction working with fearful and reactive dogs.  Merging Tellington TTouch with gentle dog training and behavior modification is the cornerstone of her business.  She has shared her techniques to “Walk Your Dog in Harmony” at many public events and provides individual training sessions to continue to share her gentle, positive yet extremely affective techniques.  For more information and to learn about future public events or to request a personal consultation with your own dog, visit http://www.alohapetcare.us .

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