GIVING JOY TO THE FUR WORLD!
Holiday time is a speedy wonderful and magical ride filled with all sorts of goodies, warm hugs, all topped with a “dash” of stress. For our fur folks it can be a time of major change, bewildering travel, or lonely separation from their people. Opportunities to sample some pretty unhealthy holiday “people” goodies, tree ornaments, stocking stuffers, exotic plants, and sprinkled with visiting strangers to their kingdoms.
From my animal communicator’s point of view, our fur folks experience great stress and anxiety during the holidays. My busiest time to help. With a bit of thought and care, you can make the holidays joyful and safe for you and your pets.
Air travel: If you are taking Fido or Kitty with you, make sure to check with your air carrier well in advance for ALL travel requirements. Now, different breeds such as short snout animals (example: pugs and Persians) have even stricter temperature travel restrictions that must be followed. Along with your pet’s id tags, be sure that their carrier has your name and information in at least two places, not just a “tag”…but written on the carrier. This goes for car travel too. Always securely leash your pet and /or put an animal in their travel crate BEFORE you open the car door. Many animals are lost at gas stations, rest stops, and hotels due to panic or fear. For good Feng Shui (Fur Shui!) travel vibes, add a grey accent to their crate or a holiday silver bell to their collar and tag.
Leaving your pet behind at home or kennel: Being “left behind” is one of the biggest triggers creating unbalanced behavioral issues. Research potential caregivers and kennel staff, double check their credentials, test them out by introducing your pets before you commit. Your animals have preferences in caregivers! Verbally tell your pets that you are leaving, where you are going, dates, and introduce them to their temporary companion. Tell them WHEN you are coming back. Start this at least two weeks before you depart. When absent, talk with them (both verbal and silent) from your heart. I have clients leave messages on the home phone letting their pets know their whereabouts, and in many cases the animal is observed listening intently by the phone.
Dangerous Sweets: Keep all holiday sweets (esp. chocolate which is toxic to dogs) far away from searching noses and mouths. Those pretty poinsettias are poisonous to cats!
Ribbon eating: Trimmings can tangle in their intestinal tracts and prove fatal. Swallowing gift bags, tree trimmings, and anything that can be batted or played with, makes for a tragic holiday time for pets.
Gifting: Time for family, both fur and non. Give your pet a gift that has the color green in it. From a green scarf or collar to a nice green leash. Feng Shui “says”: green is the color of family ties, nice and soothing for the holidays!
My best wish and advice for the holiday season is to “pause”, spend some loving time with your pets. By sticking with their schedule, you will help them and you find more joy, peace, and the real unconditional love that the holidays are meant to celebrate.
Wishing you a loving holiday season!
I’m Paula Brown; animal communicator / author / feng shui practitioner, I “unstick stuck” energies. With my telepathic and energetic modality talents I bring both pets and their people back into balance and joy by discovering the heart or core of an out of balance health, emotional, and environment issue. Healing the “cause” is my passion to ignite understanding, love, abundance and harmony for my clients.