How Do You Express Gratitude to Your Animals?

November 19, 2017 by  
Filed under Animals and Nature Kingdoms, New Posts

Gratitude helps us learn to

live together

in peace and harmony.

Do you ever take the time to tell your animals how much you appreciate them?

There are many ways to let them know how you feel.

They do understand everything you say because they are all telepathic.

Remember . . . even something an animal does that might seem annoying has one or more gifts within it that we can appreciate.

ALL ANIMALS:

  • I’m so grateful that you’re here in my life.
  • I love to look at you and watch the way you move.
  • I love your eyes and the way you look at me.
  • When I look in your eyes, my heart opens.
  • You are so beautiful to me.
  • Your body is so perfect for you; it is the Divine expression of your Soul.
  • You are so special to me.
  • You teach me so many wonderful things.
  • Thank you for your wisdom, your kindness, your energy, and your very presence
  • When you don’t feel well or are grumpy, I appreciate the honesty of how you communicate that to me.
  • Thank you for helping me to learn to communicate with you telepathically.
  • Even when I don’t fully get or understand your message, you generously keep on trying to teach me.
  • You have such a generous and noble heart that I’m learning to be more open-hearted just by being with you.
  • You make me laugh, and that is so wonderful and healing.
  • I love you whether you are happy, sad, mad, or scared, and I’ll do all I can to protect you, care for you, and keep you safe.
  • You are precious to me, and I’m so grateful that you are here with me.  Thank you.

CATS:

many cats

 

  • I love your gorgeous toes, powerful claws, your soft fur, your elegant tail.
  • It makes me smile and feel good inside.when I watch you play.
  • I love when you give me whisker-kisses, when you knead your paws on my body, and the sound of your healing purr.
  • Thank you for using the litter box on a regular basis and for letting me know when something is wrong.
  • Thank you for catching mice and for letting them know that they need to move out of the house.
  • I am grateful to you for showing me your excellent hunting skills and for keeping the mouse out of my bed while you play with it.
  • Thank you for jumping into closets and drawers to show me things that need to be sorted and reorganized.
  • I appreciate your independent nature that mixes so beautifully with you expressions of love.
  • I’m so glad you’re here with me.  Thank you.

DOGS:

Many dogs in a row.

  • I love your beautiful body, your soft fur, and the way you look at me with adoration.
  • I’m so happy when you jump in my lap or cuddle up with me in bed or on the floor.
  • I so appreciate it when you come when I call you.
  • Thank you so much for letting me know when you need to go out to relieve yourself.
  • Thank you for barking to let me know that someone has arrived or that you need me to pay attention to something.
  • The sound of your bark is music to my ears.
  • You have been an excellent partner for showing and other competitions.  Even when we don’t win 1st place, I appreciate the effort you make to please me.
  • I’m so glad you’re here with me.  Thank you.

BIRDS:

many pet birds

 

  • I love your beautiful feathers, your beak, and legs, your talons, and especially your wings.
  • You are so beautiful to me that I want to hug you whenever I see you.  Since I cannot hug you as strongly as I want to, I send you energy hugs of love and joy.
  • Thank you for your affectionate kisses.
  • It makes me feel so good every time I hear you sing with your lovely voice.
  • Thank you especially for giving up a life of free-flight to be here with me, living in a cage indoors.  What generosity!  You are teaching me just by being here, and I am so grateful.
  • I’m so glad you’re here with me.  Thank you.

FISH:

Fish

  • I love to watch you swim in your fish tank.  It gives me a sense of peace that is very precious to me and that helps me cope with challenges in my life.
  • You are so beautiful.  The way you move through the water is an elegant dance that fascinates me and takes me away from the busy life I lead.
  • Your colors are perfect for you and bring me great pleasure.
  • I’m so glad you’re here with me.
  • I am grateful to you for being willing to live in a fish tank that’s much smaller than the wild world from which you came.  Your generosity amazes me.  Thank you.

HORSES:

3 horses

  • You are amazing!  Thank you for your enormous generosity and willingness to carry me on your back, even when you may be tired or in pain.
  • Thank you for allowing me to sit in your heart chakra where you can feel all that is going on inside my body and my emotions, and for serving me in this special way that only a horse can do.
  • Thank you for allowing your free spirit to be harnessed by humans so I can have the pleasure of your company.
  • I appreciate all the efforts you make to take care of me when I drive or ride you.
  • Thank you for letting me know when something frightens you or when you don’t want to be schooled or ridden or participate in a competition.
  • Thank you for always doing the very best you can even when I wish you could do better.
  • I am so grateful to you for being with me.  Your presence fills my heart with joy and love even when all I can do is groom you and look at you with adoration.
  • I love so much to see you run with your mane and tail flying and the joy on your face when you buck and spin and express your freedom.
  • Your sense of humor doesn’t always match mine.  Still, I love that you have the ability to laugh and to make me laugh.
  • Thank you so much for being in my life, for all that you teach me, and for putting up with inexpert riding skills.
  • Riding you makes me feel united with the universe, and for that I can never thank you enough.

AN INVITATION:

There are so many different species who live with humans these days.

You might have pet reptiles, such as snakes or iguana, or a pet tarantula, or bunnies.  There’s a long list of possibilities.

What do you tell them of your appreciation?

To share, please comment on this post.  There are probably some very individual things your animals do for which you are grateful, and I’d love to read about them.

In Memoriam: Sakhara

Photo of Sakhara.

Sakhara came to me from the Humane Society on October 5, 1999, shortly before Violet returned from spirit.  She had birthed a litter of kittens there, and then nursed many others who had lost their mothers.

When I brought her home, she was very thin, having given her all to so many kittens.  I’d never have guessed the true color of her fur because only the undercoat, a pale cameo color, was there.

The Humane Society estimated her age at 1 and a half years, but one of my veterinarians thought she was at least a year older than that.

The first night we were together, I had an allergic reaction and reluctantly had to lock Sakhara out of my bedroom.

Although I was able to resolve my allergies completely the very next day with hypnotherpy and NLP, that first night seemed to set the tone of our relationship.  Circumstances chronically seemed to interfere with us creating the close bond we both wanted.

Sakhara was a very dominant cat, but her style was sweet, compassionate, and gentle. She never fought with anyone.  She might hiss and raise a paw, but you knew from her energy and her eyes that you’d better back up fast.

Sakhara was a powerful teacher of patience and kindness.  Even as a small kitten, Violet would tell Animal Communication students that she (Violet) was “top cat” in our family, but Sakhara would tell them, “I’m really top cat, but I let Violet think that she is.”  How true!

Sakhara in cuddle cup.

The most reticent cat I’ve even known.

The most reticent cat I’ve ever known, I found it difficult to have conversations with Sakhara.   She would refuse to answer my questions.  She kept her feelings about most things to herself, and when she was younger, I was not as tuned into her subtle ways.

Fortunately, she was more generous with my TWA (Telepathy with Animals) students, who highly valued her teachings.

Being ground was one of Sakhara’s most important services to me and my home.  In a TWA  course, she once showed someone an image of me floating high above her like a Macy’s Parade balloon, tethered to her for grounding.Snoopy balloon

For most of her life, Sakhara had various digestive problems.  She eventually had to have dental surgery.  Her teeth were so fragile that the surgery took 3 hours because her teeth kept breaking and had to be removed piece by piece.

When I finally got her home from surgery that night, Violet didn’t recognize Sakhara because her scent was radically changed from all the anesthesia and drugs.  Violet told me over and over,

“You brought home the wrong cat.  Go back and get my friend.”  Thwack!  Violet would cuff me.

This went on for at least 5 days, which was hard on all of us.  Finally, Sakhara “smelled” right to Violet, and I was forgiven.

About 4 years ago, Sakhara was found to be hyperthyroid and had to be on medication for the rest of her life to control it.  Although she was never diagnosed with kidney issues, I treated her as though her kidneys were failing because she drank large amounts of water for a cat on a raw food diet.

Melissa

Melissa

Melissa, our newest addition, had trouble integrating with Sakhara.  Melissa wanted to be “top cat” and Sakhara, even tho’ in ill health, refused to pass the torch to Melissa.

Melissa became more and more aggressive towards Sakhara, who began withdrawing and spending most of her time in her cat cave with Violet.

Nothing I did worked to resolve things, especially as Sakhara seemed to lack the energy to stand up for herself with Melissa.

The times Sakhara did hiss and raise a paw at Melissa, the younger cat would back off.  But Sakhara didn’t have the energy to keep doing that.  She soon became head shy whenever Melissa approached her, and Melissa, being very fast, resorted to sneak attacks when I tried to interfere.

Moving towards departure.

About 6 weeks prior to her leaving, I set up a place for Sakhara in the huge dog crate in another room so she could have some peace.  It had become impossible for her to eat or use the litter box without having to get past Melissa when she was in the main part of the house, and Sakhara no longer wanted to be there.

Sakhara readily settled into her new private space.  She was depressed and kept saying she wanted to leave her body.  Some days she ate more; other days less.

It was challenging to sort out what was going on.

Was she depressed because she was in the room alone?

Was she depressed because of how things were with Melissa?

Was the depression because she didn’t feel well physically?

If I found ways to help her feel better, would she then want to stay?

Sakhara got chiropractic and acupuncture and other alternative remedies, but nothing seemed to turn the tide.  Meanwhile, her bowel function had also deteriorated and was making her quite miserable.

Sakhara and Violet, July 2017

Sakhara and Violet, July 2015 – Buddies for Life

The day after Sakhara moved into her space, I carried Violet in to see her.  They had never been parted, and I knew Violet was upset.

Understatement!

Violet took one look at the situation and began screaming with rage at what was happening.

With Violet still in my arms, still yelling loudly, I withdrew.

It took Violet another two days to accept that Sakhara wanted to be in there and was getting read to leave.

Finally, on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, both Dr. Amy Matthews, D.V.M. of Frontier Wellness in East Granby, CT,  and I reached agreement.  Sakhara wanted and needed to leave, and needed help to accomplish it.  We made an appointment for the evening of July 13, 2017 for Amy to come to my home for euthanasia.

I immediately told Violet, Starlight, and Melissa what had been decided.

Their reactions?

Melissa was happy.

Starlight was sad.

Violet was resigned.

And then I said to Violet,

“Violet, you aren’t doing very well either.  You know that your body, too, is failing.  Please consider that you can leave the same night as Sakhara.  Otherwise, you may have to wait until next week, and that might be very difficult and uncomfortable for you physically.  Or we may have to go to an emergency veterinarian center, and I don’t want you to have to go through that.”

Violet just looked at me, and didn’t respond.

Sakhara left her body on Thursday, June 13, 2017 between 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. with the assistance of our veterinarian friend, Amy Matthews.  Amy came to my home so that the entire process could be gentle, peaceful, and sacred.

Starlight in cat tree with toy.

Starlight

Starlight says this about Sakhara:

I love Sakhara.  She was an inspiration to me.  Although she didn’t want to play much by the time I came, she would always make an effort while I was a kitten to play just a little.  She was gentle and kind as I was learning how to be a cat.

Now, I miss her very much.  I hope she comes to speak with me soon because I want her to know how much I still care about her and how much I miss her.

Sakhara was truly a beautiful cat, and also a beautiful being.  We have all been blessed by her presence.  Despite all the challenges, or maybe because of all the lessons she taught me, my love and appreciation for her continues to grow.

PHOTO SERIES:  Sakhara at Play 

Sakhara at Play

Finding Peace in Transition

May 9, 2015 by  
Filed under New Posts, Testimonials

Marley Prepares to Leave.

Marley and Emmie - Best Friends.

Emmie Finds Peace.

Lillie Buck first called me in 2006 about her two cats, Marley and Emmie.

Recently Lillie contacted me to thank me for the help I had given her and her felines.  She generously offered to shares her experiences with others.   These are Lillie’s own words.

I was referred to Nedda by a close friend quite a while ago when my cat, Marley, was diagnosed with kidney failure at 15.  I was, of course, devastated.  Marley was so much like a person and we shared an incredibly close bond.  I’m sure he could sense my hopelessness and I certainly could sense that he was ready to give up.

The vet ordered a regimen of subcutaneous fluids every other day at first, administered by myself and my husband, to extend his life and keep him comfortable.  He had no interest.  He fought me, and took no interest in receiving them.  He simply wanted to give up.

In desperation, I called Nedda.  She amazed me with her gift of communicating with Marley, and explained to him how much I loved him, and that the fluids would help him to feel better, and to keep him with us longer.  But only if he was willing.  It was his decision.  He was unsure at first but then relented.  He said he would give it a try.

At the same time, our other kitty, Emmie, had been crying out loudly (almost wailing) nightly in the upstairs hallway.  This had been going on for weeks, and we couldn’t figure out why, nor could we appease or comfort her.  It was bewildering.

During the course of that phone call, Emmie had a lot to say.  She proceeded to ask Nedda what was wrong with Marley.  She said she knew something was wrong with him, but was very upset because he wouldn’t tell her, or talk to her about it.  When Nedda asked him about it, he explained that he loved her very much and didn’t want to tell her that he was ill as he didn’t want to upset her.  She said it was OK, and that she forgave him for not telling her.  She understood.

Marley and Emmie.

From that day forward, Marley’s spirits lifted, and he slowly started to accept his fluid regimen.  After some time, he came into the bathroom on his own when he knew it was time to get them, and jumped up, ready and willing.  He was a happy, loving, beautiful spirit who willingly and lovingly gave us 4 more precious years, much in part to the incredible gift that Nedda bestowed upon us.

And from the day that Nedda talked to Emmie, she never cried again.  Not once.  We are forever grateful to have those beautiful spirits in our lives for as long as they were lent to us on Earth, and so very grateful to have had Nedda’s love and incredible support.

Warmly,
Lillie Buck

What I love about Animal Communication is that I was able to assist Lillie and both her cats as Marley prepared for departure.

Most of the time, we are so focused on the one who is leaving that we may not notice how difficult this is for those animals remaining behind.  Of course, Emmie was very vocal about her confusion and unhappiness, but other animal companions will react differently.

Remember:  everyone deserves to be included because they are part of the family and will have feelings about the changes that are occurring and coming down the road.

Thank you, Lillie, for sharing your beautiful story and for your kind words about my services.

Namaste,
Nedda

While Waiting – A Reincarnation Adventure

September 7, 2012 by  
Filed under Animal Communication, Nedda, New Posts, Reincarnation

In the last 2 weeks since I’ve posted about Echo’s reincarnation into a kitten named Star, I’ve become very excited about her impending arrival.   I’ve focused as much as I can on getting ready without trying to rush things forward.

When we ask the universe to step in and arrange things and then get of the way, the universe arranges everything to perfection.  This may be difficult for us humans to believe, but I have found it to be so, over and over again.

I asked the universe to make travel arrangements for Star so I wouldn’t have to drive a 20 hour round trip to Reprise Siamese Cattery in Virgina to pick her up.  For a while it seemed that I’d have to drive half-way there and back, 10- hours round trip.  Then the universe really showed off.  Turns out that some good friends are traveling from South Carolina to upstate New York the weekend of September 29.  Perfect timing.  When I asked if their travel plans went anywhere near the cattery and whether they would be willing to bring Star to New York, everything began to shift into perfect alignment.  So Star will be coming most of the way with dear, loving, capable friends and I’ll be able to meet her in New York, driving only 3 hours or so each way.

I asked the universe if there was someone who could do the driving with me to New York, and I immediately remembered someone with whom I’d driven a long trip once before who is a safe and competent driver, a delightful person to spend time with, and a light worker as well.  Turns out she’s available and excited about doing the trip with me.  Perfection again!

Star’s Chariot

I asked the universe to help me find a way to get a litter box that will fit into a large cat carrier, and it showed me a website where people had designed a litter box for one of their cats who travels with them frequently.  The instructions were all on the site, so Star now has a cozy carrier with litter box built in and plenty of space to cuddle up and rest on the trip.

Apparently, Violet is in charge of inspecting the travel arrangements:

Violet puts her scent of approval on the chariot.

During the last 2 weeks, Echo has shown up about 3 times in her spirit body to say “Hi.”   She’s always in horse form, but her energy seems finer – thinner – lighter.  She says this is because she is focused on being in the kitten body and on figuring it all out.  It’s sweet of her to check in with me.  I always love it when she stops by, if only for a few moments.

One day I walked into my bedroom and discovered Sakhara sitting on the bed facing Violet, who sitting on the floor.  They were looking at each other intently, clearly having a conversation.

“A family conference?” I inquired.

“Not exactly,” was the reply.  “You’re not invited.”  (This gives me a laugh.  Like I need an invitation???  My cats know me well and say exactly what they mean.  My feelings weren’t hurt, but my curiosity was burning.)

I asked why I wasn’t invited to this clearly important conversation.  Neither cat would tell me.  So I asked one of my animal communication professional mentees to see if she could coax a bit of information out of either cat.

Turns out Violet and Sakhara were discussing what to teach Star about being a cat.  Sakhara, who is very grounded and understands the importance of grounding, felt that Star was having trouble grounding and that this was the most important thing she needed to learn at the time.  Violet, on the other hand, felt that it’s more important as a cat to be able to run, leap, and fly around, and she wanted Star’s training to focus on that aspect of feline life.

I was just as happy not to be involved in these discussions.   Since I completely trust both my feline companions to do the task of teaching Star what she needs to learn, I was happy to have my curiosity satisfied and to mind my own business thereafter.

Since then, Sakhara as been good enough to share that Star is coming along very well.  She requests that I continue being patient.  I’m doing the best I can.  It’s difficult – but I have lots of other things to do, like figure out where to put more litter boxes, with feline approval of course. 😉

More to come,
Nedda

A Feline TTouch™ Moment

January 4, 2012 by  
Filed under Animal Healing, New Posts

 

Nail Clipping a Cat Dramatically Improved

© January, 2012
by Nedda Wittels

So after I bought and read and reviewed Getting in TTouchWith Your Cat, I made a point of using the gentle circles on Violet and Sakhara, my two feline family companions.  Both thought the circles a bit odd at first, but I was very laid-back about the whole thing.  I didn’t try to structure, “now is our TTouch time” with them.  I decided to just incorporate TTouch circles into our other time together.

So when one or the other would jump into my lap, I would pet them as I normally did, and then do some TTouch circles.  I didn’t memorize all the different ways to do them using different parts of your hand.  I just did whatever felt right.  I also did many different parts of their bodies, but not all in the same session.

We’ve only been doing this for a few weeks – since around Christmas.

And now, here’s the big surprise.

Violet

For two lifetimes Violet  has been very resistant to having her nails clipped.  I’ve used lots of Rescue Remedy flower essence formula, been exceedingly patient with her, and done my best to desensitize her to this nail clipping process.   As a result, I’ve been able to clip her claws, but often not all of them at one sitting.  I always make sure we finish before it becomes too hard for her so that we end on a positive note.

Yesterday, I picked Violet up after I felt her needle-like claws on my skin, and announced that it was time for a nail clipping session.  She gave me her usual dirty look, but I went right ahead and got out the clippers.

Violet will lie on her back in my arms and on my lap, which is her preferred position for doing her rear claws.  I often start with them because she will tolerate clipping them more readily than her front ones.   I have found  it’s best to get the rear ones done before she decides she’s not putting up with this human weakening of her battle weapons and runs out of patience.

This time, Violet lay there in my arms PURRING while I clipped her rear claws!!!

Purring and claw clipping have never occurred simultaneously before – NOT EVER!!

Then I did her left front paw – again because she tolerates this better than her right front paw.  If I do the right one first, I often can’t do any of the others at the same sitting.

Violet kept purring and just lay in my arms.  Three paws down.  One to go.

Although I was quite astonished, I continued to stay as calm as possible and to moderate my enthusiasm while I focused on the task at hand. I reminded myself to keep breathing and keep my heart center open.

Finally, I moved on to the claws on the right front paw.

The purring continued!!!!

I got them all done!!!

She was still PURRING when I finished!

If this isn’t a recommendation for TTOUCH, I don’t know what is.

Namaste,
Nedda

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