Spirit speaks to us in many ways. One of my greatest gifts was Melody. She stepped into our home 18 months ago. She was underweight and weak; depressed and quiet. She was given by a neighbour who owned a farm that could no longer accommodate and care for the growing number of puppies.
I was no pet lover. So, when our two kids broached the subject of having a dog as a pet, I flipped! I was thinking about the mess she would create. I was concerned about her maintenance which would be left to the good hands of our able assistant and us – be it cleaning of her shedding fur and poop, feeding, bathing, nursing etc.
It was a tough decision. However, after much persuasion and commitment on their part to care for her, we gave in and went with the flow. Only to discover much later, the profound reason she came into our lives.
Finding her Voice
Her young owners named her Melody Pyari Kaur which means rhythm, love and princess in Punjabi, in that order. A golden retriever breed, she was 18 months old when we first got acquainted. Golden retrievers are typically friendly, compassionate, dependable and highly intelligent. They excel in tracking, sniffing out drugs and act as therapy dogs. They are also natural athletes and do well in dog sports such as agility and competitive obedience. Exactly what Melody personifies – an amazing spirit and a supple athlete
She has great dexterity and loves playing catch and hunt games with the kids. Our evening walks would see her running in an elegant and fast paced fashion. She enjoys her space and explores each nook and corner of our neighborhood with wonder.
However, there was something amiss about her. She wasn’t barking. Our neighbours were also puzzled over her deafening silence.
Over time, fed with nutritious diet, regular visits to the vet, medication, love and warmth, she gradually became active and energetic. One fine day almost 5 months later, she woofed! All of us ran excitedly to her in the porch. We were elated over her newfound state. It must have been a challenging journey, acclimatizing to her new settlement. She had regained her inner strength. Melody had found her voice.
Dogs mature faster than humans. Their age profile and expiry varies according to their adult size and breed. Based on the dog conversion table, our 3 year old Melody is approximately 28 years of human age. The last one year of bonding has been meaningful. I remember our daughter, Priyaleen crying profusely when Melody had a wound on her paws, making it unbearable to walk. Our hearts went out to both of them.
I ask myself – why did Melody come into our lives? My intuition tells me that we have a past connection. I say this based on her timing of appearance and mannerism. When we are about to make a leap in consciousness, an animal may come into our lives to represent that shift and aid in that transition.
There is overwhelming evidence that animals possess a soul and spirit just like humans. Melody behaves like an old soul – she speaks with her eyes and goes into deep thoughts. At times, a loved one may incarnate as a pet because it is best and perhaps the only way to share a lifetime with us and do the needful closures.
We would sing songs and hymns while caressing her forehead. Her tail would wag frantically and the wiggling would gradually slow down until she quietens. She sense the energy vibration. Slowly, her heart beat decelerates and she eventually slips into a tranquil and slumber state.
Our pet is drawn to us, to benefit from our human consciousness. Their energy is raised to make the leap from one species to another in their next life. And we are supporting them in the process. In return, our pet serves us tirelessly on a subconscious level. There is natural balance for both.
I comprehend her angelic name now – it is the voice she found; the vibration she bonds; and the love she represents. She connects to the sound current of her name, at the mention of it; like a spiritual wireless connection. She would immediately rise and give us that drop dead eye-contact that melts us to the core. These furry souls live in the moment and ask us to do the same.
Why do pets come into our lives?
Pets come into our lives for a reason. It could be human or spiritual. For example, when we felt the need for compassion or a companion in a difficult stage of our lives. Quite often, pets enter our lives on their own without us expecting. That is divine intervention and serving a purpose. They come at a defined moment and depart at a certain time.
Animals are attracted to people with grace. They sense this aura. They know if we carry fear or a shunned attitude and would be indifferent to our presence. Dogs enjoy sitting beside someone meditating as the person’s aura is clarified, loving and thus inviting. Pets come into our lives to elevate our consciousness and make us better human beings. They are our soul companions and spiritual guide.
I recall an incident in Amritsar airport where a pigeon was trapped within the complex. While my nature-loving brother wanted to help, it had entered into a prohibited zone for passengers. We spoke about her predicament. Not long after, we heard a thumping sound between the chair that my sister and I sat. It was the same pigeon!
My brother wasted no time in scooping her gently in his palms and proceeded to the exit door after a quick approval from the airport officials. I ran and watched as he released her from his palms. The pigeon flew. Higher and higher into the sky. Until she was nowhere in sight. She was free again. This pigeon resonated with my brother’s aura and sensed her freedom through him.
How do pets heal us?
Humans have been using dogs as healers for a long time and continue to do so today. Specially trained therapy dogs were employed in a community crisis centre after the December 14, 2012 shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown Connecticut. One boy confided in the gentle-faced golden retriever about what exactly happened in their classroom that day and a little girl started talking to her mother again after patting one of the comfort dogs.
Kids are able to talk directly to dogs. They are like counsellors with furs. They have excellent listening skills and demonstrate unconditional love. They don’t judge or talk back. They recognise your pain and help release them.
In Robert Schwartz’s book – Your Soul’s Gift on the chapter of pets, he explains that there is no greater healing power than the unconditional love that pets provide. Pets heal us by transferring energies. They embody love in a peaceful and non-threatening form and hence create a willingness in us, to receive healing.
Regardless of our situation, Rob says that our pets will care for us. They express their love and remind us that we are worthy of love. They reinforce our strength and ability, even when we feel weak and small. They sit joyfully at our side and instill peace, even when we are filled with anger. They see only perfection in our image, even when we are laden with guilt or shame. Unconsciously, they shift our negative energies.
Our pets see us as light, the light which our souls glow. They love us, teach us and heal us unconditionally. When we lose sight of our inner magnificence, they remind us to ignite that light again.
Connecting to pets on a deeper level
Many of us endeavour to bond with our pets on a deeper level. This is beyond knowing when they are hungry or sleepy or contented. There are several ways. For a start, connect by setting them free. There should be no leash nor cages. We serve them, not own them. If they don’t belong to us, they will run away. If they do, they will come back after their brief stroll. Melody has had her fair share of exploring her surroundings and causing much anxiety to us, but thankfully, she always returned.
Spend quiet moments with them before their sleeping time. Let them snuggle near us, to bond deeper. Singing to our animals or practicing meditation close to them, uplifts their soul. Keep them close to nature; their instinctive abode. All they ask is our love. And they will nourish our souls.
Our purpose in life in this human form is to learn to give and receive love. We have many teachers who have mastered this art. We call them dogs, cats, rabbits, birds etc. Regardless of their innate form, they are instruments of love, radiating the purest unreserved love. Look at the world around us – these pawed souls are more human than humans. Let’s learn from them.
I understand now why destiny brought Melody to our family. It was no coincidence. She has enhanced our lives. She has cultured and healed us in ways we never imagined. And we thank God for this miracle. The unconditional love of the animal spirit.