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Old 02-22-2005, 06:36 PM
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You're all going to think I'm nuts, but I'm going to tell the story anyway.

I used to work at a kennel for a really awful woman who called herself a "humane trainer" (the biggest lie I've ever heard!). One of my favorite dogs who was there almost every day was a big orange greyhound named Seth. He was in one of the kennels in a row of about 20, and I was cruising past at top speed to clean up some poo before someone decided to eat it. (Ugh!) When I passed Seth's kennel, it was like he reached out and grabbed me. I turned and looked at him automatically, and very clearly heard him ask to have his water dish refilled. I forgot all about the poop and poured him some water, and he drank and drank. Come to find out that horrible woman had denied him water as some sort of training (read: torture) technique. She was very pissed that I gave him a drink. But then, when he was done, Seth looked up at me with his goofy greyhound grin and, again very clearly, said "thanks".

After that happened, I started listening a LOT more closely to the dogs. I credit Seth as being one of my best teachers in dog training. Come to find out you learn a heck of a lot more from the dogs than you do from the people.

Are we all getting sick of my anecdotes yet?
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Old 02-22-2005, 09:17 PM
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We'll never get sick of your stories Emma! I, for one, always look forward to your posts - informative, entertaining & heartfelt!
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Old 02-22-2005, 09:29 PM
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Whoah, Creature Teacher! That's awesome.
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Old 02-22-2005, 09:43 PM
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That reminds me of an experience I had.

I got my first hamster as an adult when I first moved away from home and didn't have any other pets. His name was Louis.

I bought Louis a big, deluxe, three-level hamster condo that had a door on each level. And everyday he got to come out for play time in his ball and some attention.

One day I took him out of the cage and put him in his ball. And my sister put him back. The next morning we couldn't find him anywhere. My sister had put him in a different door than I had taken him out and I hadn't closed it and she hadn't checked.

So Louis was missing and my parents were arriving that day for a visit. When they came I gave them a strict warning to watch where the stepped and sat.

Louis had been missing before but only for a few hours. That time we found him clinging to the back of the couch half asleep.

I spent, probably, 4 or 5 days and nights looking for Louis. I would sit in the kitchen while everyone was asleep and listen for rustling and scratching. I knew he had been behind the washer because there were little poops there.

After several sleepless nights I wanted to find him so badly. I was afraid he was in the walls or something.

I took the flashlight one night and was looking at the little poops behind the washer. I closed my eyes and thought 'where would I go if I was a hamster?' And as clear as if it was happening in the moment I saw him climbing on a shelf in the pantry and fall into the watering can and drown.

And I was terrified to look because there was no doubt in my mind that when I looked his little body would be there.

And it was.

It broke my heart. I felt so irresponsible. Like a horrible mother. My dad got him out for me the next day. I was able to sleep as soon as I knew.

I kind of think that he was telling me what happened to I could let it go.

Poor Louis.
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Old 02-22-2005, 10:18 PM
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Is that why sometimes when I am stroking their fur, or massaging their necks..just being together I can feel myself "sink" a little. almost like when you are falling asleep..only without the sleep?
That's it! You can teach yourself to go to that state instantaneously. Good meditation can also take you there.

Emma - I never get tired of your anecdotes!

Saje - I hope you can always 'listen' so well to your critters.
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Old 02-22-2005, 11:47 PM
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When I am playing the piano by memory, not by sheet music, or concentrating on how I go about drawing something..it is a world without words..in fact, think words or try to talk and you can feel yourself do what I call "switch over" and I lose the line of music..or the train of drawing fades out I have kind of a photographic but not the same memory for music..anyway i think I understand the level you were talking about Renee..I have felt that sinking feeling ever since I was very very young when I am with my animals..it has never happened with people, and I don't remember it happening with my babies...i trully believe in my heart that the door is there, in our minds..dogs know it, i think all animals know it and some how in our progressions as humans with our speech..we lost the use of it. This thread just makes me think I am that more close to being right.and I want to make sure my son sees what you wrote so he can quit making fun of me .I will swear on anything that Mary knows what I am thinking..now I just have to figure out how to open up enough to hear her. I have had several times when I had a connection with an animal. I have never had a post feeling tho..and how I wish, and envy those of you who have. It would make the world a brighter, more hopeful place if I had. We supposedly use one tenth of our brain..the rest has to be stuffed in there for a reason and i for one want to know what it is.
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Old 02-22-2005, 11:57 PM
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With work, you can even take yourself down to the theta level of brain waves. That's when things really start to open up.
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Old 02-23-2005, 12:10 AM
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looks like I need to hit the books.
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Old 02-23-2005, 12:11 AM
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A very, very smart family member of mine has a theory that in the beginning of the world everyone was psychic and didn't really speak. And I know this may seem weird but I've predicted things that have come true and when I do something I feel like "I've done this before" when I haven't it's really weird. Like I knew it was going to happen.

His theory is that we became communicating through talking and kept doing it and doing it and doing it, that the psychic abilities were lost. Like if you don't use your left hand for 20 years and keep using your right hand the whole time it's going to be really hard to get your left hand to function.

Anyway, I hope that was kind of relevent.
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Old 02-23-2005, 12:23 AM
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That is what I need to do..a vow of silence.....wouldn't my kids love that...lol
it is relevant and i "feel" he is right.and I thank you .now I have to figure out how long I can go with my mouth shut to learn..I guess that would mean writing notes would be out too.....wait til my son hears this, he'll have a party.
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