that I hear asked quite frequently.
And the answer is ‘yes’.
Anyone who has ever observed an animal’s behavior at the loss of a human or animal friend knows this to be
While animals may not grieve in the same way as humans, they feel loss nonetheless. You might observe your furry friend acting depressed or showing a lack of appetite. Sometimes they show no interest in doing previously loved activities.
But animals can also manifest sadness in physical ways that you might not imagine. I was recently massaging a beautiful dog who, according to his guardian, was having some pain in his back .
While performing a skin rolling technique to the dog, I noticed that the skin along his spine was loose and pliable—except in the mid-back area. I continued to work, noticing that no matter what technique I used, that one area of skin remained tightly adhered to the dogs musculature.
In talking with the dog’s guardian, I mentioned that this particular area correlates with
the solar plexus chakra, the emotional center, and asked if there had recently
been any emotional upsets in the dog’s life? She replied that the dog’s furry best
friend had recently passed away. As she said the words, the dog turned his soulful brown eyes my way and I said to him, “I’m so sorry you lost your friend. You must miss him very much.”
In that instant, the dog’s mid-back
skin suddenly became pliable and soft in my hands.
His guardian was amazed at the difference!
She contacted me the next day and said it was like having a different
dog! The spring was back in his step and he no had back pain.
The simple act of acknowledging this dog’s grief at losing his best friend enabled him to ‘let go’ of the physical pain that was manifesting.
If you have an animal that is grieving, be sure to acknowledge the loss. Our animal friends need our love and compassionate understanding in these times as in no