Felines now share over 86 million homes in America. Canines now share over 78 million homes. Why is there such an attraction by humans to co-exist with these species? Have you ever wondered how animals communicate with each other in nature? So many wonders of nature we do not understand. Have we become so overwhelmed with self-interest and technology, that we have become blind to all the marvels of nature? I believe that we should all become more receptive, aware, and respectful of these gifts. Ever wondered why it seems to be a requirement in America for our Presidents to own a pet? Are pet owners more popular or is that they are more respectful of nature, and as a result, better respected by the majority of voters?
Many pet owners I have had the pleasure to meet and correspond with, have shared with me an awareness they experience of their pets conscience. A subtile but real emotional form of perception. Our pets know our moods often before we are aware. They tend to offer comfort and love regardless of our state of mind and almost magically apply their love when most needed. I have witnesses an amazing new awareness demonstrated by autistic children when in the presence of pets they have bonded with. Some autistic children will willingly communicate with humans about their pets, but show indifference and no interest in virtually everything else going on around them. Remarkably, the pet also shows a special affinity for and special bond with these special children.
We recently had a visit by a Russian Lady that dearly wanted a Siberian kitten. As we were exchanging information, she acknowledged the fact that she was psychic, but claimed only with their national treasure, the Siberian Forest Cat. She explained that she had grown up in Russia with these cats and felt deprived living in America without them. She noticed one female breeder in our cattery appeared unhappy, and began to elaborated on the fact that this female did not want to be in the cattery with another female breeder, her sister. There were 7 breeders in the cattery at that time and only myself and our cattery manager Pam knew that these were full sisters and at times would fight. She further explained that they were in competition for the affection of our male Siberian. Again she was correct, that when the male was not present, there was peaceful harmony in the cattery, but again, only Pam and I knew this. How could this Lady know this? How could she be brave enough to share this insight with us? As she continued to explain the emotional well being of our Siberians, we became more and more astonished. We asked this Lady how she knew these things? She replied that when she inwardly projects love toward Siberians, her mind becomes filled with their emotional feelings.
As a professional trainer, I have become very interested in all the passive influences we have with our cats and dogs. When I am at a calm confident state of mind, my dog seems to be most receptive to my request. My dogs anticipate the next command when being trained for trial, but I can actually have some of them actually perform the next exercise by simply thinking about it, with no verbal or physical stimulus for communications. I also know, coming from an analytical chemistry background, that canines and felines have olfactory abilities far beyond our most sophisticated analytical testing equipment and that emotion can generate unmeasurable chemical changes in our body at a molecular level. Friends, this is not malarky, but obviously a perception many of us are unaware of, or unable to understand, but not so for our pets. They perceive the world in smells and sounds for beyond human capabilities. In other words, they are much more aware of things in nature and are very willing to help humans with their inabilities. Are we subconsciously attracted to other species or are they enticing us to use more than our basic senses? Is the bond we share with our pets a catalyst for heightened levels of feeling and perception? There are certainly many health benefits to sharing our lives with pets. The more we learn about our beloved pets, the more respect we have for their unconditional fondness for us.
There is little doubt that Americans love their pets. A new survey by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) shows that more than 50% percent of U.S. households own one or more animals. But can having pets actually be beneficial to our health? Yes, say experts, “Pet ownership is good for your health both physically and psychologically,” says Connecticut psychologist Herbert Nieburg, author of “Pet Loss: A Thoughtful Guide for Adults and Children” (HarperCollins).
Pets provide emotional benefits through companionship and unconditional love. But science has shown that they can also help reduce stress and blood pressure in their owners, increase longevity in those who’ve had heart attacks, and even relax and improve the appetites of Alzheimer’s patients. “Any disease condition that has a stress-related component to it, we believe pets could ameliorate stress and moderate the situation,” says biologist Erika Friedmann, a professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing. “It’s providing a focus of attention that’s outside of someone’s self. They’re actually letting you focus on them rather than focusing inward on yourself all the time.”
Man’s best friend can motivate their two legged companion to get off the couch. “They are there to greet you when you come home and they’re ready for some play and attention,” says veterinarian Scott Line, associate editor of the “Merck/Merial Manual for Pet Health.” “They need to exercise, so it propels people out the door.” These walks also force pet owners to socialize instead of sitting around feeling sorry for themselves, which can help improve their mood. “It gives people a routine, a thing to do. You have to get up and take care of the dog. You can’t lie in bed all day,” says Friedmann.
Those walks can also help owners stick to a regular exercise routine and slim down. Rebecca Johnson, director of the Research Center for Human Animal Interaction at the University of Missouri’s College of Veterinary Medicine, has been studying 18-to-87-year-olds in the “Walk a Hound, Lose a Pound” program in Columbia, Mo., in which participants take shelter dogs for a walk each Saturday morning. “They lost weight, they felt great, and they were doing something wonderful,” Johnson says.
Pets can help prevent loneliness, too. Indeed, the AVMA survey found that nearly half of respondents considered their pets to be companions; only about 2 percent considered them to be property. “The human-animal bond is becoming increasingly strong in our society,” says veterinarian and veterinary surgeon Kimberly May of the AVMA. In fact, Alan Beck, director of the Center for Human-Animal Bond at Purdue University, found in a study that 97 percent of people talk to their pets. “The other 3 percent lied,” he quips.
Evidentially there are many of us that have heard stories or actually had similar experiences with their pets that seem unexplainable. I hope we can provide a media weblog to discuss, share, and explore further, these astonishing occurrences. If you or someone you know experienced an unexplainable occurrence with a pet, please share this story with us in the comments section below.