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Pets as Guides, Healers and Teachers

Teri DluznieskiThe indigenous teachings (not all), indicate that very often our spirit guides will incarnate into animals as a way of, literally, being HERE, for us. I suppose there are benefits and advantages to being in a body- at least when attempting to influence and impact others who are ” in a body.” :)

That noted, I think it would not be at all uncommon that those guides/totems/higher beings, peek at the broader landscape of the cosmos, and place themselves where we will find them, or they can find us. WE and they, seem to resonate with compassion, empathy and yearning- isn’t it only natural that what we emit, like a frequency.. would send out into the universe, and that *something* hears that call, and responds?

Several members of my “family” have been guides, whose temperaments are very unique, and special- as though they have come with some specific “mission.” I had a puppy, briefly (before catastrophe struck), who seems to have come with the instructions- do not leave her side, or do not let her out of your sight. Note, I raised Flatcoated Retrievers for many years ( hence the Lyme disease. hunting dogs, training. Central CT. perfect storm:), Anyway- an intuitive tracked Keio for many months, intuiting litters that this breeder had lined up.

There was no mistake, as quirky as this fellow was- he was mine and he was where he intended to be. This goes right down to the idea of: sleeping in a crate. Even if it was near the bed, in my sight. I tried everything to get him to settle down. I tried letting him exhaust himself and out-waiting him. No success. I tried putting the cage downstairs. He got LOUDER, as if that could have been possible.

I finally gave up, and opened the cage. He came up on the bed, curled up at my side, and slept through the night. Content and Satisfied. I don’t think this was about fear, insecurity or loneliness. This was about a determined mission.

He followed me into the bathroom. every time. Waited while I showered. room to room. to the barn. Yes, he was emotionally attached, but this was a bit more than that. And he was killed by a car, the one time, the one moment, I took my eyes away from him, and vice versa.

I now have a cat, who I swear, has traces of Keio, like a shadow-part (?). Perhaps Keio passed on his “mission,” or some essence of his soul. Like passing a torch. Izzie also follows me, although not as fanatically. And she also sleeps beneath the cover when it is chilly (seriously, what is all the fur for then? :)) . And she has a certain “quirkiness,” that I couldn’t pinpoint, but also contains an “echo,” or a resonance. Izzie was an adopted cat, a semi-stray. But she found where she needed to be and is “home,” in a strange way. She also enjoys looking at the world upside down, and drinks only from a running faucet. And while the dead mice, and mouse-heads are well intended, I do hope she knows a hug and a snuggle is equally appreciated. 🙂

All of our animals are special to us. They are powerful teachers, guides and ground us into something deep within our selves: an inner, or higher truth, if you will. Some of them are a little bit more than that. As strange as that sounds. The Universe holds great love for each of us, and the beings in the universe come to help us, on every level, and in every way. It might be a champion lineage. It might be homeless in a dumpster. Behind those sad lost eyes, could well be the soul of an Angel/Spirit who has come to bring love and healing and connection. They come in all shapes and sizes. And often, they do come back. Why would they not return, when their work, their love, is incomplete? They come because they LOVE us. wouldn’t YOU?Teri-Dluznieski

I had two, extra-special of the extra-special guides, who always show up in my dreams.  When I am dreaming, sometimes I “journey” out of my own dream-world, and into the larger universe.  That is when they are most likely to appear.  This is especially true if I journey into “dangerous” territory.  One of them will show up, in their canine form, in the most IL-logical places, as though it is the most normal, natural thing in the world. Have you ever run into someone and been totally surprised, instant comment being: what are you doing here??? It is sort of like that, except there is never any surprise on my part.  I will just open a car door in the middle of a highway, in a ghetto and they pop in as though it is completely normal and expected.  And of course, it is.  I would know them any where, and I know that they will always always, have my back. They might not be HERE, but they will always be THERE, for me. 🙂

One thing I have learned over the years. Always appreciate them. And I tell them I love them. Every day. It reminds them, and it re-minds ME. In Andean terms, it is known as Ayni, Sacred Reciprocity. It informs BOTH of us, that I KNOW what they bring to me. And it assures me, that if something happens before the next time I see them. They know their work, and presence, was fully and heartfully appreciated.



I am an Education Specialist, Health Coach and Author. I work with aspects of the teachings I have learned from Andean shamanic and cosmology, to health, nutrition and education.  Everything is energy. Energy must flow. Like water, when it does not flow, it stagnates and is not healthy. These techniques help your life to flow. I have been initiated into many of the ancient lineages and learned ceremonies, rites of passage and healing techniques.  I have worked as a healer and done workshops and taught some of these aspects – passing the teachings on.

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Dancing in Your Bubble : ancient teaching, modern healing
Natural Support for Alzheimer’s
Getting a Handle on Happy : find and fix causes of stress and depression
The Naturally Smarter Kid : a parent’s guide to helping kids succeed in school and life
Cafe of the Hungry Ghosts : behind the veil of ordinary – a paranormal-ish fiction book





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