Learning to truly communicate with your friend means you are going to have to put in the effort to learn their language.
Because they are not going to learn English.
Raise your hand if you’ve ever been frustrated by your animal companion.
Wish you had some way to talk to your furry friend?
Talk to your pet, that is.
His awareness though is pretty astonishing, and that’s after 30+ years of diverse animal experience. Xander is simply one of the most awake dogs I’ve ever known. I feel so lucky he chose to walk this life with me.
This exchange between myself and my two dogs, Xander and Gary, is a good example of how you can use both to enhance clarity and understanding between you and your companion.
All the behavioral science in the world doesn’t cover the mental and psychic rapport that’s developed. How these crows will show up, and hold space near me while I’m meditating in my garden.
I’ve always wanted to have my own wild crow family. They are everywhere around us, but none seemed inclined to want to become closer until D.M. Our relationship is by no means unique, the Internet is full of these sorts of stories. But yeah…super fun!
Lilith and Taserface. Yes. That’s really his name.
MCU all the way.
I’ve done some basic target training, name recognition. I about kicked myself when I realized they were perfect for harness training.
Xander is my Hundred-Pound Marshmallow, a Great Pyrenees/Something-Probably-Labbish mix. He’s a gentle giant with people and small baby things.
Baby chicks especially.
It was love at first sight of those tiny balls of fluff. His ginormous heart melted.
Diaval Murder dropped out of the sky one day in early spring, landing with a clatter of claws on my greenhouse roof.
This weekend, I am thrilled to have a guest post on SJ Driscoll’s blog, Come Sit By My Fire. She’s hosting a series on life changes called Being Between. I’ve written about one of the biggest transitions in my life, leaving the job I loved at the San Diego Zoo to move to Seattle and […]