My 16 month old grandson was here for a visit this week. If you’ve ever been around a child this age, you know that you cannot take your eyes off of them, even for a moment…..they are very busy and get into trouble easily. My Liam did not disappoint. He had all my pots and pans out of the cupboard, most of the chairs pushed around the kitchen and much of the dog and kitty food all mixed together…..my pets will have to figure that one out. All of this activity happened in the first 30 minutes of their visit! I am not complaining though, being a grandmother is the best thing I’ve ever experienced. I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
Liam does not live with any animals in his house. So when he discovered Charlotte (my French Bulldog), he ran after her laughing, saying “dog, dog”. Of course, Charlotte didn’t know what to think….she doesn’t really care for babies and toddlers that much. Usually she hides behind my legs and shakes. But an amazing thing happened. Charlotte took one look at Liam and very calmly licked him on the cheek. I stood there with my mouth open. She has NEVER done this before. It was almost as if she decided that this little boy was ok. That there was no reason for her to be afraid.
A few minutes later, Liam discovered Charlotte’s kitty, Pip. Ironically, Pip is also 16 months old…..and very active in his own right. Pip and Liam connected immediately. Liam would walk up to where Pip was sleeping on a chair and rub his head against Pip’s fur. Pip would respond by rubbing his own head against Liam. How can one observe this show of affection and not believe that children and animals share a special bond that is far above that of the bond between adults and animals. Children have no expectations. Nor do they put any demands on animals. They just love them.
The other thing that children do is live in the moment. They are not thinking about what to make for dinner or what to wear to work tomorrow or any other number of things that clog up adult’s brains. They simply enjoy what’s going on around them and go with the flow. In my mind, this is one of the reasons children are able to have such a powerful connection to animals……they live in the same timeline. Also, like animals, their minds are uncluttered and they’re able to take in the sights and sounds going on around them without worry. Each moment is now, each encounter unique.
Animal communication requires that I take a page from a child’s book on life. In order to connect with a pet and really “hear” what they’re saying, I have to clear my mind of all the “junk” and focus on the moment before me. I also must put away all my judgements and any expectations I might have for the conversation. I just let the event unfold before me and “go with the flow”. My Liam has taught me well…….
Blessing to you and your furry friends.