I’m still recovering from all of the work and teaching of recent. I had such a great time in Florida between the big workshop, a new Communication with all Life University student signing up and the Promote adoption campaign I’m doing – this minute and this minute only, I’m enjoying a slower pace! (I personally usually love go, go, go….) More fun to come in hyperspeed in Florida in August and there’s plenty coming up here in the Seattle area. There are also Northern California and Denver adventures ahead, and that’s just what I know about!!! To stay updated, go to www.joanranquet.com/events.
I have been so blessed with my work. Today a woman had me visit her and her dog at her office. The dog was recently adopted but quite shy still and growling.
I got quiet, the dog (we’ll call her Sarah) Sarah and I talked about the past a bit, yet I emphasized to her person, not to dwell on the past. Sarah and I talked about her purpose with the new woman and her family. We talked about her totally integrating in the family. We talked about Sarah growling with other dogs and people. Apparently Sarah’s trainer and I agreed that the mild (but present) growling is a form of nervousness – yet had to be quelled immediately. We talked about what to do.
Sadly, Sarah had lost her person to death over a year ago and the widow was someone Sarah was trying to also take care of. Sarah’s growling was a matter of insecurity because she didn’t know if the new family was in danger. Imagine you believe your only job is an amazing person. They die. Their partner is grieving (a weakened position) what the heck do you do if you are the care taker? So like MOST stories, this isn’t a matter of abuse necessarily – though it can look like it – it is just misplaced grief and need for purpose. All of this was revealed between what the woman knew of Sarah’s past and the emotional fill in information of the dog. Which also corresponded with the Bark Buster intake info.
Normally I work on the phone with people and their animals so I don’t always get the great pleasure of experiencing what the aftermath of a session can present. Sometimes just letting a story out and letting it go can change the course of an Animals life. Some people remember to e-mail me the great news of the shift. Some people don’t remember! I hear about it years later in the form of a referral.
At this gal’s office, the coworkers that also bring their dogs to work had a normal day as usual – the dogs are out and about and only Sarah was hidden away. They had tried previously to introduce the dogs with a chilly if not threatening response.
Today was fantastic. After the session, as I was wrapping up in the lobby, Sarah came out on her own and actually met all of the other dogs after three weeks of growling. It was so cute. So many dog tails wagging, it could have electrified a small village. Okay it was way moving beyond cute. Everyone (of all species) was thrilled. Sarah discovered today the world is full of friends. What a great reminder for all of us.
I love my job(s).