Here’s what I tell my students: often you get guidance from your team to take an action and at the time, it’s not real clear to you why they’re suggesting that or even what you’ll get from it. However, as soon as you take that suggested action, it becomes much more clear about the reasons behind it.
Such was my adventure at Animal Resource Foundation Thursday.
I had to get my ass in gear early to be there at 8am for my two-hour shift so I hustled to drink a cup of coffee, get the dogs all crated and KONG’d (big rubber ball-like things filled with treats and peanut butter) and zoomed off.As soon as I got there, I was introduced to all the animals and put to work mopping and walking. Rocco, a nine-week-old pit bull was my walking partner and for the most part, he was okay. Except when I annoyed him by making odd sounds and then he decided to take a wee chomp out of my calf. FUN!!
He knows not his own mouth strength, apparently. Rocco’s been accepted into a pit bull rescue organization where they know how to teach them not to chomp and that’s a good thing. (He was cute as a button, though!)
When I got back from walking Rocco, Kara (the nice 6am employee) sent me out to walk Dori and Darby, two older puggles who are much more my speed. No chomping there at all. Just walking and more walking. Glad the weather was nice!
Back at ARF, I got to wash a ton of pet bowls, love on puppies and kitties and generally make myself useful for the duration of my shift.
I left after two hours feeling grounded and present. In the time I was there, I didn’t check my phone, didn’t think of anything else but what I was doing right then. And I walked. And walked. Something I’ve been putting off doing for a while. It felt good, I admit.
It became clear to me why my Guides were adamant about getting out of the house and why this adventure showed up. I was exhausted not only from all the walking but of being focused and present. It’s what I needed, though. Back there every Thursday morning at 8am for two hours and I think more of the reasons behind it will be revealed.
Moral of the story: when your Guides “suggest” something (and especially when it comes through the voice of someone else), take that suggestion to heart. There’s good stuff on the other side.
You have a gift for connecting with critters. I’m so glad you’ve found a way to give back that feels so comfortable and right. (I’d like to read Rocco’s blog post about you, though. “She ignores me when I try to tell her with sounds so then naturally I bite her calf and she freaks out!”)