Hi everyone, this is Esateys.  If you saw me flashing by a little while ago for about five minutes, it was not a figment of your imagination.   We just had some technical difficulties, so we’re starting over.  So, the first part of this, you may see again but I have some very exciting stuff for the last part, so stay with me.  Okay, so I also have a little disclaimer here and that is that I have all of our four-legged children just kind of running around.  And we have four, actually five of them here and that means that you might hear some barking or some squeaky toys or something like that in the background, but that’s just kinda what happens when you have a lot of little kids around.  Today I am speaking about something that is so exciting to me.  

I’m an animal person, I LOVE animals.  And this is Moxi, Moxi Man is a Pappillon, one of the smartest small-breed dogs that there are.  And we’re today, going to speak about, “forget the doctor, get a pet.”  They decided to name it that, well, maybe.  So today I’m going to tell you a little story.  I’m gonna tell you about the health benefits of animals.  I’m going to speak about what happens energetically with animals.  I’m going to speak about what it does mentally, and how it actually affects your hormones.  So, stay tuned because as I go through this you’re going to probably or very possibly learn a lot, and you’ll be able to contemplate whether this something for you in your life.  Or, if you already have one, how you can make your pet more close and connected to you. 

So, Moxi here has to say that he wants to tell a story about K-oo.  K-oo is a Schnauzer that is the sister to K-Keela who we have.  And K-oo, ever since he was a tiny puppy, he did not really enjoy being in a pack.  And now even our family is a pack, but I mean a pack of dogs.  I mean, we’ve usually had around four, although, I was a breeder for about a lot of years.  Over 30 years.  And I haven’t been doing that for quite some time, but I still am involved with animals, and especially dogs.  So, what occurred with K-oo was he was just ok.  He wasn’t like really excited and happy.  And I knew it was because he wanted to have more special attention.  He didn’t like being low-man on the totem pole.  He didn’t like the feeling of being experienced as just kind of like one of the guys.  And I felt selfishly, that I wanted him to stay with us, and I also felt a little guilt that maybe he would be better somewhere else. 

So, after a while, after a couple of years, I finally said you know, I need to surrender and do what’s best for him.  So, what I did is I actually found some people that were looking for a dog.  And they lived in Olympia a couple of hours away, and they said, well think the dog’s too small.  It doesn’t sound like a fit to us.  But I had such a deep intuition that he would love being there that I said, well would you just be willing to come down and see him?  And if he doesn’t fit then that’s great but give it a shot.  Cuz I think you’re gonna see that even though he’s smaller, because he a Toy, a Schnauzer and he only weighed like eight or nine pounds, there was something special about him.  So, they came down and they say, they had told me, they called me actually on the way down, and they said and by the way, we don’t let our dogs be on the bed or on the furniture, and we’re pretty strict about how we do.  And I said as long as your kind and loving to him and you feed him and take really good care of him, then that will be fine. 

He doesn’t have to be in your bed.  So, they get here, they sat down on the couch.  K-oo was on in their lap, he was licking their face and he was so excited to see them.  And short story, they took him home.  So, what did they do?  They started sending me pictures.  So, this dog is wearing clothes.  He is in a place where he is, has his own room.  He has the specialness and he is king of the kingdom.  He is so happy, and everybody knows him in the neighborhood, because he is, you know, he’s just a really happy dog.  So, they are sending me pictures every few months, and after they had him for like maybe, I don’t know, a year and a half or two years or something like that, I got an e-mail.  And they said, we’re really sorry to say that my husband and I were getting divorced, and then she said, well we were, but I want to tell you a miracle story.  And she said that they separated but they had such difficulty with who was going to get K-oo, that they could not stay separated. 

So, he moved back home and based on that, they started really working through the things that were going on in their relationship.  And you know what?  They ended up getting back together and having a really great relationship.  And they attribute the success of their marriage to K-oo, a puppy!  He really wasn’t a puppy, he was an adult by then, but it was such an example of how animals can heal.  So, one of the things that most people don’t know, or some people don’t know, is what the health benefits are.  But I’m gonna kinda switch out here and I’m gonna be speaking to, I’m gonna be holding my KaJai-a.  

Now, many of you have seen KaJai-a on my Facebook page.  KaJai-a is a Lowchen and this Lowchen puppy is one that I have shown.  He has gotten his championship in four shows, and he did really great things.  And we’ve been showing in performance.  Performance means that we do obedience and rally, and he’s done nose work and tri-ball, there’s so many things you can do with pets, it’s just amazing.  So, one of the things that I have experienced with KaJai-a is one of the things that is very, very powerful about animals.  And what it is, when you are holding the animal and you are petting them, and you are snuggling with him, right now he’s under these hot lights and I don’t know how much he wants to snuggle. 

But frequently what he does is he gets in my lap and he puts his head up here on my shoulder and he just like snuggles in, and he hugs me.  And in doing so, it is very, very relaxing.  So, when I pet him, his hair is really soft, and it’s a really, really sweet experience.  And guess what’s happening in my body?  Oxytocin is being produced and excreted at that moment.  Now the hormone Oxytocin is something that happens when we are feeling good senses of nurturing.  So, a couple of things happen.  Oxytocin helps increase our happiness genes.  It also, I don’t know if you can see him or not, but he’s now laying on the table.  At any rate, what it does is it helps with our mental acuity.  It actually helps us feel better inside of ourselves.  It can help with inflammation, it helps with headaches, cramps.  It helps that sense of nurturing, so we don’t feel alone or lonely.  And it really produces amazing healing qualities in us as humans. 

So, just being with a pet, and it doesn’t have to be a dog, it can be cat, it can be a llama, it can be a horse.  It doesn’t really matter what it is.  It’s the sense of that sense of connection that’s really powerful.  So, oxytocin is a very, very powerful hormone that’s secreted when you have an animal, and you have a beautiful relationship with them.  The other thing that has been proven through research, is that animals will lower your blood pressure.  It will lower your triglycerides, it actually lowers your pulse rate and it helps decrease the stress level in your body amazingly.  Now, you know that has to be true because they have all of these therapy animals that go into the hospitals all the time.  And what do they do?  They quiet the people down, they give people hope. 

They can help but feel better when you’ve got something that’s loving unconditionally.  And you know what?  Uncondionality is something that many people strive for.  Well, animals have it.  They have learned for the most part, how to just love unconditionally.  So, what could we learn from our animals?  We could learn that when we are in a situation that is not necessarily fun, that we have the ability to actually learn how to be very forgiving.  Have you ever noticed how forgiving animals are?  It’s pretty amazing.  And so, I’m going to let KaJai-a go back, say goodbye buddy.  And say I’m about to get my rally excellent leg and I’ll be all done and a champion in that!  Oh, ya!  So, we’re still playing, a, in the ring and it’s very, very fun.  Okay, so I have to bring you TaShon.  TaShon is our veteran here.  Veteran puppy TaShon is 14 pounds, KaJai-a is 14 pounds also by the way.  My little Pappillon Moxi is about six pounds. 

At any rate, TaShon here is a Labradoodle.  And he came all the way, look at KaJai-a jumping up, he came all the way from Australia and that’s where he came when he was nine weeks old.  And he is now 14 and he has sired many beautiful babies.  And he also has a degree in beginner novice and rally novice, and he didn’t start even studying, he didn’t start going to school ’til he was like 13.  So, don’t you ever believe that an old dog can’t learn new tricks, he is really, really good and he’s 14 years old.  So, he’s also non-shedding like KaJai-a, and he’s very smart and the most incredibly loving dog you could ever imagine.  So, here’s the thing.  The cats, the dogs, the dolphins, the horses, the llamas, all the animals are showing us that we have to ability to connect with them and notice how they work, and how unconditional they can help us be. 

How they can teach us to stress out, stress down rather, and whether we can really decide.  And we can also be in a place where we can be healing ourselves through the healing of our animals.  And they help you with personal growth.  If you decide that you want an animal, or even with the animal that you have, you could go into taking them to some classes, because you may find that it’s scary for you to do that.  So, how strong would it be for you to get out there and be with your pets in an environment where you get to meet new people?  It is a great way to meet people.  For those of you that are sitting around thinking, God, I wish I knew more people, let me tell you that it’s really powerful.  In fact, someone that I met who I love dearly, her name is Anew, and she came to us and ended up getting like three or four Labradoodles, I don’t even remember.  And she has turned out to be one of my best friends after 10 or 11 or 12 or more years.  And we do retreats in California several times a year down at her house. 

And that all come through the interaction of dogs. In fact, it was a Labradoodle that she was so excited about.  So, you can find deep friends, you can find personal growth, you can find everything that you’re looking for in your life to help you be a happier more joyful person.   Consider an animal, whatever kind you’re most drawn to, and see how it works for you in your personal life.  Because there’s something just special, it truly is God’s gift.  You know it no accident that dog spelled backwards is G-O-D, and that means something to me anyway.   So, for those of you that are young and thinking about having a baby, but you know on some part of your level, that it’s probably not the right timing, get a puppy!   I coach people all the time. 

I say if you really want to have a baby, get a puppy and if you pass that test, then you can consider a child.  Because a puppy is like having a child, I could talk about that all day.  And not that I’m against children, it’s just to think about that.  So, think about the unconditionality that comes with your pet, and don’t get an animal if you’re not ready for the responsibility.  Because they are like your children, and they deserve that caring, gentle love that they will constantly give you.  You will never feel alone when you’re connected you’re connected to your pets.  So, here’s your question for today: how would an animal enrich my life?  How might an animal enrich my life?  That’s what we have for today, and I invite you to share this with others that love animals.  And those that might be feeling lonely or desiring to have more happening in their lives from a heart space as well as a healing space. 

Thanks everyone for being for being here today, and until next time, share, comment and tell me about your animals. I’d love to know what kind of animals you all have, it’d be really awesome. 

Take care, until next time, feel the hug. 

Author: Self Healing Institute