New neighbors have moved in next door with their family of children and pets. Yesterday when I took Bella for her walk, I noticed their dog sitting forlornly on the deck, obviously wondering what was going on.
Animals are acutely sensitive to any kind of change in their world. Whether it’s their humans being away on a trip or the upheaval of a move, they want to be reassured that they are safe, loved and included as a vital member of the family. When I am asked about how to help animals adjust to major changes, I remind people to treat their animals like they themselves want to be treated.
Talk to them, tell them all about what’s happening. If it’s an upcoming trip, explain how long you’ll be gone, who will be caring for them while you’re away and that you will be back. If it’s a move, reassure them that the whole family is going to a new home and that you’ll do everything you can to help them feel happy and comfortable in their new environment.
When we give our animal friends the respect and love they deserve, not only do we help to make their lives joyful, we expand our own capacity to accept pure goodness as a natural part of life.