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10 years ago  ::  Mar 08, 2008 - 10:47PM #1
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By Connie Chang, Singapore

By nature, I am absolutely scared of dogs.  This situation improved
after I had a vision appear before me to indicate that during one
lifetime, I had been a trapper who was trapped by a wolf.  As the
trapper in that lifetime, I had accidentally kicked off the wolf's
cage hook, and he attacked and devoured me. Dogs are in the family
line of wolves, so this memory explained my fear of dogs.

Once, when I visited London, I was invited to stay at a friend's
home in Richmond, which was accessible by the underground train from
the city.  My friend lived with her youngest daughter and a pet dog,
Angus Scott, in the three-story building.  My friend knew about my
fear of dogs and warned that I would have to learn to cope with it
if I were to stay with her.

Since staying with my friend would save me a lot of money on hotels,
which are pretty expensive in London because of the difference in
currencies between there and my home in Singapore, I knew I would
have to try to overcome my fears.

My friend's daughter, Vivian, picked up my husband, Cher Min, and
me from the airport.  We arrived at their home, and Angus started
jumping and barking like crazy.  I spoke to the dog mentally
and said, "I am scared of dogs.  Just do not climb all over me."
During the entire week of my stay, Angus did not once climb all
over me but he did climb on Cher Min all the time.

Angus was so smart.  He understood my fear and tried hard to make
friends with me.  And he succeeded!  He always looked at me lovingly,
but I dared not respond for fear he might interpret my acceptance
as an invitation for him to climb all over me.

One evening Cher Min and I returned home after a day out.  Angus ran
to get my bedroom slippers, which I always wear at home.  He held
the pair of slippers in his mouth and looked at Cher Min and me
for a few seconds.  He was confused.  There was only one pair but
two of us.  He then dropped one slipper in front of Cher Min and
the other in front of me.

From that point on, Angus took his toys (bones, balls, etc.), and
placed them in front of me.  This was his signal that he wanted
me to play with him.  So I threw his bones for him to pick up.
Then he'd put them in front of me again, and I would repeat the play.

I bought something for him to munch on one day and he looked at me
with loving eyes.  Yet he still kept to his promise not to crawl
all over me.  But finally I became brave enough to stroke him,
and he loved it.  He still took great care not to snuggle against
me, though.  He really could read my mind.

Angus has shown me that dogs are really smart creatures.  Though I
do not have experiences yet with cats and other animals, I am sure
they all have the same ability to understand and love human beings.
It is good to be able to communicate with animals.  You can tell
them all your problems, share joys and sorrows, and they will not
betray you but only give you plenty of divine love.


When has an animal helped you to overcome a fear?

First published in the Angel Animals Day Brightener Newsletter,
March 27, 2004.


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10 years ago  ::  Mar 25, 2008 - 5:33PM #2
Posts: 493
My fear of getting to close,of bonding to another pet.I had something tramatic happen to me as a child and I had lost two beloved pets.I vowed to never hurt this way again.I disconnected and proteted that most inner part of me,to prevent me from being hurt.I finally came to pont of wanting my very own dog.They had Cockappo's to give away,not far from where I live.I phoned and we went to see them.I told the lady I wanted a male,if I took one.There was one male left that was to maybe go to someone else.When we arrived,she told me because of how I sounded,she saved him for me.It was my Birthday and my partner gave him to me as a present.I fell in love with him the minute I held his furry little body and he cuddled into me.Leo or"Doodle or Poopy,"is now 10 mnths old and the puppy love of my life.He opened a heart that was afraid of loss and he gave back to me what was taken from me as a child.He mended my spirit,my trust and has given me the love that I know I will never have taken from me.My sweet little Leo is white with apricot coloring.He has bottom teeth that stick out,he's smart,does tricks and loves me unconditionally as I do him.One of his tricks being he gives me,"a high five or a high ten,"with a paw or both.Amazing he is!!! Blessings,IRISH
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10 years ago  ::  Apr 05, 2008 - 2:43AM #3
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I came upon my two dogs in quick succession after having been without a dog for almost 10 years after my beloved Corgi died of cancer. I wanted another dog, but was afraid and I'd cats so they filled the void, somewhat.

One day one of my neighbors stopped by with a puppy in her car, the moment I saw him I knew I wanted him. The dog was afraid of people, he'd been abandoned with his 8 siblings, outside of an indian reservation. They weren't yet old enough to eat on their own, so whoever abandoned them did so to let them die.

 Obviously the time those puppies spent on their own was terrifing to them. I asked for the puppy and she reluctantly gave him to me. She'd 7 adult dogs and had become attached to the puppy. In less than a day I became his person. He quickly abandoned his fear of people and  became the friendliest dog toward everyone human and animal.

 The second dog I saw  in the street and thought it belonged to some people walking nearby. Later on I saw hm in front of my house and took him in, he was obviously lost, hungry, his coat didn't look healthy. I contacted a dog rescue group I was volunteering for and they recognized the dog immediately, they'd rescued that dog before several times but his people weren't caring. The people at the rescue group asked me to keep the dog until they could find a good home for them. Nobody wanted an adult dog, so he became my second dog. Less than a year later the dogs flew with me to Europe when we moved there and  were my sole companions when my life almost came to an end there.

 They kept me sane, and kept me company in a very cold country where I didn't speak the language and had no friends or family there. I found myself suddenly alone and almost suicidal, but I couldn't leave my dogs to fend for themselves.  Their presence in my life, their needing me saved my life. They gave me strenght to carry on  and to put my fears behind. I believe  they came into my life to guide and protect me when I was almost broken.

"We're all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." Oscar Wilde
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