I was on a health website, getting ready to place an order for supplements and natural products. As I reviewed the items, I could feel my dog Gingersnap’s energetic presence around me. I waited and finally asked her, “Ginger, is there anything you want from here?”
“Yes,” she replied.
I finished what I was doing and asked her to show me. I went to the search box on the website and was instructed to type in “dog vitamins vegan.” The last word there really surprised me! There was only one thing that showed up under these words and it was canned vegan dog food. My husband Josh makes Gingersnap’s vegetarian (not vegan) food every few days, and that’s almost all she’s known since she was little. He varies the ingredients depending on what organic items are local and available, or if we hear that she needs a change in nutrients.
I read the description for this canned dog food and couldn’t understand what she meant. I said, “Ginger, this is what you want?”
“Hmm, I don’t think we’re going to get that for you.” (It was about $3.40 for one 14-oz. can and she doesn’t need it.) “Is there a reason you want it?”
“To show how much you love me,” she said.
I still didn’t understand the purpose of this! I went to the ingredients section and started reading. It was then I realized most of what was in there Josh already puts in her homemade food (plus extra goodies)! The only thing that jumped out was “sesame seeds.”
“Do you want that?” I asked.
“Why?” I was curious. “I don’t think you can actually chew those.”
She said, “I just think it’ll taste good.”
This struck me as so funny for some reason! It was adorable how she said it. She acted like she didn’t know but that she just happened to think it would taste good to her. It was childlike and sweet, even though she didn’t say it with a sweet tone of voice.
I told Josh and he immediately said, “I’ll put some sesame paste (tahini) in her food.” When I looked in the refrigerator later, I saw the jar and knew he’d already done it. He’s very in tune with Gingersnap’s needs and desires, and it made me happy to see that he simply was asked to give her something she wanted and that he did it after the first request. This is just how Josh is. ❤️
I wondered about Ginger’s comment that she wanted us to buy her this canned food to show how much we love her. Initially, I thought something else, but even after that first thought, I could tell there was a truer meaning behind it. It was just something I felt intuitively, like there was a game being played here and if I paid attention, I could figure it out.
Later, I checked with Gingersnap’s angels and asked about her perception. She wanted us to know that she DOES know how much we love her. Not only that, when she was younger and having some behavioral issues, an animal communicator told us she saw Ginger pushing her food bowl away with her paw with disdain. We were told she didn’t like that food and she wanted meat, fish, stuff like that. We’re a vegetarian home so did what we could do to honor that by getting her some meat on occasion. We also put kippers and sardines in her food for over a year, and it didn’t seem to matter. She ate the food at the same rate, in the same way, and with the same amount of gusto. After a while, we decided to stop to see if it affected her and she seemed fine.
Her comment here was to let us know how thankful she is for everything we’ve done for her.
She directed me to find the ONLY product under those specific search terms. She knew I’d eventually read the whole ingredients list. She understood “sesame seeds” would jump out at me as being one of the other products not included (minus preservatives and whatever else goes into canned food, which of course we don’t use). And she recognized that eventually I’d get the game.
Everything she wanted in that food she already gets from us. She was saying, “This is what I want,” and it’s like God’s said to Neale Donald Walsch in the book Conversations with God, “Even before you ask, I will have answered.” In this case, the ingredients were practically the same. Before Gingersnap "asked" us in this way, she was already receiving.
This is how Ginger chose to say she loves us…and that she does know how much we love her.
Sometimes people or animals (…or other beings, I guess?) have trouble showing their love. Sometimes they have no trouble but enjoy playing games. They’re not always hurtful unless we see them that way, but each experience is unique.
In this case, our sweet dog asked us, her family, to know we’re already giving her everything she wanted.
This is how she showed me. 😊
© 8/20/16 by Angel-Rose Coen.
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