Their senses are heightened at all times, nothing seems to escape the dogs’ conscious attentiveness – always on patrol, always on the lookout for possible intruders and yet most dogs are friendly enough and aren’t bothered by by-passers.
They seem to know who is good and who is bad – they can smell trouble a mile away and manage to keep you, the owner, out of it.
Despite their loyalty and affection they are still largely misunderstood and underrated especially regarding their spiritual powers.
Because their five senses are well developed (some more than others) dogs are usually not mentioned when the sixth sense is mentioned. This honour is usually bestowed to felines and yet, at least that’s what I have experienced, when one communicates to animals that have passed on, it is mainly the canine companion that comes back to help speeding up the owners’ grievance process.
Animals communicate mostly through images, emotions and concepts alongside their well-developed body language. Since they don’t have a language in the human sense they must rely on other ways of communication.
Over the years I have done hundreds of readings of dogs and heard numerous stories, which confirm my belief that dogs do possess a sixth sense.
It is a common belief in many cultures that those who were close actually stay close even if one part of a relationship has passed on. In many cases when people were actively searching for their power animals they reported sightings of their own deceased dogs.
Power animals are spiritual guides that exist just like other spiritual guides such as angels.
You can either ask your power animal for help (1) or even access (2) its powers yourself.
The re-occurring theme in relation to a dog as power animal is loyalty and protection.
(1) Ask the power animal to help you
• Learn to love unconditionally
• Set and communicate clear boundaries
• Balance your needs with those of others
(2) Access Dog’s power by
• Being aware of and attentive to your partner’s mood
• Renewing your marriage vows
A sign from somewhere else/picture readings
In countless cases experienced and/or read in books dogs do “come in” to give advice and to warn you of danger.
I read a picture of a woman a while ago who wanted me to ask her pet if it is happy. One look at the picture revealed an overweight, under-exercised and somewhat stressed dog. Over-pampering is hardly the way to express ones love for on animal in ones care.
Interestingly during the reading was that a second dog came into the picture, eagerly trying to convey that this owner had to stop overfeeding her dog and that is has to let go of some of the pattern that made her life difficult.
After describing that dog to the woman she burst into tears, telling me that this must have been her former animal which had passed on just a few years ago having been overweight as well.
This attempt by a dog in spiritual form to give advice to the owner and at the same time bringing help to its fellow canine took quite an effort as animal communication on a spiritual level can be quite demanding and exhausting.
I do believe that, since ones soul is immortal, you can draw upon your strength in life even in death, meaning that skills developed in life can be used even in spiritual form.
When it comes to dogs one needs to look at the common ancestor of all dogs from a Jack Russell to a German Shepherd: The Wolf
When men took in the first pups 15 000 years ago those puppies were undoubtedly wolf puppies. Evolution and men playing god and thus creating hundreds of different breeds, often with severe inbred illnesses, and domestication have resulted in numerous sub-species of the canine family and yet, all the domestication in the world couldn’t prevent natural behaviour from prevailing to this very day.
Wolves live in families, called “packs”, with clear hierarchies and set rules. Most traumatised dogs I work with have developed some behavioural issues because of the lack of clear pecking orders and hierarchies within the human family they live with.
Dogs need a sense of place and a sense of self and do need an alpha male and subordinate others within a family to function well.
Long-term studies have revealed that wolves travel over vast distances in order to find food, new habitats and mates.
Since it cannot be explained how a wolf pack knows which way to go to ensure the survival of the pack, it could very well be the sixth sense that comes into play when the other five senses simply don’t suffice on their own.
In early myths the Egyptian dog, Anubis, was associated with the underworld and in many Native American cultures the wolf is said to patrol the borders between the worlds.
Not to mention the lore of Remus and Romulos, the founders of Rome, who were found and nursed by a she-wolf.
All throughout recorded history dogs are associated with loyalty and protection yet there does not seem to be any country that doesn’t seem to have unwanted dogs in high numbers.
The most vicious of all hunters at all times was and is the HUMAN and it is he who brings and brought imbalance to the world.
As far back as 300BCE pagan Celts were breeding wolfhounds especially for killing wolves (3).
Just like their common ancestor, the wolf, so were dogs often demonised. In witch-crazed Europe, dogs were understood as the devil’s favoured companion. According to witch-trial transcripts, Satan routinely appeared at the sabbats he hosted in the shape of a massive black dog. (3)
Since the days of domestication big, black dogs are often believed to be either evil spirits or are out battling evil spirits.
I think it is fair to say that most incidents concerning dog attacks have their roots lie with irresponsible pet ownership and a lack of understanding the dogs’ behaviour.
(1) & (2) – excerpts from: “Personal Power Animals” by Madonna Gauding
(3) – excerpts from: “The Element Encyclopaedia of Witch Craft” by Judika Illes
Thomas Janak is a pet psychic, pet psychologist, holistic animal healer, reiki master, canine massage therapist student and wolf expert. He is a member of the animal massage association of Britain and the institute of animal care and education. He is also the author of: “Understanding animals – a guide to animal communication and behaviour” which is available on his website: www.holisticanimalhealing.net