One of the most difficult things to understand is the suffering of your animal. When we are faced with the fact that our beloved animal is suffering, it is very difficult for us to know why. Some guardians exaggerate the level of suffering even while their animal is eating, playing or moving around because they interpret the situation through their own emotions. These are people who are terrified when faced with illness or the thought that their animal might die.
I have observed that some guardians try all sorts of treatments and remedies on their animals or else take them from one veterinary to another, constantly changing the allopathic or alternative treatments. Every day they feel that their animal is about to die. As a result of this negative thinking, they end up in a state of deep anxiety as they prepare to face the void: their life without the presence of their animal, their life devoid of love.
Others, however, are unable to know, discern or correctly judge the degree of suffering of the animal at the end of his life. Sometimes, a dying animal will make an effort to hide his real condition. This effort is linked to the instinct of survival because, in nature, a weak animal puts the entire members of the group in danger. Sometimes, it is only when the level of suffering is very high that the animal will show what he really is feeling. Just as they fear their animal’s demise, these same guardians suffer from a panicky fear of old age, sickness, loss and death. By refusing to accept the reality of the situation, these fears are expressed in a different way.
Here are some examples of the cases that I have seen:
Billy was a dog with a large tumor in his mouth which deformed his cheek and affected his eye. In spite of this he seemed to act in a perfectly normal way. His guardian, Marie, assured me that he was not suffering. “Billy lives normally, he eats and he goes on his walks.” Marie had consulted a communicator who maintained that her dog was not suffering. Marie, therefore, had convinced herself that Billy was well and so she avoided seeing a veterinary (fears, the cost, the hours, etc.) I studied Billy’s case and I realized that he was suffering pain all the same. Also, he had difficulty eating. I perceive this suffering as a frequency that vibrates in an abnormal way. It pierces me, but does not belong to me. I reached the conclusion that Billy was suffering because I was able to recognize his pain. He and I are one even though we are also unique and different.
We are all capable of feeling the pain of other sentient beings. To achieve this one has to practice often to become a clear channel, with no a priori, no judgements and no interpretation. If, on the other hand, I’m not able to feel this, I then just use good common sense: for example, if this tumor is so large that Billy’s eye is all deformed as a result, then there must be some form of suffering even if he seems to live his life normally.
In Billy’s case I was very surprised to see that there was no medical treatment, so I insisted that he be taken to a veterinary for examination. In spite of all their good intentions and their love for their animal, some guardians are just not able to evaluate the situation correctly. In these cases I strongly recommend that the guardians use their intuition or their good sense to reach a sensible decision.
Does Billy need euthanasia?
Maybe one should not envisage an immediate euthanasia since each case is different; on the other hand, he certainly needs medical treatment to treat his pain and suffering. Euthanasia will certainly be necessary, even before his guardian is ready for it, to prevent too much suffering. Billy’s guardian seemed surprised by my remarks because she thought that her dog was in good health. Will she take Billy to see the veterinary? The veterinary will examine the case clinically to determine whether the animal is suffering or not. Generally speaking he is usually right. He proceeds by observation and deduction thanks to his medical knowledge, his experience and probably also to his intuition. Of course, each veterinary is different. He often makes a very precise observation but sometimes closes off his own feelings of empathy to protect himself from the suffering of the animal. As a result, he may not always feel the exact state of the animal.
We must also consider the emotional relationship of the guardian and the way he or she fears the departure of the animal for the other side. In these cases animal communication, well done, free of interpretations and emotional projections, is so important and must be developed for all those people in touch with animals or working with them. This will lead to a more exact evaluation and awareness of the case. It is by being aware of the physical symptoms and of one’s own emotional state that one can realize what the true situation is and make decisions accordingly. Of course, all of us, guardians and veterinaries, can make mistakes and come to false conclusions. To offset this probability, in depth animal communication can open our centers of perception to help us reach the reality of the animal’s condition. Naturally,, even this perception is filtered through our human mental capacities.
Hidalgo was an old horse who suffered a lot of pain in his feet and who was mostly recumbent. He did rise every morning, clearly to please his guardian. The veterinary was intent on euthanizing him, but not his guardian even though Hidalgo was suffering very much.
Maybe Hidalgo was waiting for his guardian to be ready for him to depart? We have to, however, be careful with this interpretation: on the one hand one must not let an animal suffer extreme pain and on the other hand one has to respect the wishes of a sentient being.
Euthanasia is not an execution but an act of deliverance and a gesture of compassion.
For all those who have an animal, the question of euthanasia will arise, unless your animal dies accidentally, for example. You really have to learn to feel your deepest feelings to know what to do and no one can help you decide on the path chosen, neither the veterinary, nor the communicator.
If we could only be capable of realizing that the physical body of our beloved animal is, for him, just a covering that he removes to take up another one- this would help us make this decision.
The leaves from the tree fall, but the roots remain.
For the essence, this being of light that is your animal will always exist throughout eternity and the love between you is indestructible and will last through all time.
In the vast universe of your heart lies all knowledge and truth. All you need to do is learn to hear it.