Since early September, Jazmyn has been very determined to be close to me. It's not that she is clingy, never leaves my side, but she has been more likely to want to be beside me on the couch or in bed. She has always "assumed" that she belongs near me, as she is the alpha dog, but this is above and beyond that.
Like right now. She has wedged herself between my thigh and the back of the couch. Then she rolled herself back, so she is leaning against the couch, sitting up like a little person, tucked under my arm, and against my ribs. She sits like this a lot. She used to do it occasionally, but now it is every day, more than once if the chance presents.
So why is she doing this? What brought it on? I don't know, but there are several things that have happened in the time frame around this.
First, this summer I learned a new way to deal with the dogs when they are frightened by thunder. Jazi has been afraid of thunder for quite a long time, I want to say about 4-5 years. Gradually the other dogs have picked up on her fear, so when there is thunder, I have five dogs on me, near me, close by. Sometimes, it smothers me! I was talking to a friend who is a psychic. She uses her skills, free of charge to help bring lost animals back. If you've read here for a while, you might remember when I was in Florida and Max ran away. She helped me and the house sitter to bring him home. Anyway, I was at her house one day this summer, and it began thundering. I said I should get home because of the dogs. She mentioned that her dogs (Great Pyrenees) were afraid of it, too, but she told them "It's just government business." When she does, they are OK. Strange, right? Well, I asked her what that means, and she said she really doesn't know, but one of her dog spirits told her that. When she asked what it meant, the spirit just laughed and didn't give her an answer to that. But it worked, so she didn't care.
So I began using that phrase. It worked!!! It took several attempts before it worked, but within a couple weeks, the thunder wasn't a big deal! Now, I admit, they still like to sit near me when there is a storm or if the jets from the Air Force base are flying patterns over us, but none of them lose their cool anymore. Jaz used to shake so hard that she could hardly breathe, and now she just stays close to me, looking a bit worried, but no shaking.
So .... is Jaz relieved and thankful that I gave her peace and a quality of life free of that wrenching fear with the silly phrase "It's just government business"?
I finally .... finally .... secured the deck so that she can no longer escape. I've wondered if she feels safe at long last. She is finally able to be in our home spot with no fear and with fear no longer driving her to seek whatever it is that she has sought before.
So .... is it the security that causes her to be comfortable and contented. Does she understand that I did that for her?
In early September, I was gone to a retreat for the Healing Touch. I wasn't gone completely, as I was home at night, but the four days were long with me leaving early in the morning, around 7:30, and not getting home until around 8:00 at night. I've thought about the fact that she might have been afraid I was going to leave her, and has decided to keep me in her sights.
So .... is Jazmyn determined to stay as close as possible because I was gone too much?
Recently I was talking with a friend about this, and she proposed something I hadn't thought about. She said that she has seen or felt a significant shift in me since the retreat. The shift is a good one, a healthy shift toward my spiritual side. She said she has sensed a truly warm, welcoming, loving aura that just keeps growing and expanding all the time. And her thought was that perhaps Jazi is sensing this and simply wants to be near me, connected to the aura. Hmm. Interesting thought.
So .... is Jazi basking in the beautiful energy that I'm learning to work with?
I have no idea, but I'm enjoying having her close. Jazmyn has been a special little dog since the get-go. I love all five, each in her/his own way, but Jazi is"my baby." And it's so sweet to have her being my special, close puppy-friend these days.
My life is good these days. It is peaceful, low-key, simple. In fact, I haven't said this i a long time, but it seems quite appropriate .....
.... Life is beautiful!!!!