Last month I shared the story of a sweet Pug named Bill who was rescued on the streets of Tulsa, OK and found his forever home in Los Angeles. I always learn so much from the adventures of our four legged friends but there was still more for me to experience from Bill’s journey to California. As I mentioned in my last article a client of mine involved with Collie rescues connected me to this incredible woman, Joan who sits all day at her computer contacting and organizing people to help transport dogs and cats to their new homes or rescue organizations. She works with an amazing network of volunteers who donate their time, energy and fuel usually in two hour legs to help animals find better homes. For example Bill’s journey was going to take 17 legs or hand off points to travel about 14 hundred miles.

My husband Mac and I were planning a road trip to Colorado so we offered to help Joan transport Bill, two Border Collies and a Siberian Husky, named Dina on the first leg of their journey, which was to Albuquerque. I noticed on the description sheet of each dog that Dina had been abused, was a “high flight risk” and two collars and leashes recommended at all times. So on a rainy Tuesday morning we set out with Bill from Tulsa to pick up the other three dogs. The lady who so graciously agreed to keep them had to go to work and wouldn’t be able to help us get the dogs into our SUV. The Border Collies were very energetic and a little hard to handle, but it wasn’t difficult getting them into their crates. We were instructed though to have Mac stay far away while retrieving Dina because she was deathly afraid of men.

Dina had two collars on so I attached two leashes and was able to easily walk her to the back of the car but she didn’t know how to jump up. When I bent down to help her everything fell apart. As soon as I touched her body, she whimpered, squirmed out of my hands and threw herself against a nearby fence, trembling. After I ran over to her she rolled onto her back and the look of terror in her beautiful, human like blue eyes made me start to cry. I knelt beside her sobbing and tried to pick her up but just wasn’t strong enough. Finally I called for my husband and hoped for the best. Mac has such a sweet Soul that thankfully Dina was fine with his help. While he was getting her into the car I stood there crying, covered in mud and thinking, “what kind of a monster could have done this to this dog.”

On the way to Albuquerque I thought about my reaction and what it could mean. My first thought was to punish the person responsible for harming Dina, but that just didn’t feel right in my heart. When I asked Dina, her response was like that of many dogs in her situation. No anger toward the person, only fear. She also commented that they didn’t understand her and she was often clueless as to what was expected of her.

The word “punishment” kept coming to my mind as many of us have been programmed for generations when wrong is done, punishment is the only answer. But how do we find the compassion and ability to change this? To understand Dina’s situation I took her on a Shamanic journey with me. First I saw the angry eyes of the person who hit her. Then we went back further and I saw this person’s eyes as a five year old with the same fear that Dina had, which later turned into anger. But I wasn’t finished with my journey and saw the same pattern for three more lifetimes where the belief that punishment was the only way resulted in justified violence against another. I realized that to stop abuse we have to BREAK this cycle with compassion and healing towards the person doing the harm.

I remembered a story about a Native American family whose son was killed by his friend in anger. Instead of punishing the boy, the family brought him into their home; helping him to heal all the issues that resulted in his anger. The boy was able to turn his life around and give back to his community. When asked how they could do this for someone who had caused such a tragedy in their family, they responded “the tragedy would have been to waist two lives.” Now is the time to look at our core beliefs and instead of judging someone as bad, recognize that everyone has the spark of God or Creator in them. Perhaps sending someone a loving or understanding thought and steering them to the right person for help can break the cycle. What a wonderful thought to never look into the eyes of fear again.

Naomi McDonald, author of They Sing to Our Hearts: A Communicator Shares Her Stories of Animal Wisdom, is a professional animal communicator, certified shamanic practitioner, and educator. She has studied extensively throughout North and South America with renowned teachers in the fields of metaphysics, quantum physics, shamanism and animal communication. Naomi works with clients locally and long distance, conducts workshops, gives speaking engagements, and volunteers her talents at animal rescue organizations’ events across the United States. She pioneered an innovative and dynamic program that combines animal communication, shamanic healing and personal self development. Through these transformational classes participants connect on many levels with nature elements, domestic and wild animals, and the plant kingdom. For more information visit her website at

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