The last day in January I was out for a beautiful walk in woods near our house with Rosie and ZuZu. Walking in the state lands is pretty much a daily, if not twice daily experience.
This evening walk had been awesome and as I was close to finished we walked towards another gentleman and his dog. All seemed well, until his dog went after ZuZu – not once but three times.
I was trying my best interupt. However, even when I got ZuZu, he was not able to get his dog and the dog would come after ZuZu again.
It was horrible. I felt horrible.
End result ZuZu had surgery that very evening, got a drain tube and stitches.
I guess I was fortunate I did not get bitten but I had a super hard time getting both dogs back to the car.
Here’s the deal. ZuZu slept, rested – slept more, rested. Handled her recovery exceptional well. No cone – only dog hoodies and sweaters. Rosie was pretty great as well. She started wanting to apply her own healing energy but once we ask her to stop licking, she did.
I, on the other hand, have taken a longer route to recovery.
I probably needed to sleep, rest and drop out of stress mode. Feel.
I still avoid walking the trail I was on. Even after a few weeks I get anxious when other dogs are coming to say hello.
ZuZu, she’s good. Seems to have her own inner guidance on who to approach, who is open to play and when to let the big dogs do a few run arounds.
It just reminds me how animals are so much better at allowing their systems to heal from a traumatic event. How us humans, or at least this human, tends to armor up and think that’s the best otpion.
I know better. I am slowly doing my own work. But the event has just reminded me how inportant it is to rest, sleep and allow for recovery.
Things happen. Sometimes bad things. It’s important to allow our nervous system to regulate and heal.
Just take a lesson from the animal world.
Animals shake. Animals sleep – a lot. Animals heal. We can too. But not until we drop in and feel.
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