When Animals Feel Like They are Burdens (To Us)

As animal communicators, our lives aren’t about getting acquainted with the warm and fluffy side of animals. We listen to the complaints, rants, and darker emotions of the creatures who communicate with us. And one of the questions the animals ask is, “Am I a burden to my human?”

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This question comes about because us humans (intentionally or unintentionally) send messages to the animals that gives the impression that they are a burden to us. The first signal is that we’re too busy to give the animal companions quality time. We rush through our lives and we forget to take time to gaze into our pet’s eyes and to tell them that we adore them. It’s such a simple act of kindness and one the animals hunger for, and yet, we’re caught up in our busy lives and we think it doesn’t matter. Only, it does.

The second signal is that humans constantly chat on their phones or they have ear buds stuffed in their ears which acts like another barrier to exchanging affection with their pets. And my question is why even have a pet if we don’t have time for them? And I say the same question in regard to children. Maybe I’m triggered by the human distractions because as a child, my own mother was constantly talking on the phone and too busy to show me affection. So, when I see this happening with people and their pets, it hurts me personally. And yes, I need to work through this.

The third signal (and this one is subtle) are the messages we tell ourselves about our pets through our words and visual thoughts. We might say or think, “If only I didn’t have to take care of the dog, I could take that vacation. I could find a dog sitter but they are too expensive. I could board the dog, but what a pain that is…” Do you believe that your dog isn’t receiving the message? Or here’s another one, “Oh, my, that vet bill is high. How am I going to pay for that? I’ll have to work a second job. I won’t be able to take a vacation this year.” The animal only hears, “I’m a burden for this human who I love.”

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And finally, pushing an animal away because we’re too busy talking on the phone or watching videos on the computer or doing some other activity, tells the animal that they are a burden. This is something we all do. Why not gaze into the animal’s eyes and tell them you need some time to yourself. That you will do something they enjoy with them later in the day? Tell them that you are busy but that you still adore them. And that your distractions are not because of them. They will understand if you talk to them.

So, what happens to an animal when he or she feels like a burden? The animals might escape from the yard or the house and disappear (or become missing pets). Or they might choose to exit their bodies earlier than planned (as in disease and death). Or the brave ones get themselves adopted into a different family or situation where they find the affection that they craved.

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Animals come into our lives to teach us, to love us, and to help us feel special. But they also want to feel loved and that they are special. The animals that come to us want to bond with us despite all the things we hate about ourselves and find uncomfortable in our lives. Animals carry less baggage than us humans (emotional baggage) but it’s up to humans to release our baggage through mental health counseling, coaching, or other healing modalities.

I have witnessed numerous healthy human-animal bonds that give me hope for humanity. I have also witnessed cruelty and neglect which breaks my heart. The job of an animal communicator is to bridge the gap between the human and the animal. They must do this with diplomatic honesty and that’s not an easy task.

Again, as a communicator, I listen to animals’ complaints. But I also hear praise and empathy for their humans. I have always believed since my childhood, that animals are more evolved spiritually than humans. They reflect Buddha nature with a sense of humor and sometimes passion.

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An animal-human bond will never be the same as a human-human bond. This is because they are different species and because they have only a short time to live on the planet. Don’t take that short time for granted. Before you know it, that pup has grown into a senior dog and you’re asked to give hospice care for him. If you’re fortunate to give hospice care to your pet, you’ll have time to reflect. You might feel guilt or regret even if you gave that dog the best years of your life. But if you’re honest, you’ll see what that Buddha taught you.

Whether you know it or not, you are a better person for having loved another creature. There’s a saying about when you look back at your life, you won’t regret not being busy or climbing a career ladder. What you’ll regret is the time wasted on distractions that prevented you from opening your heart fully to another being–human or animal.

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Published by pnwauthor

I'm a former Washingtonian from Washington State, not Washington DC. I currently reside in Pennsylvania, even though my dream was to live and work in Vermont.

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