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Think Outside The Crate

Wendy Marks


When I was growing up there was always a pet in my home. My mom‘s dog, Junior, from her pre-marriage days, was of unknown ancestry (but we always guessed chow and something with really long fur). He looked like a tiny orange lion with a black tongue.

Junior was an ever-present part of the landscape of my childhood. My baby portraits always included Junior. I used to pretend he was a lion and would pry open his jaws and stick my head in his mouth; when he had had enough, he would crawl under the couch.

Junior was an integral part of several families, passed among different members of our clan over the course of his 18-year life, and he always brought joy with him. He understood the word “bath” in eight languages and managed to hide effectively whenever it was mentioned.

There is also the story that Junior saved me from being kidnapped by barking frantically when my mother left me in the baby carriage to quickly go into a store. She looked up to see someone running away with the carriage, with me in it. I’m not sure whether they wanted the carriage or me (it was a really nice carriage), but Junior’s barking saved my life — at least that’s the story.

Pets Help Us In So Many Ways…

Animals are a reason to get out of bed, even on the worst mornings. I know from experience that somebody jumping on my bladder, then walking up to death-stare into my eyes repeatedly is bound to get me out of bed to feed them and change their litter. They begin and end my day. They make me laugh, annoy me, act goofy, knock things over and steal small items (my pearl earring), and so on. Pets provide a structure to the day because they are dependent upon us. Even if I’m away I often find myself waking up thinking, Oh I’ve got to get up and feed the cats.

Pets increase your physical activity and contact with nature. Having a dog to walk requires going out, even in subzero weather, and making sure that your dog’s needs are taken care of. Even if you wouldn’t normally go out, knowing that your dog needs to get out will get you out, too. Taking your dog to the beach or a park and walking or running with them feels nothing like forced exercise — it’s pleasurable.

Pets are amazing companions. You can complain to them about anything and they will pretty much sit and listen. They will often stay in the same room with you just to be social. Having a dog or a cat sit on your lap and look at you with blissful eyes is a wonderful experience. Pets give back so much more emotionally than any effort it takes to care for them.

Pets reduce anxiety and stress. There have been many studies about this. My favorite one found that the sound of purring lowers blood pressure. Petting an animal provides both parties with a rewarding experience. Everybody feels loved.

Pets can help you meet new people. If you have a friendly dog, people are going to stop and say, “Hello,” and pat the dog’s head. My friend who walks her cat gets into some great conversations. There are lots of social groups that evolve around animals, such as dog training and dog play groups. These activities keep us grounded and focused, and can give our day purpose and a sense of accomplishment.

“But I Don’t Have Room For A Dog…”

Here’s what I’d say: “Think outside the crate.” Besides dogs and cats, there are lots of other animals that are fun to have. When my child was younger, we had Kiwi Herman, a guinea pig. I never thought I could love a guinea pig, but whenever the refrigerator door opened, she sang and chirped; it was really a cheerful experience! Plus, her maintenance was extremely low effort.

I even had a pet rat. That’s a long story, but rats are fantastic pets for some people. They are quite smart, they love peanut butter, and they can be good companions that take up very little space. My rat’s exercise circuit was completely contained in the bathroom. That was in great part due to the fact that I had two cats who thought he’d make a delicious snack.

I’m personally not a big fan of fish, but some people really enjoy them. I’ve even met some snakes that I thought were pretty cool, and I have a friend who has chickens for pets.

Think about the space you have, even in a tiny apartment; you can have an animal like a guinea pig or a pet rat.

If you absolutely cannot have an animal you can volunteer at a pet shelter, or foster animals. Even visiting petting farms or animal sanctuaries can be rewarding and comforting.

I think one of the most amazing things about pets is that they create a space for the giving and receiving of unconditional love. Isn’t that the best gift of all?

Wendy Marks is a Medical Intuitive and Rehabilitation Counselor with thirty years of practice in traditional and complementary health therapies. Sign up here for Wendy’s email blog. 

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Spirit Animal Totems: Messages from Chicken and Turkey

Chickens! yesterday, and today, we have Chickens AND Turkeys!  See below  for Spirit Animal Totem messages.  Yes, this is in the city..5 miles from downtown Boston, in the Jamaica Plain district.

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The chickens live 3 houses over, on the corner, the fence is on the side street. They all come running over…then the disappointment as they realize you are not feeding them…

Chicken Symbolism

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Chicken Meaning, and Messages

In this case, Chicken symbolism is asking you to take the time for some internal evaluation. In other words, the Chicken meaning reminds you that you must scratch the surface of your emotions to see what lies underneath. Therefore, you must ask yourself if you are responding to the circumstances around you from your heart. Or, on the other hand, is your head ruling and allowing things to spiral out of control. Whenever you find yourself in this place, Chicken symbolism prompts you to take a step back. Moreover, this spirit animal inspires you to make sure that you are grounded in your heart. Only then can you approach your problem from a spiritual sense and see what your next step is – if any.

The Pheasant, Turkey, Quail, and Peacock are all relatives of this bird.

Chicken Totem, Spirit Animal

People with Chicken totem are bold in their approach to life. They dare to accomplish anything and everything they to which they set their mind. Folks with this spirit animal totem are enthusiastic about everything they do. They also know how to balance patience with action. These people have a knack for using currently available resources in new and unusual ways. Therefore, they get amazingly different results than most others would. People with this power animal are highly social and tend to be somewhat territorial with their surroundings. They prefer social situations rather than solitude. These folks also have an uncanny ability to uncover the truth.

Chicken Dream Interpretation

In general, a Chicken dream is a message that you may have to re-evaluate your response to something in your waking life. Are you responding from your heart or out of fear? Are you backing down when you should be standing up for yourself?

Alternatively, the bird may be representative of chatter and gossip. Thus you should make sure that you are listening well enough to others and hearing what they have to say. Conversely, you may be participating in unhealthy hearsay. Therefore, be sure to take the time to work through things and see where it takes you. Usually, you can grow from it!

Notably, one of these fowl in your dream is also a symbol of your vast potential. The vision is letting you know that to achieve your potential, you must find the courage to overcome your fears.

Additional Associations for Chicken

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The turkeys are wild and are seen wandering on nearby Sheridan Street from time to time.
Beautiful feathers! There were people coming from every direction, but they never panicked.

Turkey Symbolism

You may need to redirect your energy in a more balanced and efficient way.


Turkey Meaning, and Messages

In this case, Turkey symbolism is a good omen. Thus it indicates that great gifts are on their way to you. However, you must also understand that this bird, like the Octopus, is always a symbol of sacrifice for renewal. In other words, this spirit animal reminds you that you have to let go of something for new things to arrive. Therefore the Turkey meaning tells you that generosity will open the doors to growth and rebirth.

Alternatively, Turkey symbolism also reminds you that nothing is an endless resource.  Therefore, you must honor and nurture the abundant supplies on offer. Furthermore, you must be sure that you cultivate and care for those renewable resources that benefit your life. Regardless of your circumstances, now is the time to listen to your higher vision. After all, this is the best way to achieve your goals, whether they are spiritual, physical, mental, or emotional.

Turkey Totem, Spirit Animal

People with Turkey totem tend to be the “abundance generator” for their friends, family, and community. In other words, like the Buffalo and the Angelfish, they have a gift for attracting all the bounty of the universe available to them. Plus, they are willing to share. Folks with this spirit animal totem will often take care of the needs of others before they meet their own needs simply because all life is sacred to them.

Additionally, these people easily translate their life experiences into growth and understanding. Moreover, they recognize that what they do for others they also do for themselves.

Turkey Dream Interpretation

When you have a Turkey dream, it may signify an abundant increase in business. Thus, for the farmer, it would symbolize bumper crops for which they will be well-paid. Conversely, this type of vision can also mean that you are being foolish, and therefore not thinking clearly. If you see these birds dressed for the market, it indicates an improvement in your financial affairs.

Alternatively, to dream that you are eating this bird indicates that a joyful occasion is approaching. Thus it may represent a holiday feast. To see these birds flying symbolizes a rapid transition from financial uncertainty to abundance and social position.

To dream that you are hunting or shooting this bird means that you are acquiring your riches dishonestly.

Meet Ingo and Poldi: Tiny rescued owl and dog are madly in love | White Wolf Pack

OMG, you MUST see these photos! It is the most amazing and sweetest thing! All I can say is, this is so incredible!
❤  ❤  ❤   ~PB

Tanja Brandt is a German photographer who has dedicated her career towards photographing animals and wildlife.

In one of her most recent projects, Brandt shot photographs of a highly unlikely pair of friends – Ingo, the Belgian shepherd; and Poldi (Napoleon), the one-year-old owlet.

Brandt describes the relationship between Ingo and Poldi as somewhat of a ‘protector-protected’ relationship. Ingo is a guardian for Poldi, whom Brandt states “doesn’t know how to live free”.

Poldi didn’t hatch until two days after his six brothers and sisters, and has always been very vulnerable due to his size. Ingo, on the other hand, comes from a family of strong and oftentimes ruthless police dogs.

Ingo is very protective over the year-old owlet, and their bond is as strong off-camera as it appears in Tanja’s photographs.

“They respect each other and they can read each other.”



Photos: Tanja Brandt


Even though Ingo is physically stronger and protective over him, it is clear that the Poldi also takes care of his canine companion. Their friendship is ultimately mutual – they love and care for one another – and this is clear in Brandt’s photographs.

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