Back in 2013, I was contacted to talk to a little cat who was always under the bed, always scared and hiding. Understandably so, the poor baby had to have inhaler medication given to her daily. Cats startle easily anyway, but to have a mask placed over her face while waiting for a button to be pushed and a loud sound and strong mist of medicine directed into her nose with a loud sound “PISHHHHT” – very scary!
Gracie was the shyest little girl you could imagine with such a small scared little voice, she almost spoke in a whisper. She just pulled at my heart. Like so many pets, thinking this was being done “to” her versus to “help” her.
After explaining this to her, that helped, a lot. But it didn’t help as much as I really would have liked it to for her and her mom & dad. Especially since they were the ones that had to do this for her and it was heartbreaking for them seeing her fear about it and her reaction to them.
When I first “met” little shy, scared sweet Gracie under the bed from her mom’s photo…
So what to do, hmmmm? Okay, I thought. Let’s try telling her how brave she really is. How smart she is and that I know she understands this medicine helps her. And that’s what her and I talked about several times – her and how absolutely amazing she is. And you know what? She blossomed into that brave and very understanding girl! Then, as we continued having sessions together, her personality started to emerge even more now that she didn’t have to be afraid. She even allowed a pet sitter to administer the meds to her when her parents were out of town, after we talked together, that she was brave enough to do this. Proudness burst from our hearts for this little BIG brave girl!
After all these years of talking together (I’m grateful to her mom for that), Gracie has become (as well as her mom) a very dear soul in my life and I’m hugely blessed to know them both as well as her lovingly protective brother cat Danny and sweet loving sister doggy Molly.
She even blossomed physically after communication…
Gracie recently crossed over and although I still talk to her and she comes to talk to me (as well as talking to her for her mom and dad); I still tear up. Earth is missing a pure-pure angel here and she’s blessing them in heaven.
I never met her in person since they live in another state than I, but you don’t need to when you meet heart to heart. And she definitely has my heart, Miss Amazing Gracie, I love you.