On our walk yesterday evening, I asked Rajah what subjects he would like to talk about for our blog, as we haven’t put a post up in a long time. He said he wanted to talk about Time. Here is the conversation we had today.

J. Is there something you want to say or tell me about time from your perspective?

R. Yes. Humans make it sound like time is something you can have, something solid you can possess and own. They are always saying things like, “I don’t have time” or “if we have enough time we’ll do so and so.”

J. It’s true. I know I say those kind of things a lot.

R. Well, do you know that time doesn’t actually exist? It’s only a thing because humans made it so. Dogs and other animals don’t have time in the same way humans do.

J. But you certainly know when it’s time to eat and go to bed. And you seem to know when I’m doing a session with someone when it gets to the end of the session. When their time on the table in nearly up. Tell me about your experience of the passage of time.

R. It’s something I sense. I can’t look at that thing you look at [a clock] and know what part of the day it is. But I can smell it. Every part of the day (and night) has a slightly different smell and feel to it, so I always know what should be happening.

J. What about during the treatment sessions at work? How do you know when it’s at the end?

R. It’s the same thing, really. The feeling in the room changes.

J. That’s fascinating, Rajah. I can certainly see the light changing throughout the day, and can sometimes tell the approximate time of day, especially if I’m outside, without looking at my phone or a clock. But I don’t think I’d be able to run my day without looking at a clock at all. I like it that you wake up at pretty much the same time every day and wake me up too.

R. It just happens. Animals are in the flow of life. Humans are always trying to make things happen and putting effort into life. For us animals, life just happens. We don’t have to do anything. It’s constantly flowing through us. It’s in us and all around us, moving and shifting. We just get taken along with it. It’s very easy.

J. Thank you, Rajah. Will you give me that experience of how it is to ride along with time?

R. Yes. I’ll take you with me one day.

Here’s a short animal communication conversation I had with my rescue dog, Rajah, this morning about the javelinas that come through our yard on a regular basis, and the squirrels that drop pine nut casings on him as he’s lying on his outdoor bed.

J. Hello Rajah! Do you mind the squirrels dropping stuff on you in the mornings?

R. It’s okay. It’s better I don’t say anything because they have the advantage being above me. They want me to know they are there. They also like the company.

J. Why do you dislike the javelinas so much? Why make such a racket when they come through?

R. They stink! And they’re so noisy and brash! I’m a bit scared of them. I think they would take over my spot [in the yard] if I don’t say anything.

J. Do you want to fight them?

R. Not really. I also want you to know they are out there.

J. Will you promise me you won’t go close to them? They can be dangerous for you.

R. It’s hard for me to make promises as I don’t know if I’d be able to keep them. It’s what I want, but in the moment something else happens. I will try to keep away from them.

J. Can you give me the experience of what it’s like for you when the javelinas come through?

I feel like I’m seeing through Rajah’s eyes and experiencing looking out into our backyard. The javelinas are crashing through the bushes and I feel quite small and surrounded.

J. Oh, I can see how they seem really big and overwhelming to you. Kind of like giants – big and really smelly! You seem to get smaller when you smell them. It’s good that you tell me when you smell or hear them. I think it’s best for you to come inside while they’re out there.

R. Yes, I want to feel safe and I know you’re scared of them too.

J. Thanks for sharing your experience with me.

Rajah on his outdoor bed