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Therapy and the Human-Dog Bond

Intimacy and the Human Dog bond Part Two

That experience with Gita and the Beaver Pond has been alive in my mind for a long time. I’ve re-imagined it, and I’ve wondered what made it click. I incorporated it into a story for children and have tried to make it happen again by going into the woods, sitting, focusing, and breathing.

None of that was completely successful, and until yesterday I had just about given up on the idea of recreating that particular semi-mystical experience. I was sitting on an old bench on my patio waiting for Sasha to take care of whatever needed taking care of. Instead of going back into the house, I invited her to sit next to me on the bench.

There is no beaver pond, no pond of any kind, but a few birds were chirping somewhere, and they seemed to capture Sasha’s attention. I decided to try to hear what she was hearing and to listen with the same focus that she had, and all at once, we were sharing an experience of the natural world, unencumbered. by language or the need to do anything at all.

I believe that I know have a better idea of what happened so many years ago by that beaver pond in the woods, and what happened yesterday afternoon as well. The connection that had developed between us, between human and dog was such that I could begin to empathically experience some of what she was experiencing. Not the amazing smell sensitivity, but the equally amazing focus, attentiveness, and being-in-the-here-and-now-ness. The connection with Sasha opened up my mind and soul to an almost forgotten experience.

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