Animal Messages

Interview with
Rose De Dan,
Lilou's Juicy Living Tour

The Pachamama Stakes: Race for the Earth

Tales from A Walk on the Wild Side and Windwalker's Message

What is Reiki? Audio

Reiki Master Rose De Dan answers your questions about Reiki benefits for animals & people.

Two Dogs

A story of animal communication and compassion



“Love of animals is a universal impulse, a common ground on which all of us may meet. By loving and understanding animals, perhaps we as humans shall come to understand each other.” — Dr. Louis J. Camuti, vet and author of All My patients are Under the Bed

It’s Their Country, Too

Sassy the Cat ©2008 Rose De Dan www.reikishamanic.comOur national holiday, Independence Day or the 4th of July, is usually considered a day of fun with family and friends. We celebrate by having parades and gathering with family and friends to share food and companionship. Sometimes our fun includes firing off fireworks, the louder the better.

I’d like to take a moment to point out that not everyone enjoys fireworks, legal or illegal (which they are where I live, King County, Seattle). Many dogs and cats experience deep anxiety, fear, even terror at this time of year; an anxiety that their people often share as they watch their loved furry ones suffer. Gracie, the cat who lived across the street from me, actually approached me one year, the day after the 4th of July, seeking Reiki for emotional healing and to share her feelings. She did not just tell me how she felt, she let me feel her fear and desire to hide. She did not understand why her safe and quiet neighborhood suddenly turned into a terrifying place to be, with no hiding place far enough away from the noise and vibration—there was no escape.

Domestic animals are not the only ones affected, wildlife feels the same way. Jacquie Lawson has a stunningly gorgeous e-card entitled “E Pluribus Unum” (translated from Latin: Out of One, Many) that reminded me of the great beauty that is America and that it is the wilderness and the wildlife that help make it so. Wildlife that deserves our protection not only in great tracts of land far from our cities, but also within our urban landscapes. We should rejoice in the animals that have been able to survive among us and celebrate our independence with a care for them and for our environment.

If you can’t entirely bring yourself to do away with fireworks completely, a very American tradition, perhaps you could tone them down. When I was a child fireworks were illegal in my home state of New Jersey (I think they are still), so my grandmother and aunt would supply us with slender wands called sparklers that when lit could be waved around illuminating the dark with miniature fountains of colored streaks of light. My sisters and I looked forward to this once-a-year event eagerly; family memories do not have to involve loud explosions, they can be made up of smaller experiences that become a tradition, year after year.

However you choose to celebrate the 4th of July this year, please remember that you share your neighborhood and homes with other species. Have a care for them, and have a safe, and fun 4th of July.


Wondering if a session could benefit your animal companion? A complimentary 15-minute assessment can help. Visit our Sessions page for more information, or send an email if you would like to discuss the possibilities.


You are welcome to share this article with others by email, on your blog or to your mailing list so long as you leave it intact and do not alter it in any way. All links must remain in the article. And, you must include the copyright notice and the bio.

©2008 Rose De Dan. All Rights Reserved.

Think Outside the Cage

About Wild Reiki and Shamanic Healing:

In private practice since 1996, Rose De Dan, Wild Reiki and Shamanic Healing, is a mesa carrier in the Peruvian shamanic tradition, animal communicator, Reiki Master Teacher, author and artist. As an animal shaman she views her mission as one of building bridges between people and animals through healing sessions, classes, ceremonies and events such as A Walk on the Wild Side: Answering the Call of the Wild.

Rose’s book Tails of a Healer: Animals, Reiki and Shamanism features heartwarming stories about animals and their role in her evolution as an energy worker and shamanic healer.

To receive notice of future articles and events, sign up for our newsletter.

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook!

6 comments to It’s Their Country, Too

  • Aly Green

    In our community we were cancelled by storms, so our animals had to endure a scarey storm. Not to worry, I gave each a dose of rescue remedy and a reiki touching. My chihuahua snuggled down next to me in bed and was content. But my poor husky mix; Sheba couldn’t stop quivering each time a noise burst through the air.
    So tonight will be the fireworks! I live in a rural community which means that people will do whatever they please without regard to others…who will stop them? The care stops at the next pleasurable adventure for the humans.

    If anyone else finds their pets being disturbed, try some Rescue Remedy-Bach flower essence.

  • Hi Aly, thanks for your comments, I agree, both Rescue Remedy and Reiki work very well for such traumatic circumstances as fireworks or thunderstorms.

    Another remedy that is helpful and that can be started at any time of year to clear old issues around such fears is the Vi Miere crystal essence mist “Panic Relief” which you can find on my website at: It does not contain alcohol, and can be sprayed above the animal or person, gently dispersing stuck energy in the energy field.

    I hope that you and your animals have a calm post 4th.

    Best wishes,

  • I agree with you. I personally like fireworks and enjoy watching them. However, this year was a little bit different as my one year old was quite terrified by the noise from it all. I must be getting older and no longer want to hear things blowing up. Or perhaps it’s the fatherly instinct in me!

  • fireworks still illegal in New Jersey although the neighborhood is often noisy for the few days surrounding the fourth of July and new years. This year, I was so pleasantly surprised that the revelers all appeared to be out of town! Not a peep from the locals. We had company on the 4th and while our town does not have a show, neighboring towns do and with the cloud cover, we could hear it. My dog did really well, especially since one of our guests is a T-Touch Practitioner – and T-Touched my dog until the last of the finale was over. The good effects of the treatment carried over to the next day when my dog was able to hold it together through some minor rumblings of thunder.

  • […] been five years since I first wrote It’s Their Country, Too on behalf of neighbor cat Gracie, but its message is timeless. Please take a moment during this […]

  • […] been five years since I first wrote It’s Their Country, Too on behalf of neighbor cat Gracie, but its message is timeless. Please take a moment during this […]

Leave a Reply




You can use these HTML tags

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>