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My Halloween Kiya

My Halloween Kiya

This past Halloween I was able to hand out candy to trick-or-treaters for the first time in many years. I was surprised to discover that what delighted me most was not the kids; it was my 16 year-old cat, Kiya, who is not as spry or fun-loving as she used to be (or so I thought).

She had come into the living room to sit in my lap, something she rarely does any more, and when the knock came at the door she made it clear that she wanted to go, too.

As I picked her up I noticed how light she felt, and how fragile. My self-titled “Princess” was truly getting old, and I felt a surge of affection for her as I realized how many years of history we shared.

Holding Kiya in one arm and the bowl of candy in the other, I opened the door. The two older kids we greeted were delighted to see her; they admired her beauty and petted her gently. Kiya was so happy; she purred the entire time!

And at that moment a forgotten memory surfaced. When she was younger I would dress as a witch to hand out the candy and Kiya would ask to perch on my shoulders while I answered the door. She loved doing it, and so did I.

It was a gift to recall those long ago days and be able to share a moment of that with her once again.

Next year, if Kiya wishes, I’ll carry her to the door every time.


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Rose De Dan, Wild Reiki and Shamanic Healing LLC, is an animal communicator, Reiki Master Teacher, shamanic energy healer, and author. Her classes, sessions and ceremonial work are inspired by wild and domestic animals who have issued a call to action for personal and global healing.

Her 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.

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  1. Hi Rose,

    Always enjoy your e-mails. Loved the story about your ‘Princess’ on Halloween night. She is a lovely kitty. We share our home with 6 cats now. Nokomis the black and white Manx is still with us at 17 years of age. Four of them were drop-offs at the farm. Someone’s loss and certainly our gain. One beauty of a male was a gift from our young grandaughter in order to protect her favorite kitten…from a litter of six…from going to a stranger’s home.

    So you will know….we no longer live at the farm. Steven and his family live there now and we moved into his new home. We are happy and content and watch ducks and geese on the pond instead of bison in the pastures

    Pleased to know that you are following the call of the path that is out there just waiting for you. Enjoy the journey. Know that I think of you often and glad to be able to continue our connection from so many years ago.

    Good thoughts and many hugs, ~ Nancy

    1. Dear Nancy, how lovely to hear from you! Funny, I was just wondering to myself the other day how you were doing. Your granddaughter sounds like a smart cookie who knows her grandmother has a soft spot (-:

      I have many fond memories of your farm and the bison herd. Is Steven going to continue the family tradition, or will he do something else with the land?

      Wait until you hear the stories about Earthfire and the bison. It might interest you to know that the horn from the buffalo named Rose and the bison hide were part of the ceremonies, so Alta Vista was well represented.

      Best wishes,

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