It has been a little over a year since Manitou first appeared in my back yard as a starving cat in mid-November. My small cat family and I have celebrated one Christmas with Manitou already, but I feel as though this will be his first real one with us. When he joined my household he was suffering from what I would call PTSD from abuse and abandonment issues, and he needed a lot of healing and understanding.
I have just returned from an incredible 10 days in ceremonies with the animals and the people at Yellowstone National Park and for annual event A Walk on the Wild Side at Earthfire Institute.
However, two weeks before my departure, I had to say good-bye to senior cat Sand, my beautiful companion for many years. With all I had to do to get ready, there was unfortunately no time to get a newsletter or blog post out, and honestly my heart was simply not up to it. Sand was the last of a very special group of cats, and I miss her sweetness, sense of humor and playfulness deeply.
The following is the announcement that I did manage to post on my Wild Reiki and Shamanic Healing Facebook page on September 15:
“In accordance with her wishes, my much loved senior cat Sand was set free from her body yesterday. We had a very good life and last two days together.
“I will write a blog post celebrating her life, but for now I offer video Sand’s Day Out (below). It was filmed last year before Night Sky came into our lives, but it accurately expresses her joy in her brief, monitored garden visits (brief because she was adventurous and used her partial deafness to conveniently ignore my herding efforts).
“The jerking movements that you see Sand’s body make while she is near the fountain are auditory seizures, which she began to have almost two years ago. With alternating energy work (Reiki/shamanic/acupuncture), craniosacral and daily CBD oil, and carefully monitored sound activity in the house, we were able to keep things under relative control.
“This week her seizures progressed to a different, harsher more frightening level, and the seizures were only going to get worse, which is why she asked to be set free.
“She enjoyed three visits to the garden yesterday, and I made sure the fountain was turned off.
“Her last visit was just before the vet arrived, and this time she simply sat for a few moments on the brick step saying good-bye, and then headed back in.
“I miss her deeply, but she made it very clear that this was the right decision for her.
“Thank you, Polly Klein of Tonglen Healing Arts, Dr. Lena McCullough of Kingdom of Basil and Dr. McAfee of Peaceful Pet Transitions for all the support that you offered Sand, I am deeply grateful. We could not have made this journey without you.”
The photo above was taken last year during one of Sand’s garden outings. She always enjoyed smelling the flowers. I am so glad she is now free of a body that no longer served her. And I am grateful that she is happy in spirit since she told me so when she left. Knowing that makes the inevitable grieving process a little bit easier.
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A WILD WAY TO HEAL
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.