This summer I had a personal experience involving poisoned water that caused me to be much more aware and grateful for the blessings of water every single day. There were times that I had no running water (and that was not fun), but the absolute worst was when the water became highly toxic and vile tasting due to chemical leaching. I could not assuage my own thirst, that of my animals, or indoor or outdoor plants using water from the tap. We existed on bottled drinking water for weeks until the water could be tested and declared safe. So when the protests camps at Standing Rock began coming to my attention I was personally in support of the mission of the water protectors, for in protecting water we protect All Our Relations (which includes us).
May 7, 2019
Sat on the front steps and handed out breakfast in the form of mixed nuts to three squirrels and crow Rogue. It was a little bit of a circus with two squirrels to my right, and the third vying with crow Rogue for every nut I tossed his way.
Rogue likes to gather up the nuts and fly them over to HIS birdbath. He prefers to sip and dip while he eats them. Every night I have to clean the birdbath for his personal use the following day—otherwise he can’t have his morning bath before breakfast. Cats aren’t the only ones who have staff!
May 8, 2019
This morning crow Rogue started tap dancing on the rain gutters, alternating between the front and back doors. It is a very loud sound, and when he discovered that I was paying attention, he leaned over the edge of the gutter—trying to peer down into the catio—which made my cat Manitou crazy. There was a whole lot of cat trash talking directed at Rogue for his little stunt (kitty swear words were included).
All of this was happening because Rogue knew that I was preparing breakfast for the cats, and was impatient for his. When I finally stepped outside the front door with the nut container, I was greeted by FOUR squirrels and Rogue.
With so many squirrels it was even harder to make sure that Rogue got some nuts. He’s pretty assertive, but no fool. He moves away quickly when a squirrel challenges him for possession.
Today the squirrels were also much less shy about coming up onto the porch where I was standing. I had a sprinkling of nuts off to my right, and they came within a foot of me. However, I had to watch my bare toes, apparently when they peep out below the hem of my jeans they look a little like a row of cashews. Whenever I saw a squirrel “lock in” on my toes all I had to do was wiggle them and they backed off.
Serving my wildlife neighbors is never boring!
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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.