It all started with my desire to give a special Christmas gift to my niece and nephew, who are two and four respectively. I saw the ad for the Hallmark recording storybook "The Night Before Christmas" and instantly knew this was a great idea. Due to circumstances I had been unable to travel to visit them in person. Aunt Rose was simply a voice on the phone or perhaps a photograph. But with the storybook their Aunt Rose could read them her much loved Christmas classic from 1823 at bedtime, and perhaps they could have wonderful dreams filled with promises of Santa's visit on Christmas Eve.
Recently, I returned from leading the very first A Walk on the Wild Side at Spirit Owl Ranch (many stories to tell, of course!).
Prior to leading the event, I had the opportunity to camp out in the orchard, which was a lovely setting—thank you, Charolette Anderson and Family!
Buffalo wanted to be present for the event, and the only place large enough to accommodate the hide of an adult male buffalo was the Pavilion I was staying in.
So Buffalo and I spent a few special nights in a very large and ornate canvas tent that made me feel like King Arthur and his knights would be showing up shortly.
And it wasn’t just the nights, greeting the dawn was also a VERY special experience. In front of us was the 100-year-old barn where most of the horses were still sleeping, plus the young Barn Owl, who was just going to sleep after a very busy night receiving food and visits from his parents. To our right was stallion Cowboy’s pasture.
One particularly early morning, I woke up with the birds, and together we greeted the dawn. Cowboy was still sleeping, as were the chickens.
The beauty and passion of the songs of the birds made me feel I was part of something sacred. It is memory I will always treasure, and one I wanted to share in video Dawn Chorus at Spirit Owl Ranch.
And I also made a video of what happened afterward, when I decided to stake out the coop to create The Chickens Greet the Day. Apparently, some of them were planning a dramatic entrance!
After the event, when I returned home, I had to take special care of Buffalo. Even though we had a tarp for the floor of the Pavilion, his hide was slightly damp. In addition, I discovered that many small spiders liked him, too.
I had to lay Buffalo out in my back yard to dry in the sun. I gave all the spiders strict instructions that they had to relocate off of him into the garden as I would be bringing the vacuum cleaner for a nice tidy before bringing Buffalo back in the house. When I returned an hour later, I noticed that all the spider hitchhikers had thankfully moved on.
After some grooming via modern appliance, I was able to bring Buffalo into the house and lay him out on my living room floor so that he could fully dry over the next few days.
This turned out to be a cause for rejoicing for my cat Night Sky, who I frequently found buried up to his eyeballs in Buffalo’s dense fur. He used the neck ridge as a kind of furry backrest. I don’t blame him, many folks over the years have found Buffalo to have a strong connection to the Earth, and he is marvelous for shamanic journeying (which he loves).
I’m sure Night Sky has had some interesting dreams given how much spiritual energy Buffalo has. I really don’t want to roll Buffalo up and put him away myself, but he is difficult to keep safe from kitty litter and the occasional cat hair ball accident.
Ah, the challenges of balancing ancient allies with modern technology and cats…
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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.