Henry the Basset Hound loved to bark. He thought his job was to let the whole street know he was on guard duty and he happily ruffed away every second he was outside. The neighbours were unhappy. Martha, Henry’s caregiver, called and asked me to visit. As I usually do before talking in person with an animal, I meditated with Henry. When I asked him about his barking, he told me how happy he was to do so in order to protect Martha and their home. My sense was that Henry was not going to willingly give up barking without some incentive.
During my visit, when Henry heard that Martha wanted him to stop barking, he made it clear that he was unwilling to compromise his guard duty. Eventually, Henry—who really wanted to please Martha—agreed to only bark when someone walked down the street at the front of their yard. Further, Henry agreed to ignore commotions in the back alley and at the side of the house.
But he was totally unmoving about the front of the yard for he said his barking at each passerby was how everyone knew he was there, guarding and protecting the yard, the house and his beloved human.
Martha had been seriously considering buying a device that hung on Henry’s neck and emitted a spray to scare him every time he barked. Henry knew this because she had been warning him about it. Martha told Henry she wouldn’t get that device if he kept his word. Henry agreed to curtail his barking. The neighbours were immensely cheered. They, along with Martha, learned to live with a dog who was more selective about his barking.
Camille is an animal intuitive. She has communicated telepathically with pets and other animals to determine the causes of problem behaviour and emotional distress. Blue Wolf Speaks by Camille, 204-779-8995, Website, Email.