How Animals Help Us Live In The Moment

The company of animals certainly seems to have a healing effect in many of our lives. This is probably partly due to the fact that they don’t judge us in the same way fellow humans do. They may get annoyed with us if we stroke them the wrong way, but they’ll never judge us for our flaws. A cat or a dog will never reject us because we eat too much, have credit card debts, or don’t call our mothers as often as we should. It’s not unusual to see dogs sitting beside homeless people on the street. Our animals love us, even if we don’t love ourselves. In many cases, they embody mindfulness; they are non-judgementally present in the moment. When an animal is sitting with us, they aren’t busy thinking about yesterday or tomorrow. They are simply there. This is probably why they have such a special place in many of our lives

Our Pets

In our busy lives it can be all too easy to take our pets for granted. However, if we can make the time, our pets can provide us with great ways to practice mindfulness.

Next time you’re with your pet, why not take a few moments to really notice everything about them. When you stroke them, pay close attention to how their fur or feathers feel beneath your hand. Maybe even imagine that it’s the first time you’ve ever felt them, and see what difference it makes to your experience of them.

Notice their appearance, taking in every whisker, every feather or patch of coloured fur, every paw and claw. Watch how they’re breathing. Listen to their heart beat if you’re snuggled up with them. Perhaps most importantly of all, cultivate a sense of gratitude for having them in your life. Remember all the difficult or painful times that you’ve been through, and how your pet has been there with you through it all. Let that gratitude fill you from top to toe.

Animals and Meditation

One of the great things about animals is that they don’t care about our plans. They have a habit of interrupting those streams of thought that we feel are very important. Although this may at first seem like a negative thing, it can actually help us become unstuck from living in our mental chatter by bringing us back to reality. For this reason, animals can help us in our formal meditation practice.

Have you ever been meditating, and then heard a dog barking in the distance, or had your cat try climbing on you for a cuddle? Far from being distractions from our meditation, they can enhance it. Meditation is not about escaping from the present moment, but about embracing it. While we’re taking our meditation very seriously, animals are just living their lives. And so that dog barking in the street or that cat determined to have your attention act as anchors to the flow of the present. They are reminders that we are not in control, and that the best way to cope with life is to let go of our pre-conceived ideas of how things should be and join in with the dance of how things really are.

We can do this by noticing our reactions to them. If we feel annoyed about our meditation being interrupted, we can look at why that is. Perhaps it’s because we have an inaccurate idea of what meditation is about. Or perhaps we’re attached to an idea of how we’d like to be. In this way, animals can have a very humbling effect. They can remind us that our meditation practice doesn’t place us in an elevated state above the rest of life, but that in fact our meditating is just like the barking in the street, just one small part of life as a whole.

Animals are indeed great mindfulness teachers, if we take the time to notice them. What mindfulness lessons have you learnt from your pets?

A day in the life of Rescue!

Echo

It all started with this gorgeous boy, hes only a pup, left on a chain outdoors. We were alerted and the owner didn’t want him. Two local ladies contacted us, we took him in and after a visit to the vet hes in a residence. Which we have to cover somehow.

During the day, our lovely helper Mick, slipped in the pound whilst releasing 2 more dogs, and fractured his wrist. Unfortunately for him none of us were very sympathetic, after all we have all given birth so a bottom jab to us is really nothing 🙂 mick

Then a last minute dash to another residence to take a dog who has a sensitive stomach, more quality dog food – an hour and a half round trip.

Three more offers of adoptions to negotiate, an update of the photos of the dogs in the pound album on the facebook page, some promoting of dogs in foster in the hope we find a home and a lengthy discussion of the design for the forthcoming 2017 LCAR Calendar took us into the night

Oh how we laughed with each other, thankfully!

Then comes more dogs abandoned and contacts messaged to match make – SUCCESS, galgosthese young galgos wont be starving, stoned or worse, they will have loving homes, a chance lucky escape for them

 

 

 

 

And to boot 2 MiniPinscher puppies have been returned after a second adoption as the minipinadopter decides she doesnt want them!

We cant say no obviously and its best they come back to us until we hopefully find a final good home for them.

More sharing of posts, a stab at some fundraising and MORE discussions of the calendar – soon to be launched – completes it, so far!

And trying not to worry about the debts! Because their lives mean more.

To donate and help us help them, please go to www.lastchanceanimalrescue.es

Thank you X

Hi from Inez!

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Hi there!

My name is Inez. I’ve been with Last Chance since about 2014 when I offered to help put some collection tins out locally to me.

My husband and I had seen a gorgeous dog, supposedly a retriever, in sept 2013 in the Kill Station. She had 48 more hours until being pts and we just couldn’t leave her.

She had been surrendered by an owner, one of a mating pair and he just wasn’t bothered about them any more. The male had been adopted.

Spirit (top right) came home with us and is the most sweetest good girl, known as Middle child as we hardly know she’s there!

We now have 6 – and I’m proud to call them my 6 pack, the nearest I’ll get to having abs Hahahaa

My main role is with Social Media posting and sharing and updating the posts as well as fundraising.

But oh boy do I have some takes to tell you!

So, keep watching for the ongoing tales of The Life and Times of an Animal Rescuer in Spain!!

Laters taters x