Time For Our Pet’s Transition to Rainbow Bridge

Rainbow Bridge

Why must they go so soon to rainbow bridge?  No matter their age, it is always to soon for them to go.

Unconditional Love Lessons

They come bounding in the door as a puppy with more energy than we could imagine.   Your pets play hard, they love deeply and are loved deeply in return.  They weave their love into our daily routines.   They teach us what unconditional love is all about.


Many are eager for their daily walk or that occasional car ride.  All are eager to see their humans return home after being away, even if only for a few hours.  Many pets are included in family vacations while others get to go to “camp” or have a sitter come stay with them.  They are our 4-legged children.

Some are companions to children however most are a therapy dog/cat to someone in the home.  Some actually do therapy work outside of the home, visiting humans that are nearing their time for rainbow bridge themselves.  Others they visit are recovering in the hospital before returning home.

Rescue pets can sometimes arrive with so much baggage it takes weeks or months for them to open up their hearts again and trust.  What a  joy it is to see them learning to trust, eager to play with others and discovering what love is.  Their bond to us is unique and special.

They Welcome Us Home

Our pets don’t ask much of us however they give much in return.  I just can’t imagine my home being without a dog to greet me when I come home.  Often times, especially during the cooler months, my dogs go with me to run errands, which we all enjoy.  They get me out for that morning walk, even on cold mornings.

Understanding What They Need

As difficult as it is for them to pass there is some peace in knowing some are able to pass on their own.  For the others it puts the humans in a place of having to make a decision.  A decision that often comes with struggles.  How soon is soon enough?  There isn’t an exact answer to that question.  Some pets can decline slowly where others will decline overnight causing you to make a decisions.  Some animals don’t want you to know because we humans can get really attached to an exact timeframe, instead of enjoying each day.

Sometimes people are upset that their animal passed when they were at work, asleep or left the room briefly.  It is important to understand some animals want to pass alone and will find the opportunity they need.   Others don’t want to be alone.

Letting Them Go To Rainbow Bridge

How can you prepare them for their journey to rainbow bridge?  I have helped prepare many of them by explaining when and what will happen.  Some animals have concerns and once they have been explained of the process they relax.  When the pet’s relax so do their humans.

No matter how prepared we humans are there is an emotional moment when it is time for them to begin their journey to rainbow bridge.  We aren’t sad for them, we are sad for ourselves to be without them.  They will be fine and most of them are aware of that when it is their time to go.

It is important for their spirit that we let them go, instead of holding on emotionally to keeping them here.  They have a window of opportunity to enter rainbow bridge after they pass and holding on emotionally can keep them on this side to long.  It helps to remember they are okay.  They have spirits that immediately begin to work with them so they are never alone.

The Emptiness That Follows

There is no right or wrong way to deal with the days and weeks that follow as you adjust to the lack of physical presence of your beloved pet that has passed.

For some with only the one pet, will need to go out and get another pet right away.  They aren’t trying to “replace” the one that went to rainbow bridge, they are trying to fill a need to have a companion. It is human nature to be with others and animals fill part of that need for us.  Another person may get a younger pet when they have an older pet.  This gives time for the younger pet to become well-adjusted before the older one goes to rainbow bridge.  Then you have those that need time before they get another pet.  It is all about what works for you.   Stay focused on what it is you need and avoid letting others trying to influence you to do something different.

What’s It Like For The Animals Left Behind?

A cat may not miss another cat when they pass however misses a dog that passes.  Animals have a connection, a relationship, with each other and it depends on the relationship as to how they react.   No matter the relationships there is an adjusting period for everyone.  Animals are sensitive to the energy of others and feel the energy change in the home when one passes.   Think of it as empty space in the air.  To them it is as noticeable as if you had a cool draft coming from an opened door that you would feel in certain areas of the room.

Time, patience and cherish the good memories helps with the grieving process.

If you need help preparing a pet to cross over rainbow bridge or want to check on your pets that have crossed  you can contact me at trish@animalsage.com or visit my website (www.animalsage.com)

Have Faith and Believe In Yourself

Have Faith and Believe in Yourself

Does your life seems to flow so fast some days you can barely keep up?

Do you find it a challenge believing you are making the best choices for you?

You aren’t alone so let’s look at some ways to help you to have faith in yourself.

When Others Don’t Believe in You

Life offers us opportunities to make  important decisions.  Even after much thought you still aren’t 100% sure of what would be best for you.  You share your thoughts with a friend and they make comments that give you more doubts.  After the conversation you felt your friend didn’t hear you or understand you.  You feel you helpless, confused and unsure what to do.

Getting Grounded and Restoring Your Faith In Yourself

Find a place when you can be away from the conversations of others.  Taking a walk outside in nature can be a quick way to ground yourself and boost your faith.  Or put on your headset and listen to some calming instrumental music.

Remember your friend is offering advise from where they are in their life and through their own life experiences.  What they experienced most likely will be very different from what you will experience. They do care about you and want the best for you (and them).

Believe You Have the Answer Deep Inside of You

Keep in mind the key factors in what you want.  Is it a new job across town or is to relocating to another city?  Is it ending a relationship or taking the next step in a current relationship?  Maybe you are considering going back to school?

  • Only you can decide what is “right” for you.
  • Yes, having a friend to bounce things off can be helpful.
  • Listen to what others you have to say.
  • Take each of their suggestions and see how they feel to you.
  • Evaluate your emotions.
  • Where does the fear come from?
  • Do you feel someone is pressuring or manipulating you?
  • What other negative emotions come up? Why?
  • Never make a decision from a place of fear – NEVER!!!

Have Faith Your Goals Are Achievable

When you keep your goals in focus it is easier to make decisions along the way to achieve them.

Your goals may not always be understood by others and any feedback they may give reflect this.   Don’t let this discourage you.

If you feel forced to make a decision to quick take a step back.  Take some time to distance yourself so you can think without the pressure.  Then ask what is this pressure about and why is it there?

You don’t have to know all the steps that will get you there.  You do need to focus on the first step you need to take, which often is making a decision.

This is your life, believe in yourself and what feels best for you.


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Your Animal’s Purpose In Your Life

Your Animal’s Purpose In Your Life

What is your animal’s purpose in your life?

Why did your animal come into your life at this time?




Your Animal’s Purpose Has A Connection With You

You may feel your animal came into your life because they needed you to help them.  If you adopted a rescue animal that is most likely very true.

If you adopted a dog from a breeder you most likely had a reason for making that choice.  Maybe you were going to train your dog for one of the many sports humans share with their dogs.  Maybe you wanted a companion and a certain breed resonated with you and your lifestyle.

No matter how or where your dog or cat came from there was a connection, a need to have them in your life.

At different stages in your life you will have a different attractions based upon what is going on in your life.

As you looked into their eyes there was a silent communication between you and that animal’s spirit that dwells within.  There needs to be that spirit connection before the two of you accept each other fully.  It isn’t something you can force, it has to be natural.




What Is The Connection Of The Animal Purpose and the Human’s?


  • Did you need companionship to get you up and moving in life?
  • Did you have a desire to learn how train them for something special?
  • What was going on in your life that needed a distraction?
  • Were you in need of having someone at home waiting on you when you returned from work or other activities?
  • Maybe you adopted an animal in your life that taught you patience.
  • Maybe they reminded you how important it is to love someone.
  • For some having a dog helps them to feel more secure at home and on walks.

There are many reasons for a connection that aren’t as obvious as the things above.  For me I had several young dogs that took me on the journey of learning more natural healing techniques.  What I learned from them changed my life in many ways.

I was fortunate enough to experience life with Rex and he is the main character in a book I wrote “Through Rex’s Eyes”.  It reveals his challenges in life and also his strengths.  He revealed many times what his purpose in life was and through his own challenges he continued to stay on his life’s path.  His life was such a great example of how human’s and animal’s purposes have a strong spirit connection.

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Restoring Self Worth

Restoring Self Worth


Restoring self worth is something others can help you do however it is important for you to learn how to protect your own self worth.

  • Do you feel your self worth has been trampled on?
  • Often times it is those we love and trust that do the most damage.
  • What can you do in restoring your self worth when it gets pounded?
  • How do you protect yourself from repeated occurrences?


Restoring Self Worth

Stop believing the negative things others have said about you.  People will use harmful words to deliberately take away your power.  They need your power to feel better about themselves.

Stop telling yourself you are unworthy because this is self sabotaging.  If you believe you are unworthy how do you expect others to believe you are worthy?

Take time everyday to reflect on your day and the good things you achieved.  Tell yourself how proud you are of those achievements.

Learn to give yourself credit for making good decisions is a big step in restoring your self worth.

Believe in yourself.  If you don’t how can you expect others to believe in you?

Treat others kindly throughout the day. When you are kind to others you also boost yourself with positive energy.

You are setting your own standards of how you want to be treated when you are kind to others.   You are restoring self worth in people when you are kind to them.

Look yourself in the mirror at least 3 times a day and tell yourself how much you love YOU.  This is also a good time to compliment yourself for the good things you have done throughout the day.

Daily Practices Are Important in Restoring Self Worth

  1. Always give yourself credit for something positive you have done.  You don’t need to allow your ego to take over to give yourself praise.
  2. Stop the negative mind talk about yourself.
  3. Remind yourself when others are critical of you they are coming from a place of being insecure and need your energy to feel good.
  4. Pay it forward by restoring self worth of others, it will also benefit you.

When Self Worth Is Taken Away

Your Damaged Self Worth Can Be Repaired

With the time it takes to snap your fingers your self worth can be taken away.

A child that is called stupid will begin to withdraw from the group.  It wouldn’t be uncommon to see them with a sad expression on their face or in tears.


As an adult you may not react as a child might however the hurt can be just as deep.

Criticizing remark coming from someone you respect it may hurt more than from a total stranger.

The more someone criticizes you the faster your self worth weakens

When I Became Aware Of My Self Worth Was In Crisis

Many years ago I had my self worth stolen by someone I loved.  Little by little I was questioned about many of my choices.  It began slowly and after a few months of being criticized from little daily things it was expanded to what my dreams and interest were.

I felt alone, unworthy and not sure what to do.   To add to my loneliness we had recently moved from another state.  I had made some friends however they hadn’t become friendship status.

I didn’t like feeling alone or being unworthy so I slowly closed myself off to feel protected.  It was difficult to disconnect from the one person in my life I had always felt would be my best friend.  I had always expected we would be able to share our dreams, concerns, joys with each other.  It took time before I realized I was living a life far from what I had believed I would have and I began looking for a solution.

Have you had an experience like that?

This set my journey in motion without my knowing it and the things I were about to learn and experience would change my life forever.

There are solutions … stay tune for the next blog.