Hello friends, and friends that I haven’t yet met. I wanted to share my story with you, a little piece of my journey that will hopefully help dogs like me.
Like many dogs that experience anxiety, my life was once ruled by fear. My human called it my sixth sense; I called it “the scaries.” Big sky changes triggered it. I could’t help it, and I felt out of control. Blue, clear skies, sunshine… and I’m a wreck because all I feel is fear for what’s to come: a sky crash with bright zaps and what feels like the End of the World! And don’t get me started on the Fourth of July and New Year’s Eve. All the booming and flashing sent me into a tailspin. Definitely not zen.
I wanted to be the Best Friend to my Human that I could be (and usually was), but during these storms, and on holidays that we were supposed to be having fun, I would hide and cry for hours instead. My human would sit with me sometimes. That helped, but I felt sad that he felt sad for me. All I wanted to do was be a cool, chill companion for better or worse (weather).
One day that all changed. My human brought home a ZenCrate. When he saw me getting anxious, he told me to try it. I went inside and listened to the soothing music. I didn’t notice all the loud noises anymore and the scaries slowly faded away. Inside, I felt like a mossy green rock in a stream: peaceful and still, content to let the universe flow over me.
While the ZenCrate helped, I realized then that zen was a state of being. Today I’m a different dog, and so is my human. ZenCrate taught me how to treat my scaries on my own. I am the Master of my fear and joy. I can pick security and fun over fear. I can be a rock in the stream. I now know that no one is in charge of my happiness, but me. And sometimes my human.
Now I want to dedicate my spare time to sharing what I’ve learned. You too can achieve inner peace and become the zen dog you’ve always wanted to be. I’ll be sharing some of my favorite #Zenisms and would love to hear from you along the way. And if the scaries creep up on you, just remember…no one is perfect, and we’re all on this journey together.
Don’t cry over the past, it’s gone. Don’t stress about the future, it hasn’t arrived. Live in the present and make it beautiful.
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