My Stubborn Dog Tuukka

baddog-300x200The fall my family rescued a beautiful dog named Tuukka is a fall I wasn’t planning on. Our friend posted that the dog she had just rescued was not well-liked by the older dog in the home. Next to the post was a picture of a very long (like VERY long) white dog with two large black spots on her back. My husband and I had been thinking that it might just be time to open our home to another dog – we had lost both of our dogs earlier in the year and it had been three months since we’d heard a bark or a whine.  So, in walks Tuukka. We splurged and did the DNA test on her – to find out that, along with some other breeds, she’s a great pyrenees/beagle mix. What a combination! Both the great pyrenees and the beagle tend to be a bit… stubborn. They like things their own way!

And that stubbornness has certainly made sense when looking at our time with her over the past few months!

Obviously, because of the work I do, I spend a good portion of my life working with animals through animal communication, soul contract mastery and more.

And you would THINK that being an animal communicator would make me an expert on my own dog, right? Hmmm… not where Soul Contracts are concerned!

I love Tuukka. She’s the very best behaved dog in the world during the day when it’s just the two of us hanging out, or when we’re going on her ustuukkaintroual walk, or when the regular people she sees every day are around. The problem is that when you add in any other people (like visitors to the house, the mailman) or you go off-route for the walk, or extraordinary sounds occur, Tuukka gets excited. And know that when I say excited, I mean excited. She can’t concentrate! We can hold a cookie in front of her nose and she won’t notice it because she’s so distracted by whatever it happening somewhere else.

As a result, my husband brought up the idea of getting help with her training. At first, I wouldn’t even consider it. After all, I’m an Animal Communicator. Shouldn’t I be able to train my dog perfectly without assistance? But after a weekend of Tuukka not allowing anyone to leave the yard without barking insanely, I had to give it more thought. And it was my own work connecting deeply with animals that allowed me to finally realize what I already knew to be true.

There is an innate agreement between an animal and a person, in which an animal agrees to assist that person in his/her evolution in some way.

This means, that no matter how “awesome” I am with animals, or dogs, or even with Tuukka, she’s going to do something to challenge me to grow, learn, or accept something.

In this case, she’s pushing me to accept that I can’t control everything. I can’t make my husband and my son do the training exactly right, and I can’t make Tuukka chill out around them or around exciting things – I have to allow everyone to have their own journey with her.

So, I’ve finally come around to accept and embrace the idea that we’re going to be doing some intense professional training with my baby. Not because I am a failure as an animal communicator, but because I am accepting that I STILL have things to learn from the animals!

If you’re having challenges with an animal in your life, I urge you to look at the big picture. What is this animal trying to teach you? About control like my Tuukka? About being the boss of your own life like my Kelso did? About taking a leadership position like my Bella did?

Understanding that connection between you and your animal will help both of you in much the same way that it is helping my husband, son, Tuukka and me!

2 replies
  1. susan ronis
    susan ronis says:

    Do you think it is possible for my dog to develop the same diseases as I have for a reason or purpose? I am treating my own brain cancer naturally and I suspect he has one now due to sudden loss of vision and smell.

    • Danielle MacKinnon
      Danielle MacKinnon says:

      I have seen this happen but usually it happens in the other direction. The animal develops an illness – and then it opens the door for you to discover you have some version of the illness as well. If you DO suspect your dog has brain cancer, no matter what, get him checked out! And remember to keep taking care of yourself throughout the process. Sending you and your dog love & light, Danielle


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