Special note: Names have been changed for the humans and the dog in this post for privacy.
A couple of my friends from India wrote to ask for help. Their doggie seems low energy and depressed. He doesn't appear to be doing well and they worry for his health. They have been in a lockdown in their apartment for over a week because neighbors have tested positive for the coronavirus. They cannot step outside even to walk their doggie Levi.
Dear Deena, and Jane,
Levi tells me he is not peeing and pooping enough because of the restrictions of going out. He does not feel good about going in the house (He feels like he is a "bad boy") I let him know you do not think of him as a bad boy and you want him to now go in the house because that is the only available option at this time.
Levi says your concern over him paired with his feeling like a "bad boy" has him thinking you are upset with him. He doesn't want to go in the house and feels bad about it so he is holding back and only peeing and pooping when he absolutely cannot hold it any longer. This activity of holding his pee and poop is causing him to not feel well.
Levi suggests you shift your worry over him and instead encourage him to move around as much as possible in the house as it will stimulate his need to pee and poop. He says he feels bored and he also is a little low because of not being able to go out. He says it would be helpful if you two move around in the home as well. For instance if possible you could play some fun music and dance around and encourage him to join you. It doesn't seem like he is drinking enough water either. (He says he isn't.)
Another thing he says will help him is to be massaged and groomed as this will stimulate his digestion and circulation. Giving a warm bath if possible or just wiping him off with a warm rag can be helpful even though he says he prefers not to be bathed. He feels good afterwards.
Your concern has him concerned. He says being creative with activities you can do there in the home together, even if it is just an activity the human family members do is helpful. You are worried about him and he is worried about you and worried about you worrying about him.
Levi generally thinks of himself as being in charge of the household and he believes he can powerfully influence each of you in the direction he wishes for your wellbeing and happiness. He is feeling ineffective right now like he is not fulfilling his purpose, like he has lost his power to influence you well. What can you do to honor what he wishes for you to explore or develop within yourselves which has him feeling satisfied and delighted in influencing you well? He says you know the answer. He is also giving me some additional ideas for you to consider. How about writing a children's book sharing the love and wisdom of Levi? You could write the words to the book and also do the art. He also loves the idea of you writing some songs inspired by him. This may be fun to write the lyrics and come up with some fun tunes to go with them. Knowing how to write music is not necessary do the best you can and also look for resources on line as well. He also likes the idea of you exploring learning a new language. (I have been learning Japanese with Duolingo. It is a fun and free way to learn a language.) Is there a language you have been wanting to learn?
Levi would LOVE for each of you to talk with him more and to develop your animal communication. He says each of you could talk with him and ask him to tell you a story. Write the story. Also he loves the idea of you asking him questions about life, what's going on in the world and about living. He is very wise and eager to share his advice and his wisdom. In addition he would like it if you would ask him the basic questions you ask each other each day and living together as a family. He also says you could make some videos sharing your animal communication adventures, ie conversations with him and other animals you have talked with. He says this is a great time to explore and express your creativity and also to catch up on rest. All of these things will help him as he will feel he is fulfilling his mission in influencing you well.
Sending you lots of love!
Here's Deena's reply:
That is just amazing
Thank you for talking with him
He has so much to tell us and such wise advice
Will definitely start doing all the activities he wants us to do
Thank you thank you thank you
Love the blog
You are welcome Deena, Thank you for sharing your precious boy!
Here's Jane's reply:
Thank you so much for talking to Levi and writing this blog!
We will definitely work on the things he has mentioned
We appreciate it a lot!!!
You are welcome Jane! Sending lots of love your way!