How Did a Dog and Mice Lead to Business Success?

As I sit down to write this newsletter, my girl kitty, Minnie, saunters over to me and rubs my leg. I feel she’s encouraging me to share how valuable your pet’s insights are to you and your professional life…

If you’re an animal lover, you already know some of the different ways your pet enhances your life. Additionally, there’s research showing the benefits of having a pet. For example, this article from the Mayo Clinic – “Boost Your Health: The Benefits of Having a Pet” by Denise Millstine, M.D, shares that animals:

  • Protect heart health
  • Slow cognitive decline
  • Improve stress management
  • Reduce loneliness

I have also found that your animal is eager to help you in your business, too!

Let me give you an example from a client and her pup. To honor my commitment to confidentiality, all names are changed.

Jane and her dog, Daisy, have an incredible bond. Yet, there are times Daisy gets under Jane’s skin. Like the time Daisy was chasing after what felt like every single mouse she saw during their walk in the field.

If you’ve ever walked a dog who was relentlessly pulling and lunging after something, you know it’s exhausting and frustrating. It’s also sad and disturbing when you witness what happens to some of the prey.

During Jane’s next “Coaching with Animals” meeting, she asked me to check in with Daisy about the mice. Daisy was quite annoyed with them. She shared that these little creatures were troublesome and creating lots of chaos. Daisy didn’t know what to do about them!

As Jane pondered this, she realized there was a connection between Daisy’s mice chasing and the chaotic thoughts swirling around in her head. As with the mice, these thoughts were never ending and creating lots of stress and overwhelm for Jane.

Daisy also shared things she wanted Jane to do if/when Daisy started chasing the mice again. For example, Daisy wanted Jane to stop and check in with herself to see if she was fully present. If Jane wasn’t, she could take some deep breaths and let go of any swirling thoughts.

On their future walks, Jane noticed when her mind wandered to:

  • what she needed to get done
  • her next post
  • the potential client she needed to get in touch with
  • etc.

Daisy’s mice hunting escalated. When Jane was fully present on the walk, Daisy did not chase any mice. This was wonderful because they both enjoyed their walk and came back refreshed.

So how does this information support Jane in her business?

  1. The time outside being present with her beautiful well-behaved pup allows Jane to return to her desk rejuvenated and ready to move forward.
  2. Jane is more aware when the swirling overwhelm in her brain is starting (or is in full swing!) all the time. Daisy’s simple instruction to stop “the swirl”, are effective at work, too.
  3. Jane realizes how exhausting and paralyzing the constant chaos in her brain was. Now, she can give herself a “real” break when she and Daisy go for a walk. She also is more focused and productive in her quest to build her business. This makes it easier for her to be creative, make decisions and be present for her clients, too.

The animals we share our lives with are such incredible teachers. Often, we don’t pay much attention to their behavior, until it gets out of control. Then, we want it fixed immediately!

I find when the animals feel there is an improvement we need to make, they are determined to get our attention. This may result in the animal getting:

  • very loud (e.g., excessive barking)
  • annoying (e.g., constantly chasing mice) or
  • destructive (e.g., peeing everywhere).

I also find the animals don’t lead with “BIG” actions. They usually start with a small annoyance. Then, if we don’t pay attention, they make the message more urgent. This happened when Daisy was chasing mice for their entire walk.

You may be wondering, why didn’t I, as an animal communicator, just tell Daisy to “stop it!”. I believe all animals are here to help us be the best versions of ourselves. With this said, it’s not my job to tell your animal to do something differently. It’s my job to:

  • discover what the animal is working on with you and
  • provide ways that the two of you can work together to resolve the situation.

This is what Jane and Daisy were able to do. Once Jane understood her chaotic brain needed a rest, then they had enjoyable walks together.

What’s really cool is Jane then took what she learned from Daisy and applied it to her business! Letting go of her chaotic thoughts resulted in Jane forging ahead to make the impact she dreams of in her business!

Helen Kosinski

I'm an ICF credentialed coach and a certified animal communicator. I partner with ever evolving intuitive businesspeople who are on a mission to create a big impact. Before opening my business in 2005, I spent close to 25 years in technology in the financial services industry. Because of my time in corporate, I understand the overwhelm and frustration that keeps businesspeople stuck. I offer my clients unique approaches to gain clarity. This results in dissolving their blocks, getting unstuck and forging ahead to bring their big impact into the world.

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