What Do My Pets Have to Teach Me? by John Cali

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My spirit guides have often said animals are our teachers and healers. Here are some of their thoughts:

Animals, especially dogs and cats, are often your teachers. And your healers too. They have little to learn from you. But you have much to learn from them. One difference between animals and humans is animals are uninhibited. They know who they are. All they want to do is simply be who they are. Nothing more, nothing less.

And so in their naturally uninhibited, unlimited being, they radiate an energy, love, and joy that can touch even the most hardened human hearts. Which is why they, particularly dogs, are often used to comfort sick or injured people.

Pets—and all animals, in fact—have no fear of illness or death. And, more importantly, they have no fear of life. They live fully in the moment. They have no doubts about their worthiness. They know they are God

They immerse themselves in all the pleasures of physical existence. And they do it without hesitation and without guilt. They are fully alive in every moment. Not a bad role model for you to follow.

What greater teacher could you have than one who’s fully connected to God and who loves you unconditionally?

Adapted from Spirit Oracle Cards by John Cali, Frederic Calendini, and Stephanie Quesada (Great Western Publishing, 2013)


Here is a delightful video of an animal teaching us about kindness and love.

Related links:
Heart To Heart
Pets: Our Teachers and Healers
Talking To Animals


What are your experiences with animals as your teachers and healers? Have you seen the animals helping those wounded in the Boston marathon bombings last Monday, April 15? Please share your thoughts and comments with us below.

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12 Responses

  1. Mary

    I heard this before, but I still can’t figure out why when it thunders, they all come cowering to us for safety? They follow us all over and sometimes want us to pick them up even! I’ve never shown fear of it myself, since my daughter was born because I don’t want her to fear it, either (but not sure if she does)…and they’ve done this even before she was born. Why would they be scared if they weren’t afraid of death? Isn’t that really why we’re all scared of something deep down?

    • John Cali

      Why do so many humans fear thunderstorms? Why do we fear anything? Animals, particularly our pets, pick up our vibrations — and, therefore, our fears.

      If our pets were in the wild of their ancestors, they would have no fear. But they are here with us. We have fears. They pick those up and mirror them back to us.

      They’re not afraid of death. They are only tuning in to our fear of death, and mirroring that back to us.

      • Claire

        Exact John, animals are not afraid of the storm, I spent a night with my dog ​​in a tent in the mountains in the storm, we were not afraid, only I held the tent peg very because of strong wind. I listen to the birds during storms, they still sing …
        Seth said that for the animals “state of grace is unconscious, it is protected and they take it for granted, without knowing what it is or what they do, but by talking through their actions and they remain in that wisdom.”
        In fact, they live without memory or anticipation, in the present moment, but with the knowledge of the game of life. Seth also said that the mouse is not afraid to die when a cat plays with it, and that consciousness goes before suffering.

        It is true that in nature, animals have retained this grace, I do not really know what humans are taught them.

        Since I live with animals, I know they capture our emotions … not our thoughts because they do not think like humans. It is amazing to us their psychic abilities, which remind us of our own.

        Some people have understood much about it, like Temple Grandin and Rupert Sheldrake … it is important for human beings in their friendship with all life on Earth …and understanding between human beings! 🙂



        • John Cali

          Thank you, Claire.

          I remember Seth saying that animals don’t suffer when they die because their consciousness has left while their bodies are still alive — even though they may appear to us to be suffering. That was a great comfort to me because, when I was younger, I had a hard time with animal suffering — and human suffering too.

  2. Susan

    A little Terrier-mix came to us a few months before my husband made his transition. He was dancing with cancer and was working hard to make sure I was going to be OK. One of the last evenings he was able to be outside this little scruffy dirty dog came running up the driveway and jumped into his arms as he was making arrangement to have a new roof put on this magical place I live in … literally jumped into his arms. And for the remainder of his linear time in physical, she was by his side unless he was in the hospital. We named her Pearl and she is next to me as I write. The enchanted joy she brings, and the wisdom in her eyes reminds me every day that life in the physical is fun and meant to be savored. All I have to do is take her example and prance around, go for long walks, scratch my back in the grass and take lovely naps. She is one of four enchanted canine Beings that share my home with me and as I play with my husband in the non-physical, my life could not be better. My joy is fierce with the energy of love from my husband and my dogs.
    Thank you John & Spirit

    • John Cali

      Thank you so much, Susan, for sharing your beautifully touching story. Pearl is most certainly an angel in doggie form.

      God bless you all!


  3. Claire

    Hi John,

    I just found this for Boston, it’s a nice initiative :


    and I also saw a picture with a police dog with a bulletproof vest, it’s normal …
    also many dogs help to search for missing persons in earthquakes.

    Right now, my house is invaded by little mice … it’s a difficult problem, I don’t want to kill them and I hide all the food, but they come to eat the seeds of my birds in their aviary.
    I catch them and break outside.
    I feed a stray cat in my garden, perhaps I should ask him for help … provided that he leaves the birds quiet…

    Maybe the mouse tell me in their own way, that my house needs to be tidied up, what I do right now … it’s a bit like my old thoughts, out dust and spring cleaning!

    This video with turtles is a good teaching for us humans 🙂

    • John Cali

      Thanks very much, Claire, for your comments — and the video.

      Have a great weekend!

  4. Jeff

    Hi John,

    I think one of the most important things our pets teach us is the importance of laughter. One night a couple of months ago I was walking my dog. It was one of those rare nights when the moon seemed huge in the sky and was just coming over the treetops. My dog caught a glimpse of it and started barking at it. He knew something was different in the sky and he just wasn’t having any of it! I laughed myself silly. Finally had to take him inside.
    I had always heard the expression “bark at the moon.” I had just never actually witnessed it. Whenever I need to think of something to lighten the mood I just think of that night.


    • John Cali

      Hi Jeff,

      Thanks very much for sharing your delightful story.

      I agree — one of the most important things our pets teach us is the value of laughter. And of having fun.

      I don’t know if it’s the same thing, but here in Wyoming the wolves and coyotes seem to howl more on nights of the full moon.

      Thanks again,

  5. Micki

    Hi John,

    You have won me again with this newsletter… I love animals of all descriptions, and have always had either cats or dogs for as long as I can remember. My cat now, Miss Minny, is my best friend and we are always together especially when we are out in the garden. We talk to each other all the time, and she knows my moods, and if I am sad, or whatever, she is right next to me purring and letting me know all is well. I believe animals are our teachers and if we look and listen we can learn so much.

    Thank you again John, great newsletter.

    Love and hugs,

    • John Cali

      Thanks very much, Micki!

      Like you, I love all animals — all creatures great and small. In fact, when I was much younger, I had a pet tortoise — like the ones in the video. I was amazed at how intelligent and loving they are. This one — Timmy was his name — used to follow me around the house, like a dog. He lived many years.

      Love and hugs,

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