A walk with a dog

I have often spoken about how animals help heal our soul. I have a whole chapter dedicated to it in my book. 

After my dog passed, I spent a year questioning if I should get another one or not. If I did a pros and cons list, it came out pretty even. I let it go for a while.

And then the pandemic happened. So many dogs needed help. We looked but I just couldn’t make the plunge.  I did what I often do. I let it go to Spirit, the Universe. In other words, I believe I have a greater self who sees the big picture and knows what’s best for me. If it’s meant to be, the right one would appear. 

As I went about my business, the thoughts of adopting a dog wouldn’t go away. A friend kept posting about her dog on Facebook and I innocently asked if she had a sibling.

The rest is history.

Enter Zelda. 

My immediate thoughts were… what was I thinking? Why didn’t I ask more questions? The amount of fear and anxiety Zelda had depressed me. That’s what I struggle with, I sure didn’t want that from my dog. The plan was to make my dog and me happy with walks and a wonderful home.

Maybe that’s not what I needed. As I’ve often written, we are all mirrors. As I struggled in my own life, by showing her acceptance, patience, understanding, love, I was giving that to myself and healing the fear and anxiety I had.

Being her companion is teaching me patience and true acceptance. Lately I have been focusing on bringing more joy into my life. Well Zelda, with her “zoom” running, cracks me up and brings the laughter I so desperately need. 

She still cannot walk on a leash and, in sadness, one day I decided to draw a Rune.  For me, sometimes drawing a Rune can connect me to my greater self.

So this is how it went down. When I met my husband in 1995 and he was living in Pennsylvania and I was living in Boston, we both drew a Rune and guess what we drew.   

DAGAZ. Which simply states something like “there comes something in your life and if you seize hold, it changes your life forever.”

Yup, that is what I drew for Zelda. There are challenges, for sure, but I’m thinking…she’s my soulmate and we are perfect for each other. 

About the author

Kim Hiles (Dancing Feather) was born in Pennsylvania in the 1960s. Her mother was from Germany and met her father while stationed there. The family moved several times before settling in a town called Millis, Massachusetts.

Kim developed severe anxiety and depression as a child and struggled to find her way. Growing up, Kim was told by her grandmother that she wrote beautiful letters and had a way with words. Later in life, this memory would be a catalyst for sitting down and writing her memoir.

Continuing to say yes to life, Kim talks about her struggles of addiction, anxiety, depression and relationship issues, to name a few. She considers it her life mission to help empower others and uses her memoir as a way to offer guidance in living a more authentic life, following your dreams.

She has overcome much adversity and enjoys walking with others as they find their way. Kim has also co-written a young adult fantasy with her husband Will, called Little Wonders. Their pen name is K.W. Hiles.

Kim is a successful Educator, Social and Emotional Learning Specialist, Behavior Specialist, Mediator (Restorative Practices), 3rd degree Reiki Practitioner, and blogs regularly. In addition Kim offers online classes at Shamanic Passages Institute

Kim is considered highly sensitive and intuitive. Utilizing her gifts, her mission is to channel inspiration and healing and help spread some light. Empowering others to create the life of their dreams is the ultimate goal.

Kim is happily married (21+ years) and lives with her husband, son and their animal companions.

"I had a teacher who told us to go out that week and see how many Mercedes cars we noticed. When I came back I told her I had seen a lot! She asked me if I had seen any junk cars. I told her I didn’t remember seeing any. The next week she reversed it and asked us to go out and see how many junk cars we noticed. Of course we noticed a lot but didn’t remember seeing any Mercedes cars. Where is your focus? Is it on the problem or on the solution and more importantly, where would you like it to be?" -- Kim Hiles


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