For the love of animals |

For the love of animals

Catherine Zeeb
Vail CO, Colorado
Columnist Cathy Zeeb

“If you talk to the animals, they will talk to you

And you will know each other

If you do not talk to them, you will not know them

And what you do not know, you will fear

What one fears one destroys”

” Chief Dan George

I love animals. I love my animals. I have two old cats and three dogs ranging in age from one to seven years. I can’t imagine my life without them. They make me laugh, cry, are always entertaining and motivate me to get out and walk every day.

Animals have been a huge part of my life as long as I can remember. I have been blessed to live at the beach and now the mountains where there is abundant wildlife. I used to run on the hard morning sand at the beach along with the dolphins cruising just off shore. I now live where I can watch the cattle and horses romp in the field right outside my back door.

Animals have been the focus of folklore and mythology for centuries. They have been used in children’s stories, movies and books. The healing of nature can begin with the respect we give our animal world. Animals communicate with us all the time. How do you know when your dog or cat is hungry? They certainly don’t speak to you, but they do whine or walk over to their bowl or sometimes you can just look at them and know that they’re hungry. This is communication on an energetic level. This is how they talk to us.

Early priest/ess, magicians and Native Americans would wear skins and masks of animals which they believed endowed the wearer with the energy of a specific animal. These rituals were usually performed during the seasons corresponding to the rhythms of a particular animal. To the rational mind, these rituals may seem silly and meaningless. But they are no less powerful today than they were/are to those who perform them.

Animal totems depicting the strength and power of specific animals have been around for a long time as well. One of my more powerful totems is Hawk. I am thrilled for this time of year as everywhere I drive I see hawks flying or sitting in the trees. As a totem, Hawk awakens our vision and inspires us to a creative life purpose. No matter how you feel about the idea of a totem animal, the fact that they exist fascinates those of us who study them.

Our domesticated animals can provide us with the same information. Not only do they let us know when they are hungry or need to go outside, they feel our joy and our sadness. They will actually take on your sadness for you, which may manifest in their own illness or depression. We don’t need to wear their skins to feel their energy; we can see/feel it and respond appropriately.

All animals are tapped into the rhythm of Mother Earth. They don’t question the existence of energy, they just live it. They are filled with unconditional love because they don’t judge, doubt or rampage about the status of their lives or their political system. They express the love that we all have within no matter what their life condition.

We love our animals. We grief their loss as if they were our children. They give us something that we all know we could use more of ” unconditional love. Respect the animal kingdom and watch your own world fill with love for this human race, even with its doubts, judgments and rampages. We can move beyond these ” the animals always have.

Catherine Zeeb holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Metaphysics. She has a private therapy practice in Edwards and teaches Metaphysics at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards. You can visit her website at

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