Before we dive in here let's consider... can a pet even have a job?
Yes! Yes he can.
Have you ever seen that show, "Dogs with Jobs"? It's a good example of how wonderful it can be and how fulfilled a dog can feel when he has a job that he does that makes a contribution to his human. A purpose, as it were.
Jobs are not only for dogs. although dogs really love having one - or even more than one. However, it doesn't matter what kind of animal you have as your companion, be it a cat, dog, macaw, guinnea pig, whatever - he or she will enjoy having a job!
Why give your pet a job? I have three good reasons!
1. Giving your animal companion a job reinforces that you respect and acknowledge that he has a purpose to fulfill in his life. That he is not just here to be your 'pet' but also to work with you on your life journey. To serve the greater good for both of you.
2. It presents the opportunity to for you to be able to more deeply appreciate of your pet's contribution to your life which helps to deepen your connection with one another.
3. The job is almost always (better yet always!) supporting you in some way on your own path, facilitating an area of soul growth that your animal is here to help you with. And what a marvelous thing this is!
How do you figure out what the job's going to be?
Your pet will usually show you what kind of a job (aka purpose) that he has come here to do for and with you, is best suited to or has a natural ability for. So watch your pet closely to see what he tends to do regularly and then look at it again through the eyes of appreciation seeing it for the contribution that it is. This part won't be too hard because our animal companions all about helping us and keeping us on our paths and will do what it takes to achieve that goal with and for us.
We would watch as our cat, Jack, checked out the perimeter of our property every single day. And woe betide if a stray cat, squirrel, rodent or even the next door neighbor's cat (who was also Jack's friend to boot!) stepped foot inside the perimeter of our property. Jack would take off like a shot chasing them away to teach them a lesson. One day my husband said "Look at that, Jack is actually protecting the perimeter of our property!" From that day forward, with this new awareness, we acknowledged what he was doing and thanked him for keeping our land safe and sound.
I also recognized that Jack was also helping me on my own path because I have had a hard time setting healthy boundaries with others in my life. I was able to see and deeply appreciated how Jack was showing me how to do just that. No muss. No fuss. Just do it. (even with friends like Jack did with his cat friend.) Awesome teaching for me. Much needed.
Another example? A friend of mine who works from home complained to me a number of times about how her cat kept jumping up on her computer, sprawling all over her keyboard, everyday around 4:00 pm. Made it impossible for her to carry on without a tustle. She found this extremely annoying. I asked her cat what was up. "She works too hard and doesn't know when to stop. If I don't do this she will work way beyond what is healthy for her. This puts her out of balance." was his reply. When I shared this with her, she totally got it, took the hint and began to show him gratitude for the job he was doing for her. She shifted her work day and now stops working at 4 pm. If she doesn't, well... you know what happens.
You get the picture. It is actually less about giving your pet a job and more about seeing into the many ways that your pet is already carrying out his purpose and making a major contribution to your life and then expressing your appreciation to him for that.
Easy peasy, lemony squeezy.
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