Jasper …. Tale Of A White Spirit Doggie
At a time when I was weighed down with cares and struggling to see the light side of life I had a lovely opportunity to spend two weeks with a lovely Irish Wolfhound called Jasper. but let me tell you Jasper was no ordinary dog .My time with Jasper was like setting out on this totally unexpected all in ‘boots and all’ magical romp of an adventure with this high vibing white light magical and endearing creature that totally lifted my spirits and helped me remember what it felt like to feel real joy once more .
After just a few days I couldn’t help but feel with Jasper that I was in the presence of this totally cool benign alien almost angelic presence he was a whole other order of beautiful pure clean white light energy and bubbly enthusiasm and joy and such an innocence about him. He was a a very high vibing dog and spending time with him was very much for me an experience of being immersed in a healing and restorative white light .
I couldn’t help but think of Jasper as a starseed doggie . The opportunity to spend time with looking after Jasper was such a joyful and marvellous experience to me it got me thinking about what order of creature he might be .
Shortly after I had said good bye to Jasper, I came across an intriguing book by Zohara Myerhoff Heironimus DHL called ‘White Spirit Animals’ … Prophets of Change which examines in detail the significance of white and albino creatures appearing in the wilds and held up by various indigeneous cultures and ancient cultures as rare sacred totems and heavenly messengers and sacred conduits bringing messages of hope and peace and transitional changes afoot .
To certain North American tribes the White Buffalo is seen as a sacred totem and seen as a harbinger of peace and abundance . In South Africa the Star Lions are seen as gifts of the Sun God Thailand and India White Elephants represent purity and overcoming obstacles with a scared connection to the Elephant Goddesses Lakshmi and Ganeesh .In Egypt the White Peacock is an alchemical symbol representing pure essential light and the pearl of great price enlightenment . There is a whole slate of other wild white beasts white bears white snakes and white wolves that are regarded as sacred totems
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The writer of website ‘whatmyspiritanimal.com suggests a fascination and reverence for a pure white creature appearing in the wilds is fuelled by the recognition that these creatures are rare genetic mutations whose appearance is all the more spectacular because it is much easier to see then against the backdrop of the natural world which might make them an easy target for predators perhaps then in the eyes of the beholder they becomes embued with sacred self protective powers demonstrating its alignment with its Heavenly and sacred origins .
My Easter Sketch of Jasper
The author above mentioned claims that white spirit animals are stewards of the great spiritual transformations that occur during transitional times when we are called to becoming more mindful of preserving and sustaining our natural environment .
Writers on the website whatismyspiritanilmal.com claim that when a white or albino animal makes itself known to you it brings you good news and suggest your encounter with a White Spirit Animal tells you positive and dramatic changes are happening to you and the appearance of the creature may support magical or psychic development .
The writers claim sometimes the appearance of a white animal on your path holds a message for you of higher protection from the angels
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Reading about other cultures and peoples perceptions of white spirit animals got me thinking .These days although many indigenous cultures and cultures living closer to the edges of the wilds than we do may be lucky to spot a white beast in the wilds so many of us are not so lucky and in our cosmopolitan city life styles may never be fortunate enough to see a wild white spirit animal in the wilds .
However surely the wise and benign heavenly beings and Higher power guiding humankinds spiritual evolution recognizing that so many poeple on the planet live very urban lives and many will have very little opportunity to connect to rare sightings white spirit beasts in the wilds and so wanting to bring their message of hope and peace and love and magic and joy and positive transformation a little closer to home for all the city folk wouldn’t it make just common good sense to engage the services of our domestic fur babies and entrust them with the sacred tasks of lifting our spirits ,reminding us about unconditional love and joy and magic that too easily lost sight of in this frenzied and pressured world is also part of our birthright ?
Let me tell you a little more of my adventures with Jasper . I had seen his photo in an ad his owner Susie had posted for a sitter on a housesitting agency I work for and he looked soooo forlorn I had replied to the ad telling Susie I felt I could put a smile on Jaspers Dial but as it turned out hands down it was Jasper who put a smile on mine or maybe we were just what the doctor ordered for each other .
When I was first introduced to Jasper he put his huge paws on my shoulders and proceeded to lick me in a most effusive and well rather over familiar fashion and my initial reaction was hmmm ? OMG What have I let myself in for here ?.The sheer size of him was daunting . He was super shaggy and a little bit scruffy with slightly stained hair around his jaw line .His tousled hair fell endearingly into his soft comical twinkly expressive eyes .We stood together on the verandah leaning over the rails Jasper on his hind legs his paws up on the rails easily as tall as me each other companiably getting to know one another as I patted him and scrunched his ears his owners raced around packing and getting ready for their flight 😊
Taking Jasper for a walk for the first time totally shook me out of my comfort zone. We barrelled along with Jasper tugging and straining at the lead totally seemingly oblivious that there was someone else at the end of it e.g.me. Within the first few blocks old ladies were smiling and me and shaking their heads sympathetically saying “He’s definately taking you for a walk love isn’t he ?” and indeed he was I had to be a bit stern with him and it was a few walks before we fell into a more comfortable pace with each other .
I noticed he had been trained in that at each intersection when we needed to cross the road he would sit and look up at me expectantly as if waiting for me to telling when to cross which was a blessing as at least I didn’t have to worry about him crossing the roads
However in every other aspect he was full on sniffing every bit of available pee mail he could get his nose on , adding his little tinkles to the conversation as he went and proceeding with absolutely no sense of regard for other peoples social and personal boundaries .He would barrel up enthusiastically to every pram and stroller he came to much to the initial alarm of some parents .He would chase every kid on a skateboard ,Sniff the butt and try to make friends with every dog we passed ,cavort into the middle of groups of strangers and couples putting his nose into other peoples business but in such a good natured friendly and enthusiastic and engaging way way people couldn’t help but smile and comment .
. I couldn’t help feel if he was a kid he definitely would have been diagnosed with ADHD he was somewhat hyperactive and into every bodies business .However his gentle affectionate friendly comical nature combined with his huge shaggy presence made him an adorable gentle giant who was a total blast to spend time with .
When I took him to the oval where people let their dogs off the leash he would immediately barrel up to whatever game of football or volleyball was in progress greeting the players like long lost brothers chasing after the ball with no thought of whether he’d even be invited to play much less what side he might be playing for. He was like that loveable gate crasher at a wedding That Owen Wilson character someone neither the bride or the groom can recall even knowing much less inviting but hes such good entertainment value they decide to let him stay anyway
Jasper was such a good natured and guiless creature and an unusual looking doggie people just warmed to him and he brought out their smiles .At first I was mortified and apologizing abjectly left right and centre to folks for his rather presumptuous behaviour but gradually relaxed as I realized people although sometimes startled by this gangly exuberant beastie bowling up to them like a long lost friend ,for the most part they really didn’t mind .
Myself I had such a good time over in that part of the world while minding Jasper .I felt immediately thoroughly included and accepted socially People seemed to smile at me everywhere we went and I felt very much at home there in the Cleveland shire .Though my arm did feel sore and tired from his constant tugglng at the leash and I definatly needed a massage at the end of that first week .
I did try to brush Jasper but it didn’t do much to improve his scragamuffin look and I liked to think of him as ‘shabby chic’.I felt like he was a totally high class dude making the best of the earthly situation he was assigned to . Indeed although he had started out roughly what I would call a dirty white at the start of the sit by the time we had gone on our walks to the beach and the oval and he had been swimming in the ocean and in the pool and ecstatically wallowing and rolling in grass and dirt and mud and sand he was definitely more grey and brown than white by the end of the sit and very much in need of a visit to the groomer .
I would have loved to have seen him all freshly shampooed and ‘juushed’ but sadly didn’t get that privelege as his appointment with the groomer was scheduled for the day after my departure from the sit .
Jasper got me out of comfort zone too about my own perceived physical limitations from the second day of the sit when instead of a sedate little stroll around the neighbourhood I envisaged we’d be taking I was so caught up in the enthusiastic energy he generated I threw all sense of my own physical limitations to the wind and we were easily walking the 5k return trip to the dog beach and back .The sun shone the water sparkled and we moved along buoyed up by the beauty of the day and the place and our enthusiasms like two kids .The dog beach was a narrow strip long the Manly beach front at the end of the marina It was a lot of fun as soon as we got there I could mercifully let Jasper off the leash and give my tired arm a break he would bolt in to the ocean frolicking and gambolling with whatever dogs and people he might meet in the ocean or on the beach
Sometimes we would stop at a café called Sea Vibes on the way back for a much needed coffee where the staff were just lovely and really looked after us They made a fuss of Jasper and let us sit in their courtyard .
True on the return trip home Jasper had to haul me up the last hill up from the beach and I had to wait for him while he sat in patches of shade cast by tall fences of the houses we passed catching his breath but we worked in tandem and reached home exhausted but happy .
Over the time of the sit I slowly felt my cares melting away and a new much more positive mindset bubbling up from within .
In one of our dog beach walks I met a lovely Swiss guy called Marcelle .We talked at length while Jasper gambolled and cavorted with whatever new doggie friends he had found on the beach Marcelle was a windsurfer whose whole career and sporting life had revolved around the ocean He had been a master diver and diving instructor and also a sailor and had even taken part in the Sydney to Hobart yaucht races but he had been disenchanted by the politicking involved in national yaucht racing and now preferred the solo sport of windsurfing telling me he enjoyed better being master of his own craft and if he stuffed up he was only answerable to himself .
Apart from the ocean Jasper also loved a swim in the pool but his pool antics totally cracked me up . If I was in the pool with him he proved to be a bit of a health hazard .He would see me in the pool and swim towards me heading towards me as if I was some sort of life buoy which was a bit scary. You can imagine given the size of the dog and the weight of that shaggy water soaked coat this was not a good proposition and he might easily have dragged me under . I had to keep my eye on him and my wits about me and somehow steer him towards the side of the pool where there was a step he could rest on.
Jasper loved his cuddles too at night he’d curl up near me and just snuggle pushing his head into me as if he was trying to get as close to me as possible and gazing at me imploringly through those bright gentle loving twinkly little eyes .
For all his good looks though and many fine qualities Jasper could still be quite needy and demanding . Sometimes he’d want to be cuddling or having me pat him constantly and butt me with his head as if to say “more, more” luckily the owners had mentioned one of the few commands they’d succeeded in teaching him which was ‘on your mat’ a corner of the house near the fireplace with a cool slate floor he would retreat readily to when asked .I could employ this when I needed some breathing space
If I needed to go out Jasper would sometimes sit at the front of the house on the steps of Susies elegant white Queenslander waiting patiently for me to get back and then go nuts in a frenzy of joyous recognition when he saw me .
Jasper was such a sweet and good natured boy and when we were at the oval and he was racing around with the other dogs I noticed despite his size he was not an alpha doggie .He didn’t try to dominate or lead the pack or challenge the leader in any way but was just happy to join in and be part of the herd.
He did enjoy a flirtation with the most beautiful pale blond golden retriever called Ruby We had met Ruby and her owner while coming home from the oval one afternoon and Jasper was immediately smitten with Ruby and she didn’t seem to mind him either and the owner and I had our work cut out trying to keep the star crossed lovers from getting too entangled
Jasper was to get the chance for a closer contact with Ruby though as I mentioned to Ruby’s owner the oval as a great place where plenty of owners let their dogs off their leashes in the afternoons . The owner hadn’t known about it and was grateful for this info as a new place to take Ruby for walks and a few days later while we were at the oval I caught sight of Jasper bearing down playfully on this gorgeous retriever who was rolling submissively happily engaged in encouraging Jaspers bold advances.Wow I thought to myself that looks like Ruby and then did a double take as I realized it WAS Ruby. I was really glad the two dogs had had a chance to frolic and play and take their friendship to the next level unfettered by leashes with owners on the end of them
At the end of the sit Jasper did register his annoyance at my leaving though I didn’t have much time to spend with him as I packed my suitcase preparing to leave and raced around the house doing a last minute bit of cleaning before I left . While I was outside Jasper got into some easter treats I had left out for the owners and gobbled one up silver wrapper and all which didnt go down much of a treat with me .
Eventually though once I was all packed and ready to go ,the white doggie and I sat in the sun on the front steps of the house and said our goodbyes.The taxi was running late so we had plenty of time for a goodbye chat It was a bit of a wrench saying goodbye to Jasper knowing this time I wouldn’t be coming back but it wasn’t as sad as some partings I have had with other dogs. We had truly had our time in the sun together and pushed it to the brink .I had given him of my best in time and energy and TLC he had totally rewarded me in spades and taken me on a fun adventure I had not expected and I left the sit sunburnt tired feeling strong and happy in a positive mindset and still somewhat dazzled by this dog and the uplifting effect he had had on me for weeks after.
They say that dogs are here on the planet to help people understand and feel unconditional love . I totally get that and having worked for sometime as a pet sitter know just how much people are attached to their dogs and how much they value their pets affectionate and loving input in their world.Many people credit their dogs with keeping them sane in a fraught and pressured world . One of my favorite shows on TV is The Dog House which matches rescue dogs with their prospective owners looking for a new dog . it’s a heart warming show where people are very candid in revealing their vulnerabilities about the emotional void they hope having a new dog will fill in their lives .Part of the fun of the show is watching as the dogs and prospective owners are introduced for the first time and speculating whether the shelter managers have made a good match
There is a cosmic consensus too amongst the more esoterically minded that our dogs reincarnate with our families in different lifetimes both theirs and ours as we move through time and space as members of our soul tribe and healers and teachers for one another Definately if a beloved pat has passed over My experience has been its not hard to tune into their essence and feel a sense of their spirits close by and alive and well in some other dimension .I had a beloved cat called Happy Cat whose passing weighed heavy on my heart for a long time but eventually I realized just by thinking about him I could tune in to his soul essence and break out in laughter as I felt the nearness of his spirt essence and remembered his irascible cheeky spirit and outrageous antics .
The idea of pets reincarnating and travelling through time and space with us as part of our soul tribe is beautifully explored in the books and movies by the same name A Dogs Purpose and a Dogs Journey by American author W Bruce Cameron ..so well worth watching for any pet owner
But back to Jasper even though I acknowledge the role dogs in general play in offering us unconditional love I couldn’t help but feel Jasper was born with an extra spin on the bow as a healer There was some thing about the white light he emanated that for me was a whole other order of uplifting energy
To be honest I haven’t had that much contact with pure white domestic fur babies other than Japser so cant really comment as a generalization about their healing powers over an above other domestic critters
All I can do in closing is speak form the truth of my own experience of spending time with Jasper the Irish Wolfhound in telling you as I have said basking in his high vibration and loveable presence gave me me every indication that I was in the presence of some sort of benigh alien or angel healer doggie or domesticated ‘White Spirit Animal ‘ with a special message and commission especially relevant for me at a time when I needed it which left me in a very good empowered restored and happy place .
When the pupil is ready the master appears hey ?