Alice, The Healer Dog
I have a large, strong dog named Alice. We adopted her off of craigslist. I think we are her 2nd or 3rd home. She is so good with humans, but can't be trusted with other female dogs. We have had her three
years, she is four-years old...we have had three incidents with her and other
dogs. I got her so I could walk at night, but now I can't take the chance of
walking her alone. She hasn't had any training, I want to, but my husband refuses to pay for it. Any suggestions? Thank you so much. Jane
I almost cried when I first connected to Alice, a mastiff/lab mix. Immediately she showed me puppies, and I felt extreme sadness and fear. Alice seemed to be grieving from something in her past. She showed me herself outside, and a litter of pups. It seemed that Alice had once been a pregnant street dog, whose litter might have been taken from her. I misinterpreted Alice’s images, and it turned out to be the opposite.
Alice had been the frightened puppy who was taken away from her mom. Jane would later fill me in: Alice’s mom had been a feral Mastiff. Someone opened their heart, and their garage, so the pregnant, feral dog could have her pups. Soon after the birth, all the pups were taken away. Alice and her brother were given to a man, but when Alice kept escaping, the man gave Alice away. After Alice’s second home didn’t work out, Alice found her forever home with Jane and her husband Philip. Alice had a restless heart and an unstable first year of her life.
In the comfort of her home, Alice had a maternal energy, and she protected and enjoyed the company of Jane’s other female dog Fiona. But Alice’s heart and sacral centers were blocked. Alice was either still grieving the loss of her mom, or feeling a disconnect in a present relationship or dynamic in the household.
Alice’s aggression was fear based, as most aggression usually is, but I sensed other issues equally weighing in on her behavior. Not receiving much dialogue from Alice, I asked her how she felt when confronting another female. I felt nervous energy in her solar plexus and navel area. I was puzzled to find her heart and sacral centers still unbalanced when she approached a female dog. I also found blockages in the navel and root centers. The navel center, located three finger widths below the navel, also referred to as the Tanden, is our center of gravity - our internal and external power. Alice was afraid, and felt a strong need to step up and demonstrate her power to other females. But why females?
Was part of her aggressive behavior a mirror of anyone in the family? I took a look at Jane, her husband Philip and their eldest son Justin. Philp’s navel center was strong. He was assertive and vocal, but had fear and control issues. I felt no blockages in Justin whatsoever. In his early twenties, the young man was happy, and maintained an emotionally healthy balance in his life. Jane’s heart, navel and sacral centers were blocked, matching those of Alice’s. My hunch was that Alice’s behavior - pulling on the leash and “locking in” to other females- was largely set off when she was walked by Jane, less so w