We’ve come to the eighth Law of Health in Animal Naturopathy- TRUST. Language fascinates me. The meaning and nuances of words add such depth of understanding. The definition of the word trust according to Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary is “someone or something in which confidence is placed; to rely on the truthfulness or accuracy of."
Most people like the idea of trust, want to be trusting, and feel they are, even think they may be too trusting. However, there is also an element of hesitation or fear in regard to trust, and justifiably so. One needs to discover who or what is trustworthy? We are surrounded by both educated and self-proclaimed “experts” in many fields, the care of animals being one. Just who can we put confidence in when it comes to caring for our pets?
As avid students of the Bible we have learned there is no better one to unequivocally rely on than our Creator, Almighty God. This applies in the case of trusting that the way God created animals to eat according to each species is truly best for them. The truth is canines are carnivores; end of story. Look at how carnivores in the wild eat and simulate that as best you can. Trust that by feeding your dogs this way it will give them a solid foundation of health. And happiness! The pure enjoyment visible while a dog is eating its raw meat meal brings heartfelt delight to its Master as well! We agree with Animal Naturopaths and trust a species appropriate diet also.
When a person adopts a species appropriate raw diet for their carnivore, which is one of the elements of Natural Rearing, the body will purge itself of toxins down to a cellular level. Some symptoms of this detoxification are fever, cough, hotspots, yeasty ears, etc. One needs to trust the body’s innate ability to heal itself. Rather than suppress the symptoms, seek to support the body through natural modalities. In our mind this also involves respect for the animal as a whole- mind, body, and spirit.
Animals also trust us to care for and respect them. As a youngster it was my assignment and pleasure to look after the wild horses in an adjoining pasture. By treating them with gentleness, kindness, and respect they quickly came to trust me. Livestock reciprocate trust in turn by allowing us to basically harvest from them. A dairy animal displays one of the sweetest forms of trust, in essence adopting you and allowing milk to be collected by a human instead of or in addition to its offspring. That is really special when you stop to think about it! When an animal is injured or ill it requires a trusting relationship for them to allow us to tend to them.
Is Animal Naturopathy or Natural Rearing a panacea, meaning your pet will never get ill? Far from it; there are too many variables over which we have no absolute control. However, animals are vastly healthier when raised in this manner than ones reared conventionally. In the end, Animal Naturopathy is definitely worth putting Your confidence in!
Everyone needs a hand to hold onto when on a new path. As Natural Rearing breeders we are happy to mentor You!