Yesterday, I made some choices based on my intuition, and it proved to be a very good thing. In addition to working toward being more and more aware of my intuition, a big influence was something my sister taught me years ago about “adr”.
My sister, Mary, shared something with me on one of the occasions when I was trying to communicate that I was concerned about one of my dogs. One of her professors in vet school had taught about adr. What adr stands for is “ain’t doing right”. She said that this instructor had let them know that they were to pay attention when an owner tells them that an animal just ain’t doing right. Adr proved to have arrested what could have been a complicated founder issue with Midnight.
When I brought Midnight (Pony) in the barn yesterday, I thought he looked a little sore in his left front, or possibly both front feet, it was hard to tell. I put him in his stall, and proceeded as usual with feeding and chores. When it was time to turn him out, and for me leave for my workshop, my plans changed abruptly because of what I felt. Pony still wasn’t walking right, in my opinion…..I was concerned he was foundering.
I wrestled a bit with what to do next, because I had a workshop scheduled to teach about a half hour away. I was going to be late due to getting Pony taken care of before I left. Taking care of him was not the option, whether or not to cancel the workshop was the option. I decided to conduct the workshop anyway, after calling the participants to let them know I would be about 10 minutes late.
One of the reasons that I decided to settle Pony as comfortably as I could in his stall was to remove my anxious energy from him. Hanging around, nervously peering in at him was not going to do a bit of good for his mental state or healing process.
After the workshop, I came back to check on him, and he was moving much better. I drove home with a much lighter mind and heart. A couple of hours later, Mary called to let me know that she had gotten home and checked in on Midnight. (He lives at her house.) She said that he was going to be fine, but that his pulse was much more predominant in his front feet and that it a really good thing that he had his dose of banamine and confinement. Huge sigh of relief!!
I am so glad that many years ago, my wonderful sister taught me about adr. What another valuable lesson in following intuition!