appreciating “adr”

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!

a message from Keystone

Keystone had something to share. His message is this: we should carefully plan and acknowledge the importance of the action steps that we take on our way to big goals.
He conveyed his message as I was getting ready to leave the barn and head home. My last task before closing up is usually to let Keystone out of the stall where he has been munching his snack. Our routine is usually that I slide the bar blocking the doorway, then I open the stall door and Keystone follows me out the door. This time, he just stood and looked at me when I opened his stall door, even though he had been banging on it to let me know he was ready to head outside.
I stood there and waited for him to come out. And waited, and waited. Finally I went over and grabbed a handful of treats. Yes, a bribe.
Keystone knows all too well where the treats live, and the sound of the container opening. His radar ears focused on me, yet he still didn’t come out of the stall to get his treat. I moved closer from my position by the open outside door.
As I got closer, Keystone licked and chewed, yet he still didn’t move. I walked even closer, and when I was just out of arm’s reach, he come toward me out of the stall. I gave him the treat and he stopped. I walked toward the door, and he again just stood there and looked at me. I again came closer, just out of arm’s reach, and that’s again, when Keystone came forward. This happened again, until he finally would walk with me out the door.
Because this behavior from Keystone was so different from his and our normal routine is how I detected he had something to share. And the lesson really was all about breaking things down and paying 100% attention to those smaller steps. I think this applies to our journey as we work toward big goals. It can be hard to detect our movement, and feel like we are getting closer to our goal if we don’t pay attention to the mile markers along the way. This can increase our faith and hope in our ability to reach our big goals. And that will be what keeps us going. Thank you, Keystone, for your “words” of wisdom!!