One of the first memories I have of becoming aware of my ability to use the gifts my Creator gave me occurred when I was seven years old. It was very important for me to have a dog. Now that I look back, I can see that this was an expression of my deep appreciation and understanding of nature. I seemed to always understand that there is more to life than what we see. I seemed to just know that I could think and feel things into my life. There was an innate reality within me that understood that just as there is an abundance of everything within nature, there is equally an abundance available to us. Somehow I knew that nature is our way of experiencing God. I also knew that the creations of nature offer unconditional love, and, because I was not feeling it in my household, I was seeking it from a pet. Pets offer us spiritual medicine and bring to us the energy we need at the time.