Happy New Year! As we begin this new year, many of us make resolutions and set intentions for positive changes, big & small. I continue to envision a future where we transcend species and see animals as equals through love, and one seemingly small change that keeps coming to my mind has to do with language. Words hold energy and our language includes the outdated use of referring to animals as “it.” This implies non-sentience and equates them to property. A very simple change (if you don’t already do this) is to never refer to an animal as an “it.” Use “he” “she” “they” or their name/species if unsure. Even if incorrect, “he” or “she” is better than “it.”
When talking with our companion animals, consider the language you use with them. Sure, they may not appear to care if they are referred to as “dumb” “jerk” or other negative words, I’ve heard this often said in loving & affectionate tones. Again words carry their own energy, and remember, animals truly do understand everything we say. How would it feel if your parent/loved one called you “dumb? “ even if they said it sweetly & then hugged you? I’ve heard many loving parents of animals say that their fur kid is not especially bright. This is unfair because it is a judgement based on human standards of intelligence. If you asked a human infant (or adult) to track someone through the woods based on scent it is unlikely they would succeed.
I also have observed how a kitty glows happily when her parents call her beautiful and some dogs appear to literally smile when their human companions brag about how smart or sweet they are! I know a cat that likes to be complimented on how fast he runs!
These changes may seem small or insignificant at first, but they can make a lovely difference for our companion animals and eventually for all animals as we move towards language that defines them as equal to us & as the sentient beings that we all are.