About 1 in 5 people is an empath with a higher amount of empaths noticed amongst the caring professions, amongst vegans/vegetarians and amongst pet lovers.
I am definitely an empath – only recently ‘self-diagnosed’. I remember as a child going to visit my very ill and much loved elderly Grandfather in hospital who was writhing in his bed with a twisted bowel loop. I felt physically ill in my own stomach and had to leave the room. It was the first time I realised that I felt his pain.
Friends and sometimes even strangers seem drawn to me to as a confidant and I am able to use this intuition to work out not only what a client is concerned about with their beloved pet, but what they are feeling when they enter the consult room. I know that I am not alone in this, especially amongst vets and vegans. I see it as a wonderful gift and also a huge burden to carry and find myself needing regular ‘alone time’, afternoon naps and I have to curb my overeating that is my comfort from the stress.
See if you are an empath and who else in your life may be an empath too by reading to the end of this Blog!!
Signs That You Might Be An Empath
Have you ever been labelled overly sensitive, shy, or introverted?
Do you frequently get overwhelmed or anxious?
Do arguments and yelling make you feel ill?
Do crowds drain you and do you need time alone to revive yourself?
Do you often feel as though you do not fit in?
Does excessive noise, smells or non-stop talkers overwhelm you?
Do you have chemical sensitivities or a low tolerance for scratchy clothes or labels in clothes?
Do you prefer taking your own car to places so that you can leave early if you need to?
Do you overeat to cope with stress?
Do you easily get a fright?
Do you react strongly to caffeine or medications?
Do you have a low threshold for pain?
Do you tend to socially isolate?
Are you overwhelmed by multitasking and do you prefer to do one thing at a time?
Do you need a long time to recuperate after being with difficult people or energy 'dementors' (as I call them:) ?
Do you feel better in small towns or the country rather than in large cities?
Do you prefer to be with just one other person or in a small group rather than in a crowd?
Do you absorb other people's stress, emotions or symptoms?
Do you find you are at your happiest in nature and you replenish yourself in nature?
From all the questions asked above, I now want you to apply each of them to your own dog! When applied to Ruff, I realised very quickly that he too is our own family Empath which is what makes the lives of our pets just SO valuable in our own lives.
It makes us realise how important it is to bear in mind that our dogs are highly sensitive souls who will sponge all our emotions – good and bad and they deserve all the respect and love that we bestow upon them!
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We all need a Dora in our lives – her optimism and love of life and her vegan dog food fills us all with such hope!
Since starting on a homecooked wholefood vegan dog food diet, Drake’s life changes dramatically for the better!
Moss shows no interest in his brother’s food, whereas his brother is very keen to get Moss’ vegan food!
Troy was fed a raw food diet all his life but at the age of 12, he transitioned to vegan dog food and the changes seen are astounding!
The Guardian features Dr Arielle Griffiths, vegan dog Ruff and other wonderful vegan dog owners
Molly the Shi Tzu’s life changed when she transitioned to Solo Vegetal to sort out the pain of her IBD
Teddy the rescue Jack Russell had a dramatic behaviour change on a homemade plant-based diet
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The vet was so concerned that they thought he would eventually have to be put down, he was 1.5 at the time, he’s now 2.5 and thriving
Pru the pretty Cockapoo was originally on a raw food diet. In her Mum’s words – “I really didn’t like the raw bloody meat in the fridge – I just found it all revolting”
Frank the Golden Retriever’s Mum is a medical student full of wonderful advice with all her intense research