I feel this. I had a big dog by my side all my life until the divorce. I loved their size, I loved that they barked at strangers. I never realized the connection with protection (which was unavailable to me as a child). I lived without a dog for three years, to prove to myself that I could protect myself and depend on others. Now I have a little dog. He still feels protective, must be the dog energy.why a dog there feels like that. You know they are as they seem, are there for you and them, etc, there is physical protection, but it comes first from knowing the emotional connection is solid.
Wow! I never saw the connection before but it makes a ton of sense! Thank his is helpful for me.not being able to go to bed (reverse procrastination) is helped by moments of self-care