Thank your dog

On Thanksgiving remember to thank your dog.

No surprise.  This is an article about how cool our dogs are.

Experts suggest that with every being we encounter we are unconsciously asking questions all the time.  The answers to our internal questions are typically not verbal.  They are answered by how we interpret another’s actions or inaction.

One of the reasons we love our animal friends so much is that they answer one of these vital self-assessment questions with a resounding, “Yes!” consistently.

Our internal question: Can I tell that I’m special to you by the way that you look at me?

Our unconditional love masters let us know they see us, they care, we are enough just the way we are, and we are special and wanted.

And here it is… dogs are so cool that way.tree-background

Before and after aura photos

Easy step to add in when brushing your dog.

The aura photograph on the left was taken of my dog Dominic and me before doing an InTune Groom (ITG) session.  The photo on the right was taken after a session.  The energy in the first photo is much more active than the energy in the second photo, which has a peaceful sense.

ITG is a unique combination of steps and techniques, which work in harmony to invite well-being and a stronger bond between you and your dog.  The steps and techniques all share these components.

  • sourced in age-old practices
  • influence the energetic systems in and around a dog’s body
  • vibrational remedies
  • influence health maintenance and well-being

Elements of ITG

  1. Traditional grooming tools and holistic products and bodywork
  2. Energetic enhancers and applying healing energy
  3. InTune Groom hand placements
  4. Color therapy
  5. Chakras
  6. Meridians

Why offer your animal friend an ITG?

Benefits of an InTune Groom 

  • builds and strengthens the relationship
  • eases transitional times
  • improves the sense of well-being
  • reaches to physical, mental and emotional levels
  • natural

ITG Book Cover

InTune Groom (ITG)
A guide to practical and magical canine care
developed by Linda Saraco
ITG Mission Statement
The InTune Groom mission is to provide a process to foster the building of deeper connections between animals and humans.  ITG promotes human animal bonding through enhanced routine coat grooming and general well-being improvement steps.

 

Operation Delta Dog

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ODD logoOperation Delta Dog is a nonprofit organization with a mission to rescue homeless dogs and train them to work as service dogs for veterans who are suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and related challenges.

Whooo hoo!! I’m very excited to report that Operation Delta Dog is the recipient of the booth I’ve donated at the New England Pet Expo!

I am thrilled to have them as my neighbor at the expo, and delighted to be able to contribute to this worthy organization.  Visit them  https://www.operationdeltadog.org/.

ODD vet and dog pic

Heartbroken Princess

She said, “I’m heartbroken.”

A woman invited me to her home to meet with her Boston Terrier, a sweet girl named Princess.  Princess was not herself lately, she seemed worried and down.  Princess eagerly told me how she felt.

She said, “I’m heartbroken.”

Her emotion filled message brought me to my knees. I scoop her up and held her while she explained her situation at home.  She explained that family has left and she does not know why they do not come back.

As it turns out there had been a lot of family changes that year.  First, her long time cat companion crossed over.  Then her people divorced.  Lastly four more family members who were temporarily staying with her moved.  This left Princess without that couple, their child and cat. The child was two-years old, and one of the parents was at home with him all day. Princess’ life was full and busy.  She became attached to the child, and she and the cat had become best friends.

As a result of her reading the woman decided to make some changes to help Princess feel better.  One change was her decision to share custody of Princess with her former husband who was happy to participate in the plan as he missed Princess.  Her former husband works from home.  Now Princess would again have his company all day while the woman was away at work.  Additionally, the woman found ways to spend more quality time with Princess on the weekend.

Client has given permission to share her story.  I do not share stories without explicit permission.

Give Your Pet the Gift of Safety

pets-linda-saraco-nov-26Holiday decorations and celebrations can be hazardous to your pets. To make sure holidays are safe and fun, please keep these tips in mind.

Guests – Advocate for your pet’s safety during the holidays for both day and overnight guests who may not be pet-familiar by informing them in advance and implementing pet safety rules, for example, about what not to feed them and behaviors that put them at risk. Pets can be overwhelmed by changes such as larger numbers of people at parties, kids, visiting animals, music and outbursts. Your guest’s medications may end up in pet accessible areas. It may be helpful to designate a secure pet room that is off-limits to guest traffic. In case of an escape, risks are reduced if pets are wearing ID tags.  It is a good idea to have a current picture and your animal control officer’s number on hand.

Tree – Rambunctious pets will naturally run around or climb them. To prevent a heavy tree from toppling onto your pet it is a good idea to attach your tree securely to the wall in multiple locations and test for stability. Vacuuming the tree area frequently will eliminate pine needles, which are dangerous to the digestive system. Securely cover the tree’s water container as many precut trees are treated with additives and preservatives that can leach into the water container. The ASPCA poison control hotline phone number is: (888) 426-4435.

Decorations – Sharp and breakable ornaments can cause injury to paws and mouths. Candles can burn and scented items can irritate sensitive respiratory and olfactory systems (especially birds). Tinsel, ribbon, yarn and wire ornament hooks can be fatal if ingested. Prompt removal of gift wrapping materials from pet accessible areas helps reduce risks. It is best to know the location of the closest 24-hour veterinary service.

Cords – These attractively chewable and tasty objects are a hazard to curious kittens and puppies. Make sure that electrical cords are in good condition and out of reach.

Pets as gifts – Surprise gift pets are often later unwanted and windup at shelters and/or euthanized. Planning and recipient preparation helps avoid this risk.

Reflection on your pet’s safety – With your pet clearly in your mind and the planned holiday activities, take a look at your home from his or her perspective. Travel through your home looking at each space through your pet’s eyes. What can you reach? What do you see? What do you smell? What do you hear? What may be dangerous?

May your holidays be the best ever with your friends, family and dear pets.

The dog version of Ted

His sadness instantly changed to outright laughter.

In his reading, Dave’s dog Rocky came across as a stereotype version of a “guy”.  The foul-mouthed, hooligan teddy bear that was in the movie Ted, with Mark Wahlberg, is a good example of Rocky’s personality.

Dave was a bachelor for most of the time that he and Rocky lived together.  The two hung out, watched sports, ran, roughhoused, and they loved each other.  Actually, Dave said Rocky taught him about real love, unconditional love.  Later, but while Rocky was alive, Dave married and had children.   Rocky became a family dog for the last five years of his life.

Rocky crossed over last year, and the family adopted a new dog.  Dave described his new dog as “a nice family dog and good with the kids.”

Dave missed his buddy Rocky, so he contacted me and we check in on him.  Rocky’s answer to Dave’s question instantly turned Dave’s sadness to outright laughter, and his mind flooded with fun memories of Rocky.

Dave asked Rocky what he thought about the new family dog.   Rocky said, “They should have just got a turtle!”

Dave laughed so hard he cried, then he said, “That’s my Rocky, all right!  Our new dog, Sable,  is nice, quiet and downright boring.”

 

Turtle lovers please accept my apology.  This is not my opinion of turtles.  I love turtles; I am just the messenger.

Magical boost to animal communication

Flower essences magical or merchandise?

The flower essence cosmos may help to stimulate or open your innate ability to communicate with animals.  It is known to open the opportunity for inter-species communication.  Cosmos flower essence is the diluted extract from the flowers of a cosmos plant.  The resulting essence is often preserved in a brandy base.

Cosmos may work perfectly for you in exactly the way you imagined, but the influence of any flower essence is not always straightforward.  Choosing to work with a flower essence is akin to working with magic.  The magical working starts long before the essence is bottle and arrives in a store ready for use.

Let us look at the commonly used process for making cosmos flower essence, and then you may decide for yourself whether it is magical or merchandise.   First, the plant develops from seed or seedling in nature under the sun, moon and stars for months before the flowers reach peek potency.  Next, on a sunny day, the co-creation of the essence is performed by placing the most perfect cosmos flowers in pure water in a glass bowl where they remain imbuing the water with their energetic imprint for 4 or 5 hours.  Then, the cosmos flowers are removed and returned to nature.  Lastly, the infused water is blended with brandy and stored in a cool place, in a dark bottle further preserving the energetic imprint of the cosmos flower.  Do you think there is some magic involved?

Where to buy ready-made cosmos   The Flower Essence Society (FES) is one company offering cosmos flower essence, and their product is easy to find in many health food and metaphysical stores.  My favorite is Green Hope Farm (GHF) .  They offer cosmos, and they have a special line of essence made especially for animals.  GHF preserve their essences in vinegar instead of brandy.golden-pup-in-flowers-flower-essence

Soon I will post my unexpected experience with the flower essence luffa.

Landscaping projects can be dangerous to pets

Within hours after contact with the tree limbs, both dogs were rushed to a veterinary emergency room.

A freshly cut walnut tree caused our two dogs to become gravely ill.  Poison Control informed us that walnut trees secrete a substance called juglone, which is toxic.  The initial symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, seizures and paralysis.

We had a walnut tree taken down in our backyard.  Our dogs did not chew the wood; they simply got too close.  Within a mere 4 hours after contact with the downed tree limbs, both dogs were rushed to a veterinary emergency room with identical symptoms.

They were nearly unconscious, trembling and paralysis had set in.   The ER team stabilized them with IV fluids, and they cleansed their systems in an attempt to eliminate the toxin.  It took about two day for our dogs to show promising signs of recovery.

We are grateful this unfortunate incident happened on a quiet evening, and we were able to notice the changes in our dogs’ behavior and take prompt actions. I’m sharing our experience intending to spare other pet parents and their animal companions from  injury from a seemingly harmless landscaping project.my-logo-wings-paw-horse-shoe

3 Questions to Ask a Groomer

Looking for groomer?  Here are three questions you may want to ask.

  1. Are dogs hand or cage dried? If dogs are cage dried ask how they protect your dog from overheating in the kennel.  Are the cage drying systems timed to shut off automatically?
  2. Are they certified in Canine First Aid and CPR?
  3. How many dogs are groomed there each day and how many groomers are on staff?

Finding the right Groomer

Did you know anyone can rent a space and call themselves a groomer?  It’s important to do your homework in finding your dog’s groomer because, in most states, there are no certifications or licensing or apprenticeship requirements to work as a groomer or open a grooming shop.

After summer and around the holidays is a popular time for a visit to the groomer.  You will be leaving your precious pup in the hands of another — selection of your dog’s groomer should be done with at least as much care as choice of a barber or hair stylist.  You must be pleased with the results, and your dog must be treated with care in safe clean environment.

Traditionally, grooming is a skill that is passed on from senior groomers to apprentice groomers.  Most established groomers have learned, over time, from others, from Master Groomers, and through observation and continuing education.  An excellent way to find a professional groomer is through local and regional grooming organizations such as The National Dog Groomers Association, ISCC and IPG. They provide a list of members in your area.

Many veterinarians have incorporated grooming into their clinics, so you may start looking there.  Also, if your dog is accidentally nicked or injured, they will have the fastest access to medical care.  If your veterinarian is not associated with a groomer, he or she may have a list of recommended groomers.  Other sources of recommendations include friends who have dogs, breed rescues, boarding kennels, pet supply stores, shelters, and purebred breeders.

After getting some recommendations, stop by and check out the facility or call to make an appointment to talk with the head groomer or the groomer who specializes in your breed.  Keep in mind, you may not get the best impression by making a phone call to a grooming shop due to a groomer’s busy schedule.  The phone call may come at an inopportune time and the groomer may not have sufficient time to address all your questions.   He or she might be concentrating on groom a dog and not willing to leave them to answer the phone.

Grooming shops run by the clock. Many have morning drop-off times with late day pick-ups.  While others have a morning group that is picked up at noon and then an afternoon group that arrive at noon and leave late day.  That’s a lot of scheduling and cooperation for everyone to be on time.  In between drop offs dogs are accessed and groomed according to their coat requirements and special needs.  Since time is spent talking with clients about their dog at drop off and at pick up time, groomers are on a tight schedule.

The ideal groomer selection process would include making two pre-visits, one without your dog and one with.  Narrow your list of potential shops to two or three that are recommended and meet your requirements.  On the first visit do not bring your dog.  Just meet with the groomer and ask your questions.

Look for a shop that is:

  • well-lit
  • a groomer and assistants that handle dogs gently
  • old or arthritic dogs that are treated with special consideration
  • shampoos and other products that meet your needs

In your selection process don’t discard any first impressions, gut feelings or hunches you may have about the shop or personnel.

On your second visit bring your dog along, ask new questions as well as any previously asked.

Ensure by reexamination that any special needs your dog has will be accommodated at this facility.  The main purpose of this visit is to allow your dog to meet the groomer and to observe their interactions.  When you’re comfortable with your interview, choose the groomer and make the appointment.

Dog in the header image is my dog Indy.