Favorite animal communication yet

The needed life lesson is clear now, but little did she know that her german shepherd and her wolfhound were working together to guide her through this big life lesson.

This is my favorite reading yet.  It shows how animals continue to work with us from the other side, and it is funny.  You will quickly see the reason for their work emerge from the story, but what may surprise you is the teamwork between her two canine teachers.

When the german shepherd joined the session it was quite a surprise for both of us.  Her session was arranged to talk with her husband who had passed away after a long illness.  She felt her husband was her soulmate.  She had been alone for a long time, and she was having trouble letting go and moving on.

A few weeks prior, she arranged a session to talk with her wolfhound that passed away recently.  To her knowledge, her german shepherd did not know her wolfhound, because he had passed away before she adopted her wolfhound.   She was ready to move forward and adopt another dog, but first she wanted to run her decision by her wolfhound that passed away.

The needed life lesson is clear now, but little did she know that her german shepherd and her wolfhound were working together to guide her through this big life lesson.

Her german shepherd told us that he sent the wolfhound to her.  Working together her life lesson plan was prepared because they saw that she could not move on in her life.  She adopted the wolfhound as a way to fill the hole in her heart and her life, but after a while, it was discovered that he had the same illness that caused her husband to pass.  Eventually the illness was the cause of her wolfhounds’ passing, and she began the process of coming to terms with letting him go, grieving and later feeling ready to adopt another dog.  Although it was over a shorter period, she went through a very similar process with her dog as she did with her husband.

The lesson her dogs had planned for her was to help her to move on to her next soulmate by teaching her that she could let go, move on and love again.

The funny part      The german shepherd showed up in the middle of the reading with her husband.  He sat in front of me with his over-sized ears, and he said, “doofus.”

I went silent.  I did not know how to react.  I thought, “Why is he calling me a doofus, and who is he?”  He kept saying it.  I told my client.  She laughed, and said that was a nickname she called her german shepherd.  She said he was brilliant, but he could also be very goofy.

Once he had our attention he went on to explain her life situation from his higher sentient perspective.  He spoke to her from what I call the “soul contract” level.  He talked to her about why he was in her life, and how he was helping her to learn her important life lesson.   These two dogs guided her on her life lesson, which was the most challenging one for her to learn.

Her dogs succeeded in teaching her.  She has moved on in key areas of her life including adopting another wolfhound and dating.  You’re invited to read about her new wolfhound in an upcoming post, which is about socks.

Massage is not always beneficial

Massage is beneficial for many animals, but it is not recommended for all animals.

Caution      Massage is very different from petting your animal friend.  It is a highly intentional way of touching, and the objective is to achieve well-being and health benefits.   Massage is beneficial for many animals, however, massage is not always the right approach for every animal.  It can be harmful to animals with certain health conditions.  Always check with your veterinarian before beginning a massage program.

Benefits      Massage can be a wonderful heath-enhancer for animals  of all ages. For the older, it is excellent for soothing achy or stiff muscles while stimulating internal body functions. It helps with ease of movement, instills a sense of peacefulness, and helps towards restful sleep. What a special way to show our seniors that we care and appreciate their many years of friendship.

And, what about the most endearing creatures on earth – the baby animal companions? Touch is an essential element in a young animal’s life, and massage on a regular basis builds a strong bond between you and your animal friend. During growth time, young animals can experience joint and muscle stress as their bones are developing, and massage helps to ease the discomfort of growing pains.

Massage is a nurturing, preventative, natural approach, which may be safely added to some animal’s care regimen.

Massage benefits

  • Reduce anxiety and build trust
  • Improve blood and lymph circulation
  • Reduce tight muscles, spasms, and improve muscle tone
  • Speed healing time
  • Improve skin and coat
  • Increase flexibility, gait and movement
  • Refresh after traveling or crating
  • Aid the respiratory function
  • Improve energy
  • Lessen discomfort hip dysplasia and arthritis

Find a massage professional or learn massage      Ask your veterinarian or check the International Association of Animal Massage and Bodywork’s (IAAMB) site iaamb.org.  If you live near New England, the Bancroft School of Massage in Worcester trains students in small animal and equine massage, and they may be able to direct you to someone in your area.

Linda is a 2004 graduate of the Bancroft School of Small Animal Massage.

Brush your animal friend

Did you know you are doing your animal friend a great service just by brushing on a regular basis?

Brushing massages the skin and aids in circulation.  This action stimulates the release of sebum, which is natural oil that is beneficial to the coat.  Brushing distributes this natural oil on the coat lubricating and protecting the “hair” shaft.  Brushing the fur cleans the “hair” shaft, follicle and skin by removing trapped dirt and oils.  Regular brushing results in fur that is healthier, flexible, protected and has a shine.

Your dog’s skin plays an important role — it acts as a protection against the elements and helps to control body temperature.  Brushing improves the skin, prevents mats and tangles and allows a flow of air to reach the surface of the skin.  Brushing stimulates the lymph system and supports the immune system by helping to move waste and toxins.  Activity, such as playing and walking, also stimulate the lymph system.  The combination of high-quality diet, routine activity, and brushing will foster a shiny healthy coat.

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Dom was my four-legged medical assistant. During my worst period, I would have five Grand Mal seizures a day. Hitting without a warning, the force of these seizures was minimized as the vigilant Dom would spring into action.

The true story of the shelter pup that saved my life.  I wrote Dom’s story as a way of thanking him.  At Face Value is published in two of the Chicken Soup series books, Leap of Faith and Dog Lover’s Soul.  The Dog Writers Society of America nominated At Face Value as a story that exemplifies the human animal bond.

At Face Value  by Linda Saraco

I had a reoccurring dream. The message was clear and precise, directing me to go to the specified shelter and adopt a particular dog. The dream told me I would know the dog by something unusual about its face. Upon awakening, I just could not recall what unique facial feature. I could only remember it was important to identifying the right dog.

I was so curious and compelled to follow the instructions in the dream.  So, early on the next Saturday morning, I was at the shelter to carefully check available canine adoptees.   After checking all the dogs, I was disappointed that not one dog had anything unusual about its’ face.  There were lots of cute puppies and just as many appealing older dogs, but I did not feel a connection to any of them.

On my way out of the shelter, I noticed a box of puppies just outside of view from the main area.  My attention was drawn to one puppy in particular, and I decided to take a closer look. One of the puppies appeared to not have fur on his face, while the rest of the litter were all black with spots of white. They where a mix of black Lab and Chesapeake Bay Retriever and so they were called Chesapeake Labs. Each pup was named after a type of pasta. The one that captured my interest was Fettuccini.

My heart felt sad for the pup, and I hoped he had not been injured. As, I lifted him from the box, his large and clumsy paws reached over my shoulders to cling tightly to my back. On closer inspection, I realized he did have fur on his face, but it was a very odd shade of gray that caused it to have the appearance of skin. Satisfied he was okay; I placed him back with his litter mates to continue my exit from the shelter.

And then it hit me, my thoughts blared with the words, “THE FACE, IT’S THE DOG WITH THE UNUSUAL FACE!” Immediately, I returned to the puppy and held him. We bonded instantly, and I headed for the adoption desk. I could not leave without him. I knew we belonged together.

Within that short span of time, the gray-faced pup had wrapped his paws around my heart. In meeting with the adoption counselor, I was informed a family had already selected him. There was, however, still a slight chance since the family had not made their final decision. It was between Fettuccini, the gray-faced pup, and his litter mate, a female named Penne. It was worth waiting for the decision.

After an anxiety-filled hour, I saw the family leaving the shelter carrying Fettuccini. I began to cry inside. Then I realized a member of the family, the mother, was walking straight towards me. They knew I was awaiting their decision and I prepared for the worst. My heart pounded as I stood frozen in place as she approached. For a moment, she did not say a word or give any indication of her decision. Then, with a broad grin, she said, “Here’s your dog!” I was speechless and grateful and tears gushed from my eyes. I embraced him and again felt those big front paws securely hugging my back.

Although I was thankful to have him, little did I know I was not nearly as thankful as I would later come to be.

I took the gray-faced pup home and named him Dominic. Fettuccini was his middle name.

From the start, he was not at all a typical rambunctious puppy. He was very calm, serious and didn’t play much. However, he was obedient, intelligent and very attentive to me. For two years, we lived a happy existence together as Dom grew into a healthy, robust dog and my valued companion. Then I developed a serious illness.

As Dominic was turning two years old, I was diagnosed with a seizure disorder. I was having full seizures called Grand Mal and other partial, milder types. These seizures caused me to collapse into unconsciousness. Upon awakening, I would always find Dom on top of me. At first, I was not at all happy to have a 90 pound dog on me until I came to realize he was preventing me from hurting myself by restricting thrashing movements, and limiting my injuries.

During mild seizures Dom stood rock solid so I could just hold on to his front legs until it passed.  As I would start to regain consciousness, I was aware of his voice. I would follow his barking as a means to revive me into complete consciousness.

Dom was my four-legged medical assistant.  Without Dominic’s forewarning, I could have experienced much more physical damage. During my worst period, I would have five Grand Mal seizures a day. Hitting without a warning, the force of these seizures was minimized as the vigilant Dom would spring into action.

For about a year, I had seizures every day and then they gradually started to subside. I had come to rely on Dom to warn me before a seizure would take hold, and we’d work through it together, each of us knowing what we had to do till the crisis passed.

Dominic is a natural born Seizure Assistance Dog. He is literally a one in million dog. His instincts are astounding. He is an outstanding companion, and I am honored to be the most important person in his world. I can’t begin to express the amount of admiration, appreciate and love I have for Dominic. He saved my life; he’s a hero.

I am now well, and there are no more seizures. He has returned to his previous daily doggie activities, though still watchful of me and ready to be of assistance. He finds way to help out around the house – and I indulge his sense of duty.

My little gray-faced puppy has become a dream come true.

Welcome!

I believe all animals we encounter help us and teach us. I post about animals, animal communication, grooming, and energetic modalities such as Integrated Energy Therapy® (IET®), InTune Groom and InTune ARC.

I work with both animals and humans.

If you only read one post here please make it the first one, At Face Value.  This is the story about the dog that saved my life.  Sharing his story is my way of thanking him.