This blog post is dedicated to our recently departed love bug, Frank. At the ripe old age of 15, Frank slipped his collar and ran free over the Rainbow Bridge on September 15th. Not only was he my beloved grand dog but also one of my working companions, and teachers of canine massage as well as one of our pack. I was so blessed to be with him and his human dad, (my son) and mom (his wife), as his incredible spirit took flight. All was quiet, gentle and peaceful during this most sacred moment. I was able to sit close and send him Reiki during the entire process as he in turn let us know throughout that it was his time to go. I know that all souls both human and animal are eternal but my heart still breaks in those moments when I am missing his little fur face with those big brown eyes looking into mine. These beautiful souls are the energy and passion behind the work I do. “Frank, the next massage is for you!”
“He taught me to appreciate the simple things-a walk in the woods, a fresh snowfall, a nap in a shaft of winter sunlight. And as he grew old and achy, he taught me about optimism in the face of adversity. Mostly, he taught me about friendship and selflessness and, above all else, unwavering loyalty.”
― John Grogan, Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World’s Worst Dog
On our walk this morning through the open space behind my house, I was aware of the fall changes taking place; the crispness in the air, the grasses coated with frost and the trees and bushes deepening in shades of coppers, reds and golds. As we move further toward winter, cold weather and the holidays, you may find yourself spending more time inside. Don’t forget, that just like us, our animals can become bored, restless and more prone to stress with increased inactivity and time spent indoors. The following are 7 activities that you and your canine companion can do together to stay happy and healthy this fall and winter .
Take a class or workshop together – Come join my November Animal Massage Class and learn new skills to help your animal companion and other animals stay mobile, active and pain free with the powerful use of touch. We will also be exploring other integrative and alternative health care modalities like aromatherapy, flower essences, and acupressure. Join other animal lovers for this fun and informative adventure at Happy Dog Ranch, where you will get to not only learn massage on dogs but also on some of the other amazing farm animals who call this magical place home!
Play interactive games that keep your pet’s mind stimulated – Discover pet toys and games that are available to keep your dog’s mind alert and active throughout the day.
Set up play dates for your dog – Buddy up with a buddy to go for a walk or to have an indoor play time. While you and a friend sip tea your dogs can be enjoying each other’s company “doggie,” style.
Play music throughout the day- Check out the Icalmdog. this is a small music player with four hours of looping music from the people at, “Through a Dog’s Ear.” this music is researched based to bring you and your dog the perfect sounds for lowering stress or for snuggling up together for a nap.
Bundle up and go for shorter more frequent walks throughout the day – Although this may be a good time to spend the day journaling or snuggling on the couch watching movies, it is still important to stretch your legs, get some fresh air and move your body. Going for short 15 – 20 minute walks, even when the weather is chilly, is an easy way for both you and your dog to keep your body, mind and spirit healthy and happy.
Give your dog a massage – this is a great opportunity to get out the video and practice those massage skills that you learned in my classes. Just like us, our animals are more prone to stiffness and discomfort in cold weather. Create a quiet cozy area in your house, turn on your Icalmdog and enjoy the moment as you send love and healing through your hands and fingers to your best friend.
Attend an indoor pet event like the two listed below – You and your dog are invited to come visit me and all of the special animal vendors and speakers to these and other pet events throughout the year. If you have not been to either of these amazing (pet friendly), garden centers you are in for a treat!
Save The Dates:
Animal Massage and More Class
Happy Dog Ranch – November 15th and 16th from 10:00 – 4:00 – Learn More
Paws 4 Life Pet Fest Fundraiser
Echter’s Garden Center – Saturday, October 25th, 2014 from noon to 4pm
My Furry Valentine Pet Event
Tagawa Gardens – Sunday February 8th