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Holistic Healing Team – helps Dying Dog

Healing can take many forms, from a physical cure to an emotional recovery to a step away from struggles and toward peace, wholeness, and freedom. Sometimes healing can also be about letting go.  The journey of letting go can be filled with support in various ways.  The key to healing is how accepting and willing you are.

I come to realize that mind is no other than mountains and rivers and the great wide earth, the sun, and the moon and stars – Dogen

Take a look at the story below, “Jones’s Healing Team”, to see how medical and holistic care come together in healing the last month’s of a Dog’s journey in life.  Healing is not only for Jones the dog, but also for everyone that is involved.  While healing Jones, they have healed themselves too.

When you have done everything, it is because of hope.

The holistic healing team provides the best care possible for healing Jones, a 12 and a half year old cattle dog mix diagnosed with tumors attached to his spleen and at the base of his heart.

The healing Team consists of:

– His veterinarian

– a holistic veterinarian

– an acupuncturist

– an animal communicator

– a Reiki Practitioner

 

Holistic Team Helps Dog’s Last Month – Baltimore Area

By Kathleen Lester, Michelle Dana-Christian, DVM, Theresa Deramo, & Terri Diener

Jones’ Healing Team

Jones, a 12 ½ year old cattle dog mix, was diagnosed with tumors attached to his spleen and at the base of his heart by our veterinarian.  Jones’ only symptom was a cough, and an Xray revealed the terrible news. Knowing that all beings are healed on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels, I tapped into his existing healing team of practitioners and reached out to new ones to create a healing team that would address all levels of his being at this particular stage of his life.  My goal was to provide the best care for Jones that I could, not knowing if the healing was going to turn the cancer around or help him on his journey. Jones’ team included his veterinarian, a holistic veterinarian, an acupuncturist, an animal communicator, and Reiki practitioners.

Biopuncture/ Homotoxicology

Dr. Michelle Danna Christian: During the first visit, I reviewed Jones’ Xrays, realizing the reason for the consistent deep cough was from many metastatic tumors wrapped around his main stem bronchi at the base of his trachea. My physical exam revealed internal bleeding within his abdomen, which indicated that that this was primary tumor,  most likely a hemangiosarcoma, with a risk of rupturing.  Jones also had tumors on his left front leg up to his shoulder.

The allopathic side of me imagined I would be back tomorrow to euthanize Jones; however the holistic side of me was hopeful. Heroics were not an option with Jones’ age and diagnosis, the goal was to give Jones a higher quality of life for a longer period of time. We charted out a treatment of Homotoxicology and Biopuncture, to support his immune system, stop the internal bleeding, and attempt to stop the growth of the tumors, hoping to reduce their size.

I saw Jones 72 hours after the first visit and what a different dog – the tumors on his left leg were 95% reduced, the fluid in his belly was significantly reduced, no longer bleeding, and the entire time I was there, he only coughed once. Jones continued to improve over the next few weeks, the only bad news was that once the fluid was gone from his belly, we could palpate the tumor confirming that it was attached to his spleen and the size of a small football. Regardless, we continued to treat Jones and see amazing results – the tumors on his legs had all but disappeared and the tumor in his abdomen also reduced. Unfortunately the tumor around his trachea was persistent and in week four, Jones’ cough started to get worse.

Acupuncture

Theresa Deramo: I had been treating Jones with acupuncture for his arthritis and general health and well being for over a  year. Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles along an energy pathway or meridian to access and change the flow of qi (energy), increase the blood flow and energy as a way to help the body maintain homeostatic balance. After the diagnosis, I believe it was important to continue with acupuncture to help keep Jones moving, his energy high and his spirit connected.

During our treatments, I offered more palliative care to aid in reducing the cough and keep Jones comfortable. I treated the lung, heart and pericardium meridians to open his chest and calm the cough. I treated the kidney meridian to aid the lung meridian in treating the cough and I treated the pericardium meridian because of its connection to the chest, wanting to unbind the chest as a way to help keep Jones comfortable.  The heart meridian was treated from a spirit or constitutional level to calm the shen or the part of the heart and spirit that allows us to stay settled and connected to our hearts path or journey throughout our life. During my last visit, it was clear that Jones was running out of energy. During this session, I treated the heart one more time as a way to allow Jones to help figure out if he needed to stay or if it was getting near time to say goodbye.

Animal Communication

Terri Diener: I was new to Jones’ healing team, but it was very important to the family that they asked him what he knew about his health, how he was doing and what he wanted for treatment. I find it interesting that so often animals keep their illnesses from their pet parents, as was the case with Jones. During our conversations, Jones said he was very receptive to the biopuncture and homotoxicology and he mentioned that although he had pain now and then, the acupuncture and Reiki were managing his pain.

Jones knew that the cancer was going to cause his death, but as long as he still had joy in each day, he wanted to continue his life. As time went on, even though the tumors were reducing in size, the cancer was tiring him, his cough returned  and he was losing energy. I encouraged the family to do a life review with Jones to let him know how much he has meant to them, as a way of letting him know it was okay if he wanted to go. On the last day, Jones’ had communicated to his family and his team that he was ready, and I confirmed his wishes and said my good byes.

Reiki

Kathleen Lester: As a Reiki Practitioner and Teacher, I wanted to offer as much healing on all levels of his being. When I first heard the news, I put in a request to my healing team of Reiki practitioners, who lovingly sent Jones much Reiki over the last month of his life. In addition, I attuned my husband and stepdaughter to Reiki, so they too could be part of Jones’ healing team.

Jones left us on his own terms, in his own way, because we were willing to hear what he had to say and what he wanted – no machines, no poisons, just natural remedies and as much time to experience joy in every moment. On his last day, Jones went for a walk and played a few rounds of ball in the yard (his absolute favorite sport). As Jones chewed on his marrow bone, we all gathered around him to say our good bye’s, including our dog, Althea, who came over and offered Jones’ one of his “stuffies” and said good bye too.

Jone’s team worked together with our family to offer him the care that he sought, not the care we desperately wanted -a cure. Sometimes the healing we seek, is not the healing we receive. In the case of Jones, I know he affected each member of his healing team, and we are all grateful that he shared his “joy” with us and we in turn will find our own joy in each day.

The Team

Michelle Dana-Christian, DVM— Relief Veterinary Services  & Boston Street Animal Hospital. www.reliefveterinarianservices.com
Theresa Deramo, LAC— Human & Animal Acupuncturist. Essence of Wellness.www.essenceofwellness.net.
Terri Diener, M.S. Animal Communicator & Teacher —Pet Speak. www.petspeak.com.
Kathleen Lester, M.S. Animal Reiki Practitioner & Teacher. www.animalreikialliance.com
Featured image from: http://cdn.acidcow.com/pics/20110628/acid_picdump_07.jpg

*As published in the Animal Reiki Alliance News, Volume III, Issue 1, January 2013.

Duffy the blind dog sees his family for the first time!

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Duffy the Irish terrier struggled with numerous health problems, but YouTube poster Benjamin May still chose to give the sweet rescue dog a forever home. Duffy lost his eyesight due to complications from diabetes, but he qualified for surgery and is able to see again!

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Animal-Human Relationship can improve our health – Story of Owen – a 7 year old and his dog Hachi who was hit by a train

Almost everyone who has owned a pet knows the experience of bonding with an animal. For many pet owners, these animals become our friends and family members. According to research over the last few decades, these animal-human relationships can improve our health. Since the 1980s, we have known that having a connection with an animal reduces blood pressure. Contact with animals has (also) been shown to reduce stress hormones, which allows our bodies to heal faster. Animals are also believed to increase oxytocin, which is a hormone related to feelings of love and trust. This may be the reason that animals aren’t just good for our physical health, but also good for our mental and emotional health.

Owen Howkins is a 7-year-old boy in England with a rare medical condition that only affects 30 people around the world. This condition causes his body to be constantly tense. He’s very muscular because his muscles never relax. This is a very painful condition and it affects his balance. Because his muscles are always contracting, he has trouble walking and needs to use a wheelchair.

Hachii is a dog, who has also suffered at a young age and struggled with balance problems. Someone put a rope around Hatchii’s neck and tied him to a train track when he was just a puppy. Hatchii was hit by a train. His leg and tail were damaged beyond repair and had to be amputated.

Owen’s mother heard about Hatchii’s story and went to see him. When she first saw Hatchii she felt an immediate connection. And the feeling was mutual. When Hatchii saw her, he waved his tail stump for the first time.

The full story can be seen HERE

(Original story written by Dan on “Deepenglish”  and image by Greg Westfall)


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Amazing Extreme Rescue of dog from brink of death!

Social media has become an extremely important tool for animal welfare advocates.
A part of our daily routine, is a means to make a difference in the lives of many, human and pets together.

I came across this article and thought it was amazing on what we can do for our animal friends.  A dog rescued from the brink of death, an extreme rescue that is.

The abandoned dog was found living in a makeshift home. He had cardboard, newspaper, a tarp above him, and some food left in plastic containers. Someone was apparently trying to care for him, but it wasn’t nearly enough.

WARNING: the pictures show extreme gore and are not for the squeamish

Link to Story

Thoughts of the day:

Be kind whenever possible.  It is always possible – Dalai Lama


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Why anyone can use Reiki

Did you know that 40% of Americans have tried holistic therapies, and 60 % of U.S. households have at least one pet?

In 2006 74% of Canadians stated they had used at least one complementary or alternative therapy sometime in their lives. 35 % of Canadians own a dog and 38 % has a cat.

It’s no surprise, then, that those same people are increasingly turning to energy healing and other holistic therapies to enhance wellness and balance in life for themselves and pets.

The goal of energy healing is to rebalance the life force or biofield of the individual in need of healing. Energy healing, as a “holistic” modality for both human and pets, observes health from the perspective of the “whole being” of the individual—physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. In the state of energetic balance, there can be improvement and/or resolution of symptoms/disease.

There are many reasons why people and animals can benefit from Reiki. You can be perfectly healthy and still benefit from the wonderful energy healing of Reiki.  A Reiki Practitioner can help change and balance the energy fields in and around your body to help on a physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual level.

Studies have also shown that people with cancer can benefit from complementary therapies such as Reiki.  It can help with coping through a difficult process or stage in life.

Reiki Practitioners have observed that Reiki can:

  • Help some people to feel deeply relaxed
  • Help people cope with difficult situations
  • Relieve emotional stress and tension
  • Help to improve overall wellbeing

Some people with cancer say they feel better after using therapies such as Reiki. Studies show that this is often because a therapist spends time with the person, and touches them. After the rush and stress of hospitals and treatment, it can be very relaxing when someone gives you attention for an hour or more, in a calm setting.

How do you have Reiki?

When you first see a Reiki practitioner, they will ask you about your general health and medical history. They will also ask you why you would like to have Reiki and discuss a possible treatment plan with you.

During a Reiki treatment, you don’t have to get undressed but you usually take off your shoes and coat and sit or lie down. You can have your eyes open or closed. The Reiki practitioner may dim the lights or play soothing music. They put their hands on, or a few inches above, your body and move them in slow, brushing movements. The movements usually start at your head and work down to your feet, but may focus on a particular area of your body.

The practitioner aims to move and balance the energy within and around your body. And they try and get rid of any energy blocks to encourage physical healing and strengthen your energy. They call this energy Ki.

During the session you may feel a tingling sensation, a sense of deep relaxation, or warmth or coolness throughout your body. You may not feel anything, but practitioners say this doesn’t mean the treatment isn’t working. You can stop the treatment at any time.

A session usually lasts about an hour. Many practitioners say you will get the best results from 3 sessions within a fairly short space of time. Then take a break before having more treatments. After a Reiki session you may feel thirsty. It can help to drink plenty of water and avoid strong caffeine based drinks, such as coffee. You may feel deeply relaxed, and resting at home afterwards can help you get the full benefit of the treatment.

Remember, Reiki is not a religion and there are no side effects.  My clients have commented that Reiki is a wonderful relaxing and energizing experience. My dear pet clients have often thanked me with a lick and nudge after the session while I am engaged in a discussion with their owners regarding their treatment.

“The positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.” – Anonymous

 

(Various Excerpts from: K. Prasad, “Reiki for dogs” & http://www.cancerreseachuk.org. Stats from mtroyal.ca & wikipedia.com)