You’re Invited!

Come meet me!

If you’re in the Atlanta area on November 4, please join me, Alyce Wellons @alycewellons, and Lena Franklin @mindfulhealer for a:

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We will be embracing the Fall season and exploring energy work with a Mystical Happy Hour hosted at the lovely and magically serene Serenbe Farms.

I will be there playing my sound bowls, offering tips for meditating with your pet, and talking about Animal Reiki.

Yes! This promises to be a beautiful evening, no matter the weather.

Come explore and open yourself to the magic!

You can find Serenbe by clicking here. You can find out more about Alyce and Lena, their mindfulness practices, and their journeys throughout the globe by clicking the links.

Hope to see you there!

pugs & kisses,

 

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Reiki Circle this Saturday!

There are a few spots still open for the Reiki Circle I’m hosting for you AND your dog!

Come chillax with your fur baby while we explore mindfulness exercises, meditation and Reiki to deepen that meaningful and loving connection with your most loyal companion.

Things you need to know:

  • Saturday, September 23 from 12:30-2:00pm
  • Just Happy Hounds – Midtown
  • 2222 5th Avenue South (across from Work/Play) 

Click here for more information about Reiki, and call 205-777-3599 to reserve your spot for you and Spot!

Just $25! Spaces limited.

See you Saturday!

pugs & kisses,

Discovering Reiki

So, the thing that’s been taking up my free time (outside of my full-time job) for the past several months has been the study of energy in the body. Less like how you get energy from proper nutrition, and more like how energy works in, around, and through the body. Plus, I’ve been meditating on the regular for months because: #personalgrowth

I don’t want to get too complicated or long-winded here, so I’ll just cut to the chase:

I am now a Level 2 Certified Reiki Practitioner (Woop! Woop!)

Say what?

Reiki (pronounced like the term of affection you have given your favorite garden utensil. Don’t lie. I know you’re all: Hey, rakey baby. You’re such a good little rakey. Let’s go clean the lawn) is a system of natural healing that utilizes the Universal Life Force Energy from which we all originate, of which we and all living things are all made, to balance the energy flow in the body.

When the energy body is balanced, you feel good. You’re in good health, you rest well, you’re not in pain. When the energy body is not balanced, various forms of “dis-ease” will manifest, whether they are physical, mental or emotional. If there is too much energy, not enough, or if the energy is clogged or stuck and not flowing up and down along the meridians and Chakras throughout the body the way it’s supposed to, you feel bad. Something hurts, or you feel sick, or tired, or drained, or sore, or tense.

The practitioner acts as a channel for Reiki energy to help move that stuck or excess energy in your body to balance the flow within the body. It’s more difficult to heal when you can’t relax, and Reiki promotes healing through deep relaxation. Reiki is not magic. It is not a miracle cure. But it is for the highest good. And when you are able to soothe the parasympathetic nervous system, that’s when real healing can begin.

You get the picture (and if not, just give me a shout. I’ll totes talk your ear off about it).

Why am I loading up the HOL Dog blog with talk of this energy healing modality? (They call it foreshadowing in literature class)

Gonna totally be giving Reiki to people AND their dogs!

Yup.

My most regular recipients of Reiki across these many months as I’ve begun to develop my skill set have been my Pugs: Pearl, Truman and Evelyn, and the cat, Chester. They LOVE it. They are so responsive. They get just floppy relaxed whenever I start gently moving my hands from head to hiney shifting that energy they’ve absorbed. We have a habit of running energy early in the mornings after they’ve had their breakfast. It’s a wonderful, peaceful way to ease into the day. We also run energy at night before bed. It’s a great way to shake off the day’s stressors and prepare for a restful night’s sleep.

It has enhanced my bond with each of them, and increased the bond among the four. The whole house is a better place because they have really settled in with each other’s personalities, likes and dislikes.

I won’t lie. We used to have some issues. I’ve worked with trainers over the years, and they certainly helped. But we got to a whole new level of chill once I began practicing Reiki on them (and on me). You dog lovers know it’s true– our dogs are so attuned to our energy, and when we’re stressed, they are too. When our anxiety level climbs, so does theirs. Likewise, when we’re chill, they calm down. Sometimes, they don’t have a chance to shake our energy off. Or sometimes, if you’re dealing with a rescue, they’ve been carrying around excess anxiety for years. That excess continues to compound and they often have difficulty processing it. Reiki helps with that.

I’m so excited about this new chapter, and can’t wait to share it!

If you’re in the Birmingham area and want to give it a try, call me for appointments and pricing.

Holla!

pugs & kisses,

Still trying to scratch that itch…

truman-dogglesThe theme song from the Simpson’s “The Itchy & Scratchy Show” runs through my head on a permanent loop. I can’t seem to get any long-lasting relief for these dogs.

Previously, I told you guys that I was convinced I was dealing with yeast, which is often confused with allergies. I thought all of the signs of yeast were there -that rust color on the coat from all the licking & biting; black spots on the skin; hair loss; constant scratching.

And for months (MONTHS!) I’ve been doing everything I possibly could to get this sh!t under control, internally and externally.

Finally, last week, we had annual checkups with Dr. B at the Kowaliga Whole Health Pet Care in Eclectic. She dismissed my yeast claim and said, “Allergies.”

Huh?

But but but… Evelyn has not had any foods that are on her trigger list since we found out a year ago what those were. Truman & Pearl have not been allergy tested because we truly did not have a problem with anything until about last August.

But Dr. B said there were no signs of inflammation, their ears showed no infection, their anal glands were normal, their teeth and eyes and face folds all look great. It’s really just down to the itchy skin.

(Truman had a laser treatment on a hotspot, hence the Doggles).

With that, we determined it’s not yeast, not diet related, and has to be environmental.

Great — bc controlling the environment is SO easy.

Evelyn is allergic to dust (aren’t we all?), feathers (me too), oak and pine (the 2 kinds of trees in my yard).

My house is clean, yo. And I’m not cutting trees.

Dr. B advised that I stop using coconut oil topically because it’s thick and greasy, and allergens stick to it.

Fine — makes sense.

She gave us a very lightweight herbal spray called Fidoderm, and it seems to be working. (find it here: http://www.onlynaturalpet.com/products/Animal-Essentials-FidoDerm-Herbal-Spray/148010.aspx)

I did not want anyone to go on antibiotics, and thankfully, Dr. B agreed. Antibiotics destroy good gut flora — which we all know is critical for a healthy immune system. Killing off the good stuff often triggers the growth of …

(say it with me…)

Yeast!

Anyhoo — we’ll also continue with the daily Benadryl. It does work. They stop scratching when I give it to them. It just metabolizes out pretty quickly, which is a good thing. I give each dog (all are close to 20lbs) 1 tablet per day, but I can increase that to twice per day if needed. (Not more than every 8 hours, tho. Benadryl is safe to give dogs, but check with your vet on proper dosage by weight of your pet).

So, what have we learned?

  1. Dr. Battistella is fantastic. Check her out.
  2. Don’t use coconut oil topically if the allergies are environmental bc it can make it worse by causing the dust, pollen, etc. to stick to your dog.
  3. I recommend Fidoderm spray.
  4. Benadryl works, but check with your vet first.
  5. Truman looks like a boss in his Doggles.

pugs & kisses,