Sunday, May 13, 2018

Just adopted! Where do you start?

Meet Kestrel. I just adopted her yesterday. 

She's about 11 months old. She seems to be in good health and spirits, but she was recently vaccinated (2 DHLPP and Rabies) and spayed, and has been fed processed foods as far as I know. Her temperament seems so far to be very good: sociable and relaxed, but she does on occasion exhibit some mild fear issues.

So where do I start?

Friday, April 27, 2018

What To Expect from a Dog Healing Session

Art by an old family friend in a corner of
my vibrational sound therapy room.

By this time I thought I might be writing about a new dog in my life, but since that hasn't happened yet I thought I'd take an opportunity to write about the professional services I offer through The Art of Dog. This is an introductory summary to help new clients understand what to expect when I first meet their dog. When modalities are unfamiliar it's helpful to at least understand how this new relationship with a practitioner will look. I send this to new clients in advance of our first session. If this sounds like something you'd like to experience please get in touch with me.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Death and the Birth of Understanding

Today is the Winter Solstice.  It’s been a dark season and I’m looking forward to the days getting longer. Looking forward to what the sunlight will bring. My dog taught me that.

It’s been nine weeks since my mother died. She died at home, acting of her own free will to stop eating and take to her bed a mere five days before. I’ve been her caretaker for quite some time and the past year had become an almost non-stop stream of meals and errands and medical visits. Through it all Vida was by my side and by my mom’s side, her concern for us demonstrated by both worried pacing and happy distraction. I am proud to have been able to assist my mother toward her end as she wanted it. The only wish of hers that we could not quite fulfill was that she just be able to go to bed and simply go to sleep. 

It’s been nine days since my dog died. Vida made it through my mother’s death and certainly wished she could have helped me further along before succumbing herself, but the cancer returned and there was nothing we could do. 

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Make your own "Hunk of Beef"

There's no reason to buy canned pet food to top off your dog's meal. 

You'll save money using higher quality meat (human-grade, 'cause you bought it in the people store rather than trusting a pet food company to be honest), and you'll know exactly what's in it (no mysterious objects or additives). 

It's getting to the point that it's crazy not to do this. There really is no excuse (crock pots are cheap, or see if a neighbor has one gathering dust in the cupboard).

You can even create nutritionally complete diets at home with a little extra effort and supplementation (thus the tip about calcium, the main thing most people leave out when making their dog's complete at home). 

Do this process once or twice a month, and put the finished food in the freezer in mason jars for easy dispensing as needed. 

Get started with this simple "hunk of beef" that you can spoon over their current food. 

PS: don't be shocked to see this cooking post on my blog - being flexible with people and dogs is important. My 17 year old still eats raw, but her aging taste-buds appreciate this cooked addition mixed in.