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The Tao of the Dog

Posted on September 21, 2012 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (3)

     I found a great holistic dog care book recently and I use it as my doggy bible now. It is very easy to find what you are looking for, easy to follow with lots of illustrations. It is called The Complete Holistic Dog Book by Jan Allegretti & Katy Sommers, D.V.M. Some contents include acupressure, flower essences, TCM, herbs, wholesome nutrition, bodywork and energy medicine.

     I feel bonding with your pet beyond playing at the park, going for walks and playing fetch is important. To become one with your dog, so to speak. We are all one spirit, one mind! I have permission to share this with you from The Complete Holistic Dog Book.

The Tao of the Dog

The ancient philosophy of Taoism has a very important precept called wu-wei, which translates to "not doing." By practicing we-wei, you are relating to your dog withour force or interference. This "art of doing nothin" will give you a better understanding of who he really is.

     Take your dog to a dog park, or a protected nature area where he can safely be off leash. Try just sitting for an hour or two, and quietly observe your friend. As you watch him move through this new environment, try to imagine what it is like to hear sixteen times better than you do, and have a sense of smell a hundred times better than your own. Which activities give him joy? How does he sense danger, and how does he respond to it? What is his connection to you? Is it comfortable and easy, or does he experience anxiety whenever he drifts away from you?

     If past problems suggest your dog is not ready to be off leash with strange dogs and people, have a friend take your dog for a walk on a long leash. Go along, but only as a passive oberver, not as a participant. Walk in silence, putting all your attention on observing your dog. Can you see him "talk" through his body language? Do you recongnize the difference between a big, slow, tail wag that means, "I'm happy," and the fast, sharp wag that indicates stress or uncertainty?

     Which parts of the walk does he enjoy most? When is he stressed or unsure of himself? How does his expression toward each passerby change? Is he submissive, or does his body language suggest, "Stay away from me"? Most importantly, how does your dog repond to the direction of your friend when there is tension in the situation?

     You can practice wu-wei with your dog at home, too. If your dog is relegated to the back yard or a kennel every day, try sitting a few hours there with him. Perhaps you'll come to understand why he tears up the rose bed! Or you may decide that a softer bed on that concrete floor might not be such a bad idea afer all. Just oberving your dog in a passive and open way, you will be better able to interpret his unique communication style and know more intimately what makes him tick. No doubt, you will likely see your relationship with your canine companion deepen in many wonderful ways as you come to know the "Way of the Dog."

7 Natural Flea Repellent Remedies

Posted on July 9, 2012 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (4)

Summertime, summertime, sum-sum-summer time  (singing) is here and so are the fleas. I do not use Advantage, Frontline or any over the counter flea collars on my cats or dogs. These products are toxic to your pets and they build up an immunity to these products that renders them useless.I have used brewers yeast w/ garlic tablets, Avon Skin So Soft and lavender essential oil. (do not use lavender on cats) All of these work. The first step in flea control is a healthy pet which starts with their diet. Fleas will infest a sick animal as I sadly witnessed first hand. My household is flea-free and I live in Southern California.

From the EPA:

U.S. and Canada to Increase Scrutiny of Flea and Tick Pet Products

Release date: 04/16/2009

(Washington, DC – April 16, 2009) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is intensifying its evaluation of spot-on pesticide products for flea and tick control for pets due to recent increases in the number of reported incidents. Adverse reactions reported range from mild effects such as skin irritation to more serious effects such as seizures and, in some cases, the death of pets. . . . Incidents with flea and tick products can involve the use of spot-on treatments, sprays, collars and shampoos. However, the majority of the incidents reported to EPA are related to flea and tick treatments with EPA-registered spot-on products. (to read the complete EPA news release, click here)                        Source: Alternatives 4 Animal Health


  • Your pet is scratching a lot or is loosing patches of fur.
  • There is pepper-like debris in his fur.
  • His skin is red or sore, or there is a scabby rash.
  • He has been getting tape-worms.

Natural Flea Control Alternatives

1. Rosemary Flea Dip

Steep two cups of fresh rosemary in boiling water for 30 minutes. Strain the liquid, discard the leaves and add up to a gallon of warm water depending on the size of your dog. Wait until it cools but is still warm and pour over your dog until he’s soaked. Allow your dog to dry naturally. Works especially well on hot summer days.

2.Make a Flea Collar

Take the pet’s collar or bandana and put on a few drops of eucalyptus oil, tea tree oil , citronella, lavender, or geranium. This will need to be done weekly. I put a couple of drops of lavender essential oil (100% pure) directly on my dog’s neck and base of tail and rub in. DO NOT USE OILS ON CATS

3. Brewer’s Yeast & Garlic

You can find tablets at most pet stores. They are for dogs and cats and the dosage is by weight. Liver flavored and most of my pets eat them as a treat. If not I mix it in their food. Or you can sprinkle a TBSP of brewers yeast on your pet’s food each day. Dogs over 50 lbs. can have up to 2 tsp of garlic a day, and smaller dogs can have 1/4 to 1/2 tsp a day. Garlic can be a problem for cats so don’t give them too much. Brewer’s yeast & garlic changes the flavor of your pet’s blood.

4. Apple Cider Vinegar

A spoonful of this added to your dog’s water makes their skin more acidic and not-at-all tasty to fleas. If apple cider vinegar is not your dog’s cup of tea, you can dilute it 50/50 with water, pour into a spray bottle and use as a repellent.

5. Lemon Spray Repellent

Cut a lemon into quarters, cover with boiling water and let it steep overnight. In the morning, spray all over your dog, especially behind the ears and around the head generally (be careful of his eyes), around the base of the tail, and under your dog’s legs.

6. Avon Skin So Soft

Fill a clean spray bottle with 5 parts water/1 part  SSS, shake, spray small amount on dog’s coat. (do not spray on face or near eyes) Gently rub in against fur to get next to skin. Brush. Helps with dry skin, makes coat shine and your pooch smells good. Can be used on cats as well, use SSS w/o sunscreen. Repeat every other day in hot weather.

7. Flea Comb

After your pet is dry, use a flea comb that is specifically designed to remove fleas. Use the comb all over their skin.


Bathing alone is ineffective for flea control. Bathing will kill the fleas on your dog or cat, but will not stop them from getting back on your pet. Bath your dog every week or every other week in the summer time. Bathing more than once a week dries out their skin.

Fill the tub. Fill a tub or sink up with water, dunk your pet up to his neck, fleas will head for high ground. Pick them off as soon as they appear.

Cedar beds make effective repellents, as long as covers are washed routinely.

Vacuum regularly and empty bags if you do not have a bagless vacuum. Fleas can live in the bags.

Flea trap-put soapy water in a shallow bowl/cake pan under a night-light by Fido’s bed (make sure Fido or Kitty will not drink it). Fleas jump at light, fall in water, kills them dead.

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Peanut Butter Puppy Poppers

Posted on June 18, 2012 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Yummy for Dogs of all Ages! 

2 Cups (whole wheat or rice)

1 TBSP baking powder

1 Cup peanut butter (chunky or smooth)

1 Cup milk

Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In bowl, combine flour and baking powder. In another bowl, mix peanut butter and milk, then add to dry ingredients and mix well. Place dough on a lightly floured surface and knead. Roll dough to ¼ inch thickness and use a cookie cutter (bone-shaped) to cut out shapes.

Bake for 20 minutes on a greased baking sheet until lightly brown. Cool on a rack, then store in an airtight container. Be careful not to overcook because the cookies burn easily.

Note: Some dogs may be allergic to wheat or peanut butter.

Photo: Courtesy of  Nancy’s Recipes.


A Wet Dog is a Happy Dog

Posted on June 18, 2012 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

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Calming Music for Dogs

Posted on June 18, 2012 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)

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Please Don't Tell Me It's Monday

Posted on June 11, 2012 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)

7 Ways to Calm Your Pet Naturally

Posted on April 11, 2012 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

The basis for a calm pet is to be calm yourself. If you are running around constantly on the go and stressed, your pet will pick up on your emotions, causing him/her stress. A good diet and exercise will help keep your pet calm and healthy. A pet enclosed all day will be excited and need a release. Provide some type of entertainment for your pet while away. There are lots of pet toys that exercise the mind.

  1. Blue Light: (My whole bedroom room is blue). You can pick up a blue light bulb almost anywhere and there is your calming room. Blue can stimulate the pituitary gland to produce calming hormones.
  2. Flower Essences: Pet Rescue Remedy is a blend that calms animals, quick-acting, safe and no side effects. Rescue Remedy can be put on dog’s lips or gums or put in water. Impatiens is a flower remedy that helps dogs relax also.
  3. Herbs: Calm Pet contains kava kava, chamomile, St. John’s wort, and Valerian root.
  4. Milk: Milk contains a natural chemical called tryptophan that tells the brain when to relax. Pets calm down when given warm milk, between 1/4 and 1/2 cup of milk according to holistic veterinarians. Oatmeal is also calming and good as a shampoo for sensitive skin.
  5. Soothing music or TV: If you are going out and leaving your dog alone or want to unwind with your pet, put on some relaxing soft music. If your pet is alone, TV is a good companion. I turn on Animal Planet for my dogs. (My foster likes Pit Bulls and Parolees).There are also DVD’s you can buy for your pets to watch.
  6. Essential Oil: Lavender and Citrus are strong smelling essential oils. Use a spray bottle and dilute 5 drops of oil in a cup of water. Do not spray near dog’s eyes.
  7. Magnet: (I have never tried this one). According to Dr. Stefanatos D.V.M. holistic veterinarian, hold a magnet on your pet’s forehead between the eyes for about 20 minutes or until your pet is calm. It readjusts the body’s electromagnetic field to help relieve anxiety attacks. Magnets can be bought from holistic veterinarian or pet supply catalog. (Don’t know why a regular magnet won’t work, but will check into this and update). Only found magnetic pet beds online.

Animal Reiki

Posted on March 21, 2012 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (3)

I have practiced Animal Reiki since July 2010. (I also practice on people). My passion is to help neglected and abused animals. I volunteer for a dog rescue and own several rescued dogs and cats. I follow my heart (spirit), my Reiki Master Teacher, and Kathleen Prasad in using Animal Reiki. I have included two informative Reiki website links.

Rei means “spirit,” and Ki means “energy,” so Reiki translates to “spiritual energy.” All things are made of energy. Reiki travels through us from the Divine Source, we are the instument used to channel Reiki into someone or something that needs healing or calming.

Everyone has access to this energy regardless of religious background or education. Reiki is mostly used through the palms, but in reality Reiki flows through all our energy centers and pathways (i.e. chakras and meridians), so is moving throughout our whole body. The more you practice Reiki, the more you will feel the energy flow.

Reiki is also used to describe a Japanese energy healing system, rediscovered by Mikao Usui in the 1920's and used today for “hands-on” healing. The origin of Reiki is still a mystery. Some believe that it is very, very old from the time of Atlantis. There are many forms of Reiki today.

Reiki energy may feel like a wonderful glowing radiance or warmth that flows through and around you. People feel different things with Reiki energy and some may not feel anything at all, but Reiki is always working or flowing.

Reiki is ideal for use with animals because it is gentle and noninvasive. Animals are very receptive to Reiki energy. It doesn’t cause stress, discomfort, or pain. Animals respond intuitively to Reiki’s power to heal emotional, behavioral, and physical illnesses and injuries.

For animals who are healthy, Reiki helps to maintain their health, enhances relaxation and provides an emotional sense of peace and contentment.

For animals who are ill, Reiki is a wonderful healing method as well as a safe complement to Western Medicine, Chinese Medicine, homeopathy, flower essences, and all other forms of healing. For example, Reiki can reduce the side effects of chemotherapy, support an acupuncture treatment, and enhance the effects of flower essences.

For dying animals, Reiki is a powerful yet gentle way to provide comfort, relief from pain, fear, and anxiety, and to ease the transition to death.

SARAH, Shelter Animal Reiki Association, brings animal Reiki to shelters and rescue organizations founded by Kathleen Prasad (Animal Reiki Source), and Leah D’Ambrosio in May 2008.

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How to do TTouch

Posted on March 4, 2012 at 9:35 PM Comments comments (0)

I started using TTouch method on my pets. I foster dogs from a rescue who are stressed and ususally have some type of issue, so I am always looking for natural methods to relieve stress and anxiety in dogs. I like TTouch because you don’t need to know the pet’s anatomy to use.

I also practice Reiki (Universal Energy) usedfor healing, It is important to use your intuition as much as possible when using touch healing methods. Try not to over think what you are doing and do what comes naturally for you.

The foundation of the TTouch method is based on circular movements of the fingers and hands all over the body. The intent of the TTouch is to activate the function of the cells and awaken cellular intelligence-a little like“turning on the electric lights of the body.” The TTouch is done on the entire body and each circular TTouch is complete within itself. Therfore it is not necessary to understand anatomy to be successful in speeding up the helaing of injuries or ailments or changing undersirable habits or behavior.

To do the TTouch imagine the face of a clock on your animal’s body, half an inch to one inch in diameter. Place your lightly curved fingers at six o’ clock on your inaginaryclock, and push the skin around the face of the clock for one and a quartercircles.  Place your thumb two to three inches from your forefinger and feel a connection between thumb and forefingers. When possible, support the body gently with your free hand, placingit opposite the hand making the circle. Maintain a steady rhythm and constantpressure around the circle and a quarter, whenter the TTouch is light or firm,pay particular attention to the roundness of the circles.

After each circular TTouch you can either move to another spot at randomor you can run parallel lines on the body by making a circle with a little slide and then another circle. Both types of movements induce relaxation and imporve self-confidence.

Most of the time clockwise circles are the most effective forstrengthening and rehabilitating the body, as well as imporving self-confidenceand performance. However, there are times when counterclockwise circles areappropriate for releasing tension. Practice both directions and trust yourfingers if they are moving in a counterclockwise direction.


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Reiki Code of Ethics

Posted on March 1, 2012 at 9:35 PM Comments comments (0)

I have practiced Animal Reiki since July 2010. I have three rescued pets. My passion is for neglected and abused animals and volunteer for a local dog rescue. I practice Reiki on my pets, others and myself daily. I follow the Code of Ethics that was developed by Kathleen Prasad founder of Animal Reiki Source.

Guiding Principles:

  • I believe the animals are equal partners in the healing process.
  • I honor the animals as being not only my clients, but also my teachers in the journey of healing.
  • I understand that all animals have physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects, to which Reiki can bring profound healing responses.
  • I believe that bringing Reiki to the human/animal relationship is transformational to the human view of the animal kingdom.
  • I dedicate myself to the virtues of humility, integrity, compassion and gratitude in my Reiki practice.

In working on myself, I follow these practices:

  • I incorporate the Five Reiki Precepts into my daily life and Reiki practice.
  • I commit myself to a daily practice of self-healing and spiritual development so that I can be a clear and strong channel for healing energy.
  • I nurture a belief in the sacred nature of all beings, and in the value and depth of animalkind as our partners on this planet.
  • I listen to the wisdom of my heart, remembering that we are all One.

In working in the community, I hold the following goals:

  • I model the values of partnership, compassion, humility, gentleness and gratitude in my life and with the animals, teaching by example.
  • I work to create professional alliances and cooperative relationships with other Reiki practitioners/teachers, animal health-care providers and animal welfare organizations in my community.
  • I strive to educate my community in its understanding of the benefits of Reiki for animals.
  • I continually educate myself to maintain and enhance my professional competence so that I uphold the integrity of the profession.
  • I consider myself an ally to the veterinary and animal health community. I work to support their efforts in achieving animal wellness and balance. I honor other disciplines and their practitioners.

In working with the human companions of the animals, I will:

  • Share information before the treatment about my healing philosophy, the Reiki healing system and what to expect in a typical treatment, as well as possible outcomes, including the possibility of healing reactions.
  • Provide a clear policy ahead of time regarding fees, length of treatment and cancellation policy, as well as "postponement" policy, should the animal not want the treatment that day.
  • Never diagnose. I will always refer clients to a licensed veterinarian when appropriate.
  • Honor the privacy of the animals and their human companions.
  • Share intuition received during Reiki treatments, with compassion and humility, for the purpose of supporting their understanding of the healing process.
  • Respect the human companion's right to choose the animal's healing journey, selecting the methods, both holistic and/or conventional that he or she deems most appropriate, with the support and advice of a trusted veterinarian.

In working with the animals, I follow these guidelines:

  • I work in partnership with the animal.
  • I always ask permission of the animal before beginning, and respect his or her decision to accept or refuse any treatment. I listen intuitively and observe the animal's body language in determining the response.
  • I allow each animal to choose how to receive his or her treatment; thus each treatment could be a combination of hands-on, short distance and/or distant healing, depending on the animal's preference.
  • I let go of my expectations about how the treatment should progress and/or how the animal should behave during the treatment, and simply trust Reiki.
  • I accept the results of the treatment without judgment and with gratitude toward Reiki and the animal's openness and participation in the process.

Copyright © 2007, Animal Reiki Source

Animal Reiki with Kathleen Prasad

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