Cat’s Over-Grooming Helped with Animal Communication

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Claire Marie, Wadsworth’s person, asked if I could help them. Wadsworth, the cat, was licking and over-grooming himself so much that he had seven spots that were raw or bleeding.  He had even pulled out the hair. They made many trips to the vet over several months and were using the prescribed medicine for cat excessive grooming. Claire Marie was frustrated and not sure what to do.

Wadsworth Stopped His Over Grooming

As an animal communicator, I talked with Wadsworth and his personality really came through. I commented that he is very good looking and he replied, “Thanks. My looks are important to me.” Our animal communication continued and he explained why he was licking himself so much.

E:    I understand you lick yourself until you bleed. Why are you doing this?

W:   I am obsessed with being clean. I must, must, must be clean and look the best I can look.
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From Whining to Quiet Dog in TTouch® Class

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whining-dogIntro to Tellington TTouch® with Your Dog class on March 28th was a huge success. I love watching the changes in the dogs as the class progresses. Patch, a Husky/Blue Heeler, showed the biggest changes.

In the past, Patch was on meds for dog anxiety. Recently Melissa stopped his meds “but the excessive whining is hard to deal with.” When Melissa arrived I asked her if she used Rescue® Remedy with Patch. She smiled and said she used it so they could get to class. During class we used TTouch® and body wraps. Patch stopped whining and was very quiet. After the lunch break, Melissa commented “It was the quietest car ride we ever had. I kept looking to see if he was in the car!”

Whining Dog Becomes Quiet Dog in TTouch Class

Since the class Melissa wrote, “He is anxious when I forget the Rescue® Remedy or body wrap or both of them together. The Ear TTouch® especially makes him so well behaved. It’s truly amazing. I am even using the Ear TTouch® on my other dog with his fear [dog anxiety] of the vet. It helps quite a bit… Fun class.”

 


 

  • Does your pet have pain or act scared sometimes?
  • Ever wish you could tell her something she would understand?
  • Wish you knew what he was thinking?

Every people/pet team has unique needs. Often, a combination of approaches will serve both the client and the pet best. It really depends on each individual animal and person’s needs. All methods are gentle and loving.

Each session is as unique as your pet and each session with your pet can be unique from her previous sessions.

It’s easy to set up your sessions, just contact me here or call me at 612-237-9580. I’m happy to help you explore the options and find the best solution for your unique situation.

“Elaine has been very helpful and supportive since my adoption of a very anxious dog. Her TTouch sessions and ongoing communication has helped us both. She has great suggestions and is very responsive to my frantic calls.” – Lynnea Forness, Minneapolis, MN

Dog Sledding with TTouch® in North Dakota

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dog-sleddingFor over a year, we had talked about going dog sledding with Helen Corlew of  Prairie Isle Dog Trekking. Amy DeLong, a TTouch® practitioner, and I met Helen during our TTouch® certification training. Finally our trip was a reality! We drove across the flats of North Dakota and discovered the beautiful rolling hills – I never knew they existed!

Helen Corlew of Prairie Isle Dog Trekking

Helen Corlew of Prairie Isle Dog Trekking

As we pulled into a beautiful retreat, we saw Helen and 14 of her sled dogs. Most of the dogs were in the dog trailer. It was fun helping with the dogs including feeding, cleaning up, and hooking and unhooking from the gang line (attaches the dogs to the sled), and doing TTouches®.  Every night Helen checks each dog over and gives them their nightly TTouches®. Helen taught us a lot about dog sledding. I highly recommend sledding with Prairie Isle Dog Trekking!


 

  • Does your pet have pain or act scared sometimes?
  • Ever wish you could tell her something she would understand?
  • Wish you knew what he was thinking?

Every people/pet team has unique needs. Often, a combination of approaches will serve both the client and the pet best. It really depends on each individual animal and person’s needs. All methods are gentle and loving.

Each session is as unique as your pet and each session with your pet can be unique from her previous sessions.

It’s easy to set up your sessions, just contact me here or call me at 612-237-9580. I’m happy to help you explore the options and find the best solution for your unique situation.

“Elaine has been very helpful and supportive since my adoption of a very anxious dog. Her TTouch sessions and ongoing communication has helped us both. She has great suggestions and is very responsive to my frantic calls.” – Lynnea Forness, Minneapolis, MN

From Nervous Dog to Therapy Dog with TTouch®

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nervous-dog-to-therapy-dogI met Bridget and Lisa, her person, because both of them were very nervous. Lisa’s previous dog was a therapy dog and she wanted Bridget to be a successful therapy dog too.

On the client form Lisa stated, “Can you help her (Bridget) relax or teach me how to help her relax, especially in new varied locations? She enjoys people and being petted but I think therapy is not going to be as fun for her as it should be unless she can learn to relax more.” When I met Bridget, she was panting, licking her lips (a calming signal), and her tail was in continual motion. I showed Lisa several TTouches® and gave her some new techniques. Bridget’s respiration slowed down and her eyes became very soft as she relaxed. Also I taught Lisa a very simple technique for herself – to breathe! I reminded Lisa to exhale which would calm her and Bridget.
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Shy Dog Changes to Dog Park Greeter with TTouch®

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The first time I met Gracie, a 7 ½ month old Akita, she wouldn’t come near me. She was a very shy dog. I threw treats and she still would not come up to me. She panted, barked, and paced. On the client form, Janelle answered “How can I help you with your dog?” with “Fear of people, on walks, strangers. Does pull on the leash. .  . Getting her (and I suppose me) to relax, trust, and not be so fearful.”  Gracie was especially fearful of men and would pee in the car.

During first session, I taught Janelle different TTouch® techniques using my stuffed dog, because I could not get close to Gracie. We also talked about how Janelle needed to relax and breathe when she saw something on a walk that Gracie might think is scary.

When I came over a week later, Gracie was in the yard alone. She paced but did not bark at me. Janelle came out and I entered the yard. Gracie took treats from me and let me touch her! Janelle told me she would talk out loud to cars (“It’s a Honda”) or dumpsters to relax herself during walks. As she talked to the “scary things,” Gracie also relaxed. After our first session, they walked to a coffee shop and Gracie was comfortable with the two dogs tied outside.

Gracie, From Shy to Confident Dog

As our five TTouch® sessions progressed, Gracie relaxed more and became more confident. The fifth session Gracie did a play bow dance and ran up to me. Now she runs up to people at the dog park. She went camping and can stay alone in the car without peeing. Gracie is more confident and more relaxed.

See Gracie’s transformation over our five sessions in her video.

Animal Communication Helps Prepare for Pet Death and Beyond

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I know how difficult it is to face the end of life questions about your best friend and pet. I took this journey a few years ago with Boomer (see A Dog’s Anxiety of Vets and How it Changed Elaine’s Life). The decision pet death and euthanasia is never easy. When his time to “cross over” Rainbow Bridge (as animals call dying) came, I was so grateful that I could hear what he wanted to do as his time came closer. My dear friend Helen said I could share Drifter’s story with you. You may want to get a tissue ready.

Drifter

Drifter

Helen Corlew of Prairie Isle Dog Trekking, who has over 20 working sled dogs, called me to say that Drifter, her “wheel dog” who runs just in front of the sled, was dying of dog cancer. Helen’s husband was in a remote part of Alaska and she couldn’t reach him. She needed to know what Drifter wanted in his final days.
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Dog Scared of Other Dogs Gains Confidence with TTouch®!

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dog-scared-of-other-dogsOn a morning walk with Hobbes, my Wheaten Terrier, I met Sophia, a beautiful, calm 6 ½ year old black lab with Heidi. Sophia walks beautifully off leash and was off leash as usual. As we approached, Heidi put the leash on Sophia which is very unusual. We stopped and talked. As Hobbes approached Sophia, she jumped backwards and barked angrily. She was not happy. She was a scared dog. Heidi told me that recently a dog bit Sophia on the ear. Since the ear bite, Sophia, a very confident dog, is afraid of other dogs. I said I could help her and gave Heidi a business card.

About a month later, Heidi called me and said Sophia needed my help. I worked a hour with Heidi and Sophia using Tellington TTouch® techniques. Before I left, Heidi was doing the TTouches® and Sophia was enjoying the touches.

Now fast forward two months. Hobbes and I just crossed the street into Linden Hills Park and a black lab came running to us. The tail was wagging and it was playtime! I realized it was Sophia and yelled to Heidi, “When did this happen?” Heidi replied, “A week and a half after seeing you!” Heidi used the techniques I taught her. Since our appointment, Sophia is back to her confident self and is happy to see and play with dogs again. I walked home with a huge smile after receiving the gift of another happy dog due to TTouch®!

  • Does your pet have pain or act scared sometimes?
  • Ever wish you could tell her something she would understand?
  • Wish you knew what he was thinking?

Every people/pet team has unique needs. Often, a combination of approaches will serve both the client and the pet best. It really depends on each individual animal and person’s needs. All methods are gentle and loving.

Each session is as unique as your pet and each session with your pet can be unique from her previous sessions.

It’s easy to set up your sessions, just contact me here or call me at 612-237-9580. I’m happy to help you explore the options and find the best solution for your unique situation.

“Elaine has been very helpful and supportive since my adoption of a very anxious dog. Her TTouch sessions and ongoing communication has helped us both. She has great suggestions and is very responsive to my frantic calls.” – Lynnea Forness, Minneapolis, MN

A Dog’s Anxiety of Veterinarians and How It Changed My Life

A Dog's Anxiety of Veterinarians and How It Changed My Life
Boomer, The Dog Who Taught Elaine About TTouch

Boomer, The Dog Who Taught Elaine About TTouch

Here’s my story about A Dog’s Anxiety of Veterinarians and How It Changed My Life. My dog Boomer, a Wheaton Terrier, was almost 12 years old when I took him in for his annual physical. In the past, Boomer was sometimes mouthy and didn’t want a vet working on near his face. On April 23, 2004, the vet muzzled Boomer and started the physical. I held him. When she looked in his eyes, he snarled from his gut and it sounded like the Exorcist. Both of us were shocked and she said something like “I guess I won’t examine your mouth and ears today.” His blood test showed his liver enzymes were high and we decided to test in a month or so.

Right before his appointment, I read The Tellington TTouch® by Linda Tellington-Jones. I made Boomer’s appointment for his bio-acid liver test where they would take a blood sample, feed him, and then two hours later take another blood test. Only using the knowledge I had gleamed from the book and cards, I attempted to use TTouch® on Boomer. A card on Mouth TTouch® stated it helped with fear of veterinary offices. I thought it might help the dog’s anxiety. I sat next to him on the sofa, stuck a finger in his mouth (I didn’t ask him if I could) and tried to perform the Mouth TTouch® each night for 6 days. The touches were very quick and clumsy. The first time he pulled away after 2 seconds, if that. The sixth night Boomer let me do the TTouch® mouth work for 15 seconds on his top gum.
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“Help Me with My Cat,” A Request for Animal Communications

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help-me-with-my-catOn June 10, 2008, I received an email with subject of “”Help Me with My Cat,” A Request for Animal Communications. She had litter box problems with her cat.  The cat was urinating outside the litter box. I couldn’t figure out how this person found me – she is from California. So I asked. Imagine my surprise when she mentioned an article on MSNBC.com and a blog! After receiving another request on a “cat behavior problem” that had also mentioned the MSNBC.com blog, I started putting it together. I quickly sent an email to a client in South Carolina (my husband’s cousin) and asked if she knew anything about this blog.

Her reply was “Yes!” She read the MSNBC.com article “What’s on your cat’s mind? Ask a pet whisperer” and answered the request the forum question. The forum is now closed. RDCgrrl’s entry stated she was skeptic of animal communications and animal communicators until I worked with her and her cats. Now she is a believer!

I love the power of the Internet. The article does a good job of explaining animal communications. Thanks “RDCgrrl” for putting Animal Bridges in the blog!


 

  • Does your pet have pain or act scared sometimes?
  • Ever wish you could tell her something she would understand?
  • Wish you knew what he was thinking?

Every people/pet team has unique needs. Often, a combination of approaches will serve both the client and the pet best. It really depends on each individual animal and person’s needs. All methods are gentle and loving.

Each session is as unique as your pet and each session with your pet can be unique from her previous sessions.

It’s easy to set up your sessions, just contact me here or call me at 612-237-9580. I’m happy to help you explore the options and find the best solution for your unique situation.

“Elaine has been very helpful and supportive since my adoption of a very anxious dog. Her TTouch sessions and ongoing communication has helped us both. She has great suggestions and is very responsive to my frantic calls.” – Lynnea Forness, Minneapolis, MN

Shelter Dog Adopted After TTouch Experiences

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shelter-dog-adoptedIn March 2007, I met Martini, a Boxer/Pit Bull Terrier mix at Animal Ark Shelter in Hastings, WI. My partner from Tellington TTouch® training and I saw Martini bouncing against the kennel gate and barking excitedly. She showed the pet problems of the dog shelter including problem barking dog. This could delay her adoption.  When we took her out of the kennel, she dragged my partner across the floor as I tried to keep up. We used the TTouch® method on her for an hour on two different days. The second day she sat calmly as we approached her kennel. When we left, I told her she would find a forever home soon.

When we came back in July 2007, Martini was still there. I walked into her kennel and she sat. She seemed to remember me. This time I had another TTouch partner. We walked her outside and worked with Martini’s pulling and let her learn about her surroundings. As we left, I told her to sit calmly when people come and soon she would have a forever home. I decided I would go back to visit her within the month. The next morning the TTouch instructor received this e-mail:
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