Wow, Mother Nature decided we need some drastic changes. She is doing a fantastic job of making the holiday season come early. Walking Hobbes in the single digits helped me focus on gratitude.
Let me explain. For the past month, I start my day with a gratitude walk. When Hobbes and I walk, I list 10 reasons why I am grateful. As I mentally say “I am grateful for …,” I feel a smile grow bigger. It doesn’t matter if it is raining, snowing, or freezing with wind chills below zero. I smile.
Some days it seems so hard to start. I laugh when we are headed home and I haven’t started. Opps. So I start then. I may be in the driveway heading out, half way on the Hobbes directed walk, or almost home – I start.
When I meet people they tell me about their pets. Was your pet rescued? What is your pet’s story? Everyone has a story to tell and I love learning about each individual animal companion.
Often I hear:
She was a pet rescued from a puppy mill and had a horrible life (lots of details).
He was abused dog.
She was a feral cat and all beat up.
Usually I hear more about the pet‘s life before her wonderful forever home.
Stingrays are amazing animals that glide and undulate through the water. This winter I learned more about them in a visit to the Bahamas and Cayman Islands.
Stingray Adventures in Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (available on Carnival and Holland America cruises) is a great place to be introduced to stingrays. In a netted area, you are introduced to the stingrays. With snorkel and fins, you can explore the small area and see other fish on the small reef.
Hennepin County Hoofbeat 4-H Club invited Animal Bridges to talk at their monthly meeting August 19, 2013. The club is made up of very confident youth and their horses. They wanted to know what I did and if I could possibly talk with a few of the horses.
Here’s the amazing story of how a Wild Gold Finch Bird was Helped with TTouch®. On a Saturday morning, I was leaving the house and saw a gold finch on the sidewalk by the porch. The gold finch probably hit the windows as it flew to the bird feeder. It let me pick it up. The bird was wobbly and couldn’t stand. It did move its wings. It was leaning to one side but didn’t seem to be injured.
I started doing tiny Tellington TTouch® circles with one finger on its entire back, wings, and head for about five minutes. It even let me remove some loose feathers by its beak. My hands were getting cold because it was 20 degrees outside. I put the gold finch on the woodpile about 4 feet off the ground. I told the gold finch it was safe and I would be back in an hour.
When I returned, the bird was still on the woodpile. I didn’t expect it to stay but it must have listened to me! The finch let me pick it up. Now it could grip my finger with both claws and was standing straight. It immediately flew but went to the ground. I picked it up again and it flew to the tree. I turned my back and it flew away. TTouch® and energy work amaze me daily!
- 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 t-touch sessions and ongoing communication has helped us both. She has great suggestions and is very responsive to my frantic calls.” – Lynnea Forness, Minneapolis, MN
Recently I met two wonderful rabbits, Emily and Cherry, who had very different issues. Cherry has a spinal birth defect and Emily was very fearful. Barb Kelley, the go to person for rabbits who aren’t easily adopted, shared lots of information on pet rabbit behavior, and Emily and Cherry. Here’s the story about how Energy Medicine Helps Rabbits with Fear and Limited Mobility.
My husband and I went on a wonderful motorcycle trip in the West. We visited the Black Hills of South Dakota; Red Lodge, Montana; saw lots of Wyoming including Cody, Jackson, Yellowstone, and the Grand Tetons hidden in the rain; then south to the National Parks in Utah (Arches, Canyonlands, Zion, Bryce, and Capitol Reef); then headed home through Colorado. The beauty of the land doesn’t show in our photos. The landscapes that go on forever are overwhelming at times. The red rocks of Utah were a stark contrast to the green of Colorado Rockies. I am in awe of “America the Beautiful.” At times I was speechless and had tears of gratitude.
We saw lots of wildlife in Custer State Park (from a truck on a cold windy day) including pronghorn, bison standing in the road, prairie dogs, and the very friendly burros. In Yellowstone, the bison stood at the side of the road as we rode by on the motorcycle. Someplace in Colorado, I saw an elk eating by the side of a mountain road – he wasn’t concerned about us riding by. At Bear Tooth Pass, MT (10,947 feet – the highest elevation highway in the Northern Rockies) and Flaming Gorge, WY (the Green River), the chipmunks were scurrying around and liked the nuts we gave them. We saw wild turkeys, hawks, and other birds of prey. I also saw a blue bird. In the ranch land, we saw lots of cattle, horses, and llamas. We even saw an ostrich ranch!
Unlike other motorcycle trips, the animals didn’t call to me. I remember in Sonoma, California riding by a herd of horses one called me. Suddenly I heard in my headset, “Hey you.” I realized it wasn’t John speaking to me and replied “yes.” The horse wanted to know where 50 motorcycles were going. I told him we were visiting and enjoying the scenery. He said to have a great ride as we rode on. I always smile when I remember the surprise animal communication.
This trip was part of my “Bucket List” and I highly recommend it to all. Our country is so beautiful and diverse.
Cuddles, 17 year old Umbrella Cockatoo, has a wasting type of disease (Proventricular Dilatation Disease – PDD). Sid Korpi, author of Good Grief: Finding Peace After Pet Loss recommended me to her friend, Cindy Benzaquen. The previous weekend, Cuddles was close to death due to severe dehydration and survived. Cindy is in continual contact with Cuddles’ veterinarian. Cindy’s main concern is Cuddles has a comfortable, good quality of life.
The day I met them, Cindy could hear Cuddles’ chest congestion. After our introductions, Cuddles was very cooperative as I started a Healing Touch for Animals® (HTA) session. As I worked, Cuddles became calmer and relaxed. At the end of the session, he sounded less congested and was very relaxed. Cindy and I agreed I would do distant sessions with him as needed. This started my journey with Cuddles.
A few days later, Cindy called and said Cuddles was having a seizure. I was on my way home and within 10 minutes of her call, I started a distance session on Cuddles. After a very long session, I called Cindy. She was thrilled. Normally Cuddles doesn’t regain his balance for many hours or most of the day, is disoriented, doesn’t want any food, and doesn’t acknowledge her. HTA changed all that! By the time I called her, Cuddles was standing on one foot and balancing, moving around his cage, eating, and trying to talk with her!