9 Lessons Learned From Dog ACL Surgery and Recovery

Hobbes had dog ACL surgery

Updated June 19, 2017

What did I learn about Hobbes’ dog ACL surgery and recovery? Reflecting, I learned so much. At times it didn’t seem like it. I hope these lessons help you if you ever need them.

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Aging Dog Issues



Neeko, a 13-year old Husky, lives in Florida with his people, Peggy and Steve Hawks. They want to keep Neeko comfortable and happy. He was having typical aging dog issues.

Peggy wrote to Animal Bridges, “I have seen his rear legs shake when he’s laying down, not sure why. And he sometimes has trouble swallowing his food, he chokes and will cough after he barks. “

We decided I would do a Healing Touch for Animals® from the distance for Neeko. We agreed the session’s intention was for Neeko’s general wellness, and make him happy and comfortable.
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Stressed, Crying Cat Calmed Down with Energy Work

Mischa, a 4 ½ year old cat, had experienced many changes in the past 6 months.


  • She traveled by car from New York City to Minnesota to her new home with her human Mom.
  • Left a cat sibling behind.
  • Met a new cat and bonded with him, Hendrix.
  • Suddenly Hendrix died.
  • The social cat was suddenly the lone cat and very unhappy.


Mischa  was crying most of the time. If she was alone in a room, and her humans were in another room with the TV on, she cried. She cried during the night. Her human Mom was not sleeping and desperately needed the sleep.

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Animal Bridges Helped My Pets through Illness, Life, Death

The following testimonial was posted on SideWalkDog.com on November 24, 2014 by Becky Nelson of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota.



“I first contacted Elaine in 2012 when I discovered my cat Katie had cancer. Elaine assisted Katie through several Healing Touch for Animals® (HTA) sessions and with several animal communications. The communications and support from Elaine during this difficult time gave comfort to Katie, in addition to me and my family.


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Halloween Can Cause Scared Cats and Dogs!

scared cats and dogs

Halloween Can Cause Scared Cats and DogsOctober is the month of changes and Halloween. Some people like getting “scared” with the goblins, ghosts, and horrible monsters. Scared cats and dogs are just that — scared!

Our pets don’t understand why people are dressed funny, wear masks, and try to scare them. For many pets it is a time of uncertainty, anxiety, and fear. Pets don’t understand Halloween and can be afraid.

What does fear feel like? Imagine getting a dreaded phone call or dropping your dog’s leash and losing him.
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Dog’s Surgery Recovery Aided with Healing Touch For Animals®



Elaine of Animal Bridges recently did wonderful work on a dog’s surgery recovery, with a 10-year-old dog, Buddy, and greatly sped up his recovery.  Buddy had major surgery on February 18, 2014 to remove a large mass and part of his liver.

Two days after he returned home, he was improving, but was still sluggish, had digestive problems (vomiting and diarrhea,) and was still feeling the effects of both the surgery and medications.

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A Testimonial — My Dog is Sick! Can Animal Bridges Help?

Dog is sick.
My dog is sick. Can Animal Bridges do energy work?


My phone rang at 6:30 pm and Patsy of Florida asked if I could help her dog. My dog is sick. I asked what was going on.

Patsy said another animal communicator from Minnesota, Mary Stoffel, had talked with her dog RAFA. RAFA, a 10-month old Labrador puppy, had emergency surgery 24-hours before for a blockage. He had swallowed an object just smaller than a golf ball. The communicator said he needed some energy work and recommended Patsy call me.

I told her to ask the veterinarian if I could do energy work on RAFA since he was under the clinic’s care. In the meantime, Patsy was driving 30 minutes to get to him.

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Calming Growling Dog


In “Dog Tells About Pain & Fear of People in Animal Communication,” Shadow told me about her pain and desire to find the man who was “mean” to her. Shadow also admitted she would growl at Theresa because she felt she needed to protect Leon, Theresa’s husband.

Her growling at Theresa was causing problems. Shadow spends a lot of time with Leon and rarely growled at Leon. Leon was frustrated that Shadow was hurting Theresa’s feelings.

Someone gave Theresa the advice to be “dominate” over Shadow when she growled. So Theresa stared at her. This is an aggressive action in dog language.

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Animal Communication Helps Dog’s Fear and Pain


Shadow’s people, Theresa and Leon of Minneapolis, were frustrated because she growled at them when they sat with her or petted her. Immediately after she growled, she would act as if she was sorry. A friend recommended an animal communication with Animal Bridges.

In our animal communication, Shadow immediately said, “I know I frustrate Leon and Theresa a lot. I am sorry I am doing it. I am sorry.” She had severe pain in her back leg and the vet couldn’t find a reason for the pain. She would not let him touch it. Shadow said about the pain, “Sometimes it is very bad. I guess I would say a 7 or 8 (on a scale of 1 to 10) … Usually it aches. It is sometimes all the time.”
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Animal Communication for Horses


Elaine Talking to 4-H Group

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.

On a beautiful warm summer evening, 20 people and 11 horses gathered next to the outdoor arena. I talked about how my dog, Boomer, guided me to animal communication and Tellington TTouch® Training.


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