On September 24, 2015 Elaine Garley of Animal Bridges spoke at North Star Therapy Animals. NSTA consists of individuals from the Twin Cities area who volunteer as part of therapy animals teams. The teams are passionate about therapy animal interactions and the benefits it brings to the Twin Cities.
Now is the perfect time to prepare and help your dog with these frightening experiences. Some cats are afraid of storms or loud noises. Remember your dog or cat will feel the barometric changes hours before you notice the storm clouds.
October 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.
School has started. Schedules change.
What is changing in your life and your pet’s life?
- Are your schedules changing from being home during the summer to going back to school?
- Is your pet’s best buddy going off to college or moving into an apartment?
- Did your work schedule change and you are working different times?
- Do you have new activities – sports, meetings, scouts – and won’t be home for your pet?
- Other changes include new member of family (human or animal), death in family or a friend (human or animal), change in employment, moving, finances, etc.
Although these changes may not affect you, the changes may be confusing to your pet.
- Keep you dogs out of the lakes, creeks, and rivers. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strongly advise to “keep children and pets out of the affected area until cleanup has been completed.”
- Water in lakes, creeks, and rivers may be contaminated with chemicals, pesticides, and feces. (I heard of a porta potty floating in a local Minnesota lake.)
- Keep your dogs from drinking affected water. This includes “street tea” or the water puddles by the curb. The water may cause diarrhea.
- Open wounds may get infected from the flood waters.
- Read this great article by a vet on water borne illnesses in dogs.
Is your pet acting up after the floods or acting afraid? Schedule a free 15-minute consultation.
- When you ask your pet, “want a treat?” or “want to go outside?,” do they seem to know what you’re asking and respond?
- Do you somehow know when your pet is sick or hurt?
- Can you feel your pet’s love for you?
Then you are communicating with your pet!
As a professional animal communicator, I’ve had special training that enhances the natural communication you may have experienced. Because of this training, I can help you learn more about your pet.
Working from my home, I hold a telepathic conversation with your pet, asking questions you provide, or giving them information for you. As I work with your pet, I hear the conversation in my head and feel both emotional and physical issues the animal is experiencing. After the session, I provide a transcript of the conversation, including insight into the animal’s feelings, thoughts, and concerns.
Katie has trained dogs in the Twin Cities for over 30 years and is a wealth of knowledge. She does not use treats as rewards in training. She believes you are the treats/reward for you dogs! Katie’s shows are lively and full of wonderful information.
The 2013 holiday season is on us, and this year it is suddenly shorter! Talk about adding stress. Can you believe Hanukkah starts on the night before Thanksgiving? And the shopping season got shortened by a week. Of course, we all have the same amount of errands, mailings, and cooking in less time.
Now exhale! Yes, we are stressed and we are sharing it with our pets.
So let’s all stop for a minute or five minutes. Exhale. Clear your mind by listening to your breathing. Turn off the mind chatter.
Now go over to your pet, and slowly exhale again. You may try yawning while you sit with your dog. Very slowly blink your eyes as you sit with your cat.
Exhale quietly again. You are in the present moment. Slowly stroke your best friend. If you know TTouch, do a few TTouches on your pet and yourself. Exhale.
As a way of giving thanks to your pet and yourself, try to spend five minutes a day enjoying the present moment with your pet. You will feel better and so will they!
Is your dog stressed with people visiting? Click here to schedule your complimentary 15 minute About Your Pet Session.