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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TTouch – The Language of Trust and Love for Animals

Linda Tellington-Jones Giving Hobbes TTouch Ear Slides

Linda Tellington-Jones Gives Hobbes TTouches

TTouch® is the language of trust and love for animals and people.

Some animals need to learn to trust first before they are comfortable giving love. Others just enjoy the undivided attention. An easy way to give undivided attention to your pet is doing Tellington TTouch®.

TTouch® can change animals’ lives for the better and definitely affect people too. My life was profoundly changed with TTouch® as I saw the affect on Boomer, our dog who was afraid of vets.

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Holidays and Quality Time for Your Pet

Holidays and quality time for your pet

holidays-and-your-petThe holiday season is on us, and this year it is suddenly shorter! Or at least it seems that way. Talk about adding stress! So how do you manage the holidays and quality time for your pet?

Of course, we all have the same amount of errands, mailings, and cooking in less time. Hobbes pulled out his warm coat early.

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 of “I need to…”

Now for some quality time for your pet.

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. Be with your pet. No phone or gadget.  Slowly stroke your best friend. If you know TTouch®, do a few TTouches® on your pet and yourself. Try ear slides. Exhale.

As a way of giving thanks to your pet and yourself, try to spend five minutes a day enjoying this special time with your pet. You will feel better and so will they!

Therapy Teams Learn TTouch at North Star Therapy Animals

Elaine Garley of Animal Bridges talks to North Star Therapy Animals TeamsOn 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.

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Dog’s Heart Condition Improves – Did TTouch Help?

heart-conditionLivie, the flat coated retriever, was diagnosed in December of 2014 and almost died because of Congestive Heart Failure. Her pet parents, Mary Ann Rafferty and Kate Stankis of Minneapolis, Minnesota emailed Elaine. “At the time, she was diagnosed with Dilated Cardimyopathy, an irreversible heart condition whose prognosis is poor. At this time (March 2015), Livie is on medication and doing well.”

Mary Ann asked Animal Bridges to communicate with Livie about their concerns. Livie prognosis was not great and they wanted to ask her about her pain, what she wanted to do (a bucket list), how to help her relax, and to let them know when she is ready to transition.

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Scuba Diving Taught Me How to Help Fearful Dogs

Dreaming of Scuba Diving

Nemo’s Friend

Little did I know the winter of 2015 would remind me of how to help fearful dogs.

Remember the winter of 2015 — it was cold, long, and some places dug out of lots of snow. Fortunately I could focused on warm Caribbean breezes. I was excited to scuba dive again. Time to swim with Nemo’s friend!

So get comfortable as I tell you about my adventure. It does all tie back to your wonderful pets and what I learned.
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Help Your Pet with Car Sickness, Leash Pulling, Fear & More

Have you ever experienced being embarrassed by your pet’s behavior? Or your pet is afraid of thunderstorms or gets car sick?  I have and know the feelings of embarrassment, frustration, and not knowing where to go for help.

Boomer

Boomer

I remember my shock and embarrassment when my previous dog, Boomer, was at the vet’s for a physical. As the vet looked into his eyes, Boomer made a guttural growl from his belly. He sounded like something from the “Exorcist” movie! Yes, the exam ended and Boomer needed to come back to the vet for some blood work.

A few days later I tried a new technique that helped him with his fears and the results were amazing. Boomer’s next vet visit went so well, the vet wanted to know what I had done.
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Calm Yourself Now!

Minnesota Women in Networking (MN WIN) hosted a Speakers Speed Showcase at their January and July luncheon meetings. Each presentation is limited to five minutes. Elaine Garley of Animal Bridges taught the 70 WIN members and guests Calm Yourself Now! (or Your Pet)! Quickly the women learned how to do the Tellington TTouch® Heart Hug and its benefits.

Want to learn it for you or your pet? Schedule a Free 15 minute consultation!

Elaine Demonstrates TTouch Heart Hug

Elaine Demonstrates TTouch Heart Hug

Elaine Describes Heart Hug Benefits

Elaine Describes Heart Hug Benefits

 

TTouch® is the language of trust and love for animals and people.

Some animals need to learn to trust first before they are comfortable giving love. Others just enjoy the undivided attention. An easy way to give undivided attention to your pet is doing Tellington TTouch®.

TTouch® can change animals’ lives for the better and definitely affect people too. My life was profoundly changed with TTouch® as I saw the affect on Boomer, our dog who was afraid of vets.

The impact was so great, I changed my career. In small ways TTouch® can change your life too.

TTouch® builds trust through cooperation and mutual respect to all living beings. Anyone can learn it.

The language of TTouch® is gentle touches done with your hands to your cat, dog, guinea pig, or best friend. Combined with mindful movement, TTouch® makes amazing changes in our pets and us.

Did you know you can help a pet with excessive vocalization, car sickness, fears, mobility issues, pulling on the leash, and so much more?

I have so many wonderful stories to share about clients and their pets:

Read stories about TTouch® here.

Learn more at the TTouch® website.

Not sure what your pet needs? Contact Elaine.

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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Animal Bridges at Doxie Races and MIA Dog Day

Animal Bridges was busy September 6 and 7, 2014 meeting people and their wonderful dogs at Doxis Races and MIA Dog Day.

Doxie Dash Finish Line

Saturday, September 6, Animal Bridges was a sponsor of the James J. Hill Days’ 40th Annual Dachshund Races at Wayzata on beautiful Lake Minnetonka, MN.

The races included a dash race and a hurtle race followed by a fashion show.

Elaine taught the crowd how to save a person or a dog’s life with Tellington TTouch® Ear Slides.

 

Animal Bridges at MIA Dog Day

On Sunday, September 7, Elaine was the animal communicator at MIA Dog Day event. People stood in line to have Elaine answer one question about their dog and get some tips.

Elaine had a great time meeting everyone’s dogs on two perfect September days.

 


 

  • 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?

We’ll help you help your pet with solutions that get amazing results!

Elaine was not only able to talk to my beloved Rosco and fill me in on what was going on with him, but she was also able to calm my worried heart. Her method of healing worked wonders and I’m so thankful for her beautiful gift.” — Sandy Fisk, Newnan, GA