Dogs and their people are happier and healthier with PetMassage

Jonathan’s Helpful Hints

Hi. Right This Minute, How Are You?

Hi. Right This Minute, How Are You? Really. I’m Here For You. PetMassage™ is a method of spontaneous communication, a dialogue, in which both the practitioner and the dog strive together to create enhanced balance and function. It’s a type of “Call and response.“ Can I get an Amen? During their PetMassage™ every dog expresses…

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YouTube Video Lesson: Massage for Dogs with Allergies.

Here’s our most recent video lesson on YouTube: Massage for Dogs who get Spring and Summer Allergies. A runny nose can be a big deal for a dog. Dogs have 220 million smell receptors in their noses compared to our 5 million. It is not in our Scope of Practice to treat concerns- massage can…

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WaterWork is PetMassage Canine Aquatic Massage

WaterWork is PetMassage Canine Aquatic Massage  This Helpful Hint blog is based on this YouTube video. Its intention is to describe canine aquatic massage and encourage you to learn and practice it. Canine aquatic massage is a fabulous variation of the dry PetMassage. Sessions are given in a heated (usually indoor) swimming pool.  They both have the…

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PetMassage Original DVDs and Books

PetMassage Original DVDs and Books It was just brought to our attention that somehow, someway, Amazon is having “technical issues” with several of our canine massage instructional books and DVDs.  How could such a thing happen? PetMassage books and DVD’s show as being unavailable or with prices that are outrageously high. We are working to…

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Moving Like a Potted Palm

Moving Like a Potted Palm Did you see it? We are posting new YouTube videos every Tuesday at 2 pm. The most recent is “Moving Like a Potted Palm” Feng Shui/Tai Qi This is one of the body mechanics exercises that we practice during our PetMassage™ Foundation Level workshop. It’s a variation of a Feng…

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Greatest Love of All

Greatest Love of All Woke up this morning with the lines of a Whitney Huston song* on loop-repeat in my head. This has never happened before. At least not with this song. It’s amazing what floats up to consciousness in the last moments of a dream. It’s special when dreams continue into waking state. “I…

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Massage Reversed Camille’s Bad Breath. Really.

Massage Reversed Camille’s Bad Breath. Really. Unexpected and Unsolicited Testimonial Last evening Anastasia and I are walking the dogs around our neighborhood. We paused to chat with some neighbors sitting out on their front steps. Camille jumps up on the fellow’s lap to lick his face. He looks up at us, surprised. He asks “Her…

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Video Tour of PetMassage Classroom

Video Tour of PetMassage Classroom We just posted a new video on our new YouTube channel. It’s the Tour of the PetMassage classroom. I invite you to view the video. Here is its transcript: Intro Hi. I’m Jonathan and I’m here with Camille and Ilaria. We’re going to give you a tour of the PetMassage…

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Muscle testing 

Muscle testing  Muscle testing is a technique used in PetMassage. It’s a visual way of asking your higher consciousness for advice when your regular consciousness isn’t sure. The theory is: that there is another level of communication, of understanding, of recognition that some things are right, some wrong; some things are better for us than…

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New PetMassage YouTube Video Releases

New PetMassage YouTube Video Releases ‪Please watch our first two New Happy PetMassage YouTube Videos: “How Massaging Your Dog Helps You” and “How to Quiet Your Dog With Meditation” @YouTube. A new one will be released each Tuesday at 2pm. Watch for them. They’re pretty funny. Also, Please subscribe to our new YouTube channel: PetMassage Training…

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Fun When You Run

Fun When You Run.  Audio book: PetMassage™ Energy Work for Dogs We’ve had several requests for audio podcasts. I reached into our archives, stuck in my thumb and came out this plum. It’s the audio book we use as one of the texts for our PetMassage™ Advanced Level Workshop. “PetMassage™ Energy Work for Dogs.” The…

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Some Scholarships Awarded

Some Scholarships Awarded We were thrilled to be able to award $300 Colvin scholarships to Advanced PetMassage™ workshop students. Their essays showed their appreciation for their training and passion for continuing their practice of Canine Massage. More Scholarships Available We have two more scholarships available for people who would like some financial support to attend their PetMassage™…

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New Book: How to Massage My Senior Dog, and a Favor

New Book: How to Massage My Senior Dog, and a Favor New Book is on Amazon Thank you to everyone who submitted enthusiastic comments about my new book, How To Massage My Senior Dog: Elements of Style and Full Body PetMassage Sequence. Over 20 years ago I recognized the special needs for our geriatric dogs. We…

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Scholarship Offer

Scholarship Offer We are excited to offer an essay contest to assist your PetMassage™ training. – two $300 scholarships which are to be applied toward your PetMassage™ Foundation Level workshop fees and – two $300 scholarships toward your PetMassage™ Advanced Level workshop fees. This can be applied, in addition to the buddy discount offer. These…

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Meridians Pulse and Tongues Tell Stories

Meridians Pulse and Tongues Tell Stories Would you like to be able to assess the qualities of pulses of individual meridians. All you have to do is learn how to palpate, where to palpate, what to palpate, and interpret what you feel as meaningful information. Would you like to look at a dog’s tongue and…

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Think Less, Do More

Think Less, Do More Message I got a message the other day from a friend in a meditation group. The note said “Think less and do more.” Think Less About What? So, of course, I wondered what she was suggesting. What did she mean? Why was she saying this? What was her motivation? In other…

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Skills To Get Spontaneous Validation from Dogs

Are You Doing It Right? Have you ever wanted to get spontaneous validation during your canine massage? Would you appreciate the knowledge that at that moment, you were doing what the dog needed most that would enhance their life? That you were on the right spot, moving in the right direction, with the right pressure,…

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Water Puppies For Health and Happiness

Water Puppies For Health and Happiness Water babies Many of us are water babies. I’m not just referring to people who were born in hot tubs ala French obstetrician Frédérick Leboyer; or water-birth in bathtubs with the advice, consent, and support of doulas and midwives. And I’m not limiting water babies to those  born under…

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Canine Massage, The Future of

Canine Massage, The Future of Job Scene In 20 Years Do you ever wonder what the job scene might look like in 20 years? Where will the jobs be? We know the employment picture will be very different from today. And, some vocations, like PetMassage™ will grow and evolve.  There will obviously still be opportunities in…

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The Life of a Canine Massage Practitioner

The Life of a Canine Massage Practitioner Wake up. Think about massaging dogs. Massage dogs. Do something that supports your dog massage practice. Go to sleep. Repeat. All dogs love and appreciate whatever massage you give them. Your best efforts are good enough for them. Fortunately for them, your best, when you practice, can be…

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The PetMassage™ Foundation Level Workshop.

The PetMassage™ Foundation Level Workshop. New workshop model Increasing its breadth and depth Expanding the workshop experience Reducing the fees for repeating practitioners. New PetMassage™ workshop model Recently, Anastasia and I attended a body mechanics workshop. The stated intention of the people who were giving the workshop was that they were going to change the practice of…

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Dog Sitter Walks On The Wild Side

Dog Sitter Walks On The Wild Side Anastasia and I took a short vacation to celebrate her birthday. We arranged to have a friend come to our home throughout the day to take care of our dogs. Not used to walking two 40+ pound boxers, our friend was concerned about what might happen if their…

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Canine Aquatic Massage: The WaterWork™ Workshop

Canine Aquatic Massage: The WaterWork™ Workshop The Dog Dive, Kalamazoo We have relocated the PetMassage™ WaterWork workshop that will be held Monday – Thursday, January 22-25, 2018. The class will be at The Dog Dive in Kalamazoo, Michigan. We are thrilled that the owners of The Dog Dive, Mary Lester and Beth and Daryl Yerrick…

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Soft Eyes See Where To Focus

Soft Eyes See Where To Focus Soft Focus There is soft focus in the practice of yoga. There is the soft focus used in meditation. Use your soft focus with your dog in PetMassage™. Hold your hand 6 inches from your nose with your thumb up. Squint, and focus on your thumbnail. Everything behind it…

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PetMassage™ Training, Students, Validated With Testimonial

PetMassage™ Training, Students, Validated With Testimonial PetMassage™ Students Are Awesome We’re proud of our students. Every dog massage that our graduates give demonstrates the depth and quality of the training they’ve received. They proudly post the initials CPMP after their names. It stands for Certified PetMassage™ Practitioner. Every dog massage also demonstrates the depth and…

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PetMassage™ Foundation Level Workshop – Refresher

PetMassage™ Foundation Level Workshop – Refresher We just completed the final Foundation Level Workshop of the year. The students were all enthusiastic, attentive, responsible, and passionate about embarking on new careers helping dogs using massage. Everyone was so committed; the week flew by in a euphoric blur. The workshop ends with smiles, tearful hugs, and…

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Indian Hand Gestures: Mudras

Indian Hand Gestures: Mudras Mudras Mudras, hand gestures, in classical dance in India, are symbolic for directing energy towards the sun, the moon, the spirit, the ground. We integrate these predominantly in our Transitions PetMassage™. They are functional. Purposeful. Mudras are essential for driving the narrative of the story the dance is telling. The Classical…

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Sumi-e PetMassage

Sumi-e PetMassage™ Japanese Ink Painting I had an intriguing lesson last weekend. I attended a short workshop on Sumi-e painting. I rediscovered and reclaimed a freedom that I had nearly forgotten. I was so eager to take this class. This was something that I’d wanted to learn since my age was still in single digits.…

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Fluid Flow

Fluid Flow So much significance is placed on lymphatic and other fluid movement is because they can be tracked and measured. PetMassage™ affects the movement and viability of all the fluids in the body. Besides the blood and lymph, here is a partial list of some of the other fluids in the body: cerebral spinal…

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Crisis At The Dog Park

Crisis At The Dog Park Socializing At the Dog Park The Park District in Toledo OH just opened its first dog park. Toledo has finally joined the rest of the cities in the country in its dog-friendliness. Going to an off-leash park is a new experience for us. We have a new puppy. We reasoned…

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Candle Flame

Candle Flame Firing Neurons, Scottie I caught a flicker of a candle flame. It appeared during a recent meditation. The reflection was the shadow of a tiny flare that flashed way back behind my eyes. Oh look: shiny! I thought about the focus and intentionality needed to light a candle. A single match, touched correctly…

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Conducting the symphony

Conducting the symphony A conductor’s job is to bring the disparate voices of the orchestra together for the purpose of creating magical moments of music. Woodwinds, brass, percussion, strings, chorus, solo artists, all unite under the active intentional direction of the conductor’s baton. Musicians follow every eye movement, each facial expression, each lift of the…

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Laws Concerning Canine Massage

Laws Concerning Canine Massage Due Diligence The due diligence that one of our students did while deciding whether to pursue a career in canine massage was very impressive. While most of us might look at the chart on the IAAMB website that shows the laws governing canine massage by state; and see that there are…

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Heart Chakra

Heart Chakra This week’s newsletter is a beautifully written research paper submitted by Susan Miller, of south Florida. Foundation Level students must each write a short paper on a subject assigned to them as part of their requirements to earn PetMassage Certification. Susan’s topic was the Heart Chakra. This, and many other papers by Foundation…

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Advanced Level Workshop

Advanced Level Workshop There are still openings for the final Advanced Level PetMassage workshop in 2017. You can still register for it. The dates are September 18-22. Your prep for it is your practice experience. A couple of the attendees are coming from the southeast where this year’s storms have been especially dire. If any…

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Massaging Dogs on The Floor

Massaging Dogs on The Floor Quality Control Sometimes it is impossible to get a dog up on a table because they are too heavy to lift, or if they are in so much pain you feel in danger of being bitten. In these rare situations, by all means, do what you can to massage them,…

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Inspirational PetMassage Instruction

Inspirational PetMassage Instruction Quality Instruction In my opinion, a good instructor must always present the course content as if it were in an engaging conversation. The energy of the learning experience must be alive. Moving with the breath. Vibrant. Every moment must feel–must be–fresh and spontaneous. In my view, even the most obvious and mundane…

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Back To School

Back To School Hey dog lovers, it’s back to school time for you, too. We still have openings in the final four PetMassage workshops of 2017. You can still register and attend the, The Foundation Level PetMassage for Dogs, November 9-13, The Advanced Level PetMassage for Dogs, September 18-22 (5 days), PetMassage WaterWork (Canine Aquatic…

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Releasing Reciprocal Joints

Releasing Reciprocal Joints Reciprocal Joints Sometimes when we pick up the dogs foreleg the whole limb feels stiff.  All three major joints, the shoulder, the elbow, and the carpus, or wrist, are locked. There are several reasons why these joints might be held so rigidly. Some of them could be physiological, some behavioral. Chronic (long…

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Reactions And Responses Of Dogs

Reactions And Responses Of Dogs Recently, a PetMassage student told me that when she was deciding which school to take her training, she determined that the PetMassage program differs from the other schools in the importance we place on the mind – spirit applications. Here’s an example. Dogs reactions may be newly learned responses such…

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PetMassage™ Is Mainstream

PetMassage™ Is Mainstream Canine massage is fast becoming a mainstay of integrative dog care; for pet/companion dogs, athletic dog training and conditioning, and veterinary rehabilitation. There is a growing demand for well-trained PetMassage™ Certified Practitioners. The PetMassage™ School is now ready to meet that demand. Pioneering PetMassage™ School Based in Toledo Ohio, PetMassage™ has evolved…

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Gratitude

Gratitude We just had an exciting 9 days. It began with PetMassage for Dogs Day. This, the honorary day proclaimed by the City of Toledo, Ohio, recognizes the contributions PetMassage has brought to our community. Besides the obvious financial benefits to hotels, restaurants, et al, PetMassage has enhanced the image of Toledo as a “dog friendly”…

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Break Dance

Break Dance Play Patterns Watching our two dogs play, I see a pattern. They charge, engage, parry, peak to intense excitement, and break away to regroup. Then, they repeat, and each time they rejoin, it’s slightly different. Need For Variation That break away to regroup is essential for effective and interesting play. After all, doing…

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PetMassage™ for Dogs Day, July 11

PetMassage™  for Dogs Day, July 11 PetMassage™ for Dogs Day is on Tuesday July 11th. This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the PetMassage™  School. I invite you, wherever you are, to join us in the celebration. Share the love. Create an event in which you can demonstrate PetMassage™  for Dogs. It can be grand or…

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Spirit Expressions of Lake and Dogs

Spirit Expressions of Lake and Dogs Messages From The Deep Sitting on the beach watching the waves, I’m drawn to the dark grey-blue horizon line defining the lake surface against the luminescent aquamarine sky. The sounds of waves envelop me. The lake is alive; breathing its waves onto the sand. Exhale on, inhale back. The…

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No One Told Me About Rescue Dogs.

No One Told Me About Rescue Dogs. There are some significant things that we didn’t know when we set about adopting a rescue dog. The learning curve has been going on for a couple of weeks. Every day we have new insights. New questions. Some are answerable; some, we’ll never know. Some, we didn’t know…

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Touch Breathing

Touch Breathing Animal Shelter Pitbull Visiting a dog shelter recently, I watched a young woman bring a young pitbull outside for some fresh air and exercise. She brought him into the gated play area, tossed a ball across the yard, and sat down on a bench to watch him play. The dog showed no interest…

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Dogs At The Movies

Dogs At The Movies Anastasia and I recently spent a frustrating hour at Family Video, a neighborhood video rental. We were searching for some light entertainment for the evening. What we found was rack after rack after rack of energetically dark movies. We were not about to immerse ourselves for two hours in the throes…

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PetMassage WaterWork (Canine Aquatic Massage) Practitioner Training Workshop

PetMassage WaterWork™ (Canine Aquatic Massage) Practitioner Training Workshop With PetMassage WaterWork™ Training, create a 1. Rehabilitation facility for injured dogs, working with veterinarians 2. Body toning and wellness maintenance workout facility for canine athletes 3. Gentle cardio program for older and hospice dogs 4. Soothing, emotional relaxing session for grieving and traumatized dogs 5. Weight loss…

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Natural resource

Natural resource Dog Park Dogs have a “natural” way to help us rediscover OUR sense of balance, well-being, and happiness. Anastasia and I took Camille, our boxer, to a dog park. We, along with the other pet parents, watched in rapture as our dogs scrambled about on the meadow. We all had big smiles on…

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Kinesio taping

Kinesio taping I recently experienced kinesio taping. My right hand and arm, which had been in a sling for a month following a hairline crack in my elbow, started to swell.  I was at the IAAMB/ACWT conference.  Fortunately Lola Michelin, an expert trainer in Equi-Taping, noticed and offered to tape my arm. I was eager to…

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More About the Flew.

More About the Flew A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the effects of moving the air about within the dogs flew. Let’s bring this home. Let’s take this topic from hypothetical musing to real life application. Exercise Do this little exercise: close your mouth. Move the air from behind your teeth to in…

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The Flew

The Flew Signs And Signals Of Stress In Dogs There are overt signs and signals that we’ve learned to look for in dogs to determine the level of stress in their lives. We look at their top line to see if the hackles over the withers are flat or raised. We look at the eyes,…

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Accidental Life Lesson

Accidental Life Lesson I had a life lesson last week when I had an accident. I was walking down the street -actually I was skipping and dancing down the sidewalk, singing, and walking my dog Camille when, all of a sudden. I noticed that, as the nursery rhyme [Halfway Up The Stairs,-A.A. Milne] goes, “I…

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Golden Retriever Moves Slowly and Limps, Then Gets PetMassage™

Golden Retriever Moves Slowly and Limps, Then Gets PetMassage™ Luke Skywalker, healthy, active, eight year old Golden Retriever. Complaint: moves slowly and limps. Luke Skywalker was limping and his owner had taken him to her vet to see if he had broken or torn anything that would cause this unusual behavior. Veterinary palpation and x-rays…

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Small Price To Pay For Correctness

That’s Our Policy Last Friday afternoon someone from Queensland Australia signed up for one of our PetMassage™ Foundation Level workshops. We had corresponded on Facebook and she felt that our teaching philosophy would be simpatico with hers. She registered online at our website by purchasing a ticket to the workshop. The fees for all our…

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CAVE People

My friend George used an interesting acronym the other day: CAVE people. When heard it I envisioned Neanderthals squatting around a fire, grunting at each other. The letters represent: Citizens Against Virtually Everything. I was close. George was describing some people in a Chicago neighborhood who were resistant to his wanting to alter the roofline…

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PetMassage™ Workshops for Dog Owners

Taking This Workshop Demonstrated Students Devotion to Dogs PetMassage™ had another successful day of workshops for Dog Owners. The morning session was all about Dog Handling and in the afternoon it was all about PetMassage™. There were 6 attendees and their dogs. All the dog owners taking this workshop were female. They encompassed a wide…

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Dog With Issues With Men Triggers Observation

A Male Practitioner With Female Clients I am told that I project an energy and quality of presence that people and dogs are comfortable with. Dogs and people are easygoing with me and we usually join up readily. I do not force my will on them. I work with dogs and their owners, encouraging them…

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Past Life Skills Include Dog Massage

Practicing and Figuring It Out Some things come easily; some take practice until we get it right. I noticed a pattern in the way I mastered skills. I identified a natural talent, received some initial training, and practiced, modeling after my instructor. With perseverance, I figured out how to do what I wanted to do…

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Love and a dog

Love and a dog I’ve got my jacket on, Camille’s leash in my hand and the little wiggle butt is sitting as pretty as she can, gazing up at me, grinning. I lean over to clip the leash to her collar and I am overwhelmed with the connection that she is making with me. Her…

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Trust and Transformation in PetMassage

Dogs, Dogs, and More Dogs I write this blog every week to share some of the insights I’ve had about dogs. I’ve written about dog massage, dog life, dog death, dog youth, dog middle age, dog seniors, well dogs, sick dogs, happy dogs, sad dogs, grieving dogs, confused dogs, content dogs, dog empathy, dog chakras,…

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Burping in PetMassage™

What’s In A Burp? At the beginning of each PetMassage™ Foundation Level workshop we introduce ourselves to the group, sharing a little about ourselves. Students describe how their lives and passions defined them and propelled them to choose PetMassage™ for training, and find themselves part of this specific group. In a recent workshop, while one…

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Website Redesign

Massage the message The PetMassage.com website is fresh and new. Too much of a good thing As a writer, I love words. Lots of words. Often too many words. I want to let everyone who shows an interest in what I am so passionate about, to be able to read as much as they want.…

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Frayed Green Dog Collar

There is a counter in our garage, just to the left as you walk in. It is cluttered with tools, piles of stuff I haven’t organized (yet), books, boxes, bundles of paper bags, coils of hose, left over cans of spray lubricant and hardware from practically completed projects, and there, among it all, a frayed…

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Greater Good For Sensitive Canaries Smells And Looks Okay

How are you? So I have to ask. How are you dealing with everything that is going on? I keep wavering between being overwhelmed by the angst over what is reported and excited with anticipation for whatever happens next. It’s got to unfold week by week; can’t watch the full season on Netflix. If I…

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Spirit Connection

I had a dream. I awoke a few mornings ago with vivid images of my last dream. I was seeing all life as evolving spirits. Glowing beacons of light. Some were bright; some, dull. In the dream, we were each learning from our experiences; especially the challenges. Everyone’s goal was to evolve to where they…

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Switchable Modes

Scratch the side of your dog’s neck moving from shoulder to ear. Notice the ruffled pattern of coat where cool air accesses the skin. Touch your dog’s deltoid muscle and watch the entire body shift its center of balance. It will either move into your hands, toward you, or away, to the other side. All…

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Grounding Yourself and Your Dog

Grounding you While you are administering a PetMassageTM make sure you are well grounded; that you feel a connection with the earth beneath you. Benefits of Grounding: sending the signal that your methods and intentions in your PetMassageTM are natural processes keeps you focused helps you establish a deep even breath rate; PetMassageTM becomes a…

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Goals and Resolutions

Goals and resolutions achievement is a process. It is the beginning of the year and my Facebook feed is filling up with encouraging suggestions for the best way to set goals. One uses the acronym SMART. Specific, Manageable, Agreed upon, Realistic, and Time-based (measurable). You put yourself in a positive, enthusiastic state and use this…

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GOAAAL

How “now” Dogs know. They live intuitively in their ever shifting reality of the “now.” Our dog Camille is totally invested when she is gnawing contentedly on a raw bone. Totally committed. Totally focused. She is the bone chewer. Working the bone is a totally immersive experience. All she hears is the sound of her…

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In Uncertainty Lies All Possibility

In uncertainty lies all possibility It is winter and the roads are slick with invisible ice. My tires cannot grip. My car starts its sideward slide. I do what I can. I take my foot off the brake pedal. I steer into the skid. The car keeps sliding. There is a car parked on the…

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End of the Year Completions and New Beginnings

End of the year completions and new beginnings We see the end of the year on our calendars and think of it as an end and a beginning. New Years Eve is a goal line. It’s the finish line for completing projects you’ve been wanting to get done. One, for many PetMassage™ students, is writing and…

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The Immune System, Lymphatic Movement and PetMassage™

The immune system The immune system protects dogs from all sorts of invaders. The skin and coat are the innate portions of the immune system. These are their first lines of defense. The skin and coat protection is nonspecific, providing protection from many foreign invaders. The adaptive portions of the immune system are much more…

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Trying to Make Sense of Lola’s Transition

Trying to Make Sense of Lola’s Transition Yin – yang dynamics We talk about yin and yang a lot. The yin – yang dynamic is a description of disease and health, death and life, and how one cannot exist without the other. There is no up without a corresponding down, dry without moist, heat without…

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