In our sixth episode of our Social Dog Show podcast, we spoke with Kathleen Prasad.
Kathleen’s is an Animal Reiki teacher internationally known for her pioneering work in the field of Animal Reiki. She founded Animal Reiki Source® (ARS) in 2004, which has grown from a small Animal Reiki private practice into a world-renowned teaching academy and the foremost center for Animal Reiki information.During the past decade, Kathleen’s work with ARS and SARA has grown remarkably and their programs have become more and more influential in both the U.S. and internationally. Thousands of animal lovers have trained through ARS in Reiki and SARA has over 400 members volunteering and teaching Reiki using Kathleen’s groundbreaking Let Animals Lead™ method in shelters and sanctuaries around the world.
In this Podcast, we talked to Kathleen about reiki for Dogs. Reiki is Japanese for “Spiritual energy”, meaning your inner being; your essence. The system of Reiki is a meditation system that helps us to uncover our inner beauty and inner light that we all have. Kathleen explains that she actually discovered Reiki on accident when her mother recommended it to her. She says that her first Reiki session was so peaceful and healing that she felt like it was the key to her own personal healing journey, but soon, her dog Dakota began laying across her feet, which he never did, causing her to realize that the Reiki sessions were helping him too! This was the beginning of her new career as a Reiki for animals teacher.
Over the years, as her passion grew, she has travelled all over the world spreading her knowledge to dog shelters and other dogs. The reason she chose shelter dogs is because they need it most. When a shelter dog is very stressed, perhaps because they’ve been through trauma or abuse, it’s very difficult for them to express or show who they really are. The meditation practice of Animal Reiki helps those animals to relax and show their true selves, and allow their inner light to shine. This causes us to be able to be present with an animal instead of running from the situation when they’re stressed or down. Animal Reiki also lets us share kindness and compassion, because it helps us to let go of our anger, frustration, and fears. Since we radiate our feelings into our dogs, they can step in and help heal us while also healing them. As a result of this, in shelters, the caretakers also benefit from Animal Reiki! This also allows sheltered animals to be adopted more because their inner light shows instead of pain or fear. Keep in mind, you and your pets can do Reiki anytime, not just when your hurt, and not just when you’re happy. Kathleen also shares with us that, a number of years back, her young dog actually discovered a cancer that had taken place, and showed Kathleen by one day trying to dig on her chest, and when Kathleen felt where the dog had done it, she felt the tumor, and was able to have it removed before it could spread.
Kathleen graciously shared a brief ten minute amazing meditation to share with our pets.
It was fantastic.( I’ve personally tried it with a room of 23 dogs with my staff and had every dog relaxed. I tried it again by myself with 15 dogs, same jaw dropping results.I never tried this before, have no experience with reiki. I’m so impressed, I’ve implemented a policy at our dog daycare, we take ten minutes before nap time to practice this simple ten minute meditation and just be with the dogs. )
I was ready to talk more with Kathleen and get all the info I could before our time was up. Kathleen soon explains that the most powerful healing that we can offer to our dog is our presence. When our dogs are sick, we often tend to panic, doing things such as calling vets and frantically searching for medication, which draws us away from just being with our pets. We decided to ask Kathleen to share one of her favorite Animal Reiki experiences, she told us of a story about when she went to the Devoted Barn in Michigan last spring, which has over 50 feral dogs. On the first day they went, the dogs were scared of the group of people. On the second day, however, after the group really let go and opened up to their Reiki, the dogs actually accepted them and went to sleep! The barn went quiet, which the owner said she had never heard before. This was proof that Animal Reiki worked, and was also one of the most amazing experiences Kathleen has had during he career.
Kathleen has in person courses this summer in California. She also has a class calendar and online meditations on her website: www.animalreikisource.com https://www.facebook.com/AnimalReikiSource/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3DSlqhaJZo2nc-_ziPbq-Q Please leave comments ,questions or just a simple hello below. We would love to hear from you.
Lots of love and compassion,
Cindie If you missed this show, here is a quick link to it: https://inflowradio.com/6-reike-for-dogs-healing-heart-to-heart/
In our fifth podcast of Social Dog Show, we interview Albert Duoibes, founder of Vetionx and Better Bowl meals. We enjoyed listening to Albert’s advice from VETiONX. In this interview, Albert talks about dog shampoos, dog food, diet, and homemade cooking, so you can get all the insights on how to keep your four legged furry friend happy and healthy.
GUEST: Albert Duoibes GUEST BIO: VETiONX® was founded in 2006 by Albert Duoibes. Albert was quoted in Animal Wellness magazine’s August/September 2010 issue: “We know animals suffer from many of the same degenerative diseases as we do. So we thought, why don’t we have the same support for animals?”
Just when you think you know what a healthy meal for a dog would be, Albert explains that most of the time, his customers come to him with concerns about their dog having certain joint or skin conditions, and that the first thing to do is look at the dog’s environment, food, and diet that they’re used to. Albert goes on to recommend raw diets, and also states that he has been working on a solution to give dogs the vitamins and nutrients found in vegetables without having to use heat cooking. Did you know, this is important because, being true carnivores, dogs lack the digestive enzymes required to break past plant cell walls and extract its nutrients. It is revealed that the main ingredient in Better Bowl is animal proteins, and that, instead of having the animal proteins directly in the patties, they separate them into dehydrated packets so that the owner can add them at his or her own will. Better Bowl offers a egg & veggie dehydrated raw meal patty
Better Ingredients: 16 raw, GMO-free, natural superfoods grown, blended, and packaged in the USA. No refined or artificial preservatives, sweeteners, or fillers. No animal byproducts, mystery “meat,” grains, corn, soy, yeast, or gluten. Egg & Veggie Dehydrated Raw Meal Patties are 100% natural!
Better Recipe: This limited ingredient diet (LID) is gentle on sensitive stomachs and dehydrated raw for natural preservation. Feel confident knowing your dog has a full range of the nutrients he needs – high quality protein, vitamins A-K, a wealth of minerals, omega 3 and antioxidants!
Better Flavor: Egg & Veggie Dehydrated Raw Meal Patties make a warm, instant-homemade, “just add water” meal you can serve your pup proudly.
The next main topic we spoke of is hydration. When dogs get older, their bladders get smaller, causing them to more frequently need to go to the bathroom, but at the same time, their skin can get dry because they don’t get as much water from what they eat and drink due to them doing so less. Albert’s solution for his pet was to start giving your pet wet dog food. ( NO to canned wet dog food, due to preservatives, if its canned, its full of preservatives) and making sure that they are drinking enough water, and Albert says that it has worked like a charm. Hydration is very important for many things, including blood, skin, and, as a result, overall health, so it’s important be attentive to your dog’s hydration, especially once they start getting older.
Albert says: always, always moist wet food is a good choice for animals dealing with allergies! The amount of water helps with allergenic because the amount of water and the nutrients are distracted by the water and helps drive the nutrients to your pets system faster.
The next major topic we talked about, and a very interesting one for me, is anti pest bath products. Albert explains that cedar from cedar trees is actually a natural pest repellent, often being used by many animals in the wild, and that he and the people at Vetionx have based their sprays, soap bars, and shampoos on this fact by adding Texas red cedar oil with a touch of rosemary, making a healthy and natural flee and pest medication.Before we wrap up this blog, I’d like to inform you that there is a discount code for the Better Bowl so you can buy two get one free on all their pet foods and treats! Simply enter the code “Cindie” at www.betterbowl.com
I would love to hear any comments or questions.
I would never recommend anything that I did not 100% believe in! Lots of love, Cindie
Research for yourself what is a healthy portion size for your pet’s food and the quantity/quality of treats. Do you know if your dog is overweight? Do the simple feel test around your pet’s rib cage. If you can’t feel your pet’s ribs easily, there is a good chance they are overweight.
2. Go on long walks and change up your route for new smells.
Dogs use their noses more than their eyes, smelling their way around. They smell every shade of green we see. They smell a teaspoon in an Olympic size pool. Show your dog some love by taking them to new places, introducing them to new smells. Your dog will appreciate the fact that she’s got your undivided attention in a cornucopia of smells to delight her senses.
Basically pet fostering involves providing a temporary home for a rescued animal. As a foster family you provide love, attention, and care for the animal in your home while he /she waits to be adopted.
The duration of the animals stay can be anywhere from a couple days to several months and during that time you may assist with training or behavior modification. Any expenses related to the dog’s daily care, food, the shelter or rescue group generally covers veterinary visits, grooming. “ You get to do the fun stuff with the dogs. Love on them, take walks, and play with them.
How do you become a foster family?
Each shelter or rescue group has their own application process, but they all generally include some paperwork and home visit. The shelters look at the space an individual has at home and any other pets, and they talk to the family to make sure everyone is on the same page.
During the application process potential foster families can define the type of dog that will fit best in their life – big or small, active or laid back, even specific breeds. The most important thing is that the dog fits in well in the home.
The Joys and Pitfalls of Fostering
The fostering families get to know the dog in their care and often uncover some behavior problems. Chewing or destructive behaviors and potty training are some common issues foster families tackle. But the most challenging issues may be saying goodbye when the dog is adopted. While there are tips to decrease the chances of becoming too attached, most foster families still feel a connection to the dogs.
The joy of fostering comes from knowing that you are giving a dog a real chance at survival and giving the shelter an opportunity to help one more animal.
Never name the dog. Giving the dog your own name increases the chances of becoming attached.
Put your family and pets first. The foster dog is temporary and while you want to give them the best care possible, the needs of your family and pets should be primary.
Don’t let them sleep on the bed or couch. Do give foster dogs their own space and toys.
Remind yourself that you are preparing the dogs for their forever home.
Don’t be too hard on yourself. You are making a difference.
If your dog enjoys chasing tissues, sweet wrappers and any other type of garbage that crosses his path when out for a walk, take the opportunity to teach him an unusual and helpful trick. Teaching your dog to pick up your discarded wrapping paper is similar to teaching him how to play fetch.
Next time you take your dog for a walk, take some wadded up tissue or paper balls with you. Take him to a wide, open space and throw one paper ball onto the ground.
Command your dog to fetch the paper ball and bring it back to you. If your dog does not yet know how to fetch, start by pointing to the item you want him to bring, and repeat the command. If he does not respond, walk over to the item with a treat in your hand so that your dog will follow you. Guide him towards the item or pick it up and offer it to him until he grasps it in his mouth.
After your dog masters holding the item in his mouth, start moving away from him slowly while commanding him to stay. After you’ve moved back at least 10 feet, call your dog towards you. Give him a treat only if he returns with the item in his mouth. Only ask your dog to fetch your own garbage, avoiding sharp items and harmful chemicals.