How to guide your human by Dude the horse – Part 1

Fall of my 22nd year – written in “horse time”

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Me with my human Ann.

Hi I’m B.A. Dude, Jr., Dude for short.  I’m a 22 year old Appaloosa.  I chose my current family in Minnesota (Ann and her daughters) when  I was 4 years old.  I helped all of them learn to take care of horses and learn to ride.   I was Ann’s very first coaching horse-partner when she was just learning to trust us horses to guide the coaching process with a human.  I made her jaw drop a few times with my responses with her clients and I was a catalyst for moving her forward as an equine-guided coach.   When I was 11 years old I became a lesson horse at Shadow Creek Stable.   I loved being a lesson horse and seeing the people, especially kids grow and change.  As you can see, I’m a teacher and love that role.

This is my story of how my move from Shadow Creek Stable to Klein Farm transpired.  Humans seem to think they are in charge and usually think we horses don’t have feelings or needs, and we can’t have any say in how things go because we can’t speak English.  That is absolutely not true!  My human, Ann (I trained her well), seemed open to another way, so I guided the entire process (even though I let her thing she was making it happen most of the time!)

I have let Ann organize these thoughts into three parts or blogs, so they are easier for you to understand.  This one is time leading up to the actual move.

Mid-summer:  Ann talked to me to today about the possibility of moving to live close to where she lives now.  She said we could spend more time together because I’d be closer to her and we could work together like we did many years ago when I first partnered with her in equine-guided coaching.   She told me about the Klein Farm and the three horses who live there now; Sis, the 32 year old lead mare, Cosmo, the younger mare and Victor, the Arabian gelding.  She thinks I’ll like Chris and Jeanne too, the owners of the farm.  I was skeptical but I told her I’d consider it.

Late summer sometime: Jeanne and Ann talked about next steps and decided to have Jenny Gott, animal communicator, talk with me.  (Actually, Sis planted that seed of guidance).  Jenny asked questions from Ann, but I ran the conversation.  I told her four key things:

  1. I’m ready for a new experience for helping people in a new way and I look forward to doing it at a whole new level with Ann being my partner.
  2. The quiet setting is appealing and I will integrate well with the herd as long as there are no bullies.
  3. I need a lot of support in the integration. I want to walk the perimeter with Ann and have her visualize me meeting the herd.  I need time to be separate from the herd and observe them.
  4. Take it slow. I need some time to say goodbye here.

Here is what Sis said when Jenny talked to her:

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Sis, wise elder lead mare.

Dude’s energy seems open and loving and he may just help bring some balance into the herd.  I would want a slow introduction to make sure that it would work and time to set the boundaries.   I’m not ready to give up being lead mare.  And it needs to happen at the right time, not rushed before everyone is ready.    I suggest a process to use to help us prepare the herd for changes.  You could use Reiki and visualization before he comes to help set boundaries, expectations and do spiritual introductions.  Imagining how you want it to look, feel and everyone to behave.

Late summer sometime later:  Ann and Jeanne made the decision to go forward with the move based on what Sis and I communicated.   Clearly Sis and I are on the same page J.  I guess humans to have to guide some of the process or it won’t happen.  Actually we are best at being partners if humans let us.  I will start the process of saying goodbye and hope Ann soon tells the humans here so they can say goodbye too.

I can tell Ann talked to Susan here at Shadow Creek to let her know that I will be moved  because she is stressed about losing me and the trainers are too.   I have been such an important part of the lesson program here.  I am consistent and reliable. There is no point in being modest!.   I hope she tells the students soon, so they have time to tell me goodbye.

Everyone is so sad I’m leaving.  The young kids give me big hugs and groom me especially nicely.  One even said she would never let her mom wash her riding pants since they have my hair on them.  The date for me to leave has not been established since Susan needs some time to find another lesson horse.

Early fall:  Ann talked to me today to let me know that Deah (my favorite trainer) will trailer me to my new home a week from today.  Deah is so good with me and will help me be comfortable on the ride.  I will start to say goodbye to the other horses now and prepare myself to leave.

Check back next time for my perception of the moving day!

How Mr. Bing survived a major move

Energy healing, diet and essential oils maintain quality of life with chronic illness.

November 17, 2014

Mr. Bing is thriving, active and happy – STILL!

In July 2012 my cat, Mr. Bing, was diagnosed with Hypercalcemia (too much Calcium in the blood). He was losing weight quickly, had diarrhea and occasional vomiting.  I made the decision to treat him with complimentary approaches rather than submit him to surgery, chemo and ongoing medical care.  Read earlier blog entries to see his progress.

Last March I reported that Bing had steadily become stronger and was nearly back to his old self.  He had gained most of his weight back and was playing and happy again.

I am delighted to report he is still doing very well.  At his August checkup his vet said he would likely live several more years!  That’s far more than the one year she thought when he was diagnosed in 2012.

We decided he was healthy enough to withstand a move and I drove him 600 mile to live with my daughter and her cat.  He did well on the car ride with me and loved sitting on the console so he could pop up and look out.  He had easy access to his litter box since he needs to go frequently and I did extra energy healing, Kitty Raindrop Therapy with essential oils and Rescue Remedy in front of his ear to keep him calm.

He took several weeks to adjust to the new environment, but my daughter continued with Rescue Remedy and discovered he really liked the food she had for her cat so started feeding him that.  It must have something he needed because he really goes after it.  My daughter even taught him high-five using the food nuggets!

I was very sad for him to go, yet I knew he’d have a good home and another kitty companion.  Just a week before his move my 19 year old cat Oreo decided it was time to go. We both missed her deeply.

Tribute to My Feline Soulmate Oreo

Oreo and I had a special bond as if we had been together in other lifetimes and agreed to meet again.

We met at a veterinarian’s office when my family and I went looking for a kitten to replace my daughter Sarah’s cat who died a month or so earlier. The kitten was to be Sarah’s since my other daughter, Erin, had Hony cat. Maybe it was too soon for Sarah to connect with a new cat or maybe Oreo was just meant to be my cat for she quickly became my best loved cat and I her best loved person.

Oreo was a fluffy black kitten and grew into a gorgeous black cat with long black fur, soft as down. Her extra-long tail was made even longer by the length of the fur. And this became a source of constant play for her, as she found it fascinating that it moved and that she could catch it! Her tail was her favorite toy most of her life! I laughed and laughed when she played with it for many minutes at a time.

As she grew out of her kitten fur into her long fur, she was bound to have frequent hair balls. At about six months old, when she would need to throw up a hairball, she started having seizures, the grand mal intensity. She would make a loud and horrible yowl, then throw up and go into a seizure. I was the one who went to her, held her back so she didn’t hurt herself or us. When she would stop and open her eyes, she would look at me. From then on we were deeply connected. A change in food, vitamin supplements and growing older eliminated the seizures thankfully. But, hairballs continued her whole life and I was constantly cleaning up throw-ups.

She had other maladies through her life; crystals in her urine which caused her to pee very small amounts all over the house. A special food helped this. At around 15 years she developed cataracts and started having hip pain. Both got worse in the years that followed, but that never stopped her from trying to jump up on the bed or a chair, even if she had to take several tries. She always jumped up to be closer to me.

Since I was her person, she would come to the door when I came in and meow at me. She never did this when Erin or Sarah came home, only to me. She demanded I pay attention to her and would meow at my feet until I picked her up and petted her, all the time pulling away slightly as if she didn’t really want that.

Change was not her cup of tea, so when people would visit or I was gone on vacation, she would pee outside the box or on the carpet, much to my chagrin. If I took the time to talk to her and tell her people were coming or tell her when I was leaving and how long I’d be gone, she was much better about her toilet behavior. She didn’t like it, but she accepted it. If I ever ignored her for too long, she would poop or pee outside the box or even just over the edge, expressing her opinion clearly.

My favorite times were when she began to sleep at my head later in her life or get under the covers to stay warm. She always slept with me and no one else and would stay with me all through the night. No other cat in my life did that.

In the end, I never expected her to live to be 19 year old. All my other cats had died by 18 years. And to the end she stayed alert and bright eyed (even with hip pain, cataracts, dementia and ongoing hairballs). Finally she gave me a sign she was ready to go. Over 2 days she quit eating and couldn’t control her bowels. And it was clear in her eyes she was tired. We spent her last day together just being with each other, holding her some and releasing her to the spirit world. Now we stay together in spirit and memory.

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Oreo always looked up in response to me calling her name.

 

Dogs take responsibility for lightning?

Trauma often goes deeper than what medicine can cure.   Energy healing can address the mental, emotional and spiritual side of trauma, creating a healthier, happier pet.

Fifteen months ago Patty, a beautiful Cocker-Bichon mix, had a severe reaction to a Rabies shot and almost died.   Only a year later she was alone in the house when lightning struck the roof, setting the attic on fire.   Fortunately, a passerby heard her and rescued her from the house.  Needless to say, Patty became extremely agitated and started worriedly pacing and ‘going crazy’ when anyone came to the door or there was a loud noise.  She was always the protector, but this was extreme.  Her owners talked to a vet who gave her some medication to break the cycle of behavior.  This worked well, but something still seemed off.  So a friend referred them to me for energy healing and animal communication.

When I arrived at the newly remodeled home, Patty came right up to me and seemed to know why I was there.  She did not bark or act protective.   Her owner said she never does this.  Patty and I went into the family room and ‘talked’ for a minute, then she went off to get her mom.

Mom had fallen on a wet floor earlier in the day, was only bruised and sore but was resting.  It was clear that they were very connected and Patty felt responsible for her mom’s healing as well.   Patty lay on her mom’s leg for the entire healing, so mom would get healing too.

During the healing, I heard Patty say she felt responsible for the lightning strike and guilty for not adequately protecting the house and her people.  When I told her mom, who immediately reassured Patty that it wasn’t her fault and no one could control lightning.  Patty visibly relaxed and took a short nap.

When she woke, she stretched and walked off.  Soon someone came to the door and Patty responded with her old normal bark, not the overreaction of before.  Her transformation was immediate and visible.

Thank you, Patty, for allowing me to be your healer!

How did Mr. Bing go from 8 pounds to 11?

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Mr. Bing is thriving, active and happy!

Energy healing, diet and essential oils maintain quality of life with chronic illness.

In July 2012 my cat, Mr. Bing, was diagnosed with Hypercalcemia (too much Calcium in the blood). He was losing weight quickly, had diarrhea and occasional vomiting.  I made the decision to treat him with complimentary approaches rather than submit him to surgery, chemo and ongoing medical care.  Read earlier blog entries to see his progress.

A year ago, in my last blog, Mr. Bing was hanging in there, affectionate and occasionally perky, yet very slowly losing ground.  His weight was 7.5-8.0 pounds.  Now, one year later, Bing is now 11 pounds, plays like a young cat and demands attention and cuddles.  How did that happen with this chronic disease?

It is clear he still has the disease.  I still notice a few symptoms of the disease (loose stools and high respiration levels).  Yet he has steadily become stronger and back to his old self.  His diet is still grain free and includes a daily pro-biotic.  I also added micro algae in November and this brought his energy level up and he started playing more.  I continue energy healing (acupressure and Reiki) as well.   He continues to amaze me and affirm the healing work I do with him.  Thank you, Mr. Bing!

Energy healing and essential oils: a cost effective way to maintain and improve health! – August 2013

In July 2012 Mr. Bing was diagnosed with Hypercalcemia (too much Calcium in the blood). He was losing weight quickly, had diarrhea and occasional vomiting.  I made the decision to treat him with complimentary approaches rather than submit him to surgery, chemo and ongoing medical care.  Read earlier blog entries to see his progress.

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We are now a year plus past his diagnosis and Mr. Bing is holding his own at 9 pounds, playing again and comes to me when he wants healing.   Neither my vet nor I expected him to live this long since Hypercalcemia is very hard on the internal organs. His only symptoms are loose stools, as the disease seems to affect his digestion most.  He is his old affectionate, outgoing self.  And discovered newspaper and ribbon as his favorite toys.  He reads the travel section mostly 🙂

What happened since my last post in February when Mr. Bing was having a small setback?   He recovered from the setback quickly.  He seemed to figure out he needed to drink more water to dilute the calcium and pass the excess in his urine (I should buy stock in kitty litter!).  He has stayed hydrated and maintained his weight very well over the past 5 months.  He lost some interest in the Brushtail food and I stopped feeding it to him in May when it was no longer available.  I have been feeding him a tuna and lamb wet food and he loves that.  He eats consistently with relish, begging for food.

I give him regular Acupressure and Reiki when he wants it and daily Essential Oil Raindrop Therapy with an extra oil for diarrhea.    Mr Bing of course loves summer and being able to be on the deck or lay on the grass.

I will post an update if things change.  Meanwhile I am totally sold on energy healing and essential oils as a cost effective way to maintain and improve health!