There are no Guarantees in this life, ........ except ........
It will change!
This was our fireproof safe that contained all our valuable papers, records and valuables. As you can see, it ended up being an expensive oven. When we pried the door open, all we found were the charred remains of our beloved belongings.
Sadness filled our hearts and we were left with such an empty feeling. Here we had thought at least this would survive, but as you can see, that was not the case. As the time has passed, I have realized that the lesson once again is: There are no guarantees in this life, except that life will change. If things are going really well, reality says it will change, and vice versa.:O)
I have always preached to all my clients, friends, family and myself, be the DOG. Once again the animals have come to our rescue. When things seem the lowest, you can always count on man's best friend to help you out with a wag of his or her tail.
I asked myself what would a dog do if he or she was faced with all of these life challenges that we are now facing in our lives? The answer that came back to me was, make the best of what you have, not what you lost and that in the grand scheme of life, it will all work out one way or another.
I went back to the drawing board and started taking an accounting of what I would do as a human in a dog suit. The more I thought about this the more ideas came to me about how we should all be living our lives according to:
The Ten Commandments according to Saint Dog
The First Commandment..
YOU ARE AS OLD AS YOU FEEL, NOT AS OLD AS YOU LOOK.
What would a dog do if someone informed him that they were getting old, they had wrinkles, their hair is graying and there was a sagging of their body parts? The Dog would laugh his head off and shake his head in disbelief. He would say to us, "It isn't how old you are or what you look like, it is about how you feel inside and are you content with yourself?"
How many times have you been told that your dog is acting normal for his age because he is getting older and old dogs are supposed to act old. In other words, the Diagnosis is Old Age. From all my years in medicine, I have never found a medical reference that lists Old Age as a diagnosis.
Here, again, the Canine is wiser than his caregivers. We all need to look beneath the skin of those with whom we come into contact and see the true spirit of the individual, not the pimple on his or her nose. From my medical perspective I make sure I refer to all my patients as preteens or teenagers, not old dogs, cat, horses, pigs, etc. My reasoning is that they do not keep track of their birthdates and are only concerned with how they feel in the moment. They do not worry about how much time has passed or how much time is left for them on this earth but rather, who will play ball with me, feed me, take me on a walk, whom can I lick and whom can I love?
Now that you have learned about the First Commandment according to Saint Dog which is, YOU ARE AS OLD AS YOU FEEL, NOT AS OLD AS YOU LOOK, you are ready to apply it to your and your dog's lives.
Make sure you always pay attention to how your dog is acting, not so much as to how he looks. If you are using a particular modality of care that is making your dog look better or getting rid of a symptom, make sure it translates to a happier and more energetic pet. If this is not the case, then you are barking up the wrong treeeeeeeatment :O)
I have found that there are certain things you can do for your dogs, that will generally help them feel better and have more energy, no matter what modality of care you are using.
The first is always going to be my best friend in nutritional supplements, Bovine Colostrum from New Zealand. You can count on this most of the time to help your pet feel better and have more energy. You can go to my website www.thepetwhisperer.com to learn more about this amazing nutritional supplement and how to order it.
The second suggestion is Rescue Remedy, which is a fiveflower essence from the Bach Flower system that is of excellent help for all animals with the stresses of life. I recommend you put 4 drops in their drinking water each day and as needed for any times of emotional or physical stress.
The third easy thing to do is give them a massage every day with Frankincense essential oil using the shake off technique I teach all my caregivers to do. You simply put your buddy up on a couch or table, put a few drops of Frankincense or Valor (essential oil blend from Young Living Essential oils, which you can find on my website under essential oils) in your hands, rub them together and then massage up and down their spines for as long as they want you to or until you are worn out. Immediately put them on the floor and they should shake off vigorously. This is selfadjustment at its finest.
The fourth is utilizing a good detoxification system to keep them from building up toxins in their bodies. I have found that Gemmotherapy by Dolisos America is an easy and effective method of accomplishing this goal. The main areas I concentrate on are Liver and Kidney (Common Juniper); Skin (Rye Grain); Ears, Nose and Throat (Rowan Tree and Briar Rose); adrenals (Black Currant); Bones and Joints (Wild Woodvine and Mountain Pine); Thyroid (Bloodtwig DogBerry); Female Reproduction system (Raspberry); Prostate (Giant Redwood); Heart (Hawthorn Berry); Nervous System (Lime Tree) and Digestive System (Fig Tree). You can learn more about these amazing plants from my website under the Gemmotherapy section on the home page. I would recommend you pass this information on to your veterinarians, and if they would like to contact me to learn more, have them email me at email@example.com .
Second Commandment According to Saint Dog
Don't worry about time!
In all my years as a veterinarian, I have never met a dog who wore a watch or complained about what time it was. Instead when asked what time it is, he always answers, " NOW!"
Armed with this incredible Commandment, what are we going to do with it in the caring of our animals? The first thing we do is not label our animals as being any particular age when thinking or talking about them. If we must, then refer to them as puppies on an eternal journey of time. Since their little spirits live eternally, as they already know, then they never get old relative to the infinity time line. I have written more on this on my website www.thepetwhisperer.com under Tips of the month where I talk about the transitioning process when they leave us in the physical sense and cross the Rainbow Bridge.
All animals see time in a universal concept as compared to a timepiece on their wrist. They play and heal in the moment, not by the clock. This is why it is so important to enjoy the baby steps of healing and the moments you have with them each and every day, because like our Fireproof Safe, there are no guarantees they will be with us tomorrow.
During the course of caring for your best friends, make sure you value the baby steps they take in their lives and while they are healing. Nothing feels better to an ailing animal than to be praised for being and not be forgotten because we are caught up in the doing process.
Make sure you are in the moment whenever you are with them or caring for them. Here are some ideas I have used over the years to bring us into the moment when we are with our buddies.
First and most important thing to do is put all of our worries out of our minds when we are with them and enjoy every moment together. That means no financial planning or where we have to be in 10 minutes. Make sure you stay in the moment in your heart, not in your head. The animals are here to help us on our journey through life and what makes them the happiest is to see we are learning how to be happy in our lives. I have found breathing deeply and taking the following blend of Bach Flowers to be very helpful in this process. I put 2 drops of the following remedies in a one ounce glass dropper bottle filled 3/4 with spring water and 1/4 th vodka; Walnut for transitional change; Gentian for seeing the light at the end of the tunnel; Wildoat for seeing your life's path clearly; Crabapple to cleanse your mind and body of physical and mental toxins; and last, but not least, Wild Rose for being happy and not worrying. You can put 4 drops of this in your drinking water and sip on it during the day to help you stay focused on the Here and Now. I also recommend giving this to our animal friends to help them through the stresses of their days as well. The second thing that I have found helpful is using the essential oil blend Release which can be massaged on the skin or inhaled to help in the process of letting go of the mental baggage of the day, so we can truly enjoy the moment of being with our buddies. The Gemmotherapy Lime Tree is excellent for calming and detoxing the nervous system. I recommend a couple of drops as needed for stress and anxiety to help us stay focused in our lives and to rest more peacefully.
You will find that by practicing these first two commandments according to Saint Dog your relationship with your pet and living will be greatly enriched. "Enjoy your ride on the wave of life, with your pet sitting next to you, on your surfboard of living in the moment." Doc Blake
The Third Commandment According to Saint Dog will come in next month's newsletter, so keep listening ;O)
I just came across this information and wanted to share it with all of you.
CDC VACCINE SAFETY DATA LEADS SCIENTISTS TO SHOCKING DISCOVERY
CHILDREN 27-TIMES MORE LIKELY TO DEVELOP AUTISM WITH EXPOSURE TO
MERCURY-CONTAINING VACCINES, FINDINGS REVIEWED AT TODAY'S IOM MEETING IN DC
For a printable PDF version of this release, go to
Washington, DC- Today, the Institute of Medicine will hold a one-day meeting
to review important new research on the link between thimerosal, a
mercury-based preservative in vaccines, and neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism.
One of the larger studies under review comes from the CDC's own Vaccine Safety
Datalink. Under independent investigation, CDC's data concludes children are
27-times more likely to develop autism after exposure to three
thimerosal-containing vaccines (TCVs), than those who receive thimerosal-free versions.
The findings are not only disturbing to government officials like U.S. Rep.
Dave Weldon, M.D. (R-FL), who is also scheduled to speak before the IOM panel,
they suggest autism via TCVs has a higher relative risk than that between lung
cancer and smoking, which according to the American Cancer Society is only 22
for men and 11 for women. "This absolutely confirms what parents have been
saying for years," says Jo Pike, President, of the National Autism Association.
Like Pike, thousands of parents have reported sharp regressions in their
children following a TCV and many of those children have gone on to receive a label of autism. An easy mistake to make since the symptoms of autism and mercury
poisoning are almost identical.
Dr. Mark Geier is the lead investigator in the discovery. A medical doctor
with a Ph.D. in genetics, he, along with fellow researcher, David Geier, will
discuss their findings of the CDC data in front of an IOM panel. Among a host of
other physicians and researchers presenting will be Dr. Jeff Bradstreet.
Unlike the Geiers, Bradstreet has actually studied the children. He will discuss
the results from his peer-reviewed, recently published study where he found
urinary mercury concentrations were six times higher in children with autism vs.
normal age and vaccine matched controls.
The presentations will begin at 8:00 AM at The National Academy of Sciences,
Auditorium 2100 C Street NW. Dr. Mark Geier and David Geier are scheduled to
present their findings at 12:15 PM. Weldon speaks at 8:00. Bradstreet at 4:00.
For an agenda, go to: http://www.iom.edu/event.asp?id=17047. For information
about the National Autism Association, go to www.nationalautism.org.
documents available for download from the NAA website at
Thank you all for listening and as always. all I ask is that you PAY IT FORWARD to at least three more people to keep the movement going for a more gentle medical means of caring for people and animals. Make today a great day.
OAO, Dr. Blake