Have you ever had an experience that you just can’t stop thinking about? Have you ever had something happen and you think this isn’t from a packet, or a vet or a book. Something magical has happened and it is out of my normal sphere of experience.
I have a dog called Cole who I adore. He is a big black Labrador and he’s kind and lovely. He got arthritis so bad this winter I thought it was going to be his last winter with us. He was crying with pain and I knew I wasn’t doing right by him if I couldn’t fix it. I had gone to the vet. I had tried cartrophen and we got a little relief but not enough. I tried 4Cyte, nothing. I tried antinol, that just made him throw up. We went on traumeel but I still had a hunched up, miserable, frail dog.
I wanted to try one more thing before I said goodbye. I went on to my dog group facebook page, (“Dog Owners United” if you’re interested). I explained the problem and I said does anyone know someone who could help. A lady suggested Robyn from Healing Body and Soul. I contacted Robyn and she was able to come to us three days later. Robyn does Bowen Therapy and Reiki.
When she arrived Cole was happy, Cole is always happy but he was hunched up and moving slow. Robyn waited for Cole to approach and while she waited she stood watching Cole. I was still dashing around cleaning up and waiting for the kettle to boil. Cole made a beeline for Robyn and she greeted him, said hello and then came and sat down, Cole sat with her. I finally stopped dashing around and just watched.
Robyn had started what looked like stroking Cole but it was kind of like stroking with a purpose. Cole stopped being all fidgety and just sat still while she stroked and talked. I started to realise that the strokes were a massage. Robyn said this part of his back is tight, this hip is stiff and she went through each area that she touched.
I went into this experience refusing to just buy into the hype. My job was to protect Cole. If Robyn was not the real deal I needed to be ready to whisk Cole away. So I listened to Robyn but I watched Cole. His face became less haggard. His back stopped being hunched and started to get an arch into it. He started moving into position so that Robyn could treat a certain area. At one point he got up to do something and he ran to the spot where he wanted to go. He didn’t hobble he ran. Then he ran somewhere else and then somewhere else. Robyn said why is he doing that? I said he’s doing it because he can. I cried. My son was out of pain.
I didn’t know how she had done it but a dog doesn’t ask how you have helped him he just says thanks. I followed a dog’s example and just gave thanks.
I started to realise that I was relaxing. For the past month everything had been about Cole. If he wanted to get on the bed I lifted him onto it. I then lifted him off when he wanted to get down. The other dogs weren’t allowed to bump him because it would hurt. If he slept, everyone had to be quiet because if he slept hopefully he wasn’t in pain. I hadn’t even realised how much tension I had been holding.
Cole is my son. To see him happy and out of pain was worth everything. I did still think this could all be illusion and suggestion. Let’s see how he is tomorrow and then the next day. I was warned that he could be bad the next day while his body adjusted but I didn’t see that. He was fine and he was happy. Robyn showed me how to do some of the massage and during the week Cole would come to me, sit down and put himself in a position so I could massage what he needed.
Thursday night I came home and Cole had his squeaky toy in his mouth and was asking the other dogs to play with him. So you tell me, what the hell has happened. How can touch, a weird torch device and reiki as well as Bowen Therapy do this? I don’t know and I don’t care, I have my son back.
Robyn was due to come back the following Friday and I could have cancelled but now I wanted to see what else she could do.
Friday rolled around, Robyn arrived and she was greeted by a hurtling dog called Cole. He gave her a quick hello, sat down and got ready for his massage. Robyn was happy to see Cole looking so well and I was happy to show her how successful she had been. Cole seemed robust now and full of life whereas before he had been a pain wracked husk. I know I sound dramatic but I am describing how he seemed.
So Cole is sitting there getting his massage and I’m thinking you faker I have a line of individuals who could do with this assistance. So I said Robyn if you have time may I show you another dog and maybe you can do some magic with him.
Certainly Robyn says. So Cole is still in the land of ecstasy and I go and get Jasper. Now what is weird, is Jasper came out and when Cole was done Cole left. It was like yeah I’m good, so Robyn turned to Jasper.
Jasper had had time to watch Robyn with Cole so that would have helped but Jasper has a lot of anxiety so I wasn’t sure he would be open to this. I said to Robyn, Jasper is quite a nervous dog and I don’t know if he will go to you. Robyn pats her lap, Jasper jumps up on it.
Robyn starts doing her massage stroke thing and Jasper who I have not been willing to touch around his face because of a dog fight he got in starts to close his eyes as if to sleep. He’s totally relaxed. No shivering, no tremors, it was amazing. Well hell I thought lets go for a hat trick. Robyn I say, may I show you one more dog. Sure she says.
Regular readers of my blog know all about Buddy. He’s big, he’s strong and he has a few issues. I have always suspected that he holds a lot of tension. For new readers, Buddy is a reactive dog and has gone for five people but I also may have stopped counting by now so it’s probably more than five. I bought him out on a leash and the moment I did Jasper arced up. He growled at Buddy while still on Robyn’s lap then gave her this cherubic smile and a little lick. I thought you bugger.
Jasper was done so I put him and Cole behind the back gate so only Buddy was out now. I had him on a lead. Robyn says, you can let him go. I hesitate. I don’t know Robyn I say, maybe it’s better if I hang on to him. He’ll be fine she says not looking at Buddy. I release the leash, Buddy heads straight for Robyn who is still sitting down and jumps up. She pushes him down and says nothing. He does it again, she pushes him down and he stops. Buddy stops! Buddy then sits next to her and she starts to do her massage, stroke thing. Buddy takes a deep breath and then you can see him relax. Robyn starts to massage his forehead and Buddy is in Heaven. A car goes past and he tenses and she says leave it and Buddy goes back to the massage. Several other things happen that puts him back on alert and each time she says leave it, just quietly and he does.
Now you might think hang on, Cole was in pain that’s why Trish got Robyn in but why did she get Jasper and Buddy done? My reasoning is this. Jasper and Buddy are two nervous, high energy, always on alert dogs. This can’t be good for their bodies or their minds. It must be exhausting to always be on duty, always be tense. Some people say you can even create disease in the body by being tense all the time. I wanted to see if Robyn could give my boys some ease, some comfort, some relaxation. The feeling you get on a lazy summer afternoon, when your chores are all done and all you have to do is sit around and talk shit with your bestie. I wanted that feeling for them.
Jasper went all floppy on Robyn’s lap. Buddy sighed as the tension left him. Wouldn’t you want that for your kids? It makes me wonder how much tension we are all holding onto. It also makes me wonder how many dogs are put down for treatable problems. Buddy and Jasper were putty in Robyn’s hands.
I am a convert. I am sold. I’m getting Robyn back to look at Jasmine the dog and Pascal the donkey. I’ll leave Charity the horse for the visit after that. I’m also thinking that if my animals get a stressful experience like Winston when he had colic or Pascal when I got the wrong farrier for him I will now book a session with Robyn for them to try and get rid of the stress and tension that they must have after those experiences. Jasper recently spent the day at the vet because of chrystals. He was a shivering mess. I could have booked him in with Robyn to have got rid of all that stress or at least maybe reduce that stress.
Last but not least Robyn also shows you how you can use some of her techniques yourself so I’ve been giving my dogs massages when they have asked for them. My relationship with them has improved through giving these massages. Pretty cool hey?
Thanks for reading, catch you next time.