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First visit with Jubilee in months! #oregonadventures

First visit with Jubilee in months! #oregonadventures

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Happy Memorial Day & Happy 8th Birthday to Jubilee!

Happy Memorial Day & Happy 8th Birthday to Jubilee!

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Tigerlily

This is Tigerlily.

She is 4.5 years old.

During a session she said,

“I don’t like to get my bedding wet when I travel in my cage.  I don’t mind traveling with them. In my carrier I don’t like direct sunlight.  Sometimes I do, but mostly I don’t like it.  

I feel special in my home.  I have a great life and a great family. 

I don’t feel like I am suffering. Even when my heart was bad I still felt loved. I feel lucky. 

Also, I want that crunchy treat that gets soft in my mouth when eat it.” 

 

Her person writes after the session:

The thing my cat said about the bedding getting wet really stunned me. Because twice a year my cat travels on the plane and we put some water with her, on the plane most of the time little water spills and she her bed gets wet.

Also, she said that she doesn’t like direct sunlight when she travels, and I didn’t understand it at the time but then I realized when I take her with me in the car to the vet or somewhere close I usually don’t use the carriage in hold her in my arts through the street as the vet is close. So, I think she meant that she doesn’t like to be exposed to the outside without the carriage.

Also, one of the things that blew my mind was that my cat asked Laura to tell me that she wants the crunchy treat that melts in her mouth. It is crazy detail as the last time I gave her that crunchy was around 2 years ago and it is indeed crunchy and melt with water. Stunning detail.

I highly recommend Laura and definitely will return back to check up on my cat from time to time. What a blessing to our animals to have someone like her!

Thank you Laura very much.

 

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Max

This is Max. He is 6 years old. His person (mom) just broke up with her fiancee. This is what Max has to say about it, “I am going to tell you something that I never would say until now. I hate that guy. I hate that guy. I am not going to say it again, because I dont want to have hate in my heart. What I am going to say is mom, move on. Get comfortable sheets so you can sleep well. Look up towards the sun. Mom you are so beautiful. There are a lot of men that would love you.

This is Max. He is 6 years old.

His person (mom) just broke up with her fiancee.

This is what Max has to say about it,

“I am going to tell you something that I never would say until now. I hate that guy. I hate that guy.

I am not going to say it again, because I dont want to have hate in my heart.

What I am going to say is mom, move on. Get comfortable sheets so you can sleep well. Look up towards the sun. Mom you are so beautiful. There are a lot of men that would love you.”

 

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The Art Of Communication

First published in the

Santa Barbara News-Press

04*04*18

 

The Art of Communication

Animal Body-Language

 

 

In the 1990s, Norwegian dog trainer and behaviorist Turid Rugaas studied canine behavior and in 1996 published the widely acclaimed book “On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals.” Turid teaches how to be a keen observer of canine behavior. We can use her work to understand the behaviors of many species.

Animals use body language to calm themselves or other animals in stressful situations, to show dominance, to communicate to us where they have pain in their body or to show us when they are confused or confident. Some of these body language signals are looking away, blinking, yawning, fake sniffing the ground, approaching in an arc, shaking, sitting, lying down and play bowing.

Body signals of a lack of calming or when an animal is getting stressed include closing/clenching of the mouth, staring, leaning on the front paws, stiff body and panting. These often lead to fear or territorial aggression or other timid behaviors.

It can be dangerous not to know and understand these signals. Most humans expect domesticated animals to learn human voice commands and hand signals without acknowledging that animals have a native language of their own. This is selfish on our part. Often when people do not understand animal body language, they inadvertently are late to discipline or scold an animal at the time of inappropriate behavior and may scold while the animal is calming themselves. This can result in increased aggression, fear, lack of confidence, illness and in general creates confusion and dysfunction in the animals’ lives.

It is important to pay attention to our own body language and how we may be sending an animal mixed messages. For instance, a human may think bending over with one’s torso to greet an animal is welcoming when in actuality it is telling an animal that you are more dominant and that they must submit to you. You may notice when dogs are dominant to one another (in play or aggression) they may throw a chin or paw up on the other’s shoulder. If you want an animal to feel safe and come to you, bend with your knees not with your torso and/or blink your eyes or turn your body to the side.

Another common misconception is thinking it is disrespectful if the animal looks at you and looks away when you are speaking with the animal. Holding eye contact is also a form of dominance in the animal kingdom. Your animal is being polite when they look and look away. You may also see these behaviors in children when you are disciplining them. They are instinctual across species.

If we start to mindfully watch animals, we can praise an animal for exhibiting calming signals, which will, in turn, build confidence, independence and communication skills in all situations and relationships. For instance, if you have two animals that are not getting along in the house, you can start praising them for their positive communication skills. If the dog is staring at the cat with his mouth closed and then looks away, give praise. If the cat licks or fake grooms in the presence of the dog, praise. We can also teach the animals to look away when we see them staring at each other and then praise. This will remind them how to calm themselves. We can do this during any stressful situation.

We should start to notice an animal’s behavior as we approach it or are petting it. If the eyes start to stare, mouth closes, and body gets stiff, we should retreat. Perhaps the animal is nervous and may bite or perhaps we have just touched a sore spot on the animal’s body. In general, a soft eye and open mouth is safe.

If people use their knowledge of animal behavior to communicate more efficiently with their animals, it will build confidence and trust. The bond between human and animal will become more affectionate and understanding. Start watching your animals more closely and see what you discover.

 

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The beauty of having a home office! All day I work sitting on a sliver of a chair, because of course Felix’s comfort is much more important than mine. #truelove #wouldnthaveitanyotherway

The beauty of having a home office! All day I work sitting on a sliver of a chair, because of course Felix’s comfort is much more important than mine. #truelove #wouldnthaveitanyotherway

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Testimonial – Gus Returns

 

from Sandra:

Laura has been a part of our lives for three years now since the death of our beloved dog 17 year old dog Gus.

She was referred to me by our vet (who had also used Laura’s services when having behavioral issues with her dogs) when I was completely bereft with grief and struggling with the decision to send Gus to heaven.

Laura immediately alleviated my concerns.  Gus told her, yes the time was right.  And, more importantly he reassured me he was happy.

During that first session with Laura when we could barely hear each other over my sobbing, Gus told her words that I have kept with me ever since:

“Mum, I am around you all the time and the simplest way to know that I am there is just talk to me as if I am.  I mean where am I going to go?, our souls are stuck together in spiritual glue”

Those words have been such a balm for my broken heart.

My grief was profound. Laura became not only my Gus communicator but a huge support for me in learning to live with loss.

My husband was understanding but initially skeptical.  After listening to the recordings of our sessions it didn’t take him long to realize whilst he couldn’t grasp how she “does it” he was blown away by the accuracy and the detail of the things she said about Gus and our lives.  Now he can’t wait to hear the MP3s of our sessions!

We speak regularly.  Laura talks to Gus along with deceased family members and friends which again gives us great comfort.

And now she is there for the next chapter in our lives.  A while back Gus indicated he was ready to return to us in the body of a pup.  Laura guided us through the process of finding the pup and preparing for his arrival.

Earlier in the year he – Squid – arrived. Now we talk to Squid about his new life with us and continue to talk to Gus, who is always here….

Today Gus said:

“I have to tell you I am filled with love and excitement about being back.  I can rest my head on my mum and I forget what time it is and what body I am in.  I just feel blessed to feel my mum again.”

We are so incredibly grateful to have Laura’s support, empathy and wise words and to benefit from her gift.

We live in Australia and only wish Laura was here so we could deliver a big thank you hug!

 

 

 

 

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Making A Vet Appointment Easier For Your Pets

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Santa Barbara News-Press

03*18*18

Maia

My animals have never had a problem going to the vet. Sure, it’s not their favorite thing to do, but they stay calm and attentive. They don’t exhibit a high-level stress by panting, barking or meowing. They don’t shake or stiffen their body. They don’t refuse to go into the vet clinic or snap or bite while we are in there.

Let’s face it, veterinary hospitals are scary places. They have a strong sterile smell. Other animals are fearful. People do things to the animals that are unnatural and against animal instincts. Without realizing it, people are exhibiting dominant, somewhat aggressive, behavior by leaning over the animals, evaluating them, staring into their eyes and palpating their abdomen. They put cold things up against their heart and make strange faces while doing it. They stick instruments in places no one wants to hear about and swab their sensitive ears. They poke animals with needles that can make the animals feel pretty yucky for some time.

So how do we make these visits better for our pets? If you have an animal that travels well, bring him or her to the vet just for a visit. Let the staff give your pet treats and a warm welcome.

You can also talk with your animal. Explain to your pet what the vet is all about. Take a breath. Clear your thoughts and explain to your pet that a visit to the vet’s office is to keep your pet healthy. Something cold held to the body is to hear the heart beat to make sure it has a healthy rhythm. A light in the eyes is to gauge the pet’s vision. A needle is to pull blood to test how all the organs are working or to administer a shot to keep the pet healthy. A needle in the bladder is to see if the pet has an infection. And so on.

If your pet is at the vet’s office because of illness, tell your pet the doctor is trying to find out why he or she is throwing up or having seizures or whatever the ailment is. Tell your animal you know that the people act strange, but it’s to help your pet live longer. Tell your animal that if there’s pain anywhere to inform the vet over and over in his or her mind and to physically exaggerate the pain to let the vet know. If you are in the examining room with your animal, you can explain what is happening and why in real time. You can do this out loud or you can do it in your head, sending it to your pet’s heart center.

Remind your animals how to calm themselves. Tell them to lick, yawn, stretch, blink their eyes. Remind them they are OK. Tell them you like your vet and you trust him or her. Remind your animal he or she will be going home with you. Whatever diagnoses or news you hear, be sure to tell your animal either at the vet’s office or when you get home. Talk to your vet about something personal. What animals do they have? What do they like to do in their free time? Make them a real person instead of someone who is just poking and prodding your animal.

Even if the visit becomes chaotic, stay positive. If you are nervous, your animal will be nervous. Sometimes your animal’s relationship to the vet office is all about your attitude. Choose a safe and confident vet and your animal will learn to deal with a visit to the office maybe even enjoy it!

 

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Hudson

Hudson says, “The more I watch the more I learn. Sometimes it can be hard to just sit still and watch it all go by.”

Hudson says,

“The more I watch the more I learn. Sometimes it can be hard to just sit still and watch it all go by.”

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