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To stroll or not to stroll
First Appeared in the
Santa Barbara News-Press
I started to use a stroller with my late Australian Shepherd, Stormy, when he started rambling slowly, his elbows turned out until he’d stop to stare at me and then lay down with a huff. I purchased the DoggyRide Novel Dog Jogger-Stroller (seen in photo above with some modifications), a deluxe off-road stroller that could be converted to a bike trailer. Stormy rode in style with his adorable black head peering out, smiling at everyone he saw. He barked at seagulls at the beach as we pushed him through deep sand, up to the water’s edge. He watched sunrises and sunsets as he was pushed up mountain fire roads, and shared his love with thousands of people in towns and conventions across the West Coast. Several years into his strolling, as he aged, I had to prop him up with a pillow or open up the front so his legs could stretch out. There is no doubt in my mind that strolling added years to his life. Instead of lying at home on a dog bed staring at the walls, he was out exploring and eating snacks at restaurants. He died at age 16. His last strolling adventure the day before was at his favorite grassy park.
Out in nature, I was confident pushing Stormy’s stroller. “That is so cool,” people would remark. But my introverted self was more self-conscious in town: “Oh my gosh, Laura. I had to stop. I thought you had a baby.”
“No, it’s Stormy,” I would reply, shrinking a little bit in embarrassment, thinking to myself, “Is this what women do when they don’t have kids? Am I that crazy dog lady?” I gave myself a pass. I am The Pet Psychic. What else do people expect?
These feelings came to pass as Stormy’s social media fan club grew. “Ahhh, Stormy,” I would hear as strangers with gleaming faces surrounded the stroller, showering Stormy with love and he looked up at them with his big chestnut eyes and smiled for hundreds of selfies. Cars drove by with children hanging out the windows, screaming, “Hi, Stormy!”
I have sat in many clients’ living rooms, suggesting strollers for their aging or injured dogs. The husbands always stand up, roll their eyes and pace a few steps. “I am not going to take my dog out in a stroller.” The wife crosses her hands in her lap and looks at her dog with a grin, holding herself back from searching Amazon, I surmise. A month later, I am emailed pictures of the husband strolling with the dog at the beach or him posing with the dog, which is in the stroller, at an outdoor restaurant.
“Thank you for convincing me to get a stroller,” a friend once told me as we stood in line at a coffee shop, her two small dogs asleep in their stroller, sheltered by the cover. “People are much more understanding. They are happy I have them contained. I take them into restaurants, stores, hotels and coffee shops all the time. Living in New York City with the dogs is so much easier now. I am so glad I have them off the dirty street until we get to the park.”
A good stroller can be a monetary investment, but it is well worth the price. It’s been 10 years since I purchased Stormy’s stroller, and it has since strolled five other dogs, including, now, a rescue beagle as she loses weight until she can walk the full distance on her own.
Our egos often get in the way of living our lives more fully. Don’t let your ego hold you back. Be happy and take the leap: Experience the joys of strolling with your dog.
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This is Ella. She often lies near the essential oil diffuser.
She says, “I love the oils because they make me feel more myself. It smells like outside while you’re inside. I don’t over-groom my belly anymore, because I’m less stressed about shadows (she doesn’t see well) and more peaceful about everything. I love to smell all the different smells. Stress away with lavender is my favorite. Also I love the oil Joy too. I don’t like frankincense with peppermint as much because it makes my nose tickle. It’s fun to smell the different smells.”
🌸 want to learn more about essential oils? Go to http://thepetpsychic.com/essential-oils/
~ PET PSYCHIC RADIO ~
On today’s show we talked to a rescue lab that bit a woman’s face, an older dog with a stomach ache whose human does Reiki on him, last weeks cat has relinquished his attacks on his person since he has been able to go outside, a cat that prefers to be in a separate room, and our rescue guest Ace the pit bull or is afraid of being drowned and is learning to be loved.
Rescue Guest: Jill Anderson
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|Date You Are Scheduled||Thursday, February 23, 2012|
|Your Name *||Jill Anderson|
|Your Email *||email@example.com|
|What Is Your Passion or Your Story||
Co-Founder of Shadow’s Fund, a rescue organization and sanctuary for senior dogs and pit bulls. Our mission is to help those that seem to have so little hope get a 2nd chance at love, life, and joy.
|What Do You Want Us To Mention On The Show or Ask You||
We really hope to inspire people to give pit bulls a chance. They used to be the #1 family dog in this country. They are exploited, abused and abandoned maybe more than any other breed, over bred and dumped and shelters, and the last to be adopted. They are so loving and eager to please and have such big hearts. They deserve for people to look beyond the myths.
|Name of Animal||
|History or Story||
Ace was found as a stray, taken to a local shelter, bailed out by a nice family who could not keep him but did not want him to die. He was boarded at a very nice boarding facility and then came to our sanctuary. He is very distrustful of people and can only be handled by a couple of us. He actually bit one of our volunteers out of fear. We intend to stand by him and give him his bets shot at finding balance, trust, and love so that he can eventually find a home.
|Questions You Would Like To Ask The Animal||
What happened to make you so distrustful?
How can we help you feel more comfortable?
Do you know that you are safe now and that you are surrounded by people who will never hurt you, and want to make your life better?
What can we do to make your life better while you are with us?
We have been unsure about introducing you to other dogs because of possible aggression. Would you like to play with other dogs or do you prefer not to?
Is there anything you would like to tell us?
We would like him to know he is safe, loved and valued. We want to help him live his best possible life and we need to understand how to do that.
Video of my session with standard poodle Simone in Atlanta and her dad E Vincent Martinez.
In June of 2009, E. Vincent Martinez launched fashionado.net. The fashion inspired website has grown to include celebrity interviews, movie reviews, travel and entertainment. Fashionado also follows Martinez through all of his adventures and fabulous fashion parties. In 2010, fashionado was named Best Fashion Blog by the Atlanta Fashion Awards and it also made the list of the Top 100 Fashion Bloggers Worldwide by Sparkah, a marketing firm in NYC.
Most recently (summer 2011) E. Vincent Martinez was named one of the best dressed Atlantans by the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Access Atlanta.
I had a pet psychic session with Vincent Martinez and his standard poodle Simone. Vincent recently blogged about this session on Fashionado.net
Vincent wrote in his blog post:
“Lick, yawn and blink,” instructed pet psychic Laura Stinchfield to my black standard poodle, Simone. Also known as an animal communicator, we spent nearly thirty minutes with Laura.
Earlier in the day, Laura Stinchfield did the Atlanta media circuit with appearances on radio and morning tv shows. She encountered a skeptic or two along the way, though probably just for ratings sake.
So, I went into this meeting with an open mind. I was actually excited and eager to learn what my dog might be thinking or feeling!
Laura said that Simone’s intelligence is strong and it forces her to over-think everything which causes her to be overly cautious and fearful of her surroundings. [Made perfect sense to me.] That’s where the instructions/homework to “lick, yawn and blink” came to play. Those actions are “calming signals” as explained in the video. Laura asked Simone to enjoy just being a dog.
Of course, I was curious about the communication process. You’ll notice in the video that Laura gets close to Simone’s face and whispers things that only she can hear. They were completely focused on one another. At times Laura would speak out loud for both of us to hear. I was amazed with Simone’s captivated behavior. Never has this happened with a stranger.
Laura explained how she and animals communicate. She discovered at an early age that she could talk with her pets through the ability to see images that are in their head [that tell a story]. Additionally, Laura can hear their thoughts… but she added that pets will not betray an owners trust by revealing private moments or situations. A comforting thought!
At the end of the session, Simone gave Laura a lick on the face. I was shocked. She rarely licks. That was all the evidence I needed to know that something had happened. That a connection had been made.
Are you wondering if Simone’s behavior changed after the session with Laura? The answer is yes. Yes because I left with a better understanding of how to relate to my pet. I wouldn’t mind a follow up session. Laura may be returning to Atlanta early in the new year so I may get that chance. And you!
There are an estimated 2,000 chimps held in captivity in the United States. These chimps are used for entertainment, invasive biomedical research, and as exotic pets. More often than not the chimps suffer in these environments.
I have contacted one anonymous chimpanzee. Here we will call her Faith. Faith lived for 20-plus years at a biomedical research laboratory. For the last 13 years she has been at a sanctuary. Here I ask Faith to tell us her story.
Laura: Faith, would you like to tell me anything about your past?
Faith: I was taken from the wild when I was very young. They shot my mom with a gun and her blood splattered on me. Then they grabbed me and put me in a burlap bag and I couldn’t get out. They brought me to a market where a man took me home. The man spent a lot of time taming me and making me understand him. He taught me how to put on clothing, go to the bathroom, and eat with utensils. I slept in a cage. He took me to a place where I had to perform tricks for people. Any type of loud noise reminded me of my mom being shot and her blood in her eyes.
One day a loud noise was set off and I was back in that memory. I bit someone and then others put me in a cage for many weeks and nobody came to talk to me; they just threw food at me and then I ended up at the laboratory. At the laboratory they gave me lots of drugs so that I couldn’t stand up. They would tie my arms with these tight straps and shoot things in my veins and then they would take a lot of blood from me and I would feel even dizzier. There were other chimps there and they would howl and bang the cages, but I learned to go deep inside of myself and remember when my mom would rock me in her arms or when I would feel the trees up against my stomach. I would remember the dirt on my feet and I think the chimps that never had that were worse off because they only had the mean people with needles to remember.
Some people at the lab liked me because I knew not to bite anyone anymore and I would try to stay calm and so they would take me to the bathroom and hold my hand and walk around with me or give me special food but only for short periods because they didn’t like any sign of energy, and if I tried to play or run they would give me the drugs that would make me tired and sick to my stomach. People are bad. My left arm still is sore from all the needles. When I think of the lighting there it hurts my eyes.
Laura: Faith can you tell me a little about the sanctuary where you are now?
Faith: I am still in a cage but it is bigger. I have friends and I am able to think for myself and people find joy in watching me. I don’t feel like I am in a natural place but I feel as if I am in a place where I am safe and my friends here feel safe and we get good food to eat and people smile here. I get scared when the doctor comes but I have learned its okay. When I sleep at night, sometimes I awake and I forget where I am or I have nightmares.
I would like a big ball to roll. I would like those toys where you have to figure out what shape goes into the hole.
One of my left toes hurts sometimes. Can you tell my people that sometimes I want them to leave me sleeping later and I want a blanket? Tell my new people that I don’t want my old people to visit. They are scary.
Laura: Do you know that there are people who are trying to protect chimpanzees? So that others will not have to go through what you went through.
Faith: I know there are people fighting for us. Can you tell those people that they cut animals open and kill animals at the laboratory and just leave their bodies for all of us to see? Can you tell those people that I would like them to do something to remember those chimps that have died with no respect?
Laura: What would you like them to do?
Faith: I would like the people to dedicate a climbing tree to them ‘cause they would have liked to have felt a tree up against their body.
BELOW IS A VIDEO OF LABORATORY CHIMPS SEEING THE OUTSIDE FOR THE FIRST TIME. Faith is not one of these chimps:
I had the pleasure to work with YouTuber Cory Williams and his cats Sparta and Loki.
What I loved most about my session with Cory and his cats is that I found that the cats know that Cory makes people laugh.
They understand how important laughter is to the world and they shared that the world would be boring with out Cory and his work.
Now… Here is the video Cory made of our session…. Enjoy!
Please check out Cory, Sparta, & Loki’s other videos on TheMeanKitty YouTube Channel. Click Here
Gaylord shares during a session,
“I am the kind of dog that everyone has a problem keeping up with because I am a fast thinker and a fast actor. I have a poodle body but I have a smart man’s brain and a smart woman’s thinking. It means that I am brighter than most dogs.”
We asked Izzy about the tragedy in Japan–she has talked about this before and this time she said:
“Well I will tell you those underwater animals are either dead, killing their babies or they are suffering. So I think that those different people should pray for help from the heavens. It is a terrible situation there. I want to tell you that it is sad there. People are very sick and they dont know they are sick. kids will have a hard time learning and might make their little humans sick when they are born a long time from now.”