Bringing A Dog Back From The Brink
When confronted with the declining vigor of her 16-year-old poodle, Jean Dresden found no solace in what standard veterinary practice could offer. She instead applied Energy Medicine exercises and found her pet to be responsive, resilient and able to enjoy life once again.
Jean’s dog, Squirt, was showing signs of aging. He was blind, arthritic and had been whimpering and showing signs of confusion. His condition worsened, and he became very lethargic and almost completely non-responsive. Squirt would not eat. He would only mildly stir when petted and had to be hand held in a position to urinate. Jean took him to the vet. The physical exam, blood tests, urine analysis, and x-rays all failed to show an underlying physical condition causing his symptoms. The vet could only suggest that an antibiotic – Clavomax - may provide some relief, but cautioned that it just may be the natural end to the dog’s life.
Jean was unwilling to accept this fatalistic diagnosis. Just 30 days prior, Squirt had been active and alert and able to hike in the hills. Jean decided to use Energy Medicine techniques. She traced his meridians using a chart showing meridians on a dog. She also used several of the exercises from the Daily Energy Routine:
- Cross-crawl – gently moving the dogs legs through the homolateral correction movements
- K-27 – tapping on the Kidney-27 points below the dogs sternum
- Thymus thump – tapping on Squirt’s sternum
- Hook-up – connecting Central and Governing meridians
She performed a Spinal Flush, massaging along both sides of the spine. Intuiting an energy blockage, Jean used figure-8’s to weave energy from Squirt’s tummy to his chest on the front of his body and tail to base of neck on the back. She found that little Squirt seemed particularly responsive to massaging the arch of his rear paw – the K1 or Wellspring of Life point.
She repeated this routine every half-hour for a period of four hours. This was repeated again after a four hour rest period. She maintained this schedule for several days. Within three days Squirt was alert and hungry and able to eat. Jean kept repeating the routine, though with diminished frequency. Within ten days, Squirt was able to go for walks again. At that time he was re-examined by the vet who was appropriately amazed at the change in condition.
Within a month, Squirt was back to hiking in the Sierra Nevada mountains at 9,000 feet. He resumed play at a local dog park, trotting from one side of the park to the other. He is still blind, but the park is wide open without obstacles so he can trot without the concern of crashing into objects. Eight months later, he is eating well, active and cuddly, and takes himself out to relieve himself. Squirt particularly enjoys playing “find It” where he hunts for aromatic treats scattered around the house and yard.
(Compiled by Jeff Armstrong, February 2010)