The following is from a reader of Grow Young with Your Dog.
“I have a 15-year old terrier mix who was has very arthritic hips after a fall down a flight of stairs. His tail had been locked down close to his body and he walked with great difficulty. He often fell over because he was so unbalanced.
I have performed the exercises daily on my dog (and on me, as well) and am happy to report that Duffy gets better with each passing day. This morning he even ran down the hall with his tail in the air!
"I love that this book approaches healing by combining the mind, breath, muscles and nerves. The rhythmic movements trigger a response in the nervous system that opens a pathway to healing, helping the muscles re-learn how to move correctly again after months of compensating for pain.
There is nothing so fulfilling as hearing your pet breathe a heavy sigh when his muscles relax and release under the gentle touch of your hands. This book and Mary's methods are...
I absolutely love and appreciate getting messages such as this one.
Syeeda's 15-year-old miniature poodle, Sophie, was having great difficulty. She wasn't eating and her mobility and stability were very compromised. She was getting weaker and weaker. Syeeda feared the end was very near.
She bought my book, "Grow Young with Your Dog" and immediately applied the gentle hands-on "moves" from the book to help Sophie.
Syeeda decided to do the relaxing "moves" with Sophie to help encourage her to eat. Any improvement in mobility and stability would be a bonus.
I've had several exchanges with Syeeda and her dog's appetite, movement, stability and vitality increased after she started doing the gentle, hands-on moves she learned from "Grow Young with Your Dog."
Here's Syeeda's first message to me.
In early October, my 15 yr old min. poodle was on her last legs, she had stopped eating and was just skin and bone. Meds at that...
Want to know how the Airedale recovered so quickly from carpal arthritis?
Curious how a yellow Lab returned to soundness after a devastating knee ligament injury?
Wondering how a 70-pound dog with debilitating spinal arthritis started running and playing again?
They all had one thing in common.
I didn’t focus on their problems.
I left the problems to the veterinarians and other medical personnel.
Instead, I helped these dogs find new possibilities for easier movement.
They learned to use their bodies in new, more comfortable ways.
And they developed better body awareness and coordination.
And guess what happened…
The dogs’ problems went away!
When faced with a doggie dilemma, people often get stuck in a problem state.
They’re so focused on the problem that it obscures their ability to see anything else.
Maybe you’ve done it too.
It’s perfectly understandable.
But focusing too...
Some years ago, I walked into a sunlit, colorful living room in the coastal town of Laguna Nigel, California. The homeowner, a woman named Carol, was in her early 40’s and had shoulder-length, sandy-colored hair that was pulled back into a ponytail.
I first met Carol a couple of weeks earlier when she watched me give a hands-on session to her neighbor’s paralyzed cat. The unexpected result of that session—frankly, even I was surprised at what happened—motivated Carol to ask for a session for her own cat.
So here we were.
Carol introduced me to PJ, her sweet tabby who had been diagnosed with asthma about nine months before. Despite veterinary treatment, PJ’s breathing was still shallow and labored.
Not surprisingly, the cat’s behavior had also changed.
No longer friendly and out-going, PJ had been spending a lot more time lying under the furniture. He had stopped playing too. It was easy to see why Carol was concerned about her cat....
Let’s say you see a dog who’s hurting. Maybe he’s an older dog with a stiff, arthritic spine. Or perhaps she’s a younger dog with hip dysplasia or a torn knee ligament.
Don’t you wish you could instantly help such a dog feel better?
I’d like to share a simple, hands-on technique that has helped hundreds of aging and injured dogs feel immediate relief.
It can provide soothing support to overworked, sore muscles and help set the stage for healing. Because it’s so effective, I use this hands-on technique frequently. I call it the Lumbar Lift, for reasons that will become obvious. But first, let me tell you how it helped Clyde.
Clyde, a large black Lab mix, hobbled into my office, aided by his person Suzanne. The dog was holding up his right hind leg. And although he could bear weight on it, his left hind leg didn’t look that stable either. The poor boy!
This 70-pound dog was under the care of both integrative and allopathic...
I drove down the unfamiliar street, reading the house numbers. 2403… 2405… 2407… Bingo!
I parked on the street and was about to get out of my red Toyota Celica when a woman called out to me from the porch.
“Wait in your car while I bring Bruno into the house!”
I watched as she used a piece of food to lure an Akita, apparently Bruno, to the front door. She unhooked his collar from the vinyl-covered metal cable that it was tied to, and Bruno went into the house. The woman followed, closing the door behind her. She waved me in from a window.
I opened the front door and came upon the largest Akita I had ever seen.
While I didn’t feel that I was in imminent danger, it was clear that this dog was not particularly friendly to strangers. So I didn’t make eye contact. I simply strode past Bruno and into the living room. It was then that I noticed that the woman, Gail, was standing the hallway, watching from a distance.
Could your floor be causing your dog to age prematurely?
Over the years, I've seen a great number of dogs struggle as they negotiate tile or wood floors in their home. And many dog "parents" have no idea that their flooring choice is causing undue hardship for their dogs.
I had the opportunity to help a friend correct this common household mistake that could, over time, contribute to her dogs' arthritis, soreness and increased risk of injury.
You might want to listen in as I explain how her new flooring was affecting her dogs' health and mobility. And how she could make it right.
“Doesn’t our house look great?” my friend Kathy shouted as two barking Australian shepherd crosses tumbled into the living room to greet me. The long-awaited renovation complete, Kathy’s house was a designer’s dream come true.
But as I looked around at the expanse of beautiful cream-colored tile flooring, I couldn’t help but wonder...
The following story is excerpted from my award-winning, Amazon #1 best seller, Grow Young with Your Dog. Click here to learn more about the book.
Painful hips, stiff hips, dysplastic hips and arthritic hips. Many people worry about their dogs’ hips at some point. And as dog lovers themselves age, they may notice that their own hips are not as flexible or comfortable as they once were.
Many will simply accept these limitations as inevitable aspects of aging, but what if you are no longer able to take your dog on a nice, long walk? Did that get your attention? And is hip trouble really inevitable?
A Young Dog Overcomes Hip Dysplasia
Emma was even more energetic than your typical Border Collie pup. And if you’ve spent any time around Border Collies, you know that is saying a lot! Strikingly marked, the active black-and-white puppy enlivened Akiko and Michael’s household...
Alighting from the Cadillac, Marion placed the small bundle gently in my arms. I looked down to see a tiny tan head peeking out of the swaddling. Wrapped safely inside the blanket was Marion’s precious companion, Chilee the Chihuahua, who had suffered a stroke 18 days before. The stroke left the little dog unable to move his right side.
Chilee had just been released from the care of the a specialty animal hospital, where the team of veterinarians and support staff had fallen in love with this little tan dog.
Even with their veterinary skilled care, the Chihuahua hadn't moved in 18 days. His right side was completely still and he barely anything else. The vets recommended euthanasia, as they held little hope for his recovery.
But Marion had read about my work with animals and hoped that Debono Moves would help her dog regain the ability to walk and joyfully engage in life again.
Before his stroke, Chilee had served as a Delta Society...
Have you ever looked at your aging dog, with her stiff back and arthritic joints, and wished you could help her move easily again?
But you assume that there’s nothing else you can do. You’re already providing your dog with regular vet exams, a high-quality diet, joint supplements and lots of love and attention. The increasing stiffness and fatigue is just part of getting older, right?
Whether your dog is already a senior or still an active pup, I’m betting that you would like her to be as active and happy for as long as possible. So I invite you to read how an arthritic senior dog – and her person – regained the spring in their steps!
The black and tan dog looked like an adorable cross between a Beagle and a German shepherd. Her name was Princess, and she walked with mincing steps into my office, her lower back rounded as if in pain.
Princess was accompanied by Janet, a tall, blonde woman in her late...