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Deeper Connections with Horses Through Love

Horse Connection

Loving Horse Connections

It is a joy to see the compassionate trainer, Jean Francois in this video demonstrating his loving horse connection.     Through his loving connection, he is able to train and enjoy such a deep, profound bond with his horses without all the traditional horse training tools.  As he says in this beautiful video, he is able to get these results through love and the inner silent connection.  Personally,  I find one of the keys to this deep profound connection is finding that profoundly quiet center in our hearts and cultivate and nourish that center and radiate out that loving connection from that center to all animals.  That is essentially what I feel Jean Francois is doing in this video. I actually think this is a possible example demonstrating my “trans-species field theory.   (more…)

Kindred Neighbors

A friend sent me these photographs that seem to be circulating over the internet.  They remind me of how grateful I am to share my personal neighborhood with so many families of various species including deer, raccoons, hummingbirds, eagles, vultures, otters, seals, seabirds, etc.  I feel like our lives are so much richer when we share our lives not just with our inside animal companions, but also with the vast array of living beings that we used to share lives with when we lived in more rural area’s.  It is nice to see how different species can adapt to our newly recreated landscapes of suburbs and cities. In New York City there are periodic recordings of Peregrine falcons and other birds of prey that make nests on the skyscrapers or the odd coyote that makes its way into Central Park.  When I lived in rural northwestern Connecticut we would see the bobcat, coyotes, foxes, and here reports of the odd moose or mountain lion that would meander into the nearby woods as the greenspaces levaquin back order connected with forests farther north.

Certainly, one needs to be aware and cautious of certain wild predators as well as the potential tick borne diseases from ticks that are carried on certain species. In addition, some can certainly cause damage to landscaping and gardens.  Personally though, I think the benefits of sharing our lives with wildlife far outweigh the disadvantages as long as we take appropriate precautions.

The email going around jokingly calls these elk “street gangs”.  I prefer to call them kindred neighbors.  Enjoy the beauty!

STREET GANGS IN CALGARY , ALBERTA

It’s gangs like these that the people of Calgary have to put up with..

A bit different from the problems in other cities…

It proves that every City has their own “unique” gang problems. They roam the streets and yards night and day.

They hang out in even the best neighborhoods!

..and you CANNOT (legally) stop them.

AREN’T THEY MAGNIFICENT !!!!???

Thank you to whoever put these photographs up on the internet.  Thank you for sharing them. If you request credit for them, please let us know.

Kindred Spirit Canine Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome

Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome in Dogs (PTSD): Our Dogs, Our Selves

A recent article in the NY Times acknowledges that Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome seems to be documented now in dogs as well as people.
The dogs being diagnosed are service dogs in the U.S. Armed Forces.
It is no surprise to me that dogs exposed to such trauma experience what is now titled Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD). As a veterinarian and an animal behaviorist, I have seen many cases over the past thirty years that I would describe now as PTSD. In the past, one would see evidence of this in dogs after car accidents and then being fearful of getting into cars, shaking uncontrollably or simply refusing to get in one, or after loud noises such as fireworks on the Fourth of July or thunderstorms. I believe we see this in many species, elephants after they watch their relatives slaughtered or horses after a traumatic experience with needles or getting into a horse trailer.  In a previous post I discussed PTSD in Chimpanzee’s in captivity.
Personally, I believe that there is not that much of a difference in the nervous system of other mammals and us. Hence, it is not unreasonable to believe that they can have similar behavioral issues as we do. Unfortunately, it takes dogs exposed to the ravages and trauma’s of war to classify these traumatic events as PTSD. There is evidence that dogs search and rescue purchase levofloxacin online dogs experience depression and PTSD as well. There were cases of that in the rescue dogs after 9/11.
Dr. Walter F. Burghardt Jr., chief of behavioral medicine at the Daniel E. Holland Military Working Dog Hospital at Lackland Air Force Base feels that “the four-legged, wet-nosed troops used to sniff out mines, track down enemy fighters and clear buildings are struggling with the mental strains of combat nearly as much as their human counterparts

As the article states….”By some estimates, more than 5 percent of the approximately 650 military dogs deployed by American combat forces are developing canine PTSD. Of those, about half are likely to be retired from service, Dr. Burghardt said”. The article gives multiple examples of behavioral issues in the war dogs.
Signs, diagnosis and treatment are similar to humans. Treatment consists of behavioral modification with desensitization or medications, or a combination of the two. Recently a colleague and friend of mine, Vera Paisner, a renowned human psychotherapist, developed a new approach in dogs and horses, extrapolating it from people. It is called EMDR, Eye movement Desensitization and Retraining. She has had some excellent success with a dog in an automobile accident and horses with needle phobia.

It seems only reasonable that we explore new more natural approaches for PTSD in animals as we still do not understand the modes of action of medications in people, how can we understand them in animals. In addition, if EMDR is documented to help animals, then any placebo effect has been eliminated and we can appreciate how it can be of more benefit in people as well.

 

Kindred Cats!

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Happy Cat

One reader suggested that they would love to see more posts about cats.  This post is honoring that request!  I thought about this and chuckled as I am such a cat person! My very first animal that parents let me have outside of a cage or tank was a cat.

Here is a video of a study that asks the questions are you  cat or dog person.  Here are the Cat Person Questions.  Let me know what you think.

I am also a dog person, a horse person, a wildlife person,  really an all animal person and on and on.  I truly love all animals, yet we see and hear about endless differences between cat and dog people and certain preferences and tendencies do indeed define unique qualities that can have one identify themselves as either a dog or cat person or whatever.  What defines one as specifically a cat person?  Independent yet wanting to share their lives with some furry four legged being?  Someone that does want to be tied to specific hours to walk a dog?  Thoughts?

Friends and family are sharing their various thoughts on what makes a cat person a cat person….one interesting buy levaquin canada cliche…”Dogs have masters, cats have servants” says a lot.  Yes, they seem quite royal.  No wonder the Egyptians had worshipped them.

I cherish my time with my cat friends.  I feel such joy when I hear my cat’s meow as I come home, or their purr on my chest as I rest from a long day of seeing patients, or being awakened by their paws brushing my beard and meowing for their breakfast.

Neuroscience talks about mirror neurons and how we tend to mimic others.  I often wonder if this is one reason why people tend to choose animal companions that look like them or if it is related to why people choose animals that reflect different parts of their personality or physical traits that they like to reflect outwards in a greater way.  Is it why people prefer not just dogs or cats, but whether they are male or female, or what breed of dog or cat. How often do we see photographs or even books of photo’s of humans look like their animal friends.

I offer this question to my cat loving readers, “what makes you feel like you are a cat person?”

Kindred Spirits Helping Each Other

A friend sent me this photo essay going around the internet.  I found it incredibly touching.  Personally, it felt like it was a demonstration of intelligence, trust, and nonverbal communication between species that was perhaps the way it used to be, prior to so much division and fear having developed between  humans and other animals. It was heartening to see how the fisherman and his family assisted them.  It is a promising illustration of how perhaps we can all help each other in the midst of the global environmental challenges we are confronting in 2012.

Perhaps we can all use this as a healthy, joyous reminder of how we can help all beings in need beyond all labels of species, predator, prey, us vs. them, self vs. other.  We can all support each other in creating a more peaceful world in 2012!

A DEER STORY FROM ALASKA
A Heart Warming  and Amazing Rescue , in Sitka  Alaska
Amazing story…a  miracle of sorts, really!
The Best Day Of Fishing Ever!

I’ve heard of salmon jumping into boats, but never anything quite like this…
Tom Satre told the Sitka Gazette that he was out with a charter group on his 62-foot fishing vessel when four juvenile black-tailed deer swam directly toward his boat. 

 

Deer Swimming for Help

“Once the deer reached the boat, the four began to circle the boat, looking directly at us.  We could tell right away that the young bucks were distressed.

I opened up my back gate and we helped the typically skittish and absolutely wild animals onto the boat.  In all my years fishing, I’ve never seen anything quite like it!

Once onboard, they collapsed with exhaustion, shivering.”

Deer Resting on Board

Deer Resting On Board

“This is a picture I took of the rescued bucks on the back of
my boat, the Alaska Quest.  We headed for Taku Harbour.

Once we reached the dock, the first buck that we had pulled from the water hopped onto the dock, looked back as if to say ‘thank you’ and disappeared into the forest.

After a bit of prodding and assistance, two more followed, but the smallest deer needed a little more help.

Deer Rescued

This is me carrying the little guy.

 

Deer Rescued

My daughter, Anna, and son, Tim, helped the last buck to its feet.
We didn’t know how long they had been in the icy waters or
if there had been others who did not survive.  My daughter later told me that the experience was something that she would never forget,

and I suspect the deer felt the same way as well!”

Thank you for sharing these photographs and story with all of us!

Walking In Sync with Your Kindred Spirit: A Breakthrough In Humane Dog Training

Walk In Sync Humane Dog Training


In addition to exploring the foundations of our universal interconnectedness, from inner and outer silence to consciousness, I also feel it is important to share very practical day to day foundations for your animals health including nutrition, exercise, humane training and preventive health care.  Appropriate humane, behavioral training is essential for a happy, healthy kindred spirit relationship.  Sharing your walks together is great exercise, but if your dog pulls, yanks or tries to chase other animals, it can make part of the walk a bit more challenging.  Alecia Evans, the brilliant developer of this harness and humane technique states that if  you “can’t take your dog all the places you want to due to: pulling, jumping, lunging, shyness, over-enthusiasm when greeting other dogs or people or if your dog leads you”, this approach may indeed solve all these issues. Watch this video: Dog Walk In Sync Technology Dog Walk In Sync Technology

I  am very excited and honored to share with you something I was just recently introduced to that I feel is the most revolutionary approach to humane, healthy behavioral training of dogs that I have ever come across.   Though I resist buy levaquin 750 endorsing certain technologies and products, this is so evolutionary that I feel obliged to share this with all of you.  It is a new design of a humane harness for dogs that does not appear to cause any musculoskeletal alignment challenges to the dog and allows for a more dynamic, sensitive connection between you and your dog when walking with them.  It is called “Walk-In-Sync”. I have discussed this and other approaches with Alecia Evans, the dynamic, brilliant dog trainer, animal communicator, Chi-gong and breathwork instructor who  has developed this technology for the benefit of all dogs and their caretakers.  Check out Alecia Evans website and blog.  She has some extremely educational and insightful video’s on her breakthrough dog training approach.  I am recommending it to all my clients and followers.  I cannot put it any better than she has already, so check out her video’s and I suggest trying one for your dog, whether you have behavioral issues of pulling, yanking, resisting or just to have a much deeper connection with your dog when walking.

Let me know what you think and what your experiences are with “Walk-In-Sync”.

Blessings for a more enjoyable Kindred Spirit Walk!

 

Celebrate the Holidays with All Beings: A Special Gorilla Connection

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After a few week hiatus from writing about  insights on the kindred spirits project blog due to a “time-challenged”  schedule of seeing my horse, dog and cat patients,  there are so many exciting and interesting perspectives I would like to share with all of you.  I would like to begin this renewed sharing with a video that brought such joy to my heart. It feels especially appropriate for this holiday season, illustrating the connection between all beings that transcends words.

This video of  a  Gorilla Connection, where an ecotourist  visiting them in their endangered sanctuary in Uganda demonstrates to me how if we all can shift our hearts and minds to be in an inner place of love wherever possible, what miracles can occur.  They have chosen to introduce a complete stranger to their intimate family of parents and children.  Wherever I go, I find that if we come from a place of inner peace and quiet, without fear, animals of all species gradually warm up to us and treat us as one with them.  I am blessed to share my small sanctuary with two family of deer who give birth, one to one fawn and one to twins every year underneath my deck.  A pair of Anna’s hummingbirds stay all winter around my cabin sitting in the dead arbutus tree branches or on top of the douglas firs and sip the nectar from the yellow oregon grape flowers.  Eagles, otters, seals, herons, flickers, junko’s, chicadee’s, quail, raccoon, and many other families reside on, above, below or around my sanctuary.  As we all get to know each other throughout the various seasons, we come to accept all living together comfortably without fear.  As I fill the bird feeder, the birds are all inches away on the branches chirping to me as if to say “thank you and hurry up please”.  When I sit in a chair outside, the hummingbirds will come fly right in front of my face and look at me eye to eye.  We can truly live in a garden of eden if we choose to.  It is simply a choice to create a sanctuary around us and within us that nurtures a compassionate life with all beings, beyond all labels and species.

In this time of celebration of the winter solstice,  Christmas, Chanukah, the shifting of seasons, let us celebrate not only with our immediate family, but with the larger family of all beings, two-legged, four-legged and winged.  Let us expand our compassion web to integrate a fun, loving relationship and rejoice in a much more expansive view of family!  Yes, we are all family, in one small neighborhood, mother earth!

Wishing you all a joyous, healthy, peaceful, prosperous, fun, enlightening and awesome holiday season and New Year!

Blessings from your kindred spirit,

Allen M. Schoen, MS, DVM

National Wolf Awareness Week

Periodically I enjoy introducing kindred spirits to each other.  My dear friends at the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, NY are doing extraordinary work to preserve endangered species of wolves.  In addition, one veterinarian who used to work with me, Dr. Amy Rodriguez and her husband, Neil Abramson,  have worked for the benefit of animals through their entire adult lives.  Dr. Rodriguez is an excellent integrative veterinarian and her husband is one of our nation’s top legal advocates for animals. I had the honor of reviewing Neil’s first novel, “Unsaid” about the deeper connections with animals.  It is definitely a great read about the deeper spiritual connections that we share with our animal friends and will touch many people.  These friends of come together at a booksigning of Neil’s new book in order to benefit the Wolf Conservation Center.

Here is the notice about these great events.  These are truly kindred spirits helping to create a more compassionate society. I am grateful to share their friendship with all of you.

Celebrate National Wolf Awareness Week at the Wolf Conservation Center


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Celebrate National Wolf Awareness Week at the WCC

National Wolf Awareness Week begins on October 16th, but we’re celebrating all month long!

Please scroll down to learn about Wolves Of YellowstoneBook Signing to Benefit the WCCUp, Up and Away on Wolf Awareness DayWCC’s Outdoor Movie NightsWCC’s Halloween Howl, and Who’s Scaring Who.

The celebration begins this weekend!


Wolves Of Yellowstone

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October 8th at 11am – Join us for a special talk about the wolves of Yellowstone National Park!  The WCC hosted some fantastic Yellowstone adventures last season and we’re eager to share our insights about wolf reintroduction, the beneficial ecological effect wolves have had on our nation’s first national park, and the debate that surrounds this controversial predator in the West.   Guests will visit Ambassador wolves Atka, Alawa, and Zephyr as well as the WCC’s critically endangered red wolves and Mexican gray wolves.Pre-registration is required.  Click here to register now!

Book Signing to Benefit the WCC

October 11th at 7PM – Calling all animal lovers and WCC supporters!  Neil Abramson, WCC neighbor and volunteer, and one of our nation’s top legal advocates for animals, will be at the City Center in White Plains for a reading, discussion and signing of “Unsaid” — a heartfelt and compassionate novel that explores the intuitive bonds between people and animals that transcend explanation.unsaid.jpgNeil is donating all profits from books sold at the event to the WCC!

Tuesday, October 11, 7:00 PM
Barnes & Noble Book Store
City Center
230 Main Street
White Plains, NY

 


Up, Up, and Away on Wolf Awareness Day

compressed crooped.jpgOctober 16th at 11AM and 2PM – The WCC is celebrating the first day of National Wolf Awareness Week with an exciting bird of prey experience presented by Master Falconer, Lorrie Schumacher, of TALONS!  Guests will meet, catch, fly and be wowed some beautiful feathered ambassadors during the educational and interactive bird of Prey experience.  Don’t forget a camera!  After flying some of Talon’s “wolves of the sky,” guests will visit Ambassador wolves Atka, Alawa, and Zephyr as well as the WCC’s critically endangered red wolves and Mexican gray wolves too.  Each guest will receive an official 2011 Wolf Awareness poster! Pre Pre-registration is required. Click here to register today!

 

Outdoor Movie Nights at the WCC

Join us for a unique opportunity to enjoy some compelling wolf films under the stars alongside Ambassador wolves Zephyr and Alawa! Bleacher seating will be available but we recommend guests to bring beach/camping chairs of their own for more a comfortable experience. Snacks will be provided for our guests and wolves! Each guest will also receive an official 2011 Wolf Awareness poster. Pre- registration is required.

rise of black wolf.jpgOctober 21st at 6:30PM – Our first Movie Night will feature: The Rise of Black Wolf by Emmy award-winning wildlife cinematographer and friend of the WCC –  Bob Landis! Landis has produced many films for programs such as National Geographic and Nature and it will be a thrill to enjoy the film alongside the WCC’s resident black wolf, Zephyr!  Click here to register today!
lords of nature.jpgOctober 28th at 6:30PM – Our second Movie Night will feature: Green Fire Productions’Lords of Nature: Life in a Land of Great Predators. The compelling 60 minute documentary captures the importance of predators in the West and the challenges they face in our modern landscape. Click here to register today!

 

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WCC’s Halloween Howl

October 29th at 5PM – Trick or treat! Our Ambassador wolves don’t do tricks but shari
ng a sunset howl is always a treat!  Holiday appropriate goodies will be offered to our guests and wolves. Guests will also visit the WCC’s critically endangered red wolves and Mexican gray wolves. Costumes are encouraged! Pre Pre-registration is required. Clickhere to register today!

Who’s Scaring Who?
Scarecrow Fun at the WCC


October 30th at 11AM – Learn about the mythology, biology and ecology of wolf families and discover why the fall is such a magical time for packs in North America and people too. Guests will work together to customize a scarecrow for Atka to enjoy or destroy!   Guests will also visit the WCC’s critically endangered red wolves and Mexican gray wolves. Pre Pre-registration is required.  Click here to register today!
Click here to view our October program schedule.
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Another Mooooving Example of Kindred Sound Health

This Youtube video is making the rounds.  I find it another excellent example of Sound Healing with animals.  It is being included in our study here of the interspecies connection with sound healing.  For another opportunity to put a smile on your face and joy in your heart, watch this video of  Cows Enjoying Music of the Utah Jazz Band playing to a herd of cows in Switzerland and their expressions.  There have actually been studies on the impact of various types of music on milk production in cows.  Rap and heavy metal music appeared to decrease milk production, while classical music improved production.  I find that horses and other animals respond similarly to different types of music.  One dear friend, Bettine (see joyofmusic.com), goes around the world playing her magical flute to all sorts of animals and observes and documents their responses.

This is an excellent reminder of being mindful of what music we play for ourselves and all our kindred spirits, whether it is in a cow barn, a horse barn, an animal shelter or animal hospital.  Healing sounds heal us, disruptive sounds disrupt us. It is as simple as that.  It gives new meaning to the cliche, “music to my ears”.  Pondering a bigger picture, what if we were more conscious of filling all the world with harmonious, healing music and sounds.  Wow, could we all be more peaceful and happy?  Perhaps we can begin to try this experiment.  What are your experiences?

Blessings of joyous, healing music to your ears and the ears of the world!

Animal Health Alert: Dogs Reaction to Smart Meters

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Apparently there is a fair amount of controversy regarding the introduction of smart meters into residential homes throughout the world.  In addition to their questionable economic value and privacy issues, there actually seem to be potentially significant health effects on people and now seemingly on animals.  This article presents the first documentation of the health hazards of smart meters to dogs.  The interesting point is that the dog has no concept that a smart meter was installed or that anything changed, so that any behavioral changes such as the one’s described cannot be written off as a negative placebo effect.  This is the first dog in a clinical collection of individual cases for a study on the health effects of smart meters on our animal companions. If skeptics flippantly criticize people who claim to be electrosensitive as “it is all in their head”, seeing animals that are reacting to smart meters and are sensitive to radio frequency and electromagnetic radiation removes the placebo effect.  With this particular anecdote, there appears to be a clear case of cause and effect.  More anecdotes and documented case reports need to be collected to see if this is a clear pattern.

In the news article and the letter that this woman sent to her utility company,  she states “One of my dogs awoke at the same time, wandering the hallways whining and crying. This dog refuses to sleep inside at night now, as the pulsed radiation also makes him sick. This dog had slept at the foot of my bed since the day I brought him home until the night the smart meter was installed. I have numerous friends and family who will testify to this, if called to do so.”

As I began to research this subject, I came across a wealth of information on the potential negative health effects of smart meters on all beings.  Apparently this technology is being forced upon us despite the World Health Organizations acknowledgement that this type of electromagnetic radiation may be carcinogenic. The IARC designation is: “possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B)”( www.iarc.fr/en/media-centre/pr/2011/pdfs/pr208_E.pdf).

So it appears that we are all being exposed to a new potential carcinogen bombarding us daily in our homes due to these buy levofloxacin eye drops smart meters.  The farther down the rabbit hole one looks into this issue, one realizes the amount that huge financial and political interests are behind this agenda.  There are other significant concerns regarding privacy and increased costs to everyday individuals in addition to the potentially significant health effects.

Some people dismiss the health effects and say that we are exposed to so much electromagnetic pollution already, what is one more “small exposure”.  Apparently though, it seems that like with so many challenges to our immune system and general health,  the proverbial “the straw that broke the camels back” cliche really is appropriate.  Our bodies can just take so much exposure and then once the exposure is too much and we begin to react, there is no turning back.  This could possibly be the tipping point for many beings.

Reviewing all the concerns regarding smart meters is beyond the scope of this post, so I am attaching numerous links below that concerned individuals have referred to me.  I highly suggest you review them and educate yourself.  If not for your own health, at least for your kindred spirits health!  We need to become more aware of all the various environmental health issues that all beings are being exposed to at this moment. This is my humble effort to help educate all of my blog followers.  Below are links on how smart meters are impacting on animal health.

Please email me of any side effects from smart meters that you have had first hand experience with, with your animal friends.

Blessings of awesome health and happiness to all of you! (more…)