Thelma and Louise – Attached At The Heart

Posted by: John Sawyer

This wonderful video tells the story of Thelma and Louise, two very unlikely best friends. The video is great, but there’s more to the story. Thelma and Louise have been adopted by a family with a similar pair of attached-at-the-heart animals.

Watch the video first, then click the link at the bottom of this post for the “rest of the story.” Enjoy!

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Thelma and Louise have been adopted!

John

Favorite Furball Contest Winner

Posted by: John Sawyer

Favorite Furball Winner!

Madison - Favorite Furball Winner!

Happy National Hairball Awareness Day!

Announcing the winner of www.RomeotheCat.com and FURminator, Inc. “Who’s Your Favorite Furball?” Contest:

Drum roll, please…



Madison and her staff, Cindy!!

Madison and Cindy will receive a free FURminator deShedding Tool!

Congratulations to Madison and Cindy and thank you to everyone who entered!

Want your own deShedding Tool? Look for FURminator products at PetSmart, PETCO and other pet retailers.

John

Who’s Your Favorite Furball? Contest Ends Tonight

Posted by: John Sawyer

Romeo FURminated

This IS my happy face!

Don’t forget! Tomorrow, Friday April 24, is National Hairball Awareness Day!

The “Who’s Your Favorite Furball?” contest, sponsored by www.RomeotheCat.com and FURminator, Inc., makers of the FURminator deShedding Tool, is open until 9PM EST tonight. Get your entries in before 9PM to have a chance to win a FURminator deShedding Tool!

In addition to the free FURminator, the winner will get to see their favorite, funniest, furriest furball featured on www.PeoplePets.com and popular pet blogs (like this one!) across the Internet.

Entering is easy:

That’s it, you’re done!

While you’re waiting to see your name in lights, check out these FURminator tips on preventing hairballs in cats:

Fuzzballs, cat scratches and dirty litter boxes may be top complaints from cat parents, but paws down, hairballs are among the worst of the worst. With peak shedding season underway, our cats are in full swing when it comes to grooming themselves, which means an increase in hairballs (since hairballs are caused when the cat swallows the loose hair).

Here are some recommended ways to prevent hairballs in cats:

  • Regular Grooming: Hairballs occur when cats over groom. To help cats look and feel their best, it’s essential to regularly brush them. The FURminator deShedding Tool for Cats is recommended by vets and nominated by Tufts University School of Veterinarian Medicine as the number one product to reduce hairballs in cats. Using the tool on a regular basis, as well as the FURminator deShedding Shampoo for Cats, will help reduce shedding, thus reducing the amount of hair your cat ingests.
  • Home Remedies: Try adding a little butter and canned pumpkin to your cat’s meals once or twice a week. The butter may loosen the hair clod and the fiber in the pumpkin can help move it through the system.
  • Keep Hydrated: Encourage your cat to drink plenty of water by placing bowls in various places throughout the house. The water will help flush out the hair before it has time to clump in the stomach.
  • Consult Your Vet: If you believe your cat has chronic hairball problems, ask your veterinarian to recommend a laxative supplement to help prevent ingested hair from forming hairballs.

See you back here tomorrow at noon for the announcement of the contest winner!

John

National Hairball Awareness Day Friday!

Posted by: John Sawyer

National Hairball Awareness Day

Who's Your Favorite Furball?

Friday April 24 is National Hairball Awareness Day!

To celebrate, www.RomeotheCat.com and FURminator, Inc. (www.furminator.com) are sponsoring the “Who’s Your Favorite Furball?” contest!

The winner will receive a free FURminator deShedding Tool. They will also see their favorite, funniest, furriest furball featured on www.PeoplePets.com and other popular pet blogs across the Internet.

Entering is easy!

  1. Visit www.RomeotheCat.com and click on the FirstGiving link to donate $1 or more to Romeo’s FURPOWER campaign. This month’s beneficiary is Kitten Rescue of Los Angeles.
  2. E-mail your favorite, funniest, furriest furball photo (cats only, please!) to:

    romeo at romeothecat dot com

    Entries must be submitted by 9 p.m. EST Thursday, April 23, 2009. Make sure to include the following information:

    • Your Favorite Furball’s name
    • How winning a FURminator deShedding Tool will change your life (and your furball’s life!)
    • Your name
    • Your email address
    • What name you used with your FirstGiving donation (for verification purposes)
  3. Check the Favorite Furball gallery on www.romeothecat.com to see all the entries.
  4. Wait for the random drawing to see if you’re the winner.
  5. Come on back at noon Friday and see if you’re the lucky winner! The winner will be announced on www.romeothecat.com, www.PeoplePets.com and participating blogs (that would be here) at 12 p.m. EST Friday, April 24, 2009.

Contest rules:

  • Contest is only open to cats (sorry doggies!)
  • Entrants must be located in the U.S. or Canada
  • Entries must be submitted by 9:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, April 23, 2009
  • Entrants agree to allow their submitted photo to be posted on participating blogs

If you have additional questions, please contact:

romeo at romeothecat dot com

Good luck!

John

Animal Reiki Practitioner Code of Ethics

Posted by: John Sawyer

As an Animal Reiki practitioner and a student of Kathleen Prasad, I conduct my practice according to the Animal Reiki Practitioner Code of Ethics reproduced here:

Animal Reiki Practitioner
Code of Ethics

Developed by Kathleen Prasad, Founder of Animal Reiki Source

Guiding Principles:

  • I believe the animals are equal partners in the healing process.
  • I honor the animals as being not only my clients, but also my teachers in the journey of healing.
  • I understand that all animals have physical, emotional and spiritual aspects, to which Reiki can bring profound healing responses.
  • I believe that bringing Reiki to the human/animal relationship is transformational to humanity’s view of the animal kingdom.
  • I dedicate myself to the virtues of humility, integrity, compassion and gratitude in my Reiki practice.

In working on myself, I follow these practices:

  • I incorporate the Five Reiki Precepts into my daily life and Reiki practice.
  • I commit myself to a daily practice of self-healing and spiritual development so that I can be a clear and strong channel for healing energy.
  • I nurture a belief in the sacred nature of all beings, and in the value and depth of animalkind as our partners on this planet.
  • I listen to the wisdom of my heart, remembering that we are all One.

In working in the community, I hold the following goals:

  • I model the values of partnership, compassion, humility, gentleness and gratitude in my life and with the animals, teaching by example.
  • I work to create professional alliances and cooperative relationships with other Reiki practitioners/teachers, animal health-care providers and animal welfare organizations in my community.
  • I strive to educate my community in its understanding of the benefits of Reiki for animals.
  • I continually educate myself to maintain and enhance my professional competence so that I uphold the integrity of the profession.
  • I consider myself an ally to the veterinary and animal health community. I work to support their efforts in achieving animal wellness and balance. I honor other disciplines and their practitioners.

In working with the human companions of the animals, I will:

  • Before the treatment, share information about my healing philosophy, the Reiki healing system and what to expect in a typical treatment, as well as possible outcomes, including the possibility of healing reactions.
  • Provide a clear policy ahead of time regarding fees, length of treatment and cancellation policy, as well as “postponement” policy, should the animal not want the treatment that day.
  • Never diagnose. I will always refer clients to a licensed veterinarian when appropriate.
  • Honor the privacy of the animals and their human companions.
  • Share intuition received during Reiki treatments, with compassion and humility, for the purpose of supporting their understanding of the healing process.
  • Respect the human companion’s right to choose the animal’s healing journey, selecting the methods, both holistic and/or conventional that he or she deems most appropriate,
    with the support and advice of a trusted veterinarian.

In working with the animals, I follow these guidelines:

  • I work in partnership with the animal.
  • I always ask permission of the animal before beginning, and respect his decision to accept or refuse any treatment.
  • I allow each animal to choose how to receive his treatment; thus each treatment is a combination of hands-on, short distance and/or distant healing, depending on the animal’s
    preference.
  • I let go of my expectations about how the treatment should progress and/or how the animal should behave during the treatment, and simply trust Reiki.
  • I accept the results of the treatment without judgment and with gratitude toward Reiki and the animal’s openness and participation in the process.

Copyright 2007, Animal Reiki Source
You may copy this information in its entirety for use on your website or in professional and/or teaching materials as long as this copyright notice remains intact.

Ben Stein – Get A Dog!

Posted by: John Sawyer

This video is courtesy of the CBS News web site. Well worth the couple of minutes it runs, and I couldn’t agree more! I’ve been owned by dogs off and on for about 45 years now. Every one of them has been a teacher in many ways.

Their attitudes toward life are always inspiring. We would do well to emulate them as much as we possibly can. Enjoy!


Watch CBS Videos Online

John

Yahoo Group Offers Reiki To Animals

Posted by: John Sawyer

A wonderful resource for animal Reiki practitioners is the Animal Reiki Source Yahoo group. This group was founded by Kathleen Prasad, co-author of “Animal Reiki”. The group is intended to support the practice of Reiki with animals and to be a healing circle offering Reiki to animals and their owners as needed.

Reiki practitioners of all levels and lineages are welcome as well as those interested in learning about animal Reiki. Some group members have active Reiki practices and share advice on how to start a Reiki practice. Others share their experiences volunteering Reiki at animal shelters and preserves. Still others simply offer Reiki to requests as they are made.

Anyone may request Reiki for animals in need. Requests may be made for any situation that involves an animal. There are many wonderful stories of healings and happy endings in the group message archives along with photos of animals.

If you are a Reiki practitioner interested in working with animals, or just someone interested in Reiki as it is used with animals, feel free to join us! You may subscribe by visiting the group page at this URL:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/animalreikisource

John

Animal Reiki Class At Animals In Distress

Posted by: John Sawyer

I will be teaching an Animal Reiki class at Animals In Distress next week. Because of the busy schedules of the volunteers and staff at AID, the class will run over two evenings.

I’ve used this format before and it’s worked out well. I typically give the attunements the first night and the basics of Reiki Level 1. The second night is for questions and practice on suitable and willing animals.

This will be a larger class than usual, which is great. My first class at AID was 6 people, four of whom are still at AID. Two of the participants this time will be repeaters from the first class, but will be attuned to Reiki Level 2. I will have a separate session with them to explain the symbols and other things pertinent to Level 2.

I give each of my Animal Reiki students a copy of “Animal Reiki” by Elizabeth Fulton and Kathleen Prasad. I studied Animal Reiki with Kathleen and began volunteering at AID as part of my “homework” for that course. “Animal Reiki” is such a wonderful book and explains exactly how offering Reiki to animals is different from human Reiki.

I’m looking forward to the class and introducing another group of animal lovers to Animal Reiki.

John Sawyer

Shelter Animal Reiki Association (SARA)

Posted by: John Sawyer

SARA Logo

The Shelter Animal Reiki Association (SARA) is intended to bring Reiki to animals in shelters and their volunteers and staff. SARA is the brainchild of Kathleen Prasad, co-author of “Animal Reiki” and founder of Animal Reiki Source.

SARA members work with shelter staff to provide Reiki for the resident animals. In some cases, appropriately trained SARA members train the staff and volunteers to become Reiki practitioners.

Shelters may partner with SARA in logging Reiki sessions and observing effects on the animals involved in those sessions. This information is compiled into a database and used to document the effects of Reiki in the shelter environment.

For more information about SARA please visit their web site at:

http://shelteranimalreikiassociation.org

John

Romeo The Cat Raises Rescue Funds With Twitter

Posted by: John Sawyer

Here’s a unique and innovative way of using social media: Romeo the cat (and his buddy Pugsley) are using Twitter to raise funds for rescue organizations. For every follower they get on Twitter, they donate 5 cents to animal rescue. Twitterers are encouraged to donate to the cause, as well.

For the month of March, 2009, I’m pleased to report that the proceeds from the campaign will go to Animals in Distress, the no-kill shelter at which I volunteer each week. I offer Reiki to the animals there and hold Reiki classes for the volunteers.

If you use Twitter, please support Romeo‘s campaign by following @romeothecat on Twitter.

John

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