Trooper: One Very Special Success Story

I work as a volunteer with the Greyhound Adoption League of Texas (GALT).  From time to time I get to work with some of the dogs that have challenges that will benefit from massages and cold laser.

I'd like to share one of those special times when I was blessed to be part of the combined effort to help a dog in dire need.  Massage has so many benefits and this is one awesome example where massage, combined with traditional vet care and lots of love helped increase and speed healing.

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GALT recently took in a 4-year old greyhound born on 9/11.  The little guy dubbed "Trooper", in honor of the State Trooper who recused him, was running along the highway in terrible condition.  Trooper was so frail and sick when he was brought to the shelter, they almost lost him.  The shelter contacted GALT and they had him transferred to Preston Park Animal Hospital.  Along with being terribly malnourished, Trooper had Erlichia Canis and an infection all over his body.  This precious little soul was put on daily antibiotics and received medicated baths twice a week.

The pictures above are from my first 90 minute session with Trooper after he had been in Preston Park Animal Hospital for about a week.  The second week I saw him, I was met with a wagging tail and kisses.  The picture below is from the third week.  He bounced into the room and flopped down in my lap full of happy kisses and head butts.

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Let me introduce you to Trooper approximately 6 weeks after his rescue at his foster mom's house.

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Skilled veterinary care, antibiotics, medicated baths, sessions with massage, cold laster, Reiki and the love of GALT's volunteers have made such a wonderful difference in this precious life.

Feature Story: Dr. Sue Furman, PhD

Recently, I was interviewed by Nicole Cobler of the Victoria Advocate, Victoria, TX.  Nicole was doing a feature story on my Canine Massage Instructor, Dr. Sue Furman, PhD.  I'm excited to have this opportunity to share the interview and video.  Dr. Furman is truly amazing and her career in teaching and working with animals is extensive.  I totally recommend her online classes in both Canine Massage and Acupressure as well as her more general Pet Owner classes.  Whether you would like to embark on a career helping and working with animals or are just interested in helping your own furry friend maintain better health, Dr. Furman is quick to share her knowledge and love of animals.

Victorian teaches gentle touch for canines (w/video)


November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month

Make it a true Thanks Giving.  Adopt a Senior!

Seniors are the best kept secret.  Why wouldn't you want to adopt an older companion?  They are past the puppy chewing stage, which means your shoes and table legs are safe.  Seniors are already housetrained, or at least can get with the program pretty quick.  They are perfect for someone who lives a low-key lifestyle and wants to come home after a long day to find their best friend lovingly and patiently waiting for them.  They are not a 24-7 job needing constant monitoring the way puppies do.  Older companions become part of the family in no time.

What do you get in return for being a hero and saving a life?  You get an instant bond and unparalleled return on your emotional investment.  Older dogs seem to have a little extra love to give.  One look into their adoring eyes and you can see where they have been, the losses they have suffered and how grateful they are that you took a chance on them.

pepsi3Pictured here is one of Greyhound League of Texas's special seniors available for adoption. 

Pepsi, aka Pepsi Paws, is a 10-year old red fawn male born April 29, 2003.  His sire is Winky Dink and his dam is I'll Say She Can.  Pepsi has 6 races to his credit on, all at Valley Race Park in Texas in 2005.  Pepsi is going to put some pep into finding a forever home!


Pepsi's foster parents say this about him:

Pepsi is a very sweet and quite the retired gentleman.  He is in no hurry to get up in the morning, because he sleeps so well at night.  pepsi7He has the run of the house during the day when we are at work, never bothering anything.  He shares our house with our other three female greyhound girls and they all get along very well. 

He loves to be outside, always peering out the door or windows.  He often is on the hunt for pesky squirrels and gives them a run for their money up a tree or fence. 

He just recently learned to cookies from our hands [sic] and now he has learned about them, he is quickly becoming very interested in them.  He loves to follow you around from room to room, and if you are outside working he will lie outside until you have finished your task.

Pepsi has the funniest fold over his ears and the softest fur.  When we brought him home, our girls flirted with him for the longest time!

If you are looking for a sweet, laid back boy (who is quite handsome to boot) that is dedicated to you and loving, Pepsi is your boy.  ~Pepsi's Foster Parents.

Below are a few of the many sites where you can find more information.