Welcome to our first
... and thank you for your interest in this wonderful alternative health
modality for our canine friends and their people! I would love your input as to
what you would like to read about. Please contact me with your questions or
A Spa Is Born
Cindy is finally setting her pawprints in her home town of Sequim... having
built a pool before, helped numerous others and after 14 years of working in
her own and other people's pools - she decided to pull all of her education
together to build the perfect spa.
This is the first in a multi-part series chronicling the birth of her home
When you go to a pool maintenance and supply company and talk about dogs,
you might see the pool people clap their hands to their ears and run the other
way mumbling strange sounds. Look around and you'll see swimming caps and
various contraptions and devices to keep hair out of the pool.
Pools are NOT meant for hair - and dogs are full of hair.
Things that make you go Hmmmmmmmmmm........
In January the USA TODAY came up with a wonderful article on the benefits of
hydrotherapy. The author is a long term writer for animal welfare and we shared
some great conversation as she researched this subject. Just weeks after she
finished the article, her own beloved dog was paralyzed and because of this
research, she had a list of options at her disposal... and immediately started
her pup into warm water therapy... what a coincidence?... hmmmmmmm - read the article in USA TODAY.
The Wonderful World of Fascia
Fascia is the one single that connects us... it's the wrapping in the body
that surrounds every single muscle, bone, organ... every little thing in the
body is surrounded by and connected by fascia. If someone were to remove every
bone, muscle, and organ from your body - you would still be recognizable to
your friends by your fascia network! Now stay connected with me here... this is
going to lead you to a fascinating tail from the water that is all about fascia
but first we need to know a little bit about this miraculous tissue in the
body.... Read more
about that which connects us ...
Living with Disabilities
Each issue of this newsletter will have information and tidbits of knowledge
in the privileges of living with aging and disabilities.
For this issue, I'd like to talk a little bit about the art of dying. We
live in a fast paced society where disabilities and getting older are feared.
People will often feel threatened when their momentum is halted with a
disability or will rush into surgical procedures in an effort to look younger
and hide their years... we seem to have formed an attachment to staying young
and 'in the game' and so this can often translate into how we care for our
aging canine friends. When our dogs become disabled or old, all sorts of fears
come up - and because too many vets are all to happy to accommodate and
euthanize, people often rush into this decision to avoid any further pain
(their own pain). A friend of mine wrote a story that I'd like to share with
you here. Read Caring
To and Through the End of Life.
Book or Music Report
Each issue I will feature my most current book or music favorite. In this
issue, it is Anugama's Shamanic Dream.
Last month I received a massage and during this wonderful treatment of self
care, this CD was playing... the combination of these two things put me into
such a wonderfully relaxed state, that I had to take a walk before being able
to drive home. While this CD is not for everyone, it is an amazing CD for
meditation and zoning out. This would NOT be the CD you would put on to vacuum
your house or jog the trail. It is not even the type of music that you would
just sit down and listen to - actually the constant drum beat might really
begin to irritate you if you thought too much about it .... But if you feel
like zoning out - this one will do it to you! The combinations of ancient
flutes, constant primal drums and didgeridoo are transformative. It's my best
pick this month for this kind of music... as a matter of fact, I think I'm
going to go take an hour and zone out now with this CD........ yummmmm.....
I'm building a comprehensive set of resources out on my
website - be sure to check out my music recommendations!
Ok... so my boss "Luna" (the 18 month old female german shepherd that owns
me) wanted to be involved with this newsletter too and invites you to ask her
questions. If you have something that you would like to ask Luna, please visit
her Ask Luna! page! She'd love to answer any of your questions.
One of our readers posed this question:
Dear Luna, I am putting in a new patio... what material do you
Click here for Luna's Response!
Until Next Time....
I love the month of March... little flowers begin to poke their sleepy heads
out of the cold ground this month in my area and it reminds me that a new year
has begun... one of growth and endless possibility.
Thank you for sharing this newsletter with me and please feel free to pass
it on to whoever you feel might enjoy.
If you have a specific topic or question that you would like me to cover..
please let me know!
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La Paw Spa has been serving dogs and their people
for over 100 years !!!
( in dog years that is! )