Nonhuman animals experience thoughts and feelings just as human animals do. While we may not ever be able to truly know exactly what is happening in their heads, we must recognize that there IS something happening. Then, using critical thinking, we must determine what changes are necessary in order to better share the world with our thinking, feeling animal neighbors.
Ecologist and conservationist Carl Safina tells stories of the inner lives of nonhuman animals and why they are incredibly important to consider.
I recently began classes at Canisius College in pursuit of my Master's degree in Anthrozoology. I'm loving the program already and know this is exactly where I'm meant to be. Because I'm now devoting much of my life to becoming more educated in this field, I will likely be sharing more about what I'm learning on this blog. While I hope to make time for blog posts relating more specifically to the services Heal to Howl currently offers (canine massage, animal Reiki and pet photography), I believe this knowledge is critical to the philosophy of my business: the importance of understanding and deepening the human-animal bond.
Bounce is a local new "modern day animal rescue" started by the owners of Happy Tails Dog Ranch. To kick off the return of my photography career, I've began volunteering my time to photograph these adorable pups in an effort to help them find their forever homes!
I'm delighted to be offering photography again, as I've missed having a creative outlet. However, I'm most excited about having the opportunity and being able to make time to utilize my skills to help animals in need.
Check out some of my photographs of Bounce's adoptable dogs below, and please consider volunteering, fostering or adopting!
Last week, I received in the mail my certification for senior canine massage therapy! Then, last night, I gave a webinar for RMSAAM on senior dog massage for canine massage practitioners and those interested in canine massage (if you missed it, keep an eye out for it on the RMSAAM webinar calendar!). So, while I was thinking about what to write my blog on today, I bet you can guess what came to mind!
As our animal companions age, they begin to require more to maintain optimal quality of life. This can include more frequent visits to the veterinarian, nutritional support, supplements, and utilizing complementary modalities such as acupuncture, chiropractic, craniosacral and, of course, massage and Reiki!
Within the last few years, I've developed a growing fascination with animal behavior, particularly with canines. Consequently, last year I read the book “Dog Sense: How the New Science of Dog Behavior Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet” by anthrozoologist John Bradshaw. I remember thinking to myself, "What is an anthrozoologist?" and looked to Google. It was then I realized that my interest in understanding the human-animal bond was in fact an academic field of study!
I had just missed the deadline to apply, so I had to wait a whole year! And I'm so glad I did. I've come even further in my journey of learning how to deepen our bonds with our animal companions. I applied at the end of January and received this about two weeks ago!