She was raised in a puppy mill.
Physically, Doodle had many issues. She had rotten teeth, was underweight and had a hernia. Her tender feet had been so frequently infected from continual contact with a wired-bottom crate that the fur around her pads and up her legs was stained red. Thankfully, these issues could heal. However, Doodle had many obstacles ahead of her that weren't as easy.
In May, Doodle was rescued by a loving family. Her “mom” saw beyond her despondent eyes, poor physical health and skittishness and instantly connected with her gentle spirit. In that moment love had found her!
Doodle existed as Misty during her captivity. Her new “dad” however, felt the need to change her name. This was an important part of Doodle’s transformation. Dad instantly gave her permission, literally and figuratively, to let go of everything that Misty had known and experienced.
She was welcomed into her new family by three canine siblings. Doodle’s energetically sensitive siblings understood her fragile state. They instantly became her pack and instinctively taught her how to be a dog again. They even knew not to steal her treats!
The family quickly realized the enormity of the other issues Doodle faced. She trusted no one, not even mom and dad. She wasn’t housebroken, she didn't know how to walk on a leash, she made no eye contact and would shudder when people approached her. She only felt comfortable with her furry siblings. If set down to explore or run about without their guidance, Doodle would freeze. Every muscle tensed, eyes fixed straight ahead; she was paralyzed. Doodle needed more…
Luckily, Doodle’s mom had recently been introduced to Reiki and learned how pet Reiki could help animals the same way it could help people. We set up a session.
I am passionate about working with animals because they intuitively understand how Reiki works, and this was very evident with Doodle. During our very first session, she became so relaxed that she fell asleep and woke up more confident and interactive. Through my intuitive messages and the Reiki energy, she began to trust me. Reiki was helping her release anxiety and fear from her many years of neglect. I sent her distance Reiki every night and with each subsequent session, her family and I continued to see amazing improvements.
I shared intuitive insights with mom and dad. First and foremost, they had to stop feeling sorry for her. Dogs are intuitively sensitive and can certainly feel that pity. So it was important that they empower Doodle. My Reiki work is all about empowerment!
The messages included giving her love, love, love, patience and time. Praising her for everything she did “right” and avoid punishment at all costs. In essence, giving her permission to be a dog.
Doodle continues to make incredible progress! I am honored to have become part of her life. Reiki helped her release negativity from her past and strengthen her resilience that had long been buried under horrific circumstances. She is a remarkable dog who can teach us important lessons:
- Remember the power we all possess
- We can always change the path we’re on
- We do not have to let the past define us
- Love is an amazing energy that can empower us to overcome any obstacle
So set your intentions high and move forward with love in you heart - it’s nothing short of magic!
Sheri Quintana, Pet and People Reiki Master/Teacher