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Guest Blog: Dogs Help Heal People

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Yes, our dogs help heal people. Have you ever stopped to think about it?

Why this dog?

Why now?

I used to pride myself on “rescuing” animals. This started at a very young age for me. I have always had a gift of connecting with animals since I was a small child. The reasons for my wanting to be a rescuer were not made clear, or obvious, until much later in life. My identity around being there for everyone else, helping everyone else, rescuing, would be shattered. Let me explain.

Dogs Help Heal People

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I saw my dog, my rescue dog, help heal people. My mom. My Reiki Master. Me. I started to notice things. See things differently. I started to wake up. I started to feel things I hadn’t felt before, both emotionally and energetically. I began searching for something, anything to explain what I was now waking up to. I was voracious. Books. Courses. Classes. I trained in multiple healing modalities. Then it hit me.

My dog was helping me to help myself. This idea blew me out of the water. How could this Pittie mix, this poor animal from a dog fighting situation, help me heal myself? I slowly became aware of what he was actually giving me. What he was actually trying to show me. What he was trying to teach me. He was trying to remind me of a most important idea, something that I had forgotten long ago. That I am enough. As I am right now, in this moment, I am enough. The power of this idea still rocks me on my heels. I started to wonder what my other dogs had given me.

The Dogs Who Healed Me

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As I dug into this I was in awe. I was fortunate to have dogs in my life at the time of traumatic events and reaped the benefits of what they each gave.

  • Sage gave me safety, security, a sense of belonging.
  • Winston helped me feel strong, capable, safe.
  • Miles gave me back my smile and helped me see that I could get out of any situation that didn’t serve me.
  • Darby opened up my entire world. He was the greatest catalyst for change in my life. When the student is ready the Master appears. Darby appeared and changed my entire existence, he became my Master.

Paying it Forward

Now I help others. I help other men wake up to what is possible. I help them learn how their dogs are helping them heal, grow. I guide these men into areas they have been afraid to venture into. With the help of their dogs, we create a safe space. A judgement-free, empowering space. A journey into the wilderness of their hearts. I show them how to let their dog lead.

I ask you again: Why this dog? Why now? Are you finally ready to move into what you are meant to do?

Meet Michael Overlie, The Founder of Dogs and Men, LLC

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Michael Overlie is a Canine-Partnered Energy Coach, Energy Healer and Author. Dogs have been with him most of his life, giving him gifts and teaching him lessons. His greatest breakthrough was after the death of his brother. While grieving this loss, he was fully awakened to his own potential and the gifts our animals bring to our lives. Now he helps other men awaken to the gifts available to them from their dogs.

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This is Michael’s purpose, his mission on this Earth.

From helping save lives in a trauma center to doing energy healing work with people and animals, Michael’s love for life shines through. He has trained in multiple energy healing modalities and infuses spiritual energy into everything he teaches, providing a safe space for healing and growth to occur. He knows what your dog is trying to show you, teach you.

Come join him on a powerful expedition of finding you, remembering who you are.

Guest Blog: Is Reiki Energy Healing Right for Your Dog?

Dogs are mindful, spiritual beings who generously give of themselves to the lives of their humans. If you appreciate the beauty of nature and animals or share your life with companion animals, you already appreciate this priceless, unconditional love. Many dog lovers believe the relationship with their canines is based on a pure, spiritual connection creating deep, long-lasting bonds. Reiki can help promote those closer bonds.

Unfortunately, just like their humans, dogs can also suffer from physical and emotional issues. This is especially true if an animal has suffered a difficult or traumatic experience; came from not-so-ideal circumstances or is struggling with grief, abuse or fear of humans.K9 stress may also occur due to:

  • A restricted or unnatural lifestyle like overbreeding;
  • Boredom and a lack of regular exercise or mental stimulation; and
  • An improper diet.

Any of these situations can produce an unhappy, unhealthy and stressed dog. Reiki can help promote healing and the ultimate return to health.

What is Reiki?

The word “Reiki” comes from the Japanese terms “higher power” and “life force energy.” Reiki is a non-invasive, respect-based and meditative energy healing practice. It was traditionally used in human circles for spiritual healing, stress relief and self-improvement. For generations, people have benefited from the peace, relaxation and healing shifts that come from a Reiki session.

But energy healing is not just for people. Reiki can also be a simple, yet powerful form of energy healing for enhancing calm and well-being in your canine companion while creating and fostering a closer bond with them.

Originally designed for use in shelters and sanctuaries to calm its stressed and anxious residents, Reiki has evolved into an effective tool to calm an upset dog as well as assist an ill or injured one. Regular sessions of Reiki may also help keep long-term, chronic diseases, disorders or pain in check and even help lessen the severity of the symptoms.

Hands-On or Hands-Off Reiki?

Reiki energy healing can be done in one of two ways: hands-on or hands-off (over distance). The hands-on approach is generally more effective if the dog enjoys being touched. In cases where the dog does not tolerate physical touching (for reasons ranging from medical to psychological), distance – or hands-off – Reiki may be a better option.

Most dogs enjoy the calming, soothing and healing energies employed by a skilled Reiki practitioner. Some dogs cannot get close enough during a session and may actually lean into the practitioner or even end up fast asleep in their lap.

For dogs in high-stress situations (such as shelters or when being transported for adoption or veterinary purposes), distance reiki usually works better. It can also used for K9s who do not live near their Reiki practitioner or who are in hospice.

Reiki works well with most animals because they are naturally open and receptive to energy. They naturally understand and respond to the flow of energy and tend to heal more quickly than people since they are not prone to mental blocks or defense mechanisms that can block the flow of healing energy.

What to Expect

Sessions can run from 20-60 minutes, depending on the dog and their willingness to staying still for an extended period of time. The greatest benefits from Reiki are achieved with regular sessions (weekly, bi-weekly or monthly) determined by each individual dog and the level of healing they require.

Many pet parents report positive effects in their dog’s general health and disposition with the use of Reiki. Feedback from others have offered hope in the reduction of chronic pain and even the possible reversal or remission of severe medical issues.

However, please remember that Reiki is not a replacement for routine veterinary care, or a reason to disregard needed medications or medical procedures.

Reiki offers a non-invasive energy healing suitable for any dog and condition. It will not interfere or contraindicate with any regular veterinary care and serves as a useful tool in helping your dog with physical or psychological issues. Please keep in mind that even in healing sessions for ailing animals, it may only ease an inevitable passing. Reiki is powerful, however, it is not a perfect cure-all. Ultimately, it is always the animal guardian’s decision regarding what level of care to seek including which modalities.

When approached with an open mind and heart, Reiki energy healing for your dog may offer a healthier, calmer and happier life.

Meet our Guest Blogger:

Raven Hannah is a self-described animal whisperer, lifelong pet parent, and owner of HolisticPetsAndPeeps.com. She is certified as a holistic consultant, aromatherapist, Reiki practitioner (for animals and people), and pet nutritionist. She encourages others to celebrate animals as part of the family, as well as keep them happy, healthy, and spoiled! When Raven isn’t busy being a slave to her very demanding senior cats or helping her favorite rescues with fundraising projects, she is most likely working on growing her businesses and raising awareness in an effort to make this world a better place for all creatures.