Creature Thoughts, April 2021

Pets Who Help Our Pain

Meet Kira (GCh Raindance She Wolf)

I realize it’s been a very long time since a Creature Thoughts issue was published. I’m sorry for the long lapse. While dealing with Ryder’s cancer, and then his death, I was unable to focus on anything else. I miss my boy so terribly, and am just now starting to find some healing. Some of those steps forward are being helped by our new family member. Kira is a 4 year old Italian Greyhound. Her breeder Chelsea, a friend in a neighboring county, felt Kira would do well as a single dog. She truly is fitting right in; our whole family adores her.

Around the time of Ryder’s death, I had a resurgence of the pyoderma gangrenosum. I then began having pain in my back, left hip, and left leg. For a while the hip was so bad I needed a walker to get around. When the pain began to center in my left calf, an ultrasound revealed a blood clot. Part of the reason I haven’t updated on the website and in my newsletter is that it takes quite a bit of time sitting at the computer, which my back objects to. People who follow me on Facebook, though, have seen quite a bit of Kira, because I can post there easily from my phone.

Kira not only is helping to heal my broken heart, she seems to know where the broken body hurts, and will often position herself right where she can be the perfect heating pad. My Pree kitty used to do that, too, and it is so endearing to have discovered that Kira has the same talent. Kai, too, often sensed my pain, and when I was laid up with the pyoderma gangrenosum event in 2008, he would lie alongside my bad leg, and sometimes even lick the foot and ankle to help me feel better.

Have you had pets who could sense where you were hurting? I’m sure I’m not the only one whose pets have been such a comfort. Please feel free to let me know in the comments on the website, or on Facebook, all about your special animal healers.

In Other News….

As I’ve done for the past few years, I ran a Facebook Fundraiser for my birthday, to support the animals of New York Wildlife Rescue Center. Though my birthday has passed, if you would like to support this wonderful organization, please visit their website. There is a Donation button on every page.

Since I’m still dealing with doctor’s visits and tests, my availability for sessions may be scattered. I am accepting email session requests, however. So, do feel free to get in touch; just understand that it might be an extra day here and there before I can do the session.