Week 1: These are questions I've had to answer as part of my training requirements.
Q: Describe your childhood interaction/connection with animals.
A: I have always loved Doberman Pinchers. As a young child I would talk about them and beg my parents for one (we had yet to have my first childhood pet). No one could understand why I was so obsessed with the breed. Then one day I was talking with my Papaw about them and he had an epiphany. He explained that as a baby, my parents took me to visit with my great aunt and great uncle. At the time they owned a huge Doberman named Fireball. He said that during our visit she would not leave my side, wouldn’t let other members of the family near me, and went “crazy” when I left. Since none of my immediate family owned a dog at the time, Fireball is probably the first dog I ever saw, and most likely one of the first animals I had an interaction with.
Week 2: These are questions I've had to answer as part of my training requirements.
Q: Describe an interaction or advice from one particular person who influenced your path toward canine massage.
A: I actually have three interactions that have pointed me down this path. The first was a seminar I attended on the Masterson Method of Equine Bodywork. That 2-day workshop changed the way I interacted with my horse and planted the seed in my mind for applying it with my dogs. The second interaction was during my dog’s recovery from having a tumor removed from the tip of her tail. She kept reopening the wound by wagging her tail and hitting it against things. My veterinarian suggested water therapy, so I spent nearly every evening for the next month running the tip of Dreamer’s tail under water in my bath tub. It helped with the healing of her tail but it also strengthen our relationship through the stillness and togetherness we experienced cramped in my tiny bathroom. The third was my first professional massage I received while pregnant with my daughter. It, along with prenatal yoga, made such difference in my pregnancy and the relationship I had with my daughter before she was even born.
Week 3: This week's "Why Wednesdays" post has to do with some questions I've had about the design of my business logo. As you can see the logo features a horse, a dog, and a cat. I've been asked if I practice massage on all three. The answer is, not currently. PetMassage (the course I'm currently taking) is focused mainly on dogs but I do plan to expand my business to include horses and cats in the near future. After becoming certified by the NBCAAM in canine massage in 2021, I plan to begin studying equine massage and bodywork. I hope to attend the School of Applied Integrative Therapy Equine in Spring/Summer 2023. I also plan on studying Feline Acupressure beginning this Summer 2021. Stay tuned as I continue to work toward these goals!