It has been a busy couple of months. There have been moments of despair and miracles of wishes coming true. When I received the letter below very recently, it broke me down to tears and melted my heart away. One of my most memorable cases. She was a great testimony to the determination of the human spirit. When I first met with her, I didn’t believe that she would need my help due to her exceptionally strong command of the theory of dog psychology.
I have been following your recent media attention and blogs and feel compelled to write to you.
I find the negative attention that you have received very sad but also as an opportunity for us all to grow and learn, whether we are dog owners or work in the canine profession.
Before I adopted my rescue dog my pack was living in harmony. I had 2 contented old dogs, a cat, 2 kids and a husband…life was sweet. Then I discovered a rescue dog who was about to be euthanized and because of the way he came into my life there was no way I could turn him away. And that’s when harmony turned into chaos. My new dog thought my cat was lunch and he was a hooligan on the walk. He appeared aggressive on the leash and off-leash he would charge at other dogs which, although he was not aggressive, could easily have triggered a fight. Walking my 3 dogs was very stressful, my cat’s life was hell and it caused tension in my marriage.
Fortunately my friend told me about your self and I immediately booked an appointment. The first thing you did was not assess my dog’s behaviour but my own behaviour!! I was very tense and carried a high anxious energy. You gave me tools to calm my energy, to be an assertive pack leader and taught me how to walk my dogs. Now I love to walk my pack, it’s the best part of my day.
As for the problem with my cat…it was beyond stressful, particularly for my cat. I could not have my dog and cat in the same room and the only advice I had managed to get from animal behaviourists was to either euthanize or re-home one of them. When I was overseas my husband left the two animals together and my dog literally tore my cat to shreds, he was lucky to survive and although the physical wounds healed the mental scars were deep. You came to my house and with no tools or aides you took my cat and put him on my dog’s back. Not only was it amazing that my dog stood calmly whilst you did this but that my (usually terrified) cat was calm too. For myself it will always be a work in progress but, as long as I stick to what you taught me, I have harmony and peace in my house again and that is priceless.
My rescue dog came into my life to teach me so much and what I have learned from him has had a major influence in my life as a whole. Without you I would not have seen his message…..my family (four legged and two) can never thank you enough for that. I look forward to working with you in the future when I adopt a new rescue dog and introduce my pack to my horse…I will not do either without you by my side!!
XXXX XXXX (and Sierra and Twiggy the cat!!!)