Dear Animal Lovers, Advocates, Rescuers & Activists:
Apologies, folks! It appears I've begun my holiday sabbatical a few weeks early this year!
Special Kudos to Kathy Asling & team at
The Animal Guardian Society (TAGS) for a fabulous two-days at "The Holistic Animal Care Conference" in Durham! T
he speakers were absolutely outstanding, and it was incredibly well attended by such a diversity of animal practitioners/service/product providers -- we were all in such great company! The organizers didn't miss a detail (bless them for their innovation -- there's a rumour they're going to do it again next year!).
Dr. Carolyn Benson, Dr. Rona Sherebrin, Dr. Paul McCutcheon, Dr. Cindy Kneebone, and the intensely learned Dr. Jean Dodds -- are all ones to follow as we all attempt to take our advocacy and rescue efforts to new levels! Like their Facebook pages! Buy their books! You will be astounded at how much you will learn about your pet and s/he's wellbeing! I learned a ton!
Next up: had the incredible pleasure of FINALLY getting to
All Creatures Great and Small in Cobourg this week. It was so lovely to see its proprietor,
Theresa Rickerby (of Annex Pet Store fame), rocking her holistic pet store, some 20 years later (Ed note: Theresa, Misha sends her love and thanks for saving her life, back in 1995...) Picked up some excellent product and foods for my Stella, and great info on pet diets and holistic practices...
Mlle. Misha AKA Ma Mishe: she spoke only French; she lived with me 17 yrs; she used to love to stroke my face with her right paw; she was incredibly interactive and responsive; truly "mignone" little soul, with a blue eye and a green eye, and everything else was pink and white... She was perfection. Parfait, ma mishe, PARFAIT!
...As mentioned a couple of weeks ago, I am in the process of winding down the C4P Animal Rescue Newsletter. I plan to put out couple over next week or 2 or 3, then the C4P Newsletter will retire. Retire "real tired", as mother would say, lol!
Then I'll be taking the time I spend on the weekly newsletter, and use it to delve much more deeply into holistics, homeopathy, nutrition, pathology, rehabilitation, cognition and communication ... indeed, Dr. Dodds and Dr. Benson both referred me to
... excellent certification and non-certification programs...
I have a couple of books that I want to write re: animals. One, which is written but as yet unedited (again, retiring newsletter will make room for this), on the work I've done to date in rescue with all the rehab animals I've fostered dating back to 2003, and what I learned in terms of best practices from each of their individual physical and emotional conditions, the trajectories of their illnesses (read: congestive heart v. spleen v. brain v. chest tumours v. pyometra v. structural damage -- you name it, I've done it...) and what I've learned about intervention/non-intervention, not to mention palliative care... The second book I want to write is about the special needs animals I've been working with for the last 7 years, here in Aurora (yes, it's been that long) -- It really is amazing that I've got all day every day, to house and observe so many (different types of) animals, in so many varying physical and emotional conditions, let alone histories, and document the progress the various owner/guardians see as they learn about new protocols and employ new modalities in the care of their animals...
So lots more to come, just different. The C4P Animal Rescue Facebook page, of course, will be maintained, for emergent issues -- so if you're on Facebook and want to follow my new work, join the 1,300 who currently like our page, and help us spread the good news (there is LOTS of it) and help educate laypeople...
I'm SO totally digging this retreat and retrench thing...As Mary would say, "adios, amigo..."