On Wednesday, Aug. 10 I’m offering 10-minute animal Reiki sessions at Elemento, 65 S. Public Square in Angola, Indiana, from 4-7 pm.
Bring your dog (or come in yourself and we can send distant Reiki to him at home!) and experience the peace of this Japanese stress relief modality.
The Let Animals Lead® animal Reiki method works through meditation, and your dog is welcome to be at your side, on your lap, or wherever she is most comfortable. With Let Animals Lead,® no touch is involved unless the animal initiates contact.
If you’d like to reserve a time, call Elemento at (260) 316-7801. The event is part of Dog Days of Summer, an event to raise funds for the Community Humane Shelter of Steuben County. Cost is $10 per session; a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the shelter.
Sixteen horses — first 10, then another six — were rescued from a Wells County, Indiana property in January 2018. All were malnourished, and some had untreated infections and injuries.
A few, including two of the six horses I worked with, did not survive. Others returned to their previous owners or found new ones, but faced a long and difficult healing process.
The case was all the more disturbing because the person responsible was known and trusted by area horse owners and rescuers. Yet, according to the conversations that followed, there were previous signs that all was not well.
What can we pull from this to create a better outcome the next time something doesn’t seem quite right, but we don’t know what to ask or how to help? How can we get better at spotting signs of animal abuse and neglect, speaking up, listening, and following through?
As I write this, winter is coming. That’s when many of these heartbreaking situations come to light, and when it’s difficult to respond.
I’m not a veterinarian, horse handler, or law enforcement officer. My job with horses is to listen to them, and to the people who love and care for them, and offer a calm presence that allows healing. But as a journalist of many years, I also wanted to offer some quality information that might prove useful to those of us in northeast Indiana and beyond. Here’s what I found.