Earlier last month, I was asked to visit with Michele Hollis and Jess who live in New Brighton (east Christchurch). Together they produce the Dogs of New Brighton podcast.
After I spent an hour with Jess for a relaxation massage, Michele and I sat down for an interview.
Listen to Part 1: In the first 20 minute segment of our interview, Michele asks me questions about Jess’ session, her reactions during the massage, and my qualifications and background.
Listen to Part 2: In the second 20 minute segment, Michele and I have a free-ranging discussion on a number of topics. I explain in more detail about the use of Fear Free techniques in canine massage and why I use a massage table; I also explain the legal standing of physical therapy on animals in New Zealand and the use of the terms ‘physio’ and ‘physiotherapy’. Michele asks me questions about the liver dog treats I feed in my practice, our treats and cakes that are made here in Christchurch at The Balanced Dog and I explain our free Birthday Club, too. I also talk about what I feed my greyhound, Izzy, and we finish our chat about Christchurch and whether it is a dog-friendly city including a discussion of irresponsible dog owners, community standards, and the need to pick up poo.
Kathleen Crisley, Fear-Free certified professional and specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand