Tag Archives: Old Friends

Massage in the sanctuary environment

I have taken myself on study leave to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah and today, they lined up 10 dogs for me to work with.  It was a jam-packed day.

First on the list was return customer, Google.  A Blue Heeler x Australian Cattle dog cross, I massaged Google two years ago during my last visit (see Re-visiting Old Friends).  Google has long-standing neck issues thanks to being kept on a chain early in his life.  He receives chiropractic adjustments every two months.  Google has been at Dogtown for 7 years; he’s now 10.  Google prefers to be adopted into a home where he will be the only-dog (and possibly the reason why it is taking him so long to find a home).

Massage definitely has a role to play in animal sheltering.  Keeping a dog comfortable in the kennel environment, particularly when they have physical challenges, is essential so the dog puts his/her best paw forward when prospective adopters come visiting.

Massage therapists look for the ‘soft eyes’ of a relaxed client.  Here’s a selfie to show you what I mean.

Good boy, Google!

Google at Dogtown

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand

A thought for caregivers at Christmas

There's a special place...

As the Christmas holiday is upon us, across the world there are special people who are working in animal shelters and rescues caring for homeless dogs.  Let’s be thankful that these folks exist.  If you are considering adding a dog to your pack, please think adoption first!

This quilt hangs in Old Friends at the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah

This quilt hangs in the kennels at Dogtown in the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, Kanab, Utah