A small rescue with HUGE results

I wonder who actually rescued who on that Saturday. (Image: Sandi Martinez)

I wonder who actually rescued who on that Saturday. (Image: Sandi Martinez)



By Sandi Martinez

The weekends are days we usually take care of things that get backed up during the week, things we forgot to do during the week, and things that we do just for weekend’s sake! In the midst of going, going, going, and gone… we sometimes run into a bit of a surprise along the way.

So on my way home after running errands on a fated Saturday, September 27, just last month, with the help of my mother, we spotted a tiny dog trying to cross a busy interstate, in a small line-up of villages called, Chile. You Chile lovers out there, I’m talking about Chile, New Mexico… And yes, for your information, there is plenty of Chile that has been harvested, roasted, and prepped to sell in pounds, Ristras, and… Oh, wait, I’m talking about my small rescue!

So, my mother gasps, and says, ‘Poor little dog, it’s going to get run over!’ and I say, “What? Where?” I’m driving, mind you, so my mind is on the road, yet, it’s not – because I just didn’t see the dog. So she points across the median, where the brave little dog has made it safely and barely across successfully – alive. Worse yet, it could have been me that might have taken her life.

I finally see the little dog, zig-zagging around the median trying to figure out what to do next. I make a U-turn at my next opportunity, swing around, get out of my car, and walk carefully over to the sweetest little brown and white-spotted Chihuahua I think I’ve ever seen. I call to the pup (I can see the dog is still very young) and call out softly and reach down to pet comfort the frightened dog. By some miracle, she stays still. I am able to pick her up and carry her over to the car where my mother gently holds the darling pup. Before we drive off, we ascertain the pup is female. I point my car towards home; the dog is coming with me.

She is terrified; shaking and somewhat sluggish either from exhaustion and trauma, hunger, or thirst, or all of the above.

I wait a few days, and take the pup in to the local animal shelter to see if anyone has tried to claim her by putting up a flier. No one has claimed her, she is not chipped, and so therefore, on that fated Saturday, after seven months of pining away in grief for my dog Samson, who I lost back in February of this year, I now have a new companion, who I never expected and have fallen deeply in love with, Azra.

I wonder who actually rescued who on that Saturday.  RMSAAM wants to hear your rescue stories, so please, share them with us!

Pumpkin For Your Pet

By Deandra Walker

 Your dog or cat may be curious about the pumpkins sitting on your front porch. It is already Halloween, and your pumpkin may be beautifully carved, but might also be collecting bacteria. While it is best they do not eat that pumpkin, canned natural pumpkin (unsweetened – not pie filling), pumpkin seeds, and roasted fresh pumpkin have many benefits for dogs and cats. There is good reason that pumpkin is often a top ingredient in higher quality kibble. It can help with the following pet ailments:

  1. Digestive Health: Pumpkin is a fabulous source of fiber for our furry friends, as well as for us. Pureed pumpkin (with no added sugar or spice) can help dogs and cats with both constipation and diarrhea. Adding a tablespoon or two (in proportion to their size) to their regular meal is known to help keep them regular. I have a lab, so anything is edible to him, and I am sure he would eat it right out of the can if I allowed. Most cats are usually a little more finicky. It can also help dogs and cats with indigestion or upset stomachs.
  2. Urinary Health: According to most veterinarians, pumpkin seeds are high in essential fatty acids and antioxidants (good for overall healthy skin and fur), and the oils in pumpkins’ flesh and seeds are believed to support urinary health. They are also an excellent source of Vitamin A, beta-carotene, potassium and iron, and may even reduce the likelihood your pet will develop cancer.
  3. Weight Loss: Dogs seem to naturally love pumpkin. If you are looking to take a few pounds off of your pooch or kitty, try reducing a portion of their food and replace it with the same portion of canned pumpkin. Their tummy will feel just as full, and they might even thank you for the additional flavor.

With all the excitement for trick-or-treating, your pet will be right in the middle of it. To make him/her feel included, a delicious pumpkin treat will do the trick. Your pet will get to feel special when you and the kids are going through all that Halloween candy. Just toss them a homemade treat to munch on. They’re spooktakular!


  • 1 cup Plain Yogurt
  • ½ cup Natural Unsweetened or Roasted Pumpkin
  • 1 tsp. Honey


  1. Whisk all three ingredients together until you get even color and texture.
  2. Pour the mixture into silicone baking cups or a mini muffin pan.
  3. Freeze on a flat surface and store in freezer bags.
  4. Enjoy!


What’s all the bleating about?

by Beth Pelosa

(RMSAAM’s Animal Acupressure course instructor)

Goats make a noise that sounds like ‘Baaaaa’ and it is described as a bleat. RMSAAM Large and Small Animal Acupressure Class perform acupressure on horses and dogs and Goats. Did you know the basic function and energetic application of acupressure points are the same for humans, horses, dogs, goats, pigs, rabbits, and all animals? If you know the function and energetic acupressure point you can transpose the point location and use the point for Goats. Goats have Association Points, Master Points, Alarm Points, and Ting Points; just like all other animals.

If you learn how to determine what points to use to help Large and Small Animals, you can help Goats using acupressure points.  Sometimes they will wait for you to determine which points to use and sometimes they will try to help!

But in the end remember if you learn a point such as ST36, is the Master Point for the Gastrointestinal System, you can use ST36 on a Goat to help maintain his or her GI system.  So that’s what all the bleating is about!

To learn more about RMSAAM’s Large and Small Animal Acupressure Courses, see our class listings.

Looking at the “Whole Horse”

By Deandra Walker


While traditional western medicine has it’s place, most complimentary modalities can be utilized in conjunction with traditional treatments, adding to their effectiveness and helping to shorten recovery time. When a horse’s immune system is strong through a healthy natural lifestyle, such as regular massage and acupressure treatments, they are less likely to develop the common health concerns that horses whose systems have been loaded with toxins. It seems the more we interfere with our horses natural immune systems and load them up with chemicals and pesticides in an attempt to prevent illness, the more likely they are to be susceptible to illness and injury. By changing our perspective to a “whole horse” perspective and looking at our horses holistically, we come to the realization that all systems of the horse affect each other. Everything cannot be addressed through one discipline alone. And it is only through understanding the interrelation between the different systems of the horse that we can truly identify and address imbalances and illness in our horses.

Mid-week Hail-elujah…

Will you let your seemingly chaotic challenges get the best of you, or will you turn it around with the sheer strength of will and determination, and faith that all will level out as it is meant to be?

Will you let your seemingly chaotic challenges get the best of you, or will you turn it around with the sheer strength of will and determination, and faith that all will level out as it is meant to be?

By Sandi Martinez

The rune above is called Hagalaz, (also known as: Haegl, Hagl, Haegl, Hagal, Hagall) and is by no means a Rune to dismiss, or think of ‘lightly’. As most of you whom have read my previous articles on runes, you may recall that runes are a form of the Scandinavian alphabet that date back as far as the 2nd to 8th centuries (specifically the Elder Futhark; made of 24 runes, broken up in 3 groups of 8, called an Aett). More recently, they are used as divining or ‘self-improvement’ tools.

If I had been swirling rune stones, this rune would have no reversed meaning (If you look closely, it is in an ‘H’ shape). But because I use Rune Cards, the reversed meanings can simple mean a blockage or that the energy is on its way to resolving itself. This rune is considered a ‘bad weather’ rune, but for the most part, calls on us to ‘never shy away from challenges’. Whether or not we like it, challenges and obstacles abound; this can be an every-once-in-awhile occurrence, or some people are constantly growing, and therefore encounter more than their fair share of delays and hindrances. Generally, the rune can mean literally ‘bad weather’ or an internal battle of sorts that we are working through.

Reversed, it’s a bit less intense. Meaning, oh, so you thought you could take a short cut, and now you’ve found yourself knee deep in murky water! When things get tough, there are no wins or losses, there’s only finding the best way to manage a crisis, even if there is a crisis while managing a crisis! Many times, all the ‘bad things’ simply just are that – a run of bad luck, with a promise of the sun shining, and a new day tomorrow. It is a test of will, strength, and determination. Will you let your seemingly chaotic challenges get the best of you, or will you turn it around with the sheer strength of will and determination, and faith that all will level out as it is meant to be?

RMSAAM would love to hear about your turn a round’s in difficult situations and most especially if any of this applies to you!

A new beginning

Jenny can help to shape, prep, and remind you of your purpose.

Jenny can help to shape, prep, and remind you of your purpose.

Contributed by Sandi Martinez

I remember when I first stepped into the new shoes of the Administrative Assistant and Receptionist positon for Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage, back in March of 2011. I was in awe Lisa Speaker (former Founder and Executive Director) of RMSAAM. She had a sense of style, intuition, and business sense that to this day, I can’t quite put into words – not here and not now – just that she a had a magical way of connecting, and mixing elements of different and unique alchemical types, and meshing them together to bring about the perfect ingredients.

I was the Blog Administrator. I was the person that decided on the final template (that you see now), and implemented the blog design and platform for the blog. I wrote many of the articles that you can read back to starting in April of 2011-present. It did change a few times, but in the end, it was more like finding RMSAAM’s personality and making it cohesive and interactive with the website, and the offerings, information, and personality of RMSAAM that Lisa worked so hard to build and maintain.

I’d like to take my hat off to these two incredible women: Lisa Speaker, and Jenny Rukavina-Marchese, the new owner of RMSAAM! Jenny is a vivacious Gemini – but don’t be fooled, two faces can meld into one. She will always offer you up the things you want, but not the things you think you should have. She will show you the way, the ‘real’ way. You have dreams of becoming an Animal Bodywork Practitioner?  Bring it on… Jenny can help to shape, prep, and remind you of your purpose. If this isn’t what you really want, then what are you doing reading this? Go back, do your homework, listen to the whisperings of your soul and know this: Everything comes in its own good time and not yours. Destiny/fate has its own definition of timing and the fact that you’re reading this, tells me that you’re ready to take the first steps into your passion; becoming an Animal Bodywork Practitioner!

Taking Better Photographs of your Dog

By Deandra Walker


I love it when my dog is acting cute or silly and I am able to capture a photograph of it. I like to use my camera phone, and I am sure you do as well. Unlike my digital camera, I always have my phone with me making it easier to snap photos of those special moments. However, I have noticed that the photos from my camera phone do not turn out quite as well as I hope or my subject decides to move and chase the squirrel running across my yard. So how can we improve the way we take pictures of our dogs using our cell phones?

Camera phones are continually evolving, becoming of higher quality all of the time. And, they are so easy to use! Here are some tips for getting those photos to show off your dog and his or her unique personality.

  1. Turn the flash off to avoid creating red eye. The flash can also startle your dog. Always try to use natural light instead.
  2. Make sure that you focus on you dog’s head. These days, smart phones have the capability for you to select the subjects in your picture you want to focus on.
  3. Get down to eye level to take the photograph; it is more flattering for your dog.
  4. Offer treats to your dog get you’re his attention.
  5. Use the rapid-fire option if you catch your pet doing something cute. That way your phone takes pictures continuously and you have a better chance of capturing a good shot.
  6. Try to take photo early in the morning or just before sunset. These are the times during the day when natural light is perfect for photography.
  7. Turn your pet’s face toward the sun when outdoors so their expression is bright and visible.

Follow these suggestions and you will have better luck snapping an adorable photo of your pet. If you take a good shot, email it to us at info@rmsaam.com and we will put it up on our Facebook page. Whoever gets the most comments/likes between today,  September 9th and 5pm MST on September 16th, will win a prize!