by Kelly Legarreta, Canine Massage Instructor
(Part I of IV in a 4-part series)
A 3-hour adventure that evolves into a benevolent relationship with Shy Wolf Sanctuary; Kelly Legarreta, RMSAAM’s Canine Massage course instructor (Ft. Myers florida location), takes her massage class to Shy Wolf Sanctuary in Naples, Florida.
I am so grateful to be a teacher for RMSAAM – I get to be a part of so many wonderful changes in my student’s lives. Sometimes it’s a simple career change, or an addition of knowledge, and sometimes it’s a profound sense of connection to the animals, as well as intense self-discovery. Regardless of the reason, I was wondering how I could share the wonderful gifts my students have with animals in need, and see the profound effects of massage create a ripple effect in our community. I found my answer with an amazing friend of mine named Mark Scarola, who is very involved with Shy Wolf Sanctuary in NaplesFlorida.
Shy Wolf is a beautiful wildlife rescue for wolves and wolf dogs, (as well as some foxes, large cats, and assorted prairie dogs!) that have fallen into the wrong hands or inappropriate homes. They are nursed back to health, and rehabilitated and for the ones who have recuperated, are put up for adoption with loving wolf-dog savvy homes. Those who aren’t candidates for adoption, live their lives in the safety of the sanctuary.
Kelly Legarreta is a Certified Canine and Equine Massage Therapist, Canine Trainer, and Owner of Healing Paws-Abilities, LLC. Her passion for massage and wellness has led her down an amazing road working with animals and their families, working to bring harmony to their lives through health and building great relationships through positive-only training. Kelly teaches and competes in many dog sports including Agility, and is excited to embark on a continuing journey into Canine Sports Rehab, in order to further help her fellow canine athletes! Having just recently become a Florida Licensed Human Massage Therapist, she is beyond excited to be a part of the RMSAAM family and teach the amazing art of compassionate touch for companion animals in SW Florida.
Stay Tuned for Part II!