Your Calling; are you stalling?

Congratulations! You did make a decision… or did you? (Image: Sandi Martinez)
Congratulations! You did make a decision… or did you? (Image: Sandi Martinez)

 

Contributed by Sandi Martinez

It begins with doubts, but mostly an immense feeling of freedom: Images of working with animals, and a ‘knowing’ that it’s just what you should be doing. But then, the boxed in reality of the job you go to everyday, the one that puts bread and butter on the table, come in and jumble your thoughts, throwing you into doubtful, cloudy, abyss.

Then comes the, ‘put it on the back burner’; it’s a lofty idea, completely unworkable.  For how on earth are you supposed to begin the process of getting the education you need in order to become a certified Animal Practitioner? The idea may seem far-fetched, and indeed a challenging one.

But who made up that saying, “Nothing worth doing comes easy” or something to that effect? So how do you begin the process? Is there a magical formula that you follow? An easy step-by-step guide on: ‘how to follow your dreams and make them a reality?’

Surely there is one? For if the magic swirls around you and inside of you, then a materialization of this concept must exist somewhere? So then the next thing is you go to the book store, and head over to the ‘Self-help’ section.

Oh my, tons of great books. Now, which one is the one? Suddenly, there appear to be too many. It’s almost as if by being confronted by too many choices, you now can’t make a simple decision as to which book(s) is the right one!

Instead perhaps the final decision is to go back home, and look up each book you wrote down as a possible good choice on Google Books. So, great! This is the decision for now. Congratulations! You did make a decision… or did you?

Days go by. Weeks go by. Years go by. The list still sits on your computer bookmarked somewhere. Perhaps you even bought a new computer in all this time, and oops, you didn’t save the link to the books list that you coveted and hid for later review so possessively, somewhere…

Early mornings and dog-tired evenings are when the thoughts come again. Especially when you are walking your dog, or playing with your cats, or feeding your rabbit – oh, how you would love to work with animals…

Do you think that you just randomly happened by this article? Do you think perhaps that you have just taken the first step to making your dream come true as an animal practitioner?

Click here, read on to discover how easy it is, to make an informed decision… Congratulations, you’ve now taken the first, real, and palpable steps to do doing what you love, instead of dreading where you’re going everyday… Congratulations!

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Use Your Words

So where do you begin to truly use your words, not only to convey what you do concisely, but with pride and integrity? (Image: Sandi Martinez)
So where do you begin to truly use your words, not only to convey what you do concisely, but with pride and integrity? (Image: Sandi Martinez)

Contributed by Sandi Martinez

In a perfect world, words would convey EXACTLY what we are thinking. The reader would simply be drawn in by your intention, every inflection of your voice, through your words. We would not need to add images, or graphics; the reader would see it all in their mind, a bit like a neon sign…

But, this is not a perfect world we live in. We live in a world in fact, that involves nixed, mixed, confused, convoluted, and misunderstood communication. How to be clear, concise, and say what we mean with integrity? How to sell what you love to do as an animal practitioner with simple, yet intelligent buzz words that capture, and enthrall your prospective clients, while at the same time, marketing yourself with integrity, honor, and the highest good of all concerned including their humans?

It’s simple: Honesty. We shouldn’t be afraid to be honest. We shy away from it because we worry what others might think. We worry that we may say the wrong thing, or not say the right thing. We worry that we will be judged if we don’t sound a specific, educated way. Yet, we are. You are – educated. So where do you begin to truly use your words, not only to convey what you do concisely, but with pride and integrity?

Honesty: What do you really want to say? It may sound ‘out there’, but in fact, aren’t we all weird in our own way? Don’t we try to disguise it by the way we dress, speak, or through our lifestyles? You are an animal practitioner. This means you have committed your life to helping and aiding in the self-healing of these beings, as well as your own as a human being. Begin with what’s weirdest, and work your way to what’s realistic and understandable.

Talk about your weaknesses and round it out with your strengths. Type up several drafts, and put yourself in several positions as a helper; an advocate for the wellbeing of animals around the world, and then edit it, and cut, and add, and don’t be afraid to cut some more, and replace with more magic words… it all begins in the first drafts, and ends with the final – it’s all about who, what, why, where, and how you’re going to offer your services: Pride, confidence, belief, honor, and integrity. Am I missing something? Please don’t be shy and share with RMSAAM the things I might have left out…

Time

It ticks  as if it never was time – who were you before you... (Image: Sandi Martinez)
It ticks
as if it never was
time – who were you before you… (Image: Sandi Martinez)

Contributed by Sandi Martinez

 

A time not so far away

painted across your face

lanes of highways

Zigzag

Do I know you

from before?

Lines of time drawn across my face

tucked beneath a moment,

a minute,

second

It ticks

as if it never was

time – who were you before

you ran your fingers through

my

whiskers?

who are you now?

Have you touched the

deepest recesses of your soul?

Have you seen me

In you,

You in

Me?

Time is as we time it folks… now’s the time to turn your dream into a reality, and become the animal practitioner you were meant to be!

The Emotional Support Animal

While ESA animals do not need training, they offer their super sensitive senses in times of need. (Image: Sandi Martinez)
While ESA animals do not need training, they offer their super sensitive senses in times of need. (Coco, my sister Debbie’s dog-she likes to make us smile… A LOT!) Image: Sandi Martinez

 

Contributed by Sandi Martinez

There are some things you cannot train a dog to do. The things that truly make them unique are their capacity to ‘know’; the natural knowing that comes with intuition. Examples are rampant in the different areas of therapy they offer us, as humans. These are called, emotional support animals (ESA). These animal companions help to alleviate many symptoms ranging from PTSD to emotional or physical disabilities. There is a difference however in PSAs (psychiatric support animals) and emotional support animals.

Entire books are written about the incredible therapy, love, and care they offer through very difficult times that we as humans can find ourselves in. While ESA animals do not need training, they offer their super sensitive senses in times of need. A person suffering from social phobias would benefit from the companionship of an ESA (cats, and other animals can also be emotional support Animals). The dog would help to alleviate the stress of coming into contact with several people, and thus their handler can then perform tasks such as grocery shopping.

A PSA is trained to perform task-specific commands. A person whom for example, has trouble picking up things from the floor can get dizzy due to the medications they are taking. Their service dog is trained to pick up other objects that fall to the floor and return them to the handler, without them needing to reach for the ground.

PSAs, do not have the luxury of becoming emotionally stimulated during a crisis that their handler may be experiencing. So how then, can such a thing be trained out of them? It isn’t. They simply use their natural born ‘instinct’ to react in the ways in which are expected.

I can personally attest to how a dog can be an ESA without being certified, and thus becomes just that, ‘An emotionally supportive animal companion’. My parent’s dog Snuffles, has for some reason, become my avid protector. When my dog Samson departed this earth, she somehow decided to be my part-time companion, but more so, my protector; I never asked her to, she just did, and does so with fierce determination! She spends time with me and her human companions in spurts… quite something!

I would like to say THANK YOU to Snuffles, and express a big thanks to the wonderful service animals, PSAs & ESAs out there, who take such wonderful care of their humans.

And what about the handler’s that depend on them, and garner the rich rewards? We can only imagine the multitude of ways they lavish love and appreciation on each other!

More and more individuals need their support, and we can help by passing on as much information as we can to one another. So psst… pass this around!

Thank you!

Rudolph the Rottweiler

A beautiful sight, it’s freezing tonight, running through the  Winter Wonder Land…
A beautiful sight,
it’s freezing tonight,
running through the
Winter
Wonder
Land… (Image: Microsoft)

by Sandi Martinez

Sleigh bells ring,

are you listening?

On my paws,

snow is glistening,

A beautiful sight,

it’s freezing tonight,

running through the

Winter

Wonder

Land…

… Aah-hmmm… Rudolph,

You’ve got it all wrong!

In the meadow,

we can chase the snowman,

and pretend that he’s the postman…

Rudolph!  You’ve got it all wrong!

Ok, look here Guido,

Do I look like a reindeer?

I’m Rudolph the Rottweiler,

Now, you’ve interrupted my song,

Why don’t you just sing along!

RMSAAM wishes you and yours a MERRY CHRISTMAS, and wonderful NEW YEAR filled with wonderful beginnings, love, and more love!

Trust; the Ultimate Risk

...the most distant Supermassive black hole lives in a quasar galaxy some billions of lightyears away…
…the most distant Supermassive black hole lives in a quasar galaxy some billions of lightyears away…

 

by Sandi Martinez

It is said that the universe came into being nearly 14 billion years ago.  There are over 100 billion galaxies; the Milky Way hosts 100 billion stars alone.  Interestingly, 100 million stellar-mass black holes hang out in our galaxy.  Black holes are created from dying stars, and roughly one thousand out of these stars are massive enough, to become a black hole.

To paint the picture even bigger and more unimaginable, Supermassive black holes are a million to a billion more massive than our sun.  They are found in the center of our galaxy; the Milky Way, and are thought to exist in the center of most galaxies throughout the universe.

There have been concerns (Duh!) if Earth could get sucked into the Supermassive black hole tucked away in our Milky Way; no worries, the black hole is located around 28 thousand lightyears away… we still have quite a bit of time before we should worry about taking a ride into who-knows-where!  Equally fascinating, is that the most distant Supermassive black hole lives in a quasar galaxy some billions of lightyears away… I think I can sleep better tonight knowing that, whew!

So what’s my point?  I’m getting there!  Trust.  We are literally trusting Astrophysicists and Cosmologists with the timing.  They tell us we have time; and why?  Because gravity holds it all together somehow.  We are solidly grounded on the earth we walk on.  It’s why as we age, our skin wants to drag on the ground right behind us.  It’s why our vehicles, cars, houses, and buildings can stand tall and proud.

So my question is this: Do you trust the natural order of the Universe?  And why you are reading this at this very moment?  If we can trust that our world as we know it will somehow keep going, then can you trust yourself, and the decision you are making to become an Animal Practitioner?  Because trust me, you don’t need a black hole to suck you into the profession you were born into.  You’re here.  Congratulations, you’ve taken the first step!

RMSAAM looks forward to greeting you at the door!

Banking up Earth to Control Water

Does your horse have swollen fetlocks? Does your dog have edema?
Does your horse have swollen fetlocks? Does your dog have edema?

by Beth Pelosa

Does your horse have swollen fetlocks? Does your dog have edema?

Using acupressure, the treatment of water swelling can be resolved by fortifying the Earth. Specifically, fortifying the Spleen and boosting Qi is known as banking up earth to control water. Here, water does not refer to the kidney merdian, but to water damp in the body.

If you want to help resolve this issue using acupressure, perform the following acupressure pointwork daily, until the issue is resolved.   You can also use this pointwork for prevention of water swelling.

FIRST- Tonify Sp3, the Source Point for the Spleen, which regulates Earth, strengthens the Spleen and Stomach meridians, and transforms dampness. With your thumb, gently rub the point clockwise on the right side of  your animal,  until the animal has a release of energy*, such as licking, yawning, passing gas, dropping their head, barking or whinnying, stretching or moving away from touch.

NEXT- Repeat on Left side of animal

Next- Tonify ST36, the Earth Point of the Stomach meridian; strengthens the Spleen’s transforming and transporting function. With your thumb, gently rub the point clockwise on the right side of your animal, until the animal has a release.

NEXT- Repeat on Left side of animal

Next- Tonify Liv 13, the Alarm Point for the Spleen, and the Influential Point of the Yin Organs; which strengthens the Spleen, especially Qi.  With your thumb, gently rub the point clockwise on the right side of your animal, until the animal has a release.

NEXT- Repeat on Left side of animal

*Note if the animal does not have an obvious release of energy, stimulate the point for 30 seconds, and move to the next point.

**Acupressure is not meant to replace regular veterinary care and treatment.

Learn more about these, and other powerful acupressure point groups, in RMSAAM’s Animal Acupressure Courses.