Volume 2, Issue 1


Polly, Dobby, Jordie and Nick

Here we are in August. I give up calling this the Bi-Monthly Newsletter of Tonglen Healing Arts for Animals, as I clearly haven’t gotten one of these out since December because there’s been so much going on. In addition to seeing clients, I spent this past winter and spring teaching classes. In late May, Evening Magazine did a television segment about my work. This summer I took a much-needed break from teaching in order to spend more time with my furry and not so furry family members.

I’ll be on vacation and out of the office from August 22nd to September 2nd. I will not be available during that time by phone or e-mail. When I return from my vacation, I will start into my fall teaching schedule and resume seeing clients. I look forward to seeing you or talking with you soon in my office or at one of my classes!

Polly

This Month

I Thought That Was What You Wanted
Animal Communication Tip: Keep it Simple
Fantastic Products You Should Know About!
Client Profile: Stella
Upcoming Events and Classes

I Thought That Was What You Wanted

On a rainy winter day, Tolken came bounding into my office. Tolken was a striking but unlikely looking dog. He had the perky ears of a Husky and the tail of an Afghan. His coat was a medium length grey and white with black spots adorning it. He was an imposing size, significantly larger than a big Lab in height, but not nearly as bulky. His two sparkling brown eyes followed his nose as he whooshed right past me to take in the smells of my office. He was a dog on a mission; casual greetings would have to wait. After finding and gulping down a small crumb from a left over dog treat, Tolken plunked himself down on my feet.

Tolken had arrived with his people, Tom and Maddie. Tom and Tolken had lived together for eight years, since Tolken was a tiny pup. Maddie was added into the mix three years prior to our meeting. Tolken was the first dog either of them had ever owned and from talking with Tom, it was clear he and Maddie tried to do their absolute best for Tolken. For the most part, they all lived together peacefully. However, there was one big problem. Tom explained, “Tolken is a food hound and also a bit of a thief. He will take any opportunity to grab food from any location he can get to. He has jumped, climbed, wriggled and pawed his way into more places than I can tell you. This has got to stop.”

With the exception of the food issue, Tom described how Tolken was the best dog he could ever have hoped for. They went on long hikes together and Tolken always stayed by Tom’s side. Tolken was friendly with other dogs and extremely tolerant of children. While Tom had never done any formal training with Tolken, Tolken just seemed to know how to sit and stay and do whatever Tom wanted.

Tolken was always fed twice a day and given lots of extra treats. “He’s never been starved in his life, so I don’t understand why he’s like this.”

I turned my attention to Tolken and explained Tom’s statements about Tolken getting food from places other than his food bowl. Tolken immediately knew what I meant. He showed me mental images of jumping up on a counter and wolfing down a steak. There was no sense of worry when he offered me these images. He wasn’t sneaking the food. Instead, he saw himself as entitled to it.

After sharing what Tolken had shown me Tom said, “Yeah, that’s just it. He’ll do it right in front of me, and that steak was supposed to be our dinner last night!”

I asked Tolken if he knew his food was in his bowl. He did know that, but he also said his food was everywhere. I explained to Tolken that the food away from his bowl belonged to Maddie and Tom, but Tolken was certain that all the food was for him. “Tom and I eat all the food together.”

I turned back to Tom and questioned him more about the extra treats he told me he fed Tolken. “Oh, you know, just a bite of whatever I’m making or eating. It’s not like I’m going to eat a hamburger in front of him and not give him a piece.”

At this point Maddie chimed in, “I always give him my plate to clean up when I’m done eating, too. He waits so patiently for it,” she said looking lovingly at Tolken.

Tom then said, “Can’t you just tell him to stop it?”

A smile came over my face. “Tom, from Tolken’s perspective, all the food is his because you both really do share your food with him. He doesn’t just get food in his bowl. He gets food in the car at the drive-through and he gets chunks of food tossed to him while you are cooking. He gets to eat off your plates. This isn’t an animal communication issue. This is a training issue, a human training issue. You and Maddie have to stop feeding Tolken from places other than his food bowl. It’s you who have to stop your behavior first before Tolken will see any reason to think that all the food isn’t for him.”

“You can’t just tell him stop?”

“Sure, I can tell him, but if he keeps getting rewarded with food outside his bowl, why would he stop?”

“Because he always does what I want everywhere else.”

“Tom, Maddie,” I replied, “Tolken is a wonderful dog, a true family member, but he’s a dog and dogs look at the world from a different perspective than humans do. You’ve taught him this is what you want and he is doing what he thinks you are asking. Tolken isn’t trying to steal your food, he’s just doing what he thinks is acceptable in this relationship.”

After sitting quietly for a moment Tom said, “Won’t he feel like I don’t love him if I don’t share my food?”

“You can share your food, but just give it to him in his bowl,” I responded. “Then I can tell Tolken he will always have safe food in his bowl, but all the other food is for Tom and Maddie.”

Tom felt this was a good solution he could live with so I shared the change in feeding habits with Tolken. I explained that the only place Tolken should eat from is in his bowl, but Tom will make sure to put some of Tom’s food in the bowl to share. That way there would be enough food for Tom and Maddie and Tolken to eat. This made sense to Tolken.

A week later I received an email from Tom. He had made the change to feeding Tolken just in his bowl, placing tidbits of his own meals in with Tolken’s normal food. Tolken had not once tried to take any food from other locations.

Tom was a great dog owner who had just gone a little off track with his attempts to show his love for Tolken. We all do this from time to time.

Several years ago my husband and I were on vacation. We had our dog Jordie with us. Jordie is a male black Standard Poodle. I often joke that I love Jordie 51% of the time, as he is kind of pushy 49% of the time. But as I can be a little pushy at times too, that makes Jordie a pretty good match.

At home, we had never allowed Jordie up on furniture. He’d always slept on the floor of our bedroom. But, here we were on vacation and some how I thought it would be a nice break for Jordie to get to sleep up in the bed with us.

The first night I literally had to heave Jordie up on the bed. He looked at me like, “This is a trap, I know I’m not allowed up here.” Jordie made himself as small as possible, curled up in a ball and did not move the whole night.

The next evening as we entered the room for the night, Jordie made a beeline for the bed, hopped up and stretched out across the center of it without a moment’s hesitation. My first thought was, “Wait, he didn’t get invited up on the bed!” But then I realized I had been the one to show him the rules were different. So, I went over to the bed and told Jordie to get back on the floor. As he jumped down, he looked thoroughly confused.

For the rest of our vacation we had a Poodle nose prodding us all night long as he attempted to get back up on the bed. We all could have gotten more sleep if we had just let him back up, but then I would have been the one continuing a situation I didn’t want. The only one I could legitimately be annoyed with was myself. In doing something I thought was positive and showing Jordie he was included I had created a Poodle monster. When I was consistent about the rules of not being on the furniture, his behavior went back to normal.

Can we ever love our animals too much? Of course the answer is no. Can we show our love in unhelpful ways, even with the best of intentions? Yes - we are only human.

If you have a question you would like to see addressed in an article, please send it to Polly Klein at paws@tonglenhealingarts.com.

Animal Communication Tip: Keep it Simple

When trying to communicate a message with your animal, the best advice I can give you is to keep it simple. I don’t mean to imply you need to dumb down your message or that your animal isn’t capable of understanding complicated information. Instead, it’s best to put your attention on one main idea, because when you try to send lots of details at once it can become confusing to your animal.

For example, if your Uncle Brian is coming to visit and you try to explain who he is, how he’s your favorite uncle, how he recently got divorced and the family is trying to support him during this transition, your main message might get lost. If you want to let you animal know about Uncle Brian’s visit, simply put your attention on your animal and create an image in your mind of your uncle coming through your front door and sitting down or resting in the house. Your animal will be more likely to understand you if you send one idea or concept at a time.

Fantastic Products You Should Know About!

I don’t usually sell or promote products in my office, but there are a few items I think are so wonderful I want you all to know about them.

PureAyre

Pure Ayre is the best odor remover I’ve ever come across. I use Pure Ayre in my office, house, car and even on my animals!

It’s Strong

When you spray PureAyre in the air or on surfaces powerful enzymes break apart the molecular bonds of odor-causing compounds to eliminate both odors and harmful contaminants. Smells are permanently removed when the molecular bonds are broken. Biotechnology has made it possible for us to bottle a potent combination of plant-derived enzymes without the use of chemicals or alcohol. Easily eliminate any odor including strong odors like cat urine, smoke, skunk and cooking smells.

Use in your home, car, boat, on pet odors and on baby odors.

It’s Safe

PureAyre is the only food-grade odor eliminator available. That means that PureAyre is the safest and surest way to get rid of disgusting smells, even around food, and on people and pets. You can control the smells in your environment while being friendly to your environment. PureAyre is made from plant-derived enzymes, purified water and essential oils. It eliminates odors and cleans the air so you can breathe easier.

Pure Ayre is NOW AVAILABLE for sale at Tonglen Healing Arts for Animals in a variety of sizes. Once you try Pure Ayre, you’ll never want to go back to anything else!

FleaBusters

I’m always concerned about products I use around my home and office because of both my animals’ and children’s health. That’s why I only use FleaBusters on my carpets, furniture and floors to keep my home and office flea free.

The Advantages of Fleabuster Service

  • Nothing eliminates fleas from the home environment, faster, safer or will last longer.
  • If you have multiple pets in your home Fleabusters is the most cost effective method of eliminating fleas.
  • If you don’t want to place chemicals on your animals, Fleabusters is the most effective method of eliminating these fleas.
  • Fleabusters will keep your home free of fleas for one year GUARANTEED!
  • Fleabusters powder is non-acidic, non-corrosive and has a neutral pH balance of 7 and will not hurt even the highest quality carpets or area rugs.

To contact them about treating your home you can reach them at 206-628-3532.


Client Profile: Stella

Stella

This edition’s client profile comes from Theresa Litourneau.

My little white standard poodle, Stella, came to live with me at nine weeks of age. From the beginning it was pretty obvious she did not enjoy being touched. Although she loved being near me she would not even sit with me on the couch.

Stella loved playing and was obviously very bright and very athletic, but as time went on I noticed she was very sensitive to noise and also hyper-vigilant. Several times when on walks in the woods, if another person came into view she became very reactive, barking and lunging. I also noticed that her tail, although always up, never wagged, even when she was obviously happy. She was also a very picky eater!

Well, after hearing several friends over a matter of months tell me about visits with Polly and how their relationships with their animals had changed, I decided to make an appointment. Stella seemed very relaxed with Polly and so was I. Polly learned a lot of things about Stella that day and shared them with me. At the end of the session I was quite stunned when Stella seemed to enjoy her Reiki session with Polly and had no discomfort with Polly touching her.

The biggest surprises came within the next few days and have continued. The very next evening Stella came and sat next to me on the couch, something she had never done in 11 months. Then, lo and behold, three days later she wagged her tail!! Since our visit, friends have immediately noticed changes in Stella: Her tail wagging, approaching friends for touch and actually standing there instead of immediately ducking and moving away.

I have to admit, I was pretty skeptical when I first heard about animal communication and didn't know much about Reiki. However, these changes were so immediate and so noticeable that I am no longer a skeptic, and others who have witnessed these huge changes in Stella are amazed as well.

Thank you, Polly, for your compassion and healing touch, which has made life so much happier for Stella and for me.

If you would like to see your animal profiled here, just e-mail a picture to paws@tonglenhealingarts.com. We will profile at least one client in each newsletter.


Upcoming Events and Classes

Blessing of the Animals Day
Sunday, September 14, 2008, 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m.
Location - Heavenly Spa, Fall City, WA
Come on out with your animals and meet Polly Klein! Event Flyer

Reiki Level I
Saturday, September 13, 2008, 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Location - Tonglen Healing Arts for Animals, Issaquah, WA
Reiki Class Registration Word document

Reiki Level I
Saturday, October 11, 2008, 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Location - Tonglen Healing Arts for Animals, Issaquah, WA
Reiki Class Registration Word document

Reiki Level II
Saturday, November 8, 2008, 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Location - Tonglen Healing Arts for Animals, Issaquah, WA
Reiki Class Registration Word document

Introduction to Animal Communication Workshop
Saturday, September 27, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
and
Sunday, September 28, 2008, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location - Tonglen Healing Arts for Animals, Issaquah, WA
Registration Information

Introduction to Animal Communication Workshop
Saturday, October 25, 2008, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
and
Sunday, October 26, 2008, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location - Northwest School of Animal Massage, Redmond, WA
To Register: click here

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© Polly Klein 2008. Polly Klein, owner of Tonglen Healing Arts for Animals, is an animal communicator, Reiki Master and Certified Animal CranioSacral Therapist. You can contact her online at www.tonglenhealingarts.com.