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  YOUR LETTERS: THE POSSIBILITIES OF TTOUCH WITH A PUPPY MILL RESCUE
Article By: Scotty Valadao        Publish Date: 2009-10-22

THE POSSIBILITIES OF TTOUCH WITH A PUPPY MILL RESCUE

 

Hi there Robyn and Eugenie, just had to share this with you both. I see the power of TTouch on a daily basis and the changes that occur, but yesterday took my breath away!

 

Natasha, who was on the last Prac course has a little dog, Chinese Crested mix, 6 months old called Smalley, who is one of the cutest little dogs I have ever met. The WetNose Centre in Bronkhorstpruit rescued her at one day old from that terrible puppy mill shown on Carte Blanche, and Natasha took on her care. It is thought that this little one is brain damaged and she battles to eat, doesn’t want to be touched, especially on her legs (which are a bit pink at the bottom) and her tummy. She obliviously did not have the proper sucking reflex as a pup and although she will eat food from a bowl on the floor, has been incapable of eating from the hand. You offer the food, she opens her mouth like a little bird, and then she throws her head back and swallows. She also looks like a baby Gazelle when she walks on lead, pulling and bouncing. She has regular temper tantrums and Natasha says that these often culminate in her opening her mouth wide (and I noticed at times the mouth is almost sideways), screaming and then biting or bolting. She ‘communicates’ with puppy like whimpers and although she uses her scent capabilities a lot, has great difficulty in finding any piece of food on the floor.

 

It is thought that her eyesight is also not great. I did notice that she is showing some almost stereotypical behaviour and Natasha says that she will sometimes attack her own tail. That Natasha managed to pull this little dog through is an absolute miracle and a credit to her and she has done a fantastic job.

 

Well, when I heard all this at lunch time one day, and Natasha not being sure what action to take with the dog, I said that if she could bring her to J’burg I would try to help and work with her and show Natasha which TTouches and Groundwork to use – hell, who could resist!

 

We started yesterday and I showed Natasha what Linda taught us – that of putting your hands on your heart, putting your heart in your hands and then putting your hands on the dog with no expectations. We progressed well, we did some TTouches while she was walking around (very short increments) then we sat with her and I showed Natasha what to do with temper tantrums ‘settle and free’ and I started to do very short increments of TTouches stopping before she had enough. Shortly she was accepting TTouches all over her body, her legs and tummy and asking for more. I managed to do a modicum of mouth work and the tantrums had improved a lot.

 

We then did a bit of Groundwork. I didn’t use any different leading equipment as I felt she wouldn’t cope (Natasha had also said she had tried the balance lead with no success) so we kept her on her normal lead. Put up some different surfaces (which I find are the best for dogs with fear) and she wouldn’t go near them. I put on the Vet Wrap which I thought would be lighter and she promptly walked over two different surfaces with no problems, she also settled down and walked on lead with no pulling or antics. In addition to the surfaces she managed the tyres as well. We stopped Groundwork on a successful note.   

 

We then sat with her and I showed Natasha the TTouches I had used (a bit of everything, and asked her to do as much mouth work and Groundwork as possible in different locations) and I then put on a face wrap as I thought it may help to make her more aware of her mouth and who knows, perhaps influence the Limbic system. We left it on for a second or two, took it off and did this again twice with Natasha learning how to do it. The hardest part then came – we stopped!  She had made so much progress that I didn’t want to push our luck. I couldn’t resist offering her a little bit of chicken before they left, and when I did, she opened her mouth and took it from my fingers and chewed it – no throwing head back and swallowing! That, needless to say, resulted in her having quite a lot of chicken and every small mouthful had the same result.  

 

Both of us were just so moved by this, and all I can say is that Natasha was not the only one with tears in her eyes! Natasha phoned me when she got home and told me that Smalley, instead of sitting all crunched up in the car had slept all the way back to Rayton fully stretched out – who can say, maybe it was the TTouch, maybe she was exhausted, maybe it was both! Natasha will continue to work with her at home and we are going to have another session together next week.

 

Take care and lots love,

Scotty

 

EDITOR’S NOTE: Scotty is a TTouch Practitioner 1 for Companion Animals. You’ll find more about her at http://www.scottysdogs.co.za/

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