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11.   HEALTH
15.   EVENTS
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Hello TTouch Friends,

I want first of all to thank so many people for the wonderful letters of support through Danilo’s illness. Sadly, he passed on December 8th. I was fortunate to have Dr. Melvyn Greenberg come and compassionately help me let him go. Saying goodbye to this special friend of mine is truly one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. He had been with me for 18 years or both turmoil and love. He taught me so much about life, who I am and truly gave me unconditional love.

The difficult part was in knowing when was the right time. I think this is the issue that plagues many of us. My head kept telling me that he was in pain and would be happy to go, but my heart wanted to hold on – and perhaps he could have stayed a bit longer, but the end would have been the same.    My conclusion a month later is that there was no perfect time, or rather than any time would have been perfect. If I’ve now completely confused you, let me try to put what is only a feeling into words:

I truly believe that animals have life after death, just as we do. I also know that animals approach death very differently from us. They have little fear of death and are mostly accepting of what life has to give. I think I could have let Danilo go that first day he was sick or I could have kept him alive for another month. He would have been OK with either, but would I have been? The answer is No. I had to make him well from the infections to know that I had done everything I could to give him that chance at life and at the end I couldn’t anymore physically support a big dog who couldn’t stand up by himself. So thus the timing was right for me. And no matter how much we’d love for someone else to make the decision for us, we are the only ones that can make that call. Now I try not to second-guess myself, but am just grateful for the many years we had together and the incredible memories we share.

So the boy is gone and the tears often come when I think about him, but only briefly as I know he’s still with me.

I’d like to share a poem with you sent to me by Dr. Garry Eckersley, who took such good care of Dan in those last months and over the years.

                                    Do not stand at my grave and weep;
                                    I am not there, I do not sleep.
                                    I am a thousand winds that blow,
                                    I am the diamond glints in the snow.
                                    I am the sunlight on ripened grain,

                                    I am the gentle autumn’s rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush,
            I am the swift uplifting rush

                                    Of quiet birds in circled flight.

                                    I am the soft stars that shine at night.

                                    Do not stand at my grave and cry;

                                    I am not there, I did not die.                    

-Native American Prayer

I know this poem to be true as 3 days after letting Danilo go, I was in the bush to get away and clear my head. On the evening game drive we had stopped for Sundowners and the Ranger looked up into the sky and said “Look at that cloud, it looks just like a dog” – I looked up and said “Indeed it does”! There is no doubt in my mind that Danilo was with me in the bush and I came home happy and revived.

Warmest Regards,

Eugenie Chopin

Certified Practitioner III for Companion Animals


Dear Fellow Dog Enthusiast
Does it seem like every time you try and post a question or comment
to a dog list, you get yourself into trouble? If so, then this list
is for you. If you religiously follow all of the rules on this
Official DON'T list, you'll never get in trouble again.

The Official Dog Enthusiast's DON'T List

DON'T let your dog sleep in your bed. It will cause aggression
problems down the road.

DON'T make your dog sleep in a crate. Crate is just
another word for small cage

DON'T let your dog sleep outside at night. If God had wanted dogs to
sleep outside, he would have covered their body with hair to keep
them warm.

DON'T let your dog sleep. You should be playing with him all the time.

TTACT III, session 3 – April 23 - 28, 2008

This 3-year training started early in 2007, so next April will already be our 3rd session. This means that if anyone has missed starting the training this year, then still joining us becomes a bit complex.

Having said that, we sometimes let very enthusiastic people join is session 3 if they have attended a number of weekend trainings, etc. If you are someone who would like to do this, please contact us here in the office and we’ll fill you in on the details. A must for anyone in Gauteng would be joining the 6-week class that starts Feb. 2nd.

The cost of the 6-day course will be R3900 + VAT.

If you are interested in knowing more, please contact Eugenie on 011 884-3156 or email eugenie@ttouch.co.za  or phone the office on 011 884-3156

TTACT III, session 4 – September 24-29, 2008

DON'T keep more than two dogs. Each individual dog requires
considerable time and energy, and it is impossible for a responsible
dog owner to spend quality time with more than two dogs.

DON'T keep less than five dogs. Dogs are pack animals, and five dogs
is the minimum number for proper socialization

This is one of our most popular offers. Your opportunity to experience TTouch first hand for only R100 for you and your dog! As most of you know, we have a Practitioner Training Program on the go and are now in our second year of training. So as part of the training program, we set up Client Days for our Students. This is always a fun experience for both the Client and the Practitioner – In – Training.

You may, if you wish choose to come for both days! It is often useful to have 2 sessions with your dog.

Cost:             R100 per day with a dog
Date:             Saturday,
April 26th 10:00 a.m. until about 12:30 p.m.
Monday, April 28th (Holiday) 10:00 a.m. until about 12:30 p.m.
                       Please indicate which date you prefer (or both)!
Venue:         Broshacarm Kennels, Midrand
Booking:     Eugénie or Heather at info@ttouch.co.za or Tel: 011-884-3156 or Fax: 011 783-1515
These two client days will be under the supervision of Debby Potts

She will be assisted by Eugénie Chopin & other TTouch Practitioners.

If you’re a client already, it will be a fun experience to mix with the other students and Practitioners! If you’ve been to a workshop, here’s a chance to have someone else work privately with your dog!

On arrival, you will be introduced to the students who will be working with you & your dog. The students will do what amounts to a private session with you and your animal. Everyone will then come together for feedback from you and the students. This is a great way for us all to learn and hear advice from everyone in the group. These sessions are great fun and a wonderful learning experience. I know you will enjoy it as well as seeing what TTouch is really about!

You are welcome to book for one day or both days if you feel this will benefit your dog.

We will send you a Registration form, all relevant details and directions to the Kennels when you book.

Book ASAP as these places always go within days! If not hours of sending a flyer!

Many thanks and I hope to see many of you there!

DON'T feed your dog kibble. Kibble is the invention of evil
capitalists who want your money, and kibble has no nutritional value
whatsoever. You might as well feed your dog sawdust.

DON'T cook your dog's meat or chicken. Cooking destroys all the nutrients.

DON'T feed your dog raw meat or raw chicken. Raw food contains
>salmonella, e-coli, and other harmful bacteria

with Edie Jane Eaton

For the first time ever a TTEAM Clinic will be given in Cape Town by Edie Jane Eaton – an International TTEAM Instructor and Feldenkrais Practitioner.






Sorgh Vliet Lodge Hout Bay
Cape Town
3 days or 6 days Option

10 – 15 May 2008

  3 Days – R2100
6 Days – R3700

Catherine Williams
082 569 8641

Sorgh Vliet Lodge
Hout Bay
Cape Town
Clinic Participants Free

10 May 2008

  R180 xcl.         

Catherine Williams
082 569 8641

AFRICA HORSEBACK SAFARI: with TTouch Instructor: Edie Jane Eaton

18 – 28 May 2008: 5 Days in Johannesburg, South Africa / 5 Days at Macatoo, Botswana - home of African Horseback Safaris in the magical Okavango Delta.

For South Africans: 5 days in the Delta Only is possible!

For more information contact the TTouch Office or Email: Edie Jane Eaton at ejrett@earthlink.net   

DON'T enter your dog in conformation. It's b-o-r-i-n-g for the dog.

DON'T enter your dog in obedience. It's B-o-r-i-n-g with a capital "B."

DON'T enter your dog in agility. The jumps will injure his joints.

The TTouch class is a great way to learn & absorb TTouch at it’s best. Over a 6-week period, you have the opportunity to go home, practice and then come back for more! SEE YOUR DOG MAKE CHANGES IS A FEW WEEKS!

For more info, call 011 884-3156 or email eugenie@ttouch.co.za






                         Sandown (full)

                                             6 Week TTouch Class

 02 February   2008


Eugenie Chopin
011 884 3156

2 halve day TTouch Workshop

13:00 - 16:30 on    16 & 17 Feb 2008


Ilze van der Walt
082 921 4448

DON'T let your dog drink out of a plastic bowl. It will turn his nose pink.  

Why TTouch Works - Another Perspective
by Margaret Siverns, TTouch Practitioner 1 from TTEAM Connections Newsletter July-September, 2007

I have been meaning to write this for some time and finally got around to it! So is this another take on why TTouch works?

No, not a technical explanation, but one that is linked to humanistic management theory! As I become more and more involved with the work, so more and more the parallels to human theories I have been exposed to become more apparent. So here is my thought for today!

Cogg’s Learning Ladder Theory

According to Cogg, when we are learning, we go through four stages, unconscious incompetence, conscious incompetence, conscious competence and unconscious competence. To explain the stages when imparting this to managers we often use the analogy of learning to drive.

Unconscious incompetence: I don’t know I can’t; as a child I remember sitting on the drivers seat of my dad’s car, holding the steering wheel and moving it furiously and, in my head, I was driving - I didn’t know I couldn’t! With our animals, they are unaware a behavior is inappropriate.

Conscious incompetence: know I can’t; at 17, I had my first driving lesson and returned home in tears wailing that how was I ever going to remember to look in a mirror, hold a steering wheel, put my foot on a pedal and use my other hand to move a stick to change gear! I was certain I couldn’t! As we work with our animals they become aware that some behavior is not what is wanted.

Conscious competence: I know I can; after 10 or 12 lessons that initial reaction was a dim and distant memory and I was ready to take my test - I knew I could! (And on the third attempt I even convinced the examiner!). With our help, our animals start to realize they can exhibit the desired behavior.

Unconscious competence: I’m unaware I can; I no longer have to actively think about the mirror, pedals, steering wheel etc. . . . I do it automatically, the actions are embedded in me - I’m unaware I am! Our animals no longer need our help to remind them what is wanted, they do it with unconscious thinking.

All making sense so far? Well here comes the bombshell - the ease with which we slip from unconscious competence to unconscious incompetence! In my case this was evidenced by a letter through the door one morning that sent me diving for my diary and incredulously trying to imagine that someone else had my car that day, it couldn’t have been me exceeding the speed limit!

So why, if the process was embedded, had I got it wrong? It seems to me that the answer lies in the fact that having become embedded, the thinking part of my brain became less active so allowing me to lapse into incompetence.

Therefore it seems my thinking brain is only fully engaged in the conscious state, and only in that state can I make a choice to change to my behavior or attitude. And to do that I also need feedback and self-awareness.

So is that also why TTouch Training works - it stimulates and activates the cells that engage the thinking brain, gives self-awareness and feedback, and allows choice. So with TTouch we take our animals from unconscious incompetence, through conscious incompetence, to conscious competence and into unconscious competence. But we need to remember that to stay effective in unconscious competence, we need to move back to conscious competence from time to time. So from time to time we need to touch base with our animals to remind them they have got it right. (Because we don’t want our animals to exceed the speed limit!).

Well, just some ramblings, but hope I have made you smile!

Margaret Siverns, P1, England

DON'T poke your eye with a sharp stick. It has nothing to do with
dogs, but it's a good rule nonetheless.

Teach your dog to file her own nails by Claire Grobbelaar

From Dogsense Newsletter Nov. 14, 2006

For a while now I have been searching for a way to make the experience of cutting my eldest dog’s nails a pleasant one. Before the onset of her arthritis and H.D, cutting her nails as been a fun and social experience for her. It was always accompanied with lots of treats and ball-throwing. When the nail clippers came out she was bouncing around and could not wait.

As her arthritis (which is under treatment) progressed, I had to have a second person assist me, eventually it became such a struggle, that we ended up at the vet, having to muzzle her. In the end it became so traumatic for her that we needed to sedate her. I have tried lots of methods, but nothing seemed to decrease her anxiety about having her nails cut. She has the nail-growth most woman dream of; very quick and strong, and walking on tar each day, did not seem to wear them down at all, even though she is a large German shepherd.

She needs her nails cut about every two to three months. This I decided could not go on and I went searching for something else. I came across an article ’The doggy nail file’, written by Shirley Chong (www.ShirleyCong.com). The doggy nail file technique is where the dog files her own nails!!! For dogs and owners that are already clicker-savvy, this technique is really quick, easy and most of all, FUN FOR THE DOG! Let me explain.

First, make your own nail filing board. The size of the board will depend on your dog’s conformation. Larger dogs will need larger boards, i.e. 30 cm wide and 60 cm long. Cover the board by gluing fine sandpaper to it. As the dog starts to file her nails, then switch to a coarser sandpaper. I was in such a hurry to try this method that I just used a normal sturdy clipboard with the sandpaper clipped on.

If your dog can already ’give paw’, you are one step ahead. If your dog cannot give paw then we need to shape a paw tap first.

Have some very tasty treats and your clicker handy. Your dog can sit or stand in front of you. Hold the board at an approximately 45degree angle between your knees and at a height your dog will be able to reach comfortably. Ask your dog to give paw and hold your hand over the board. As she gives paw, click and treat. Do this a few times. Then ask her to ’give paw’ and take your hand away, just as she gives paw. She will then touch the board with her foot, click and treat. Do this a few times and then wait for her to offer you the behaviour. Dogs that have been clicker trained will automatically start trying to figure out how to get the treats you have. They will start to offer you the last behaviour they did that got them the treat. When she paws the board out of her own, click and treat.

Within a few trials you will see that the dog arches her toes and hold her foot in a cup position so that only her nails make contact with the board, which will protect her pads.

Once she has figured out it is touching the board that makes the click happen then start to withhold the click when she touches, this will almost certainly lead to the dog making a raking motion with her foot on the board, then click and give her jackpot (lots of treats). Once they figure out it is the raking motion that gets them the treat, they enthusiastically start to rake on the board.

Most dogs will alternate their paws. Because my dog only gives paw with her left foot, I had to teach her to also use her other foot. To achieve this I used a learning theory called ’extinction’. This means that if some behaviour in the past leaded to reinforcement and now does not seem to get the same favourable consequence, the dog will try harder at the behaviour. I just stopped clicking for her left-foot-pawing. Within a few trials, she switched paws and voila, a jackpot of treats came her way.

After obtaining fluency with both paws, I just added in a different cue for each foot-raking, i.e. ’paw’ for her left foot and ’foot’ for her right foot.

In the beginning, dogs that have long nails will file their nails at funny angles and unevenly, but with time it will even out. It also depends on the angle and height that you hold the nail-board. Some dogs will find it easier if it flat on the ground (kept in place by you putting your foot on a corner of the board) or at a slight angle. When not using the board, put it away to prevent the dog from ’quicking’ their nails.

If your dog cannot give paw then you can ’shape’ the pawing motion or you can teach her to ’give paw’ first. Shaping is the rewarding (clicking and treating) of approximations of behaviours towards a target behaviour (paw-rake).

Place the board on the floor between you and your dog, if she sniffs or looks at it click and treat her. Do a few trials. She will learn that something about the board is making you click, which means treats for her. After a few trials, stop clicking if she looks or sniffs at it. She will now try something else to make you click, if she does not touch it with her feet, move a little backwards, this will entice her to move towards you and thus step on it, as the board is between you and her. When you treat her, treat her away from the board. Move around the board, so that is constantly between you and her. She will have to step on it to get closer to you, click and treat. Do a few trials until you see she starts stepping on it on her own. Then you can withhold the click to get a raking motion as described above or you can start to hold it at a slight angle so that she can still touch it easily.

It such a pleasure to see her now, when I take out the nail-board - she jumps around and can’t wait for me to place the board down for her so that she can start to earn some tasty treats!! If anyone would like some help with this method, then please contact me so that we can make trimming your dog’s nails a pleasant experience!!

Claire Grobbelaar is a TTouch Practitioner in Cape Town. She teaches TTouch, Clicker, Puppy classes and works with Behavioural Problems. She can be reached at www.dogsense.co.za

DON'T post messages to a dog list. You will surely get bopped on the
head for thinking that someone else cares about your silly
little opinions

Next 6 week class only early in 2008! (Full)

This class will include 4 x three hour sessions on How Dogs learn and                                    6 practical sessions on Clicker Training with Dogs

If you have always wanted to learn a method of training that doesn’t need aversives to be effective, then join us for a Clicker Experience! Although Operant Conditioning and the Clicker have been around for many years, especially in the Marine World and in training many species of animals for film, it’s only in the last 10 years that it has started to become Mainstream in the Dog Training World. Here is your chance to catch up!

:          Without dogs:
Wednesdays: Jan 30, Feb 6, 13, 20                          18:00 – 21:00
                     With dogs:      Saturdays:  Feb 2, 9, 16, 23, Mar 1, 8                        9:30 – 11:30

VENUE:          Sandown– Johannesburg

BOOK:            Eugenie Chopin at eugenie@ttouch.co.za  or phone 011 884 3156 for more info.

COST:            Full Class: R1200: this includes the cost of the course, notes, book, treat bag, target stick and a clicker. When you have paid your R600 deposit you are welcome to come and get your book early.

Learning Theory Only: R600: this includes evening lectures, a book, File with notes & clicker

DON'T microchip your dog. A nearby cell phone can cause a
micro chipped dog to explode, or so says the lady running the tattoo


At eight weeks of age, many puppies already have incipient or existing behavior and temperament problems. Most puppies are severely under-socialized, even though the Critical Period of Socialization is already nearly two thirds over. Few puppies are housetrained or chewtoy-trained and hardly any have been taught to come, sit and lie down. By the time they enter puppy class at 12-18 weeks of age, most puppies have already developed significant behavior and temperament problems that are already beginning to strain the puppy / owner relationship. Problems increase and rapidly worsen as the puppy collides with adolescence, whereupon many dogs are surrendered to shelters for rehoming.
The Problems
The developmental course of behavior, temperament and training problems is all too common and usually starts with two simple problems — housesoiling and destructive chewing —two utterly predictable and easily preventable problems.
Puppies leave their original (breeder’s) homes at eight weeks of age — when the Critical Period of Socialization is nearly two thirds completed.  Certainly, many breeders do a brilliant job socializing, handling and training the young pups. However, some do not. Indeed, far too many eight-week-old puppies are un-socialized, un-housetrained, un-chewtoy-trained and haven’t even been taught to sit or lie down. For many of these puppies, their future already looks bleak.
If not immediately trained in their new homes, the puppies will eliminate anywhere and everywhere and chew anything and everything (as they have become accustomed to doing in their previous home).  Un-housetrained and destructive puppies are often relegated to the backyard by the time they are four to five months old. The puppies continue to eliminate and chew indiscriminately, and soon learn to learn to dig, bark and escape in their quest for some form of occupational therapy to pass the time of day when left in the yard alone. The lonely puppies become stressed and bored. When occasionally invited indoors, they are overcome with excitement and express their joy by enthusiastically circling, barking and jumping-up and so, they are invited indoors less frequently. When neighbors complain of the excessive barking, the dog, now a six-month-old adolescent, is further confined to the basement or garage. With nothing to do in solitary confinement, the dog destroys the basement. Living in social isolation, the dog begins to de-socialize and is now less inclined to want to greet his owners during their brief and increasingly infrequent visits. The dog becomes wary and harder to catch and may become agitated and snap and lunge if approached. By eight-months of age, the dog is abandoned or surrendered to a shelter to be re-homed.
Rehoming unwanted adult dogs is an extremely expensive, time consuming and labor intensive business. Also, rehoming is not always easy or successful. Many shelter dogs carry significant behavioral baggage from the lack of training in their previous home(s). Whereas most behavior problems may be resolved fairly quickly and easily with appropriate shelter training, dogs with temperament problems, such as anxiety, aggression, and universal fearfulness, often take months, or years, to rehabilitate.
For many unwanted shelter dogs, rehoming is simply not an option.
The Solution
The time to rescue unwanted adult dogs is during puppyhood.  All unwanted shelter dogs were once perfectly normal puppies. Friendly and mannerly (socialized and well-trained) puppies stay in their original homes and don’t require rehoming.
When choosing a puppy at eight weeks of age: owners must realize that all puppies are different. They may carefully choose one that is well-socialized and well trained, or they might select a "lemon" — a puppy that is already so developmentally retarded that they will be playing catch up for the rest of the dog’s life.
At eight weeks of age, all puppies should be: well-socialized, especially to children, men and strangers; eager to approach; easily handled; housetrained and chewtoy-trained; and at the very least trained to come, sit, lie down, stand and rollover.
Having chosen a puppy at eight weeks of age: owners must appreciate the enormous urgency for the puppy’s socialization and training over the next few weeks and months. There is so much to do and so little time to do it. The most pressing items on the puppy’s educational agenda are: Socialization, socialization and socialization — especially with children, men and strangers; and errorless housetraining and chewtoy -training to prevent excessive barking and separation anxiety.
Regardless of breed or breeding, owners will make or break their puppy during his first couple of weeks and months at home. With timely and appropriate education and training, the puppy will survive, and thrive, to thoroughly enjoy spending his sunset years with his wonderful owners.
Obviously, some puppy owners will require much more guidance than that offered on dogSTARdaily.com, but at least access to dogSTARdaily will keep the puppy on the right track until the owners come under the expert tutelage of a trainer in puppy class.
Early socialization and education will not save every puppy but it will save most, keeping them in their original homes. And certainly, preventing problems during puppyhood is considerably easier and quicker and a whole lot more fun than the prospect of trying to rehabilitate and rehome an unwanted two-year-old dog that is universally fearful and snaps at strangers.
Please forward this email to every prospective and new puppy owner that you know.
Thank you.
Ian Dunbar


õ    Blue Hills / Kyalami, Puppy 1 & 2, Basic Obedience & Clicker Classes, Saturdays 8 Week Course
Tersia Kock 082 828 0505 terko@ananzi.co.za
õ    Bryanston, Puppy 1&2, Classes Wednesday evening & Saturday afternoon. Private sessions on request.
            Niki Elliott 082 451 0433 niki@thinkingpets.com
õ    Centurion, Puppy Socialising, Basic Obedience & Clicker Classes, 8 Week Course on Saturdays
            Heather Whitfield 083 566 7009 whitfield@webmail.co.za
õ    Durbanville, Puppy Classes for pups under 4 months. Ongoing: new every 6 weeks
Claire Grobbelaar 021 979 0848 or 082 784 7524 claire.g@mweb.co.za
õ    Edenvale, Puppy Socialising, Sundays Mornings 8 Week Course
Tersia Kock 082 828 0505 terko@ananzi.co.za
õ    Lyndhurst, Gresswold, Bramley, Kew, Waverley Area, Puppy Socialising, 6 Week courses on
Nicky Lucka 083-408-1517 lucka@absamail.co.za
õ    Randpark Ridge, Puppy Socialising with Clicker, 7 Week courses on Saturday mornings.
            Wendy Wilson, 083 336 1761
õ    Sandringham, Puppy Socialising, 6 Week courses on Sundays & Weekday evenings ongoing.
Kim Heller 082 570 0463 kimh@kti.co.za

DON'T tattoo your dog on the ear. A dog thief will cut off the tattooed ear.
DON'T tattoo your dog on the thigh. He'll be a tripod before you can
say Ginsu.
11.   HEALTH

Tip for Fleas


Editor’s Note: from one of our readers – haven’t checked it our personally, but we’re always interested in alternative ideas!

Better off sucking up a little Borax mixed with crushed Rosemary and Pennyroyal. Borax changes the humidity so flea lava cannot hatch and Rosemary and Pennyroyal are bug deterrents. May be suck up at about three tablespoons of a Borax herbal mixture after each vacuuming.

DON'T keep a collar on your dog when unattended. He could get caught
on something and choke.

DON'T leave your dog unattended without a collar. He could run away
without any identification.

Does the Death of a Pet affect the Others?

If you’ve ever heard that the death of one Pet doesn’t affect the others, don’t believe it. While it may be true that some pets aren’t affected by the loss of another, as we like to say in TTouch: “It depends on the Dog” (or cat). In the case of Danilo’s passing, his best pal, Angelique has definetly been affected. The night Danilo died, I had to let her out 4 times with a runny tummy. Now some people will say she was reacting to my emotions, but the truth is that I had been emotionally more upset when he got sick 6 weeks earlier and the entire time was difficult, so what made this day different? He was actually gone. I can see that Angelique needs more care now. After all, part of her job when she came to us was to love Danilo and show him that having other dogs around could be a good thing. And she did her job superbly!

When one pet dies, it’s important to give quality time to those left behind, encouraging them to play, take walks and all the things that we do to help them feel good about themselves.

As is the natural order of things, there also may be pets that benefit from the passing of another. In my house, Shadow, the cat, is now much more relaxed and joining us in the bedroom far more often than when Danilo was around. Even though he hadn’t made a move on her in over a year, she still didn’t quite trust him! So now she is slowing changing into a real lap cat.

It is so weird to be able to do things that I haven’t been able to do for years. Like throw a tissue into the trash can! Danilo would eat most things in the trash, but he was particularly fond of tissues. Every time I throw one away I think of him. I wonder if this will last for years? In the office I have had my trash can up on a table just beyond the fax machine to keep Danilo from getting to the paper (he ate that as well). So I’m used to thowing trash away like a basketball. I’ve gotten quite good at it! Now I’ve moved the trash can to under the desk, but keep throwing paper to just behind the fax machine. I wondered to Heather last week, just how long was it going to take me to change the habit? I’m seriously thing of getting a second bin to go back to the original spot!

This is of course one of the reasons why the death of a pet causes us so much grief. The fact that they live with us day by day, cause us to change our habits and patterns and fill a space that otherwise might be empty. I have so much I could say about Danilo that it surly could be a book. I will write a tribute one day and share it with you, but for now:

 “Love is almost not a powerful enough word to describe how I feel about you Danilo. May your zest for life carry on and on and on……………………………………………….….”

DON'T transport your dog in a plastic crate. Plastic crates don't
allow sufficient airflow.

DON'T transport your dog in a wire crate. In a car accident, a wire
crate transforms into a doggie skewer. On days you plan to have a
car accident, it's acceptable to use a plastic crate.

DON'T let your dog drive. It's against the law in many states.

Ear work helps dogs travel

I just want to tell you just how much i admire EARWORK!!

I have a year old Labrador and 2 Pekinese x.  These 3 dogs were in for a HUGE surprise when we had to move from Cape Town to Johannesburg.  We decided we weren’t going to fly them up, but rather drive.

For the first hour of the drive, everything was fine, till our Labrador decided to get hyperactive and started barking at everything in sight.

I sat at the back seat with the 2 small dogs, because they dont really get along with the Labrador and if there is too much excitement, I don’t even want to think about it.

I remember the 2 small dogs starting to shiver, being absolutely terrified, which in return made me terrified because they are my babies and if they are uncomfortable, so am I.  I thought, EAR WORK!  I yelled to my bf in the front seat, "do some ear work on Bella" (the Labrador) and he didn’t have a clue what I was talking about.  I just told him to stroke her ears, very gently.

I don’t remember my dogs ever being so accepting of a trip, especially one that’s 16 hours long.  Not once did any one of them get sick.  I got tons of calming signals and carried on with ear work, which put them in a total daze.

I just want to thank TTouch and the wonders of Ear work :)



By TTouch Practitioner Debbie Conradie

When I first walked in to Bruno’s shelter run many months ago, I was shocked at the level of fear and dread of humans he displayed. For him, being in an enclosed space with a person with nowhere to run was traumatic and frightening. He wouldeither run from one end to the other or cower in the corner. I knew I had the tools to help him and boy, did he need it!

Because I couldn’t touch him with my hand I needed an extension of my arm so I got out my 3 foot white riding whip (actually we refer to it as a wand because of the magic it does) and in a crouched position I proceeded to stroke him with it. Fear and panic welled up in him as he snapped and bit at the wand and tried to press himself into the concrete corner. When the wand wouldn’t go away but yet didn’t cause any pain, he stayed crouched in the corner and stopped running. This was what I was looking for – the moment where perceptions slowly melt and fear makes way for “maybe this is not so bad….” I don’t remember anymore if it happened that same session or the next one, but very soon I put down the wand and made the first approach with my hand. With Bruno more comfortable behind me, and me sitting on his palette, I reached backwards and, avoiding eye contact, started to do the magical one and a quarter circular movements of the Tellington touch on his body.

During my initail meeting and interaction with Bruno I never got the feeling that he would bite me and to this day that has proved, incredibly, to be true. So it was, with my observer Cicely Blumberg stationed at the door reading his eyes and expressions, and my excited heart pounding in my chest, I started to build a bond and a connection with Bruno through the power of Ttouch. Cicely, reading his expression for me, told me that his eyes had started to melt and soften as he sat quietly for his first ever human contact.

Over the next few weeks with me visiting him once a week I had progressed to the point where, if I crouched on my haunches and made myself small, he would actually come up to me to be touched. I lovingly Ttouched him wherever I could reach and he loved it! Then slowly I progressed to being able to stand up and touch him.

I carried on interacting with him like this for some time and then it felt right that we proceed to the next step, which was to get him into a collar and lead. This however proved tricky as he was extremely suspicious of any object I carried in my hand, lead or collar. No amount of concealing it (trust me I thought I was going to become a magician) and trying to sneak it on worked. It only made him run to the corner again.

I had at this time become a full time employee at the shelter and one day I had a brainwave! It was a daring move but I felt confident of his level of trust in me to try this. With the help of staff and Bruno’s long time canine friend Sam we cornered him in a narrow walkway using a palette to block their escape. Of course Sam, who has a wonderful sense of fun and humor, thought it was cool to be so close to the one person he loves most in the world

and proceeded to slobber all over me while I tried to brush him off so I could focus on Bruno, who was at this point, you guessed it, cowering in the corner!. With nowhere to run he patiently but yet with a certain amount of real fear allowed me to clip the collar around his neck. After adjusting it we set him free.

In the confines of his run he came to me but out in the open yard he stayed well away. Just another hurdle I was sure we would get over.

About 2 weeks later the day arrived for Bruno’s first walking lesson. I was sure he had never been on a lead before. Again we cornered him and Sam with the palette and I clipped the lead on. I instructed my helpers to move the palette back a couple of centimeters at a time but only when Bruno took a step forwards when I asked him on the lead. Freedom was his reward for coming forward when asked. He did extremely well so the next day I decided to take him out of the yard into another big enclosure where we could walk him for real. Now, you have to understand that Bruno had never been out of the shelter area so I suspected that he would be overwhelmed at life outside its walls. With him and his friend Sam both on a lead we opened the gate to the outside world. I gently applied the “ask and release” method I had learned from Ttouch to Bruno’s neck. He reacted violently, jumping up in the air, falling on the ground and looking terrified. I calmly Ttouched him and tried again. Each time he reacted less violently and soon he was responding to the signals on his neck. I felt so elated I had to phone Cicely who was almost in tears on hearing the news and proclaimed, “It’s a miracle, it’s a miracle!” Cicely has always believed in Ttouch and is my biggest supporter as well as my employer.

Now it was time for the open road and “walkies!” Although I never use choke chains I used one Bruno because of the fear that he may bite through the lead in panic. The choker at least gave me a length of extra chain that he could bite on if he panicked. I leashed him and Sam up and headed for the big silver gate and the great outdoors beyond.

Well, nothing happened. I think I was tenser than he was. Sure he jumped a bit every time there was a sudden movement or sound but he managed to contain himself and with the help of some calming touches, his first foray into the outside world was a resounding success!

The rest is just history. Now, on their walkies day, Bruno and Sam loudly remind me that they are due for their walk and they would like it now please! I can never disappoint them – no matter how much work or how many interruptions I have. I let Bruno out of his run into the open yard and whereas before he would run from me, he now stands still and eager to have the collar slipped over his head. The three of us leave the premises and outside my volunteer waits to take Bruno’s lead from me so she can walk him and interact with him. We head off for anywhere because Bruno manages to hold his own in noisy traffic, shopping centre parking lots and strangers walking by. He has put on weight and kept it on for the first time in ages. He is starting to play with me and he has met many of my volunteers now and is comfortable with all of them.

I still have to pinch myself when I look down into the soft, loving brown eyes of a dog once so petrified of people who now shows such extraordinary bravery and willingness to love and trust. We are now at the point where Bruno can at last be homed. It will be a bitter sweet day when he goes but with the right owner it is my belief that he will blossom even more on his journey to becoming a whole, healed dog. Plus one lucky person will get all the love he has to give.

I can only say that this miraculous story would never have been written if it were not for the Tellington touch skills I learned in the past few years. This is truly an inspirational and extraordinary technique that can benefit many traumatised animals on the planet and it is my hope that many people will learn it and by using it on our animal (and human) friends we can truly change the world one touch at a time.


Hi Eugenie

I was reading the newsletter and saw that someone is looking for a home for their dogs because their daughter gets eczema.  I used to get eczema badly too, and used to get all of the cortisone creams etc that just are not good you.  Then, as an adult, I came across Louise Hay, and her brilliant “Heal your Body” book which lists the emotional causes behind illnesses.  She reckons that eczema is caused by “breath-taking antagonism”.  I can’t remember what the affirmation for it is, but what was significant is that when I thought about it, I remembered that whenever I had a bad bout, I was feeling antagonised at that time.  And it’s frightening how it can seem so small to others – in fact parents may not even notice or be aware of it.  A silly example, my brother used to hassle me something terrible as a child, but he knew how to get me to react so that I would appear to be the one instigating!  Nowadays, any time the eczema suddenly appears I identify why I may be feeling antagonized.  I deal with it and let it go and the eczema disappears, without any medication.

Also, my homeopath has a “biolight” (not sure of proper name) which is a special type of light that helps to heal.  Apparently it is recognised and used in the medical field, some applications being cancer patient support.  I had a couple of eczema sores (on my nose!) that wouldn’t heal – no tingling or anything as the eczema had already passed, but the sores wouldn’t heal.  We used the light and they then healed very quickly.  Apparently the light also gives a feeling of wellbeing, which also helps all the emotions, so I guess again is part of the contribution to healing – I certainly was aware of it.

Another interesting thing I’ve noticed is with my pony mare who has a form of COPD.  Luckily I’ve been able to support her with homeopathic medication for 4 years, except last year when she had 2 bad “attacks” and I called my vet who used “regular” drugs to ease her breathing.  Her breathing has always distressed me, though – it’s terrible to see her uncomfortable and sad.  So in about October last year I tried to find illnesses in Louise Hay’s “Heal you Body” book that were similar to COPD, asthma being the closest match.  The emotional cause for asthma is “feeling like you don’t deserve to be here”, as best as I can remember offhand.  I always “put my horses to bed” at night, so I started telling Pretta every night how precious she is and how glad I am that she is in my life.  I just noticed the other day that her breathing is almost normal – hardly any sign of the double breath typical of COPD, no heaving or distinctly audible breathing either – and she hasn’t needed any medication in the last 6 months!  She has also come into her own again – full of life and spirit and character.  Maybe it works for animals too!

Kind Regards

Debbie De Campos


ROGAN’S ORDEAL by Tania Quarmby

On 28 December I took 3 of my dogs of a walk to a nearby school.  It was 5.15pm.  I was sitting with my young Malinois puppy and took my eye off my older dog. My 9 ½ year old GSD male, Rogan, must have slipped down an overgrown embankment, close to a storm water drain.  I looked down to see where he was and could only see the top of his body. My puppy wanted to follow Rogan, but I immediately took the puppy and the Labrador back to the car in order for me to fetch Rogan.  I guessed he could not climb up the embankment because his hind legs are weak.  It also crossed my mind that he was snared, as he could not raise his head.

The gradient was about 45* and was too steep for me to climb down and pull the dog up, so I continued a few metres further, when I heard what could have been the sound of bees or flies.  I was hoping for the latter.  Avoiding this entrance point, I continued further along the embankment and had to fight my way through thick bush and veld growth. I made my way slowly and almost on bended knee (because of the dense undergrowth) towards my dog, and to my horror, saw that he was covered by a carpet of bees, from the tip of his nose to the rest of his body. He was quietly and desperately trying to rid his face of the bees by pawing them from his face.  I tried calling him towards me, but he was trapped against the steep incline and a tree. It was obvious to me at the time that there was no way I could save my dog.  I ran back to the car and found that I had forgotten my cell phone at home. The security guards at the school never had airtime on their cells, so I had to race home to make a call to 10111 (which was engaged). I then tried the fire department and at first they could not understand - all I wanted from them was to send someone to collect my dog’s body.  They eventually gave me the cell no. of someone who would be able to assist.  This person told me that the bees will soon go to their hive and it would be safe to collect my dog’s body after sunset. 

My husband and son got suitably clothed and we raced back to the school. We ran towards the area where my dog had been stung.  There was no sign of the dog, and the bees had gone back to their hive.  We think Rogan had prized himself loose and had fallen into the storm drain. His footsteps first ran north in the direction that I went home and then they ran south. My husband eventually found Rogan about 200 metres away. He was unable to get out of the storm drain.  Eric pushed Rogan upwards towards the top plateau, where we put him in the bakkie and raced him to an emergency veterinarian in Atterbury Road. He was cold, wet and very sore. We estimate about 100 – 150 bee stings on his body, which also added to his pain.  The veterinarian immediately gave him cortisone and put him onto a drip. We collected Rogan the following morning.  He had been bathed to release the stings as well as the dead bees lying in his coat.  Two days later the sting wounds became infected and he had to go onto an antibiotic.  Today, 10 days later, Rogan is fine. He can’t wait for his walk and continues to eat well. He also received his Tellington Touch massage from Heather Whitfield on Sunday, which soothed any sore or tired muscles.

I have been walking the South African veld alone for 25 years. I have also walked the forests and farm walks of Wales, England, Scotland and Ireland.  Never have I encountered bees. I had no idea what to do in this situation. After reading up on the internet and struggling to find the information I needed, I found an Australian website, which was informative http://www.lowchensaustralia.com/pests/bites3.htm

The moral of the story is that one cannot prepare for every eventuality, but we should read up on eventualities that may occur, viz. bees, scorpions, snakes, fire, river flooding, heat stroke, rabid animals, injury to your animal, personal injury, etc.  Perhaps our dog clubs can offer their experience and information in the form of e-mail or newsletters.  Am I over-reacting?  Maybe.  But I will be more aware on my next walk, even if it is at a school in the suburbs.  And of course ALWAYS CARRY YOUR CELL PHONE!

DON'T get a purebred dog. Too much inbreeding has produced dogs with
temperament and health problems.

DON'T get a mutt. You don't know anything about their pedigree. In
fact, if you're thinking about getting a dog, get a cat instead.

a.   Book of the Month:  Java by Stacy Lewis

How do we find and keep our balance in a life that sometimes spins us off our centre? Stacy and Java 
weave a beautiful web of love in this story of trials, tribulations and triumphs. For anyone who’s ever had  
a challenge themselves, or worked with a challenging animal (or human), this book is a gift.

Stacey is a Tellington TTouch Practitioner in the USA and she worked with Java during her2 years of training. “Java” is available from the TTouch Office at R170. Contact Heater at 011 884-3156 or email info@ttouch.co.za                                                               
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b:  Website of the Month http://www.dogstardaily.com/

Dog Star Daily is an informative website that will give you more info on various aspects of Dog
Behaviour and Training. They have a Dog Blog and some well know people as Bloggers to assist with
queries. They also have audio, video and photo inserts as well as a Top 10 list on Books, Video’s, DVD’s

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c:    Interesting Links

àVideo Clip of Basic TTouch Circle: http://www.ttouch.com/whyTTouch.shtml
àVideo clip for Cat lovers: http://www.funnypictures.tv/html/funny-videos/funny-video-clips/2007-07-08/funny-video-clip_1183943614d136481.html
àVideo Clip: Teach your cat to jump through your arms: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RB9NcTkjWaw
àSeven Simple Ways to Reduce Stress and Anxiety Stress sucks. Nobody likes it. If you’re sick of the
     stress in YOUR life, it’s time to watch this video! You’ll find some great ways to banish anxiety -
     straight from renowned psychologist Matt Erdelyi.

àVideo clips from Dr. Sophia Lin – on training: http://www.nerdbook.com/sophia/movies.html

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d:   WET NOSE WILL BE MOVING IN FEBRUARY 2008 – and need your help

This is a great year for Wet Nose Animal Rescue Centre as we will be relocating to our own permanent premises during next month.  It has taken us 8 years since the inception of Wet Nose to be able to make this goal a reality, and we are very proud of this achievement.  Looking back at all the hard work, long hours, trials and tribulations, we can only say THANK YOU for all the valuable lessons we have learnt and mostly for all the wonderful friends we have met along our path.  Thousands of animals have entered our care in need of help and care and we have assisted them to the best of our ability by healing and helping them to find their “Silver Lining” in this world and they have been blessed with new, wonderful loving homes.

Unfortunately with the move, come a lot of very specific needs. Should you require any further info or be willing to help us or aid us in any of our needs from our wish list please contact us on (012) 809-2106, 809-2785 or 0827422522, 0824987740.

Love and tail wags of appreciation from all our Wet Nose babies, staff and Directors
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Looking for a Cottage
I am looking to move back to Kyalami, for work and horse-related reasons. I’m looking or the following, or something similar: 2/3 bedroom cottage / lounge/dining space / bathroom / with CUPBOARD space, warm and sunny and neat secure, with gates on doors and bars on windows (sadly), connected to security company, secure place for car. Secure-dog-friendly-garden for 2 Labs and a Jack Russell.

With the option to rent one or two stables, with equestrian facilities, with the option to teach riding lessons from the property, and possibly hold workshops for up to about 15 people.

You can call me on 083 340 4240 or redraven@gonet.co.za if you can help. Many thanks, Colleen

Cottage for Rent

DON'T send your dog out with a handler. Only a psychopath would send
their beloved pet with a complete stranger.

DON'T handle your dog yourself. You've got a great dog, and he
deserves a much better handler than you will ever be.
15.   EVENTS


Animal Rehabilitation Initiative will be hosting a 2 day workshop with world renowned Ethologist Professor Raymond Coppinger on the 12 & 13 April 2008 in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

 This unique workshop will allow delegates the opportunity to spend two days in Professor Coppingers’ company. Ray Coppinger is a Professor of Biology in the School of Cognitive Science at Hampshire College in Massachusetts, USA. He has studied and worked with dogs for decades throughout the world, and brings to light fascinating details about dog behaviour. He and his wife Lorna are the authors of Dogs: A Startling New Understanding of Canine Origin and Behaviour – a must read for everyone involved in the Dog Profession.

Bookings will work on a first come, first serve basis so please let us know well in advance if you would like to secure your seat for this workshop. 

For more information about this workshop, please contact:
Karin Landsberg: 073 269 0418 or Karin@thinkingpets.com
Niki Elliott: 082 451 0433 or Niki@thinkingpets.com


in Nigel on the 3rd of February 2008. The ground where we tend to have our sledding events is where we will all get together for a social. Please feel free to bring some braai goodies for afterwards. Maybe even a beer. For more info and directions, please contact Kyra: 084 5840 500.

R10 per dog walked. Humans walk for free! All moneys raised will be going to Siberian Husky Rescue - Gauteng. We are a non-profit organisation, with vets bills that need to be paid.

Hope to see you all at the dogathons. We should have Pro-Pet there too - they sell the popular dogade and special Green tripe treats for the kiddies. Eg, cartilage strips, lung chips, hooves etc. Any additional queries, please contact Key on 084 5840 500                                                                                                                                                    Return to Top

c. Free Me Invitation

Help Free Me keep our new Ark Afloat: We’ve done it! We’ve made a massive leap and bought premises of our owm. Celebrate with us by leaping into the Leap Year with a sparkling evening of dining and dancing aimed at raising the funds we need to keep giving the Animals refuge in our new ark of safety.

Where:            The Castle at Kyalami
When:              29 February 2008
Cost:               Tickets costs R500 per person or R5000 for a table of 10.
Dress:             It takes two; so come dressed as a pair, wearing a pair or showing a pair. Keep it formal, but
                        keep it fun.
RSVP:             Dominique at 084 579 3643, dom@anevent.co.za or Ursula at 084 702 1196  

DON'T don't. That's right, you heard me, just don't!

DON'T leave your dog's dewclaws intact. He will rip one off jumping
a log or something, which is quite painful.

DON'T remove your dog's dewclaws. Dewclaws are acupuncture points
that are needed for proper functioning of the kidneys.
AND, the #1 DON'T ...

Rescued Mom and Pup up for adoption:
Mom: Doberman X, approx between 18 mnths & 2ys.  Medium height. Sterilised, inoculated and de-wormed. Pup: male (looks just like Mom), approx 2 mnths old. Neutered, inoculated and de-wormed.  VET papers available for both dogs.  For more info contact TRACY-LEE BARROW on 082 4966 470 / 011 – 3712081 who rescued them.

2 Kittens need a home:
They are +/- 5 weeks old, and have been de-wormed.  The female is black, ginger & white, and the male is black and white. Is anyone is interested, please contact Juanetie Pretorius. Tel: 011 809 4414  or E-mail address: juanetie.pretorius@ccafrica.com

Very Urgent – Must find a foster home by this weekend – 8 Feb 2008
Rolo - wire haired worsie, weighs about 10 or 12 kg, about 5 years old. Was found in the Village Shopping Centre in Moreleta Park last week Wednesday.  He is sterilized, vaccinated & m/chipped. Please phone Dawn at 082 921 4516 for more info

2 Huskies looking for a home – Owner is relocating:

Mushka: Female, black & white, hazel & brown eyes, about 4 yrs.  Was adopted from SPCA. Vaccinated, dewormed & spayed.  She carries an Identipet.
Maximus: Male, red & white, blue eyes. Was bought from Glorylight Siberian Huskys in Midrand.  Was born on 8 Sept. 2005.  I have a Certificate of Registration and Certified Pedigree for him.  He carries an Identipet.  De-wormed, vaccinated and neutered (also has proof of this). 

I am leaving SA on 1st March 2008 and can be contacted on 079 497 5364. Thank you, Susan Smith

Cocker Spaniel - Owners immigrating.
Lala, Female, 3 yrs old.  Very energetic & playful. Does not act with other dogs. P
lease contact Mariska Claassen Tel: 011 553 2300 / Fax: 011 553 2400 / Email: Mariska.Claassen@microsep.co.za

Cat looking for a home:
Peebee is 12 years old (turns 13 on 20 June 2008). She’s neutered, hasn’t had any illnesses and is in good health. She’s been a single cat all her life. She’s not particularly partial to dogs. If you can help, please contact Silja Elena on 082 561 1964.

Rocky -Boerperd Nooity cross:

Looking for a good home as a hack, companion horse or family horse. He can’t be ridden on hard ground, or by heavy people, due to his dormant ringbone and old back injury – but he is sound and he will remain so if correctly managed. Currently at HHCU property, so new owners would need to adopt him and sign the HHCU paperwork. He is bright bay, about 15hh, about 16 years old. Please contact Andrea on 0829019629 or email andreavr@pmrinet.com if you can help.

Siberian Husky Rescue, Gauteng
Various Huskies up for adoption: Please contact Siobhan Kelly on 083 399 3999 or zoola@mweb.co.za

Pets sold at the side of the road - from Animals in Distress
We have responded to calls from people who alert us to this practise, it has generally been from the Fourways area. We have respond by going out to the site and in this way we have been able to ascertain where the bitch is and all other puppies. This approach enables us to develop an educating relationship with the seller and most importantly to sterilise, and also protect the remaining pups. We do not experience this in our areas and if it does happen we would obviously be able to monitor it effectively.

The answer does not lie in this approach however because we do no possess the capacity to respond to every call especially if it means following up in an area outside of our operations, the answer lies in the public not buying the puppies.

It is often perceived to be better to buy the puppy than to leave it with someone who does not care but if money/goods are given the seller will only continue breeding for this purpose.   Please send this to everyone you know, it is only through educating the public that we will eradicate people selling puppies on sidewalks? Alerting the local SPCA is also recommended.

DON'T trim your dog's whiskers. Dogs use their whiskers to determine
the size of their head, which is important when they are out
shopping for a new hat.
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