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Hello TTouch Friends,

The Puppy has arrived! His name is Harley and as Debby just told a class, he is as smart as he is cute! The cuddle factor with a Golden Retriever Puppy is high so it’s important to keep perspective! I did decide to get a boy with all the other “girls” in the house. Shanti has actually decided that this is the best toy I’ve ever brought home! The batteries don’t wear out; it moves, tugs, follows her around and is willing to play most any time. I have written about making the choice out of 7 male puppies in #10 “Shanti and Friends” below.

We had a wonderful Companion Animal Training with Debby Potts from Oregon. The participants had their first Client Mornings, so thanks to the many of you who joined us with your dogs. We always learn from each new dog we meet! We also certified a new Practitioner from Durban, Belinda Schutte. If you’re in Natal, you can find Belinda’s details on the Practitioner page of our website. Congratulations Belinda!

If you didn’t book soon enough to get into one of the mornings, book now for September 27th or 28th!

For those of you from out of town that have been waiting for a weekend workshop, I’ll be doing a 3-day workshop on the long weekend of June 14-16. It’s a great opportunity to have 3 whole days to absorb the work and work on your skills.

The TTEAM (TTouch) office in the USA has a great Newsletter that is now available on line! Purchase, for $20.00, a one-year subscription to the online editions of the TTEAM Connections Newsletter! This purchase automatically makes you an active member of the TTouch Forum. Note! Newsletter download and Forum account access information will be emailed to you within three business days. To access this great Newsletter go to http://www.ttouch.com/productsSpecials.shtml#forum

Do have a look at May’s Woman & Home magazine. There is a great picture and article about Sue White, one of our Companion Animal Practitioners.

Warmest Regards,

Eugenie Chopin

Certified Practitioner III for Companion Animals


Lead - A strap, which attaches to your collar, enabling you to lead your person where you want him/her to go.

TTACT IV will start early in 2010

If you are interested in this program and want to get started, we recommend a weekend workshop or weekly class. This will give you a taste of the work to see how it can affect your own pets. Check out the 3 day training June 14-16 under Dog Workshops.

TTACT III, session 4 – September 24-29, 2008 with Edie Jane Eaton (limited to TTACT III students)

TTACT III, session 5 – March 26 – 31, 2009 with Linda Tellington-Jones (limited to TTACT III students)

Dog Bed - any soft, clean surface, such as the white bedspread in the guest room or the newly upholstered couch in the living room.  
3.   CLIENT MORNINGS – SEPTEMBER 27 & 28, 2008

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,
Sept. 27th 10:00 a.m. until about 12:30 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 28th 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 Edie Jane Eaton

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.

Dog Drool - Is what you do when your persons have food and you don't. To do this properly you must sit as close as you can and look sad and let the drool fall to the floor, or better yet, on their laps.  

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.






Little Chelsea
One Day Intro to  
with Lindy Dekker

July 11


Michelle Myles
084 581 9982

Little Chelsea
 Two Day Intro to      
   with Lindy Dekker

July 12 & 13


Michelle Myles
084 581 9982

Donnybrook Stables, Kyalami, Johannesburg
TTEAM Workshop

5 Days
with Edie Jane Eaton

1st – 5th


Lindy Dekker equibalance@iafrica.com

083 616 0577

Sniffing - A social custom to use when you greet other dogs. Place your nose as close as you can to the other dog's rear end and inhale deeply, repeat several times, or until your person makes you stop.  






Sandown, Johannesburg

6 Week Class – Saturday mornings with Eugenie Chopin

July 26 to Aug. 30 9:30 to 12:30


Eugenie Chopin echopin@icon.co.za  
011 884 3156

Sandown, Johannesburg

 DOG Workshop
3 Days with
Eugenie Chopin

June 14-16             
9:30 to 4 p.m.


Eugenie Chopin echopin@icon.co.za  
011 884 3156  

Sandown, Johannesburg

DOG Workshop
2 Days with
ugenie Chopin

As above, but only the first 2 days June 14 & 15


Eugenie Chopin echopin@icon.co.za  
011 884 3156  

Garbage Can - A container, which your neighbours put out once a week to test your ingenuity. You must stand on your hind legs and try to push the lid off with your nose. If you do it right you are rewarded with margarine wrappers to shred, beef bones to consume and mouldy crusts of bread.  

(Section for Dr. L. Moore’s Book, When Your Rabbit Needs Special Care
By Marnie Black, Certified Tellington TTouch Practitioner)

Tellington TTouch is a wonderful method to use on rabbits who are frightened, grieving, or who just need more bonding time with their owners. 

Tellington TTouch is a gentle method used to quiet and convey body awareness to an animal.  Special touches and wraps direct the animal’s body to relax, deepen respiration, and slow the heart rate.  In a calmer frame of mind, the animal is better able to cope with frightening situations.  The animal’s confidence increases and decisions that are superior to fight, flight or freeze reactions are more likely to occur.

As prey animals, rabbits are sensitive to everything that goes on around them - environmental changes, loud sounds, predators (even the family dog) and anything that is moving above them.  They must always be prepared to run or fight. The rabbit’s body is constantly at the ready with flooding adrenalin, tensed muscles, high respiration, and quick action.

Helping an extremely shy or frightened rabbit

TTouch does wonders for the shy and frightened rabbit.  To begin work with a shy rabbit, allow him to stay in his place of safety.  Removing him will only increase his fear.  Cover a wooden dowel with an ace bandage or other soft material.  Slowly and with respect stroke the rabbit in a circle and one quarter touch wherever he will allow you to touch him.  Never stroke hard, just enough to move the skin below his haircoat.  Never do a touch twice in the same location.  After using this touch for however long it takes – sometimes minutes, sometimes hours - the rabbit’s body will begin to relax.  The more relaxed and confident you are the sooner his body will relax.  If he begins to move toward you, you are on your way to touching him with your hands. 

When the rabbit is ready to accept touching with your hands, you will be doing a touch called the Clouded Leopard.  This touch requires that YOU are relaxed and balanced.  Place your relaxed hand on the rabbit, hold your thumb gently in one spot and use the other four fingers to make a circle and a quarter.  Pretend you are moving your fingers on the face of a clock starting at six on the clock.  Do a full circle and then at ¼ more ending at eight or nine on the clock.  TTouch requires you to move only the skin below the haircoat.  Do not go deeper than the skin into the muscle. 

Another way to help a shy rabbit is to use an Abalone touch.  Gently place a towel over him so that he feels secure.  Keeping the towel on him, place your hand gently over a round part of his body, such as his back or hip.  Move your whole hand in a gentle circle and a quarter, just enough to move the skin below the hair coat.  Each time you’ve done a circle and a quarter, gently lift your hand off and go to another location.  Be sure to be balanced and breathing deeply while you work with your rabbit.

Rabbits show friendship by pressing lightly down on the nose of another rabbit.  You can show respectful friendship by doing the same with your hand.  Take the opportunity to do a small Clouded Leopard touch on the rabbit’s nose to show him you really care about him.

TTouch for Rabbits Grieving the Loss of a Mate

Rabbits will stay with a mate their whole lives if they are lucky enough to have one.  Their loving attachment is very evident when they lay quietly side-by-side, touch noses, groom each other, and even seem to talk directly to one another.  Only those who have observed a peaceful bonded pair of rabbits understand how deep this attachment really is.

Sadly, when one of a bonded pair dies, the other is left alone still loving and wanting his mate.  Grief in rabbits is a major event, perilous to his health, and requiring extra support from the owner.  A grieving rabbit will sometimes stop eating his regular food and hay and will quickly become dehydrated and thin.  Opportunist bacteria can take over the rabbit’s system or a blockage can form.  It is important to understand that a grieving rabbit needs immediate physical and emotional support.  If it is at all possible, allow the rabbit to see that his mate has died.  Viewing the body and understanding that his mate did not just disappear can help the living rabbit resolve his grief.

To help your rabbit through this difficult time, TTouch and some commonsense remedies will help.  First, be sure to keep all of your rabbit’s routines the same.  Any changes can upset his fragile system.  Give your rabbit more of your time, such as sitting with him while you read or watch TV.  Immediately begin using the Abalone touch: find your balance, breathe deeply, and move your hand in a circle and a quarter.  Do this over and over, always in a new location.  Vary the touch by doing small Abalone touches of the head and over the hind legs. 

Stroking the rabbits face between his mouth and his ear can give him an emotional boost.  This area represents the animal’s limbic system, the seat of emotion.  Place the rabbit on a table or on your lap; use one hand to hold him steady and one hand to gently stroke his face from his nose to his ear.  Be sure to brush in the direction of his whiskers.  Then switch hands.  Doing this for a few minutes will help.

If your rabbit is not eating, a Belly Lift can improve his digestion.  This must be done very gently.  Fold a dishtowel into a wide flat band.  Put the towel under the rabbit’s stomach and hold the ends above his back.  Take a slow deep breath in and at the same time GENTLY lift his stomach with the towel to a count of five.  Do not lift him off his feet.  Hold for a count of five and slowly lower the towel as you breathe out to a count of five.  It is essential that you not just drop the towel, but release it slowly so the rabbit feels secure throughout the whole process.  Do the Belly Lift two or three times in a row.

Use Tellington TTouch on your rabbit at any time.  It is a great method to help you and your rabbit get to know each other better and trust one another.  Use if for just a few minutes a day and both you and your rabbit will come to a deep and loving attachment.

Bicycles - Two-wheeled exercise machines, invented for dogs to control body fat. To get maximum aerobic benefit, you must hide behind a bush and dash out, bark loudly and run alongside for a few yards; the person then swerves and falls into the bushes, and you prance away.  
  1. Reward with tasty treats
  2. Reward while your dog is in the correct position
  3. Reward immediately (no fishing in pockets)
  4. Train before dinner
  5. Training comes before playtime
  6. End the session with your dog wanting more
  7. Be consistent
  8. Motivate—use your happy voice
  9. Be patient—it won’t happen overnight
  10. Be a fun person to be around

Deafness - This is a malady which affects dogs when their person want them in and they want to stay out. Symptoms include staring blankly at the person, then running in the opposite direction, or lying down...  

This class will include 4 x three hour “Learning Theory” 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!

DATES:        Without dogs: Wednesdays: July 23, 30, Aug. 6 & 13                 18:00 – 21:00
                      With dogs:      Saturdays:  July 26, Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30             9:30 – 11:30
Sandown– Johannesburg
BOOK:         Eugenie Chopin at eugenie@ttouch.co.za  or phone 011 884 3156 for more info.
COST:          Full Class: R1300: 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: R650: this includes evening lectures, a book, File with notes & clicker

If you have been wondering what the fuss is all about, Clicker Training is basically about re-enforcing Behaviour that you want. It works on the principles of giving reward for correct behaviour rather than using corrections and aversives for unwanted behaviour. As a result, you can establish true respect from your dog without fear. It’s fun to do, the dogs love it and therefore gain in confidence and you can finally understand why they do the things they do and how your Behaviour and actions influence them daily!

NOTE: An aversive is anything the dog doesn’t like! So if you yell at your dog and it likes the attention, it might actually be a reward!

This class is designed to teach those who want to truly understand the concepts of Operant Conditioning, how animals learn, how to get through the barriers that stop the learning process and how to move forward in small enough steps to be successful in anything that you want to teach. If you are a Trainer, are interested in being a Trainer, or just are a dog owner who wants to understand more, then this might be the class for you!

Thunder - This is a signal that the world is coming to an end. Humans remain amazingly calm during thunderstorms, so it is necessary to warn them of the danger by trembling uncontrollably, panting, rolling your eyes wildly, and following at their heels.  

When you first get your puppy you are filled with enthusiasm to do what is right for your bundle of fur, and after a few days become aware that puppy needs to be trained. You make enquiries about Puppy Schools in your area and sign up for a course. You are told in class how important it is to socialize your puppy, and important it is.

Puppies have a sensitive period for socialization between the ages of 3 and 16 weeks. This means that pleasant exposure to people of all kinds, other dogs and other animals during this time will have long-lasting influences on the sociability of your dog. Well-socialized dogs tend to be friendlier and less fearful of the kinds of individuals they were socialized to. You are building a library of experiences for the puppy to store in his/her brain for future reference. These experiences are referred to when the puppy gets into a situation that is frightening or unusual, helping him to overcome the fear.  

The problem is that more often than not, this is where the training ends. We think we have done all that is necessary and now we need to move onto other more important things in our lives!  Don’t underestimate how important it is to continue to socialize your dog well into adulthood. Here at the school we have seen quite a few dogs that seem to have been well socialized early in life, were friendly and accepting of people and other dogs and then began to react with threats or aggression during social encounters both with other dogs and humans. These dogs have had no traumatic or frightening experiences but became fearful and/or aggressive later, usually beginning around 8 months to 2 years of age. The only change in their lives was in the infrequency of their social contacts and experiences.

In her book "The Other End of the Leash" applied animal behaviourist Dr. Patricia McConnell talks about "juvenile-onset shyness", a period in adolescence when dogs become more cautious and perhaps aggressive towards people and animals who are unfamiliar to them. This could be due to a lack of experiences in adolescence or early adulthood. One way to prevent it would be to maintain the social relationships your dog has built and to expand on the foundation that has been built during their critical socialization period.  Do some agility classes or working dog trials. Take your dog out to meet other people, go to dog friendly parks, go out to breakfast or lunch with your dogs, take your dogs on holiday. Give them good experiences with people, have your guests toss your dog a treat when they arrive.

Please remember that your work isn’t done once you’ve got your certificate from Puppy School. Dogs need continued exposure to everyday occurrences throughout their lives to ensure appropriate social skills.

Wastebasket - This is a dog toy filled with paper, envelopes, and old candy wrapper. When you get bored, turn over the basket and strew the papers all over the house until your person comes home.  

All classes below are given by TTouch Practitioners or Practitioners in Training and incorporate TTouch in the Handling of puppies.

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

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

    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


Niki is a Guild Certified TTouch Practitioner 2 for Companion Animals. She runs Puppy Classes & Socialization/Basic Obedience/Clicker Classes for  Dogs & Cats , Kitten Habituation Classes
Contact Details: e-mail : niki.elliott@wol.co.za  website:

Cell: Niki on 082 451 0433 & Maxine on 082 575 1448

Sofa - Are to dogs like napkins are to people. After eating it is polite to run up and down the front of the sofa and wipe your whiskers clean.  

If you didn’t make the Seminar with Ray Coppinger, what a pity! It was thought provoking, to say the least.

As I was getting a new puppy 3 days later, I was especially interested in what he had to say about a dog’s development and how the environment can cause Hip Dysplasia. Now we’ve all been taught that HD is a result of genetics. It’s why I went to great trouble to find parents that were HD free. With Ray Coppinger we learned that “HD is genetic in response to environment”. Or said another way: “HD is the reaction of bones to environment”. Old studies that said that HD was heritable have been dropped when it was found that genes were reacting to environment.

To put it slightly differently – here is how our more scientifically minded Practitioner Lindy Dekker puts it:

With Ray Coppinger we learned that HD is largely a response to the environment. Obviously the more the genetics predispose towards HD the more likely they are to get it - but he emphasised that the environment plays an enormous role in many (previously thought) “inherited conditions”. For the scientifically minded: “Biologists used to say that phenotype (physical characteristics) = genotype (genes) + environment – now they say phenotype = genotype * environment”

So what does that mean to me as a dog owner – and especially a new puppy owner?

That if I have a dog with HD free parents, I have a better chance that the genes are good, but if I raise my puppy in an environment that puts too much pressure on the bones, I still might end up with HD.

The culprits seem to be:
* Over rich food – “Over Nutrition is Malnutrition” was the quote he used.

* Excess protein makes the bones grow either too fast or not equally. So it might be that one of the leg bones grows faster than another and that puts pressure somewhere else & Voila the hip socket doesn’t fit. (Please understand that these are my layman’s words – Ray actually gave specifics!)

I did try to get him to commit to what he recommended but the most I could get from him was “pig feed was good!” I did find out that he actually used to feed the University Cafeteria’s leftovers to his sled dogs until they started over cooking the food.

I suppose what I’m saying is that dog food is a tricky subject and there are many opinions. I find myself feeding mostly a good commercial puppy food, but mixed with a bit of the Adult food that has a lower Protein content. I will also add some fruit and vegetables as we go along as too much too soon might end up in a runny tummy. So please don’t ask me questions about food as I’m not an expert, but we’re always open to ideas from our readers!

*  Surfaces that make puppies slip and slide: I know I wanted my new puppy to be contained in a hall without rugs so that he couldn’t make a mess that couldn’t be cleaned up. Now I am using the rubber mats that I used for my old dog, Danilo so that if Harley plays there he doesn’t go “spread eagle” too many times. I found myself picking him up to go up and down the stairs for the first couple of weeks. (We live upstairs, so he had to use them to go out) Then he started coming up the stairs a bit on his own, but I still wanted to carry him down. Now he’s doing both, but I try to keep him slow and mindful. 

I find that even on a carpet, he slides when in a Sit position. So you can imagine how important it is to teach puppies from the very beginning NOT TO JUMP. Not only from a Behavioural point of view, but also for his good health later in life. For those of you who haven’t heard it before: Teach your Puppy to behave from the first day home the way you want him to behave when he’s 40 Kilos and not 4!

Lean - Every good dogs's response to the command "sit!", especially if your person is dressed for an evening out. Incredibly effective before black-tie events.  


I have to tell you that I went to see the litter of Goldens 3 times before I received the puppy. The first 2 times, it was like a sea of yellow fur! And 7 of the 10 were boys! How to choose? I asked the Breeder if it would be possible for me to take each puppy away from the others and interact with him for a few minutes alone and fortunately for me, she agreed. By this time the puppies finally had coloured collars on so I could make notes of which ones I liked or had characteristics that I liked or didn’t like, etc.

So off I went with puppy #1 – with each puppy I spent a bit of time holding it and seeing if with a bit of Touch work he would settle. Then I’d put the puppy on the floor and just see what he did: freeze, sit, move, wander around, come back to me, etc. – then I’d call and see the response. I also dropped something on the floor to see if the puppy reacted and if so, how fast the recovery response was. I then used the clicker and treats to ascertain if the pup was interested, could follow a lure and if he would come back for more.

Now please understand that I did all of this knowing that I do NOT know how to do proper puppy testing. However I do know dogs and I got a good idea of the dogs that I thought wouldn’t be suitable as well as the couple that I found interesting. I also knew that Shannon McKay was going to do proper Puppy Testing 4 days later, so I wasn’t stressed about having to make a choice.

The interesting thing is that Harley was the 7th and last puppy I tested and I found him intriguing. He was very happy to lie with me, interested in looking around, but when I called him, he was the only puppy who actually “bounded” back towards me. He also took to the luring and clicker quite quickly and maintained his interested for a while. He was also the only puppy that I asked the breeder for more info on.

And guess what? Shannon recommended this puppy for what I wanted! So I was and am now (after a few weeks) even surer that I got exactly the right pup. I wanted a dog that was well balanced. I.e. interested in working, but not over exuberant and one that would make a good pet. One that could handle Shanti’s bullying yet would listen.

I really recommend puppy testing if at all possible. Many breeders just see which pup and person seem to go together and that’s fine for most people, but if you want to know how likely a dog is going to be responsive to training, have drive and get a better idea of personality, then you have a much better chance of getting the dog you want with puppy testing. After all, you’re going to spend the next 12-15 years with this dog and accessing the right pup just makes good sense to me.

Harley has been with us for 3 weeks now and what a delight! He is everything I wanted and more. While there is debate out there about how accurate puppy testing can or can’t be, I personally would rather make an educated choice about a puppy based on some basic observations rather than just an emotional response. Hopefully the 2 meld together in the choice of which Puppy to take home!

Next month: Harley’s first month at home.

Bath - This is a process by which the humans drench the floor, walls and themselves. You can help by shaking vigorously and frequently.  
Belly Lifts and Ear Work help to save a Horse

Hi Lindy, (To Practitioner Lindy Dekker)

Looking back I once again realize two sayings are still true - one is never too old to learn, and a positive attitude makes the difference.

I am not in the least sarcastic when I say it was a bit of luck that neither you nor Helen answered your phones when I called you on Monday, lucky for you because you could enjoy your respective Easter weekends and lucky for me because it made me stop and think and realize I can do it myself, without help.

What happened was that my horse got horse sickness last Monday the 17th but we pulled him through. One of the ’side effects’ of horse sickness is colic as you may well know, and on Monday the 24th it hit him with a vengeance. I had him out of his stable for a little walk around my garden while we cleaned his stable. It was such a nice day and he had stable edema ( Is it the right word?) so I left him out until lunch, checking him every so often. As I approached him I noticed that he was lying on his side but still trying to eat from that position - he was in a shady spot in a clump of tallish grass. I took him to his stable myself for his very small lunch which he refused to eat. I was dumbfounded until all of a sudden he started pawing the ground and seemed colicky.

I took his pulse and temperature, checked his colour and called my vet who advised me to inject some Phenylbutazone and Buscopan, which I always keep at the ready for emergencies. The vet was at another emergency way out at the Vaaldam but hurried back.

During the few minutes it took to make the call Thumper has gone from bad to worse, he was lying down and grunting with every breath. I gave the shots intramuscularly since I have little confidence with intravenous, and my hands were shaking anyway. I knew that I had to do emergency TTouch to help relieve his pain and shock but was in a little bit of shock myself, it was happening too fast, and those grunts! I needed some guidance on what exactly to do, my mind was reeling.

I first called Helen and then you but neither were available, I was on my own, which is where the bit of luck comes into play - I realized that it was all up to me and if I don’t do the right thing very quickly I could very well loose my most favourite old TB.

I walked around the corner, took a few breaths, said a prayer and tried to collect myself, then I marched right up to Thumper and told him that he was going to be all right, I will help him.

I then started ear work on him, shutting my mind to everything else, especially his pitiful grunting, focusing on technique. By the time I have done both ears twice the grunting has stopped and he got to his feet. I called Heinrich over. Together we did belly lifts until the vet arrived. He gave some more injections and explained that the nature of colic with a viral disease like horse sickness is different from regular colic, and that it is treated differently.

Thumper improved so much that I went inside to see to dinner, checking on him every half an hour or so. By half past eight the pawing returned. I will not bore you with the details but I can tell you this - when one is busy a night doesn’t have as many minutes, and was I busy! I led him slowly around when he was trying to roll and did ear work and belly lifts whenever he was reasonably quiet. He soon learned what the towel meant and seemed to welcome it, only looking back towards his tummy when the cramps got real bad - I could hear loud rumblings from his intestines at such times.

He settled down by four in the morning but I stayed with him until half past five when I went to my wake up my son with a kiss since it was his 21st birthday. I promised Dirk that I will not let Thumper die on his birthday. Although it was my personal riding horse, he was in use at the riding school, many kids learned basic riding on his back. All my children took turns taking him on outrides; we all did some show jumping with him since he is such a patient teacher. He was a favorite of many kids.

The vet came and gave him a drip, some more injections and instructions to leave him be until the afternoon. Thumper refused to eat when I took him the apples the vet advised but nibbled on a carrot though.

That evening we had guests for my son’s birthday but I ran down to the stables whenever I could, feeding Thumper one carrot at a time. By ten o’clock the guests started leaving and I left my husband and sons to see them off. I fed Thumper a bunch of carrots while TTouching him all over and repeating the ear work and some belly lifts.

I was at that stage, to say the least, exhausted, and went to bed since he did not seem to be in any pain.

At five on Wednesday morning I took him some carrots covered in molasses. I returned at half past six and sms’d the vet, very excited about the loose stool! I never thought I would be so happy to see such a smelly mess. He had also nibbled at his teff and I hastily gave him more carrots, apples and lucern covered in molasses. This I kept on doing all day.

I am very happy now to be able to tell you that it is late Wednesday afternoon and he is eating and drinking, almost back to normal.

The moral of the story is as I said in the beginning - I learned that I can be of great help to my horse, and that Ttouch literally made the difference between life and death for Thumper. All because you didn’t answer your phone!

I hope you can keep up your good work for a long time to come.

Thanks again,


Client Mornings relax dogs that have been traumatized by Break-Ins.

Dear Eugenie,

It was delightful to experience the client day at TTouch. It’s late now, after 10:30 pm, but my two previously traumatized Welsh Terriers went to their own beds on their own volition.  Both are in body wraps; both had mouth work and ear work and clouded leopard before bedtime.

The little puppy, Taffy went to her own bed first, not to mine or to her mother’s -- a miracle!  Suzu , Taffy’s mother, sat with me for a time, then went off to her bed. I wrapped them both in their doggie blankets, and they are fast asleep.  I am very grateful.

Although behavioural work that I have done addressed many of the issues, the TTouch in conjunction gave great rewards to my dogs, emotionally and psychologically. I will definitely recommend TTouch to clients who will benefit.

Please let the student practioners who worked with me know that their efforts have been successful.

Thank you for hosting a wonderful and enlightening day for me and my dogs.

Although I work mostly out of town, in and around Hartbeespoort, should any of your students need practice cases or case studies I am happy to refer.

As I sign off, the jackals are howling and calling each other, but my dogs remain asleep.

Kind regards,

Jenna Holst

Bump - The best way to get your human's attention when they are drinking a fresh cup of coffee or tea.  

a.   Book of the Month: 101 Dog Tricks by Kyra Sundance and Chalcy

Step-by Step Activities to Engage, Challenge, and Bond with Your Dog.
This is one of the best books I’ve bought in years! For those of you who want to have fun with your dogs and teach them lots of trick and activities, this is the book for you! It’s full of colour photos for each step of the exercise and has a box for “Troubleshooting” and extra “Tips” for this particular behaviour.

Trick training is a great way to bond with you dog, help him integrate into your family and keep him mentally and physically challenged. This book includes:

·  A wide range of tricks for every dog and skill level: beg, bow, say your prayers, find the remote and more!

·  Step-by-Step Instructions to guide the trainer: troubleshooting tips to solve problems; and “build-on” ideas that encourage taking a mastered skill to the next level.

·  Complex  Tricks are Broken Down into smaller, easer-t-learn skills, with a brief overview of how the trick works and what to expect.

BOOK AVAILABLE from the TTouch office at R285

Call 011 884-3156 or email info@ttouch.co.za


b:  Website of the Month: http://www.corelight.org/elephants/prayerelephants.html

A Prayer for the Elephants – for those who have a more spiritual connections with this species.

Please visit the web page to read more about how you can help the world’s elephants at this critical time in their lives.

Each and every one of us CAN make a very real difference through our thoughts and intentions.

Please take a moment of your time to read about the plight the elephants are facing in current times (when culling is on the brink of being passed into law again in South Africa). At this dedicated website you will find interesting resources and links to further information, be able to peruse stories, articles and photographs, and add your voice to the network of support for these gentle giants. This is a growing website, and we welcome submissions of relevant articles, resources and uplifting stories from you also.

c: Interesting Links

à http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=He7Ge7Sogrk THIS IS TRULY AMAZING!

A must for elephant lovers…..

“I am so delighted to send this email to you all because I know you will be as amazed as I was/am. It is truly breathtaking and opens new vistas for people’s understanding of animal intelligence. Since I know many of you are elephant lovers and since we are all going to feel so much pain when the elephant culling begins, if it begins, I am asking you all to send out this short Utube video out to anyone and everyone you know who might be interested. And if you are in South Africa, please try and get it into the hands of people who might be able to get it to the minister, I forget his name, who makes the rules about culling elephants. Everyone should understand the full implications of what they are doing before they start.” From Leslie Temple Thurston

à http://it.youtube.com/watch?v=QsUcD1Ebfzw with Turid Rugaas on why dogs pull! A trailer of her new DVD.

à http://www.idodogtricks.com/index_flash.html if you want to experience success teaching your dog!

d: House and/or Cottage to Let in Bryanston.

Newly renovated House consists of, Entrance Hall, 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms main en suite. Fourth bedroom potential teenagers pad/granny flat with separate entrance. Guest loo, Lounge, Dining room TV Room & Bar, Covered Patio, Kitchen and Scullery and Pantry, Laundry, Swimming Pool, 3 Garages. All set in a well-established garden.

In addition to main house a separate self-contained cottage, fully equipped and furnished with DSTV. The cottage consists of a large main bedroom ‘cum lounge area, small second bedroom, walk in cupboard, kitchenette, shower room and toilet. Set apart from the main house and secluded.

Please contact Niki on 082 451 0433/011 706 2320 or John on 082 451 5540

Excellent Security, armed response and electric fence

Goosebump - A manoeuvre to use as a last resort when the Regular Bump doesn't get the attention you require.....especially effective when combined with The Sniff. See above  
16.   EVENTS

a:  If you see anyone selling puppies on the streets – please take note! Worth putting the number in your cell phones perhaps – 011 444 7730. The SPCA wants to prosecute

b: Missing Dog: Buster – lab/Doberman (black & Brown) Sorry for this bulk mail, but I wanted everyone to know that BUSTER is still MISSING. He was spotted a few days ago in Norwood, but as usual, by the time we got there he was nowhere to be found. He no longer has his collar on and is skin and bone, so we need someone to take him to one of the vets, as they all know he is still missing. As a last resort we have placed ads in 3 local papers with a picture of him, hoping that someone will find him and call us. We are still putting posters up and hope for a miracle.
Contact: Susi 083 453 1496

Love - Is a feeling of intense affection, given freely and without restriction. The best way you can show your love is to wag your tail. If you're lucky, a human will love you in return.  

Hi, my name is Speckles, and I am looking for a new home.I am a house dog (sleep indoors) and am 5 years old now, I am gentle and extremely loving. I need a nice yard with space to run, and a nice comfy pillow to rest on. And LOTS of LOVE. Contact: Ian Henderson 079 878 6086 – Centurian (Speckles is a Dalmatian)


My name is Storm, I’m one years old German Shepard. I’m from the guide dog association, so I’m well trained. I’m very friendly and love being around people. Unfortunate my family can’t keep me so I’m looking for a new home and family who will love me to bits and take me for walks every now and then. Oh And of course play fetch with me.
PLEASE HELP! Nicola 072 262 9003


Small cross-breed
My name is Pumpkin and I’m the cutest darn dog! I’m 1.5 years old, house trained and really friendly and great with kids. My owners are moving overseas and I need a new home. All my injections are up to date. I enjoy basking in the sun, eating bacon strips and dancing for my dinner. I’ve got 2 months before I start swimming for Scotland. Please call Alisha on 082 824 1481 if you have a loving home with a garden. 


Pilot is a Husky X Alsatian
Pluto is a Great Dane X Labrador and he is neutered. Don’t be put off by the sounds of "Great Dane", Pluto has the shape of one but has the size of a Labrador. Both are Male and are very well natured, and are very loving animals. They are just over 2 years old and have been together since they were a couple of months old. For this reason we would appeal to people that these two aren’t separated as they are very attached to one another. Owner emigrating. Contact: Byron Smith   bgsmith@stannes.co.za


Cat  This lovely little girl is 2 years old, she has been spayed and all her inoculations are up to date, she is currently living in Pretoria but her owner is prepared to pay for her flight to Cape Town should we find her a home. I desperately want to find a loving home for this girl ASAP. She is a very affectionate girl and loves attention, she will be fine in a home with another cat but will stress in a multi cat household, she has never lived with dogs but her owner says she should be ok with a small friendly dog.

The correct home will not be on a busy road and will also be prepared to keep her on her HILLS veterinary diet.  If anybody is able to help this little girl please give me, Mandy Hawkins, a call urgently on 083 2694304 or email me on mandy@isretail.co.za


Swiss Shepard

I had a desperate call from a friend of a friend this morning who has a 16 month white Swiss Shepherd. She has had him (not neutered) from a pup and he has just grown too big for their property. They are not allowed to walk him off lead so he gets taken out at night for a run when everyone is asleep. He is apparently very good with people and kids and had puppy training but that where it has ended. He has shown no aggression to other dogs. Contact Erica at soundhire@mweb.co.za


On the 23rd of April this lovely cat pitched up on our property(Capital Park, Pretoria). We have done everything to find it’s owner but have had no success up to now. Unfortunately we cannot keep him for much longer because his presence is upsetting our own cats and dogs. We are therefore urgently looking for a good home for him. It is a young male aprox. 1 year old. Ginger with a white chest and front paws. He is extremely loveable and friendly, an absolute delight. We will have him neutered and dewormed. Please call Mignon at 082 933 9992 or Jacques at 083 533 3283

18.   OTHER

Eugenie Chopin, Certified TTouch Practitioner III for Companion Animal

PO Box 729, Strathavon 2031

Tel: 011 884-3156

Fax: 011 783 1515

Email: echopin@icon.co.za, Website: www.ttouch.co.za                 




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