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August to October 2011


(Print and read at your leisure – copyright - Eugenie Chopin

Unless otherwise stated)

www.ttouch.co.za - for more info on any subject!


1. Eugenie’s Letter

2. Practitioner Training - for Companion Animals –JHB & Cape Town!

3. Horse Workshops – JHB,

4. TTouch Workshops –TBA

5. TTouch Tips – What is TTouch?

6. Clicker Tips – What is Clicker Training?

7. Puppies – How to make a Puppy Pie

a. Puppy Socialization Classes in your area

8. Behaviour / Health

a. Behaviour: Preventing Behaviour Problems

b. Health: Easing Feline Stress and Anxiety During Vet Visits

9. Shanti & Friends Update: Summer has arrived

10. Your Letters

11. Odds and Ends

a. Book of the month – "All wrapped up" for both dogs and horses by Robyn Hood & Mandy Pretty

b. Website of the month: http://www.petmd.com

c. Interesting Links

12. Events

a. Eugenie November Soiree

b. Thinking Pets Christmas Shoe Box drive

c. Phantom of Opera Fundraising

d. Canine Connection Fundraising

e. PET Empowerment in The Townships

f. SAINTS Book & Gift Fair

g. NDDF fundraising event

13. Dogs or Cats Urgently Needing Homes / Lost animals

Note that things highlighted in yellow refer to Western Cape


Hello TTouch Friends,

My apologies for taking so long to get out a Newsletter to you! Time seems to have simply run away from me. In the meantime, so much has happened. We met many great new people at the World of Dogs and Cats and have had fabulous trainings during October.

As a result of those trainings, we have 3 upgraded TTEAM (horse) Practitioners to Level 1: From KZN – Tracy Moxey and Lynn Selby and from JHB, Elke Haas. This means that KZN now have people who can give 1 day workshops for horses, so if you‟ve been waiting for this, you can find them at www.ttouch.co.za on the Practitioner page.

We also now have our first ever "official" Practitioner-in-Training in the Eastern Cape. Lynn Scholtz is from Port Elizabeth and is now well on her way to being fully qualified. Other new PITs are Jeanne Basson from Stellenbosch and

Gautengers: Salome Maree, Michelle Sachs, (Instructor, Edie Jane Eaton), Dione Nelissen (Pretoria) and Elaine Botha.

Below is Lynn Scholtz on the left and Jeanne Basson on the right.

Lindy Dekker has also been upgraded to a Practitioner 2 for Companion Animals. With her Practitioner 3 qualification for horses, she is now the most overall qualified person in SA! I think next month we must do a profile on Lindy so you can get to know more about her.

Congratulations to all of you!

ATTENTION: There are so very many pets in need with the Upcoming Holiday Season, please go to the Events section at the bottom of this Newsletter to see how you can help one of the many great organizations that support or rehome animals.

Our first ever Western Cape Training for companion animals was a huge success. We had 22 participants and loved being at Practitioner, Claire Grobbelaar‟s new indoor training venue in Gordon‟s Bay. Canine Concepts is a great place indeed. We were also fortunate to have a great house on the mountain to live in, so I thought I‟d share our first sunset with you.

And yes we‟ll be back in Gordon‟s Bay next year. The training for Companion Animals starts March 30th, 2012 for those of you wanting to join us.

Some great news is that Instructor, Robyn Hood, sister of Linda Tellington Jones has put together a colourful book on Body Wraps. We have ordered plenty as we know they are going to be very popular indeed! Watch this space for a Christmas special coming up!

"All Wrapped Up" for dogs and "all Wrapped Up" for Horses

Warmest Regards,

Eugenie Chopin

Tellington TTouch Practitioner 3 for Companion Animals



At WODAC all the people that put their names down for the mailing list, were put into a draw to win a DVD or a book. The winners were: Kallie Rossouw (winner of the book) and Jenny van Niekerk (winner of the DVD). See the note we received from Jenny on the DVD in the "Your Letters" section.

Does your dog Own You:
See how many of these statements apply to you and your dog:
You believe every dog is a lap dog


March/April 2012

With Linda Tellington-Jones, creator of this amazing work

JHB: 18-23 April 2012

Cape Town: 30 March – 4 April 2012

This program is designed so that you can start at any time. We love mixing beginners with more experienced students. It seems to benefit everyone. We have also been inspired by the number of people interested in this program and don‟t want you to have to wait for 2 or 3 years to join us.

And YES, we are coming back to Cape Town! We had a super class in October 2011, so we‟ll be back at the end of March. The Venue belongs to one of our Practitioners, Claire Grobbelaar, who has opened a fabulous new indoor training facility in Gordon‟s Bay and has offered it to us as a Venue. You can find out more about Claire, Canine Concepts and the venue at www.canineconcepts.co.za. We are really looking forward to being back in that beautiful space, place and atmosphere.

The training runs over 3 years, with 2-week long sessions per year lasting between 6 days. You do NOT need to have any previous experience to join this training. However, you might like to join a 1 or 2 day workshop before then if you are keen to start. Having a basic knowledge can help you retain more of your first session, but again this is not necessary for you to be part of the TTACT IV class. If you are interested in a workshop, please go to our website at www.ttouch.co.za and have a look at the workshop page.

After the Introductory Session and between sessions, students are encouraged to assist at workshops for further experience and do case studies. The program comprises only 2 sessions a year in order to help students with their finances and the need to get time off work. The workshops are scheduled to include a weekend in order to make it as convenient as possible.

The Program is a comprehensive training of hands-on work with Companion Animals such as dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, etc.

DATE: JHB: 18-23 April 2012

OR CT: 30 March – 4 April 2012

VENUE: JHB: Broshacarm Kennels – Midrand

CT: Canine Concepts, Gordon‟s Bay

COST: +/- R4550.00

CONTACT: Eugenie on 011 884-3156 or email eugenie@ttouch.co.za

Advanced Training - open only to Practitioners of Tellington TTouch with Robyn Hood

Date: 15-17 Sept 2012

Cost: R2300

Venue: Brochacarm Kennels - JHB Contact: Eugenie on 011 884-3156 or email eugenie@ttouch.co.za

Does your dog Own You:
See how many of these statements apply to you and your dog:.
If you are cold, you put a sweater on your dog

HORSE WORKSHOPS: April 11-15, 2012 with Linda Tellington-Jones

Come and get a taste of this wonderful work to help your horse be the best he/she can be.

TTeam, a technique developed over the last 30 years, uses TTouch and non-habitual movement to help make the lives of our equine friends a little easier, and to enhance the relationship between horse and owner/rider.

The 5-day Horse Clinic can be used as one of the 4 Clinics necessary to become a Horse Practitioner. (For more information on How to Become A TTEAM Practitioner go to: www.ttouch.co.za. This clinic is suitable for both professionals & novices alike. This 5-day Clinic includes TTEAM philosophy, bodywork, ground exercises, riding and is also a good overall view of the Horse work.

Learning the TTEAM techniques will help each rider increase communication with their horse, identify and relieve areas of bodily soreness or discomfort, and help solve training blocks while enabling the horse to learn without fear.

A truly inspirational method for influencing behaviour, health and performance, including the following:

Increase your horse‟s willingness to learn and ability to perform

Identify and alleviate soreness without drugs

Train your horse safely, with confidence, even if you are inexperienced in handling horses

Overcome resistances without fear, pain or force

Enhance healing and speed recovery of injury related problems

Learn ground exercises to improve balance and develop coordination







Donnybrook Stables

5-day TTEAM workshop Linda Tellington- Jones

11-15 Apr 2012


Lindy Dekker on equibalance@iafrica.com or 083 616 0577 or Eugenie Chopin on 011 8843156

Midrand Donnybrook Stables

5-day TTEAM workshop with Robyn Hood

Starts 27 Sept 2012


Lindy Dekker on equibalance@iafrica.com or 083 616 0577 or Eugenie Chopin on 011 8843156

Does your dog Own You?
See how many of these statements apply to you and your dog:.
You have a picture of your dog in your wallet, but not one of your kids


DOGS/CATS - TBA in the New Year


EDITOR’S NOTE: As we have just added many new readers to our list this year and last, I thought it time to perhaps help you know exactly what ttouch is all about. Below is an overall view of the work and what it comprises.

What is Tellington TTouch?

The Tellington TTouch Method is a unique approach to animal training and care developed by internationally known author and teacher, Linda Tellington-Jones. The foundation of this method is a specific form of body work known as TTouch, which induces a state of relaxation and increased body awareness in animals and people alike. It is based on a philosophy of mutual respect and co-operation and serves as a unique system of nonverbal communication with animals.

Some of the Goals of TTouch

    • Influencing positive behavioural, health & training changes
    • Promoting well-being through reduction of stress (Mind/Body connection)
    • Deepening the relationship and fostering clear communication between people and animals
    • To positively influence the nervous system and cellular function of the body.

The Basic components of Ttouch – Overview –

  • Observations & Communication
  • Body Work, gentle and non-invasive
  • TTouch Tools & Equipment

o Bringing awareness to the animal

o Communicate and Influence with equipment

  • Groundwork: The TTouch Confidence Course
  • Philosophy – Respect each animal as an individual & honour their role as our teachers; encouraging cooperation and trust.

EDITOR’S NOTE: for the next few Newsletters, we will be looking in more detail at each Component!

Why Use TTouch?

Not as a replacement to veterinary care, but as complementary in many situations.

o For an older animal that is in pain (i.e. arthritis, hip dysplasia, etc.)

o Helps injuries and surgery to heal more quickly

It helps animals feel safer and therefore easier to approach.

o Improves behaviour or temperament

To improve your pet‟s confidence, balance, agility or performance

o For fear of thunderstorms & loud noises.

It influences behaviour in a positive way.

It can be taught to the animal‟s guardians to help improve bonding and well-being.

Aspects of TTouch

  • TTouch does not use force, fear or pain in handling, treating or managing animals. These factors block learning, create stress and favour panic related injuries.
  • TTouch helps to eliminate fear and pain, to reduce the need for forceful physical restraint and to lessen dependence on risky chemical restraint.

o When animals are overly anxious, they revert to the "Flight or Flight" instinct and learning cannot take place. As Dr. Pamela Reid once said, "The emotions have to be dealt with before you can teach behaviours"

o TTouch is brilliant at dealing with the emotional issues of animals

Kathy Cascade is a TTouch Instructor from Oklahoma. You can find more about her at http://www.sanedogtraining.com/

Does your dog Own You:
See how many of these statements apply to you and your dog:
You have your dog talk to your friends on the phone

The click is a marker signal

Clicker training is a science-based system for teaching behaviour with positive reinforcement. You use a marker signal (the sound of a toy clicker) to tell the animal (or person) when it’s doing the action that will pay off. The system was first widely used by dolphin trainers who needed a way to teach behaviour without using physical force.

No corrections or punishment required

In traditional training, you tell an animal or person what to do, make that behaviour happen (using force if necessary), reward good results, and punish mistakes. In clicker training, you watch for the behaviour you like, mark the instant it happens with a click, and pay off with a treat. The treat may be food, a pat, praise, or anything else the learner enjoys. If the learner makes a mistake, all you do is wait and let them try again.

Replacing the clicker with praise

Clicker trainers focus on building behaviour, not stopping behaviour. Instead of yelling at the dog for jumping up, you click it for sitting. Instead of kicking the horse to make it go, you click it for walking. Then, click by click, you "shape" longer sits, or more walking, until you have the final results you want. Once the behaviour is learned, you keep it going with praise and approval and save the clicker and treats for the next new thing you want to train.

It’s fun and exciting for pets and people

Dogs and other animals quickly learn that the marker signal means, "Something good is coming." Then they realize they can make you click by repeating their behaviour. They become enthusiastic partners in their own training. In people, clicking reduces the need for correction and is especially useful for training physical skills. Clicker training is exciting for animals and fun for us. And it’s easy to do. You might get results on the very first try.

Thanks to Karen Pryor and www.clickertraining.com - Go to this website for many more interesting articles.

Does your dog Own You?
See how many of these statements apply to you and your dog:
No matter how large your bed is, it is not large enough for you and your dog(s)

How to make a Puppy Pie

Take one puppy, roll and play until lightly pampered, then add the following ingredients:


1 cup Patience

1 cup Understanding

1 pinch Correction

1 cup Hard Work

2 cups Praise

and 1 & half cups Fun.

Blend Well

Heat with the warmth of your heart until puppy is raised or until puppy has doubled in size.

Mix with owner until consistency is such that the owner and puppy are one!

From www.callmefarms.com

Editor’s note: While this should bring a smile to your face, it‟s actually very true. If you want to have a puppy that makes everyone happy, dole out the ingrediants according to the above recipie and you‟ll have a better change of you pie not being a flop!

Puppy Socialization Classes:

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

  • Bedfordview/ Edenvale/Linksfield/Orange Grove: Puppy Starter Session -One private session with comprehensive booklet; Contact Scotty on 011 882 2418 (h); 082 928 0102 or scotty@scottysdogs.co.za
  • Brixton / Auckland Park: Puppy classes; contact Candi Moon: furbabies.sanctuary@gmail.com, 079 490 3233, www.furbabiestraining.co.za
  • Bryanston, Puppy 1&2, Classes Wednesday evening & Saturday afternoon. Private sessions on request. Niki Elliott 082 451 0433 or niki@thinkingpets.com
  • Cape Town, Bellville; Puppy Socialization Saturday afternoons, call Debbie on 083 992-8767 or email Debbie.conradie@telkomsa.net
  • Centurion: Puppy Socialising, Basic Obedience & Clicker Classes, 8-Week Course Weekdays and Weekends. Heather Whitfield 083 566 7009 or email heather4paws@gmail.com
  • Gordon’s Bay: Puppy Classes for pups under 4 months. On-going: new every 6 weeks. Claire Grobbelaar 021 856 5886 or 082 784 7524 Claire.g@mweb.co.za
  • Heidelberg: Jordaanpark, Every Sunday; contact Ilze van der Walt: zafira.ilze@webmail.co.za or 082 921 4448
  • Hermanus, Gordon’s Bay, Somerset West: Puppy l & ll. Tel 082 490 1650 and e-mail janina@krugerphotography.co.za
  • Lyndhurst, Gresswold, Bramley, Kew, Waverley Area: Puppy Socialising, 6 Week courses on Sundays. Nicky Lucka 083-408-1517 lucka@absamail.co.za
  •  Oaklands, JHB: Puppy Socializing Sundays 9 & 10 a.m. Tersia Kock 082 828 0505 tkock@telkomsa.net
  • Parkwood: Puppy Classes, 6 Week courses on Saturday afternoons R480 Tersia Kock 082 828 0505 tkock@telkomsa.net
  • Pretoria – Lynnwood Glen, Puppy classes for pups until 16 weeks and Basic obedience classes (using clicker training) for dogs 16 weeks and older. Contact Manuela 076 427 9166
  • Cape West Coast - Langebaan/ Vredenburg, Puppy 1 Classes Tuesday & Thursday evenings. Adult classes in Langebaan. Private sessions on request. Wendy Wilson – overthemoon@iafrica.com 0833361761.

Does your dog Own You?
See how many of these statements apply to you and your dog:
You have no reservations about kissing your dog on the lips, even when you know where his lips have been

Does your dog Own You?
See how many of these statements apply to you and your dog:
You spend more on clothes and food for your dog than you do for yourself

BEHAVIOUR: Preventing Behaviour Problems

Daniel Estep, Ph.D. and Suzanne Hetts, Ph.D.


Copyright ABA, Inc.

Behaviour problems are always easier to prevent than to resolve. If we knew specifically what factors predict that problems are likely to occur, we could do a better job at preventing them. There has been little research done in this area, and we don‟t have any clear cut connections such as exist between smoking and cancer for example, that would tell us a problem is likely to develop.

However, we can make use of experience and the little research that has been done to make pet owners aware of some red flags or early Behavioural warning signs that a problem could be in the making.

First, there are lifestyle changes we know put pets at risk for problems. Separation anxiety problems for example, are likely to occur after a move, after a dog has been boarded and returns home, or after a change in the family‟s schedule. For example, if one or more family members have been home for an extended time period due to illness, vacation, or job layoffs and then goes back to work full-time, the dog may be at risk for separation anxiety. In families with children, a risky time is when the child begins crawling. Once the child is more mobile, it is more difficult for the pet, especially dogs, to avoid the child. Defensive Behaviour can result.

Litterbox problems are the most common problem seen in cats, and one study identified differences between cats with problems and those without. Cats with litterbox problems were more likely to have a history of urinary tract problems, to have scented rather than unscented litter provided for them, and were less likely to cover their waste after eliminating.

While it can‟t be concluded from this information that there is a cause and effect relationship between these factors and elimination problems, there does some to be a correlation. Another study found that puppies that developed a serious illness were more likely to display dominance-type aggression, aggression towards and fear of strangers, fear of children and separation anxiety than healthy puppies.

Finally, pets will sometimes display Behaviours that owners either ignore or do not understand the significance of, which are „red flags‟ for problems to come. In our Behaviour consultations, we always ask owners if they can take their dog‟s food away.

Some people respond that they don‟t think it‟s right to take the food away, while others say their dog has growled at them, but they considered that to be normal.

While protecting food may be normal, it is never acceptable for a dog to growl when an owner attempts to take away food or water, or approach the dog when he is eating. In one recent case, the dog‟s growling escalated a few months later to a bite to the owner‟s arm. Early warning signs such as this should never be ignored, because they often progress into bigger problems.

If we knew more about what factors contribute to Behaviour problems, we could be more proactive in developing Behaviour wellness programs for pets. This approach could have the potential to save the lives of many animals who are surrendered to shelters because of problem that could have either been prevented or resolved.

Thanks to: Daniel Estep, Ph.D. and Suzanne Hetts, Ph.D.


Copyright ABA, Inc.

HEALTH: Easing Feline Stress and Anxiety During Vet Visits

With cat owners still reluctant to bring unenthusiastic kitties for routine vet visits, two groups have collaborated to develop a set of guidelines to help make trips to the vet less stressful.

The new guidelines created by experts in the field of feline medicine and Behaviour, have been endorsed by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).

The purpose of the guidelines is three-fold:

To alleviate the stress cats feel during vet visits

To alleviate the fear cat owners have of bringing their pet for a checkup

To make visits safer for veterinary staff

Per dvm360:

"Veterinarians can help create a better environment for cats at their practices by managing odors that could make cats unsettled, using synthetic feline facial pheromone analog diffusers or sprays, minimizing visual and auditory input and limiting access to resident cats at the clinic, if any, when patients exhibiting stress are brought into the hospital."

Another suggestion is to set up different times of day for dog and cat appointments, keeping most kitty visits to a time of day when the clinic is quietest.


dvm360 July 1, 2011

American Association of Feline Practitioners 2011 Feline Friendly Handling (PDF)

Dr Beckers Comments

A recent veterinary usage study sponsored by Bayer revealed 58 percent of people owned by cats say their pets hate going to the vet. Of course, this will come as no surprise to those of you who share your life with one or more feline companions.

Many of the kitty parents included in the study admitted they avoid veterinary visits for their cats because every aspect of the ordeal is stress-inducing -- from preparing to leave home, to the ride to the clinic, to the visit itself.

Since kitties are masterful at hiding signs of illness, it’s imperative cat owners understand the need for regular professional wellness exams. This is especially true for aging cats and those with chronic illness.

Understanding how to compassionately and respectfully handle a cat on a vet visit can go a long way toward reducing stress and delivering good health care. Unfortunately, feline stress can escalate to fear and/or fear-related aggressive Behaviour. When this happens, it can alter the results of a physical exam and lab tests and lead to a wrong diagnosis.

According to the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP), one of the developers of the new guidelines, "Understanding innate Behaviours and adapting environmental and handling recommendations to minimize stress is a major focus of these Guidelines."

Thinking like Your Kitty

The new suggested procedures, Feline-Friendly Handling Guidelines, point out certain innate cat Behaviours and how you can work with them to potentially make vet visits less stressful.

For example, hunting is a natural Behaviour, and it’s also a playful activity for kitties. It may be possible to engage and distract a cat during a vet visit with an interactive toy that appeals to her hunting instincts.

As anyone owned by a cat can attest, when Garfield is fearful or stressed, he hides out. Allowing him to feel hidden during vet visits by letting him remain in his carrier if possible, or providing a towel for him to burrow beneath, may help to reduce his stress level.

No matter how well socialized to handling a cat is, she can become fearful or aggressive in an instant if she senses human tension, if she’s handled roughly, or if there are sudden movements or loud noises happening around her. In short, your cat lacks the innate ability to tolerate unfamiliar surroundings, animals and humans.

She also very likely prefers to be touched on the head and neck rather than other parts of her body, so if you want to try calming her with petting, gently caress around her neck and head only. Using Ttouch techniques on her ears can be especially beneficial (www.ttouch.com).

Cats generally exhibit early signs of anxiety or fear before they become full blown reactions. It’s when these early signs appear that Fluffy needs to be distracted and soothed. These early warning signs can include:

Lowered, flattened ears; arched back; paws pulled close to the body; twitching tail

Narrowing of the eyes

Increased sweating from the paws

Distressed meowing, hissing, spitting or growling

Your feline isn’t wired to handle this inner turmoil as you might expect. He may try to bolt, he may fight back, or he may freeze. Lack of movement doesn’t mean your cat is relaxed. A cat ’frozen’ in place is exhibiting signs of anxiety or fear.

Suggestions for Cat Owners

Some of the suggestions Feline-Friendly Handling Guidelines offer cat owners include:

Perform „rehearsal visits‟ to the veterinary clinic to help get kitty accustomed to trips in the car and the clinic environment. This includes loading your cat into her carrier and traveling around the block in the car.

Do mock vet exams at home to familiarize your cat with human handling. Do things like handle your pet‟s paws, inspect her ears, clip her nails, open and inspect the inside of her mouth, move your hands over her legs and body, and comb or brush her coat. If you do these regularly (as part of your regular home examinations) your cat will be less stressed when it‟s the real thing at the vet‟s office.

Get your cat used to his carrier. If the only time your cat sees the carrier is for vet visits you can‟t blame him for panicking. Put your cat in his carrier with a few treats for 5 minutes a day for a week prior to the visit. Even consider feeding your cat in the crate, leaving the door open to encourage exploration on his own. Leave the carrier out for a week prior to the vet visit so your cat can inspect it.

The morning of the appointment find him well in advance of the time of your vet appointment and encourage him to enter the carrier on his own. Put an item with a familiar scent in the carrier, like his bedding or a toy he‟s fond of.

Consider administering homeopathy and Bach Flower Essences prior to the visit. There are several remedies including Bach Rescue Remedy and homeopathic Aconitum that can reduce anxiety and fear.

Stay cool. Keep in mind your kitty can sense your anxiety and stress, so remain calm. Stay positive and proceed at your cat‟s pace. Be aware of his response to what‟s happening, and use treats and other rewards to encourage desired Behaviour.

Talk with your holistic vet about specific homeopathic, herbal or nutraceutical remedies that might help address your kitty‟s stress level. Also consider other blended flower essences, such as Spirit Essences or OptiBalance Pet remedies.

Editor’s Note: Of course, we here at TTouch know that the bodywork we do with cats can hugely affect how they respond to going to the Vet. We’ve had numerous stories over the years of Vet’s asking clients "What did you do to your cat? Dog? – he’s so much calmer! Most people just smile and enjoy knowing that they have helped de-stress their animals with TTouch!

A Cat-Friendly Clinic Environment

Feline-Friendly Handling Guidelines offers some excellent suggestions for how your veterinarian can create a kitty-friendly experience during visits. These include:

Managing odors. Cats are macrosmatic, which means their sense of smell (which is highly sensitive) drives them to behave in certain ways. Certain scents, for example, air fresheners, disinfectants, and blood, can cause kitties to feel anxious or fearful.

Use of synthetic feline facial pheromone (FFP) analog diffusers and sprays throughout the clinic. Research shows these products have a calming effect on cats under stress, and can help reduce anxiety, fear and aggressive responses during vet visits.

Reduce what feline patients see and hear during visits. Keeping other people and pets out of a cat’s line of sight can alleviate feline anxiety. If the clinic is able to provide a separate entrance and waiting room for cats, even better. Noisy environments should be avoided, to include the speaking voices of clinic staff. If needed, tell the staff you will wait in your car until your appointment time to reduce anxiety

At my practice our policy is to only have one guest (patient) in the treatment area at one time: this means a feline patient will never see another cat or dog during his visit. If possible, ask your vet to clear out the treatment area prior to beginning procedures, such as blood draws or nail trims.

Vets in the practice who treat felines, as well as all clinic staff, should be knowledgeable about how to safely and effectively manage every type of kitty, from the most docile to the most aggressive

Very aggressive cats may be best managed by breathing in Sevoflurane gas to reduce anxiety (similar to ’laughing gas’ at the dentist for highly stressed people). If you aren’t comfortable with how your cat is treated or handled during vet visits, it’s up to you to advocate for your kitty with the vet and staff, or find another practice more attuned to the special needs of feline patients.

The least stressful way to make sure your cat is healthy without traveling at all is to consider calling a traveling vet with a mobile clinic to visit your home. Not every locale has the luxury of having a mobile veterinary service, but this is my favorite recommendation for highly stressed cats, if it’s available.

Dr. Becker is the resident proactive and integrative wellness veterinarian of HealthyPets.Mercola.com. You can learn holistic ways of preventing illness in your pets by subscribing to MercolaHealthyPets.com, an online resource for animal lovers. For more pet care tips, subscribe for FREE to Mercola Healthy Pet Newsletter

Does your dog Own You?
See how many of these statements apply to you and your dog:
You believe it is your duty to talk to, pat and even feed every dog in the neighbourhood. You know their names.

The dogs are enjoying the summer weather and of course Shanti swims every chance she gets! It‟s interesting to watch Harley these days with builder‟s on the property. (We‟re redoing the staff quarters) He has always been a bit loud in greeting people – even with me when I come home, so we‟re used to him barking in his exuberance. And he certainly will bark when workmen come in in the morning, but he really seems to get the difference between these people and someone who doesn‟t belong here. If you‟re observant, you can tell a lot from your dog‟s bark – louder? Longer? Different pitch? Added squeal? Continuous or how much time between barks?

If you‟re home for the holidays, try paying attention to your dog‟s bark and write down what you hear and what‟s happening at the time. You may find it really interesting! Let me know what you hear!! When Harley is really serious about an alert, the sound is almost continuous.

Shadow of course has started spending nights outside again with the warmth in the weather. We have a small crate for her outside so she has shelter and she is always waiting in the morning sun to be let in again first thing in the new day! Of course, when the thunder erupts, she comes running to be with us wherever we are!

Does your dog Own You?
See how many of these statements apply to you and your dog:
You let the neighbour dog sleep over


A big thank you to you and your team, we are very grateful for your help and support.

We are already seeing the benefits of your teaching. Siobhan seems less anxious about everyday things. Although she is still giving Rebus a hard time, the period of her assault is reducing and her recovery from her anxious outbursts is getting better.

Both Siobhan and Rebus are enjoying our touches and are a lot more relaxed generally. Siobhan is resisting being wrapped but we will persevere because we know it is worth it.

I have some lovely bruises and puncture marks to remind me of Siobhan’s little episodes but these I am sure will fade along with her behavioural problems.

We are so very pleased that you have managed to get us to this point.

Thanks again. Will keep you up to date on our progress as we go along.

Kindest regards

Lorna Arnott


Letter received from the DVD winner at WODAC

Hi Heleen,

Thank you so much for that lovely gift I received last month.

I really appreciate it and I also learn tremendous through the DVD.

I will forsure enjoy it and so will my four legs children too.


Jenny van Niekerk


Hi Eugenie

I would just like to thank you again for the wonderful morning we had on Saturday. Our instructor, Heleen was so friendly and helpful and both my husband and I learnt a lot about animal behaviour and how tiny little movements can get the desired effect. My beautiful Labrador, Milla also thoroughly enjoyed the outing.

On our early morning run on Monday, I already noticed a difference with her. Previously when we stopped and turned around to head back home, Milla would pull on the leash to carry on ahead and my husband would respond by pulling her in the opposite direction. This time we slowed down and turned her by stroking the leash and she responded immediately. The most wonderful aspect of all this is that it is so easy and natural, even my husband could see the benefit and result and is willing to try it - and he is one old dog who doesn’t like to be taught new tricks.

Best regards to everybody and please continue the wonderful work you are doing.

Vicky Swart


Dear Eugenie

Just a quick note and a photo attached of your student, to say thank you so much for a very informative and enjoyable morning with the TTouch students and practitioners.

Both Dione and Elaine were fabulous and clearly passionate about their new found career.

The lessons learnt are invaluable and I have no doubt will be of great assistance to me in the future. Thank again




Book of the Month: "All wrapped up for Dogs" & "All wrapped up for Horses" by Robyn Hood and Mandy Pretty

I‟m really excited that we finally have a book all about body wraps. Many of you have heard about them or used them and they seem to work for many different problems. It is only 1 aspect of the Tellington TTouch work, but certainly an important and interesting one.

All Wrapped Up: Improving function, performance & behaviour with Tellington TTouch Body Wraps

Everything you always wanted to know about Body Wraps for Pets


* The how and why

* How to put them on

* Various configurations

All Wrapped Up For Horses: Improving function, performance & behaviour with Tellington TTouch Body Wraps

Everything you always wanted to know about Body Wraps for Horses:

* Simple and easy to use

* Effective and non-invasive

* Improves coordination, balance, self-carriage and mental focus

Both books and wraps available at the TTouch office

Book price will be determined on arrival at the end of Nov. or early Dec. An estimate is around R190 per book.

Wrap Price between R60 and R90 each, depending on the width.

b. Website of the Month: http://www.petmd.com

This is a highly informative website which will give you info on any physical problem your pet may have. It includes all household pets. A must for those wanting to know more about their pet‟s health. I recently enjoyed an article on the 10 major reasons people give for their pets being aggressive in the Vet practice. If you have such an issue, you might want to read it!

c. Interesting Links: http://www.youtube.com/user/TellingtonTTouch videos on TTouch

http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2011/08/09/gus-the-bulldog-wants-to-keep-cool.aspx?e_cid=20110809_DNL_art_2 Video - Gus the bulldog wants to take the pool inside

http://www.petplace.com/cat-videos.aspx?id=973. Strange nap. Have you ever seen a cat taking a nap in this strange position?

www.youtube.com/spaghetti_night/. Dinner for two? Hilarious

http://www.petplace.com/cat-videos.aspx?id=974. Cat (Nero) steals a huge blanket

http://www.wimp.com/fawnrescued/. BabyFawn 911 rescue. On the Morning of May 18th 2011, my wife noticed a deer in our yard that appeared to be franticly looking for something in the rocks that form a wall on our property line in... Brush Prairie WA . When we first went out with our neighbours, we didn’t see anything, but the deer wouldn’t leave our yard. We went back to our house and watched, after a few minutes the deer came back. We went out to the area the deer was concentrating on and could hear a baby fawn crying in the rocks. We moved some of the rocks and smaller boulders and saw a baby fawn’s face among the rocks.

www.petplace.com/cat-slinky. This cat cracks me up. He really looks like he has a LOT of personality!

Does your dog Own You?
See how many of these statements apply to you and your dog:
You sit on the floor if the dog got in the chair first
12.   EVENTS

echopin@icon.co.zaor call 011 884 3156. Eugénie is having her bi-annual Musical Soiree at the end of November.

If you enjoy musical evenings, this is great value at R75 you get a welcome Sherry, a 2 hour concert, wine and snack both at interval and after the concert, where you can meet and greet the performers.

Venue is at the TTouch offices in Sandown, JHB. To book email Eugenie at

The concert starts at 5:30 on Sunday afternoon and is a perfect summer outing in our beautiful garden!

Christmas Shoe Box Drive

The ThinkingPets Christmas Shoe Box Drive was launched in 2010. The aim of the project is to collect the items that animal shelters and rescue organizations so desperately need, to help make Christmas special for all the dogs and cats in their care. Every year we choose different organizations across South Africa and Mozambique.

The Christmas Shoe Box Drive runs from September to end November every year. If you’d like to participate, all you need to do is get an old shoe box and fill it with items such as canned dog or cat food, cat toys, dog toys, kitty litter, dry dog or cat food, flea & tick products, dog or cat shampoo, collars and blankets. Wrap the box and remember to label it for a cat or a dog, and put your name and contact details on the box. You are more than welcome to use a box / bag that are bigger than a shoe box. Contact us for a list of drop off points.

The organizations that we supported in 2010 were Sandton SPCA, Kitty Shelter (a.k.a. Cat-a-Holics), Barking Mad, CLAW and the Namaqua Dog & Donkey Foundation.

In 2011 we are supporting TEARS in the Cape and CLAW, Barking Mad, People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals, Border Collie Rescue and the Society for Animals in Distress in Gauteng.

Contact Details: 082 049 9209. 33 Devonshire Avenue, Bryanston, Gauteng.

Phantom of the Opera Fundraiser Event

You could enjoy a wonderful night at the theatre and support our worthy cause Border Collie Rescue.

To raise some much needed funds we have decided to ’raise’ our voices and take ourselves to the opera

Border Collie Rescue [BCR] has bought out the Teatro Theatre at Montecasino on Valentines night Feb 14th 2012 the most romantic night of the year. To celebrate the undying, unconditional, and truly undeniable LOVE that our 4 legged friends give us. However we have 1600 seats to fill and that’s where BCR needs you to join us.

To BOOK your seats please call Dian 011 615 1525 / 082 770 4733 jonty@highleighcorgis.co.za or Irene 082 412 9969 or email tailsup@mweb.co.za

All proceeds go the dogs!

Border Collie Rescue is a non-profit organization NPO no 006 620. Visit our web site www.bordercollierescue.co.za to find out more about us.

Canine Connection Behaviour and Training

Are having a fundraiser for the Wellington SPCA on 4th December 2011. The theme is Dogs and Wine.

A variety of dog events will be presented as well as fun stuff for the pet owners.

We are having a stand as Canine Connection B&T. I want to know if I may incorporate TTouch as a small component at our stand. Please consider and let me know as soon as possible. Contact Thineke on 083 235 6847


This Christmas, make a dog, cat, kitten, or puppy happy by giving him a lucky bag! You can either make up your own goody bag or for R150 we will package one for you! A R150 pre-packaged goody bag includes:

Food Dewormer/Deflea Blanket

Leash/collar set Toys/Treats

And for those feeling REALLY generous we can make up a R300 goody bag that includes a pet bed!

Make a label for your bag, which includes your name, email address, and for who the bag is (small dog, medium dog, large dog, puppy, kitten, or cat).

You can start dropping off your parcels from now onwards, at anyone of our volunteer‟s houses located in Benoni, Berton Park, Bryanston, Edenvale, Fourways, Isando, Kempton Park, Kurgersdorp, Lonehill, Mulbarton, Northwold, Pretoria West, Roodepoort, Radiokop, Roosevelt Park and Sandton. Closing date is 4 December. Contact Nicole for the drop-off points.

We will send you a photo of the dog/cat/puppy/kitten that got your lucky bag.

Please contact nicole@pets.org.za for more info, and try to get your company involved or for more information. (email lauraw.pets@gmail.com)

SAINTs Book & Gift Fairs

Move over "Ginger Mary" make way for "Ginja Kitty" these gorgeous SHIRTS display your love for the cute critters and at only R90 it makes a lovely gift! (some grey kitties available too). Caption: LOVE is a four-legged word!

....and for the Dog lovers we have SHIRTS for you too, wear your heart on your chest and help Shelter Animals. R90 each and kiddies sizes available too at R85

Another lovely inexpensive gift and very useful, our Handbag Hanger will be great for your friends and colleagues.

Calendar Girls for Animal Welfare - The most adorable 2012 Calendar is now available

Six very courageous Shelter Managers and their wonderful volunteers dared to bare it all for the rescue Animals in their care and created a 2012 Calendar in the Style of Calendar Girls (remember the movie?).

ORDERING / PAYMENT / COLLECTION INFO: Your order can be collected from SAINTs Book & Gift Fairs – Northriding Square (Checkers & Dros centre) Bellairs drive, Northriding (9am to 2pm) on Sat 26th Nov or Sat 3rd Dec – come get some great books and loads of lovely gifts too.

The SAINTs book sales, in aid of animal welfare, also have them on sale along with some fantastic book bargains. These are held on the last and first Sat of every month from 9am – 2pm at Northriding Square on Bellairs drive. (Excepting the end of Dec and beginning of Jan)

For more information please mail vivsaints@live.com for a flyer with all the details.

Namaqua Dog & Donkey Foundation NPO 49398

Invites you to attend their fundraiser - the Pubnighters"Day at the Races"

Adult Entertainment ShowBack by Popular Demand!

Join us for a night of hilarity and fun–you won‟t be disappointed!

Date: 25 November 2011

Venue : Summerfield Primary School, 1078 PiaggioSt, Impala Park, Boksburg

Time: 18h30

Dress: Casual

Cost: R75-00 (bring own Food & Drinks) –so VERY affordable!

Contact: 082 553 7700 for tickets or more info

Does your dog Own You?
See how many of these statements apply to you and your dog:
You talk to your dog when you are driving. He answers

Snow White? Two gorgeous mommy cats and their babies need a temporary foster home urgently. They are from one household so get along well & can stay in one room or go to separate fosters. Contact Jennifer 072 642 0850 if you are willing to foster or adopt

Lovely Charlie needs a new home - Cpt

He is about 18 months old now. He is good with other dogs, and loves to have a play. Current owners in Table View, Cape Town. Contact Carri Kuhn on 0794966223

Gorgeous loving FEMALE Torbie Needs A New Home (Pta)

Misty (an indoor cat) is just over 2 years old. All necessary vet check-ups and inoculations are up to date, and she is spayed. Devastated owner has developed serious allergic asthma and is looking for a loving home for Misty. All her accessories, e.g. litter tray, scratching post, toys etc are included. If you can offer Misty the wonderful home she deserves, please contact Cecile at 071 189 7649

Lost in Delta Park on Saturday 12 November. Italian Greyhound ( Misty). Misty was terrorised by two dogs whilst walking in the Park and broke free from her collar and leash and ran away. We have been to Delta Park every day and there is no sign of her. Please network this far and wide to bring Misty home. Many thanks. Pauline 083 4428055


Time spent with him revealed just how colourful, sweet and so delightfully happy he is – a wonderful temperament and nature. He is looking for a home, only "3 months" old today

Vaccinated and de-wormed. Look beyond a dark coat and see the rainbow of allsorts in this puppies heart. HE DESPERATELY NEEDS HUMAN COMPANY AND A HOME

If you want to ADOPT Liquorice, please contact me TRACY BARROW - 082 4966 470 Email – tracy.barrow@fnb.co.za


I stay in a townhouse complex in Lakefield in Benoni (our unit borders Sunny Road).

Residents are not allowed to keep animals.

Some stray cat has moved into our garden to nurture her kittens – in fact, there are a number of adult cats who come and go along our shared wall with the neighbours. I am allergic to cats and need an urgent home for her and her babies. Please contact Lynette.Bezuidenhout@tigerbrands.com at 082 698 6827 if you can adopt her.

Editor: 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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