Fun With Labs

For ten days I have been hired to be the lead dog.  The other dogs in question are two big, black labs named Auggie and Oslo.  They are in my care whilst their people are basking in the sunshine on the sunny beaches of Florida.  In the course of our time together I am engaging in an un-scientific experiment to see what changes ten days of Reiki might bring to two goofy dogs.  I have the blessing of their people with the suggestion that Auggie may be beyond help.

Being a cat person, I am observing very interesting canine behavior.  They love to play fetch, for instance.  Even when my cats want to play, “fetch” is not in their repertoire.  Neither is “come here” for that matter.  Basically, I do the fetching (food, treats and such).  I also have to go to them if I want to give them attention.  Dogs are just the opposite.

Anyway, I embarked on my experiment with evening sessions of Reiki and little short sessions when appropriate.  One can never have too much Reiki and, in my estimation, these guys can certainly benefit. No judgment here, just observation.

On the first night I sat in a chair near their beds and set my intention.  I let them know they could have as much Reiki as they would like.  I told them they didn’t have to have it if they didn’t want to.  Then, I began my Joshin Kokyu Ho breathing.

Oslo, the older dog, was curious right away while Auggie, the bigger dog moved farther away.  As the energy flowed, Oslo came over and checked out my hands.  Then, he went to his bed and rolled over, showing his belly and wagging his tail.  Auggie stayed away.

Day 2

Auggie won’t let Oslo near me, though he comes over and smells my hands and abdomen.  He engages Oslo in wrestling and the session ends so they can go outside before they break something.

Day 3

While I am throwing the ball (outside) endlessly for Auggie, Oslo sits at my feet.  I crouch down and put my hands on his shoulders and feel the heat right away.  I stay with him like that for a while, tossing the ball for Auggie.  Eventually, Oslo runs off to join his buddy.

That night I sat in the chair again and Oslo was immediately asleep.  Auggie kept trying to get him to play but he wasn’t having it.  Auggie roamed around then came over to me.  He sniffed at my hands and then began to snap at the air in front of me.  He swung his big old head like a polar bear, back and forth, back and forth.  Clearly he was noticing something.  Then he left the room.

Day 4

A repeat of day 3.

Days  5 through 10

I begin my breathing and Auggie immediately drops to the floor and is out like a light.  Finally!!

Each evening from then on both Auggie and Oslo settle down right away for their Reiki session.  Auggie gets up in the middle of it to have a big dose of water, then lays right down again.  They are so quiet!

When I see my friend a couple of days after his return he asks, “What did you do to my dogs???!”  He tells me Auggie was perfectly calm when they came home. No jumping.  Completely out of character!

Auggie and Oslo post-Reiki

 

Kelly McDermott-Burns

3 comments to Fun With Labs

  • Camille Pukay

    Kelly, you are certainly blessed to have spent 10 days with two lovely labs. Love how you did an “unscientific experiment” with Reiki with the person’s permission..that had to be fun to hear their reaction when they came home! Thanks for sharing.

  • Thanks Camille! I hear they are in need of additional attention :)

  • Amber

    That was amazing, Kelly! You definitely inspired me to try this. Thank you for sharing!

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