Megan is a lively eighteen- month old Border Collie who has been with her owner for the past year. She is a friendly dog, extremely agile and active. She is kept as a pet but lives on the edge of sheep country.
Megan is in training to ignore stock on the surrounding farmland and hillsides but it was an unfortunate encounter with a tup that led to her first experiences of Canine Touch. Following a footpath through fields, Megan was being walked on a lead when an aggressive tup approached and butted her in the area of her ribs. Not wanting to let her loose, her owner held on to the lead but this only resulted in Megan receiving further sharp butts to her torso and head. By the time the tup was turned away, the little dog was bruised, winded and struggling to walk.
After being checked over and x-rayed by a vet, Megan’s injuries were found to be deep bruising but no breakages. I was asked to offer her Canine Touch as several weeks after the mishap her mobility still seemed to be impaired and she was reluctant to be touched along her left side. She was subdued and had lost her love of life.
Megan’s first session was quite a trial as she was fairly reluctant to be touched and so branding had to be a very gentle introduction. Her main problem seemed to be one of anticipation of pain and she gave the appearance of trying to walk with the least movement of her spine as possible. Gradually, though, she accepted my hands and the Lateral Energy spinal procedure completed her session. Over the following weeks she gradually became happy to accept both spinal procedures and finally the Dynamic Body Balance. Her owner reported that, although she was still tentative, Megan had begun to show interest in going for a short walk and playing with her toys again.
After her second Body Balance, along with procedures on her shoulders, chest, spinal and abdominal areas, Megan was deeply asleep by the time I left her and her owner reported later that the dog had drunk copiously on waking, had performed a series of long stretches and had slept again. The following day the owner had been woken up early by the dog whimpering to be let out and had watched in disbelief as Megan ran three laps of their garden, almost ‘whooping with joy’ as though she had never had a mobility problem in her life! I continued to work with the dog for a while after this and always had the same results – sleep, hydration, stretching, more sleep followed by building energy. Megan is now the highly-energetic dog she was before her mishap, full of fun and, if anything, moves more fluidly through her back and shoulders than ever before. Job done, Canine Touch!