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Just want to share an interesting experience.  When Totem came home from surgery we had a friend who is a certified hands on healer come several times to work with him…to help get over the anesthesia, help alleviate pain, and mainly to help him heal from the trauma of being attacked.  She came several times the first week he was home.  She touched him, held him and used essential oils.  She was so kind and gentle with him.  She truly communicated love to him.

So, that was 3 months ago.  Yesterday I went in to take a bath and Totem followed me into the bathroom.  I thought ok fine … he will just lie on the rug which is exactly what he did.  He was lying on the bathroom rug quietly waiting for me to get out of the tub.  Then, I added a few drops of lavender to the water.  OMG.  Totem started breathing heavily and whimpering, clearly not in pain.  He got up and put both front paws on the edge of the tube , sniffing, sniffing, sniffing and whimpering.  I reached out to him with a wet hand which he licked over and over.

I am convinced that the lavender elicited memories of those healing times with Robin and her quiet care for him.  It was a very poignant moment.

I have learned much on this site and one thing I learned is that our country vet did not prescribed nearly all the pain meds that I see discussed here.  Totem went home with instructions to give him one pill a day which was like tylenol.  I didn’t know any better.  I am eternally grateful to Robin and her gentle care with him.  I know it promoted his healing.


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All I can say is Totem has THE best home a pup could ever have! You are soooo caring, so diligent, so tuned into this sweet boy’s every need.  And clearly the bond is on both sides♥️

It’s so cute that he wanted to be by your side in the bathroom.  Thanks for sharing his reaction  to the lavender.  Fascinating!  And I love that you are open  to bringing a “healer” to help.😎      

And you are not the only one who has not had proper pain meds prescribed.   We see it here way to often, especially  in this day and age.  The important  thing is Totem won the Puppy Lottery  with you!!👍


Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

PS. I smile everytime I see his avatar  picture.  He is so darn cute!

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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That’s such a cool story! Our olfactory senses are so weak compared to a dogs. Clearly the scent did trigger Totem’s memory and he was telling you about it. 

Your friend sounds neat, how lucky to have her in your life.

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Awww Totem!! Loving the lavender bath!

Robin sounds like a wonderful healer and friend. We might be due for another photo of cutie-pie Totem!

Kerren and Tripawd Kitty Mona

p.s. I just researched and found out that essential oils are not safe for cats because their livers cannot compound many chemicals. So it’s out for Mona. Darn, I had a feeling that she’d like a spa day.

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