One of the most consistent channels of compassionate and talented sanctuary friends has been Dr. Tom Wilson and his animal acupressure curriculum. I wish I could find adequate time to journal about the students, modalities, breakthroughs and healings that we experience regularly as a result of Tom's partnership with A Chance for Bliss. One testimonial can be found in Chico, our once frightened and anti-social epileptic Chihuahua. Chico is no longer found hiding in the bedroom, but often found partaking in outrageous play with Joy and Izzy. Not only that, but when Tom comes to visit, Chico is beside himself with delight, his entire body wagging as he vocalizes his love to Tom. Chico is truly transformed.
Doesn't She Appear to be Blissful?
There is one student in particular that we are privileged to spend additional time with lately as she travels from Elgin, IL, and stays at the ranch with us. Beth Taylor is co-author of Dr. Becker’s Real Food for Healthy Dogs & Cats: Simple Homemade Food and See Spot Live Longer. Beth has helped us to implement some simple dietary changes that are making a real difference in our pack, especially those who were itchy and yeasty. Although Beth is not new to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), she was drawn to Tom's approach and teaching style. If Beth's traveling 2,000 miles isn't enough to demonstrate that Tom's classes are laudable, I urge you to read her testimonial.
Another expression of our kids' kismet revealed itself in the form of Karl Salomonson, shearer extraordinaire. We were referred to Karl by Peter Schofield when he relinquished Abby, Nina & Sophie to us before his move abroad. Karl utilizes acupressure techiniques when working with the animals and I was in awe of how relaxed they were for him. This video speaks for itself. Sally, Ray, Chrissy, Robin, Abby, Sophie & Nina were all given spa treatments on Saturday.
Karl brought another gift to us on Sunday. Woody has longed for a bird for quite a while and Karl's work arrangement is causing him to be gone for days at a time. It was with great enthusiasm that Noble was welcomed into the fold. While this isn't the greatest video, you get the sense that Noble is a happy and engaging little fellow. Woody is currently in search of a cockatiel mansion for his new buddy. Inexpensive is our goal (Craigslist!), but Woody's heart is set on large. If you have a spare, please let us know.
If you're not on Facebook, you might be surprised to learn that Homer now has his own page. Since shortly after his arrival, we'd talked about outfitting him with "Homie-Cam" to track his activities, but couldn't dedicate enough time to engineer a proper camera harness. We realized that Homer posseses more than his fair share of character and charm and his exploits would prove interesting. Then late last year we were befriended by Sockington, a well connected cat from Boston. From that point on, there was no stopping our gregarious pig. A worn laptop came up missing and next thing I know, I get a Friend request from a familiar face. A few staunch supporters are rallying for Homer to become a Presidential contender. I have no control over this pig and the accolades he receives from his newfound cyber-friends makes me nervous, frankly. Pigs are smart. Maybe too smart.
Thursday, April 1 marks the first month of our new Sponsorship Program. This program is vital to the sustainability of our work. For as little as $10 a month, you will receive a photo, a letter with ranch news and animal updates, and a special video link of an animal in the category(ies)you have chosen to sponsor. 500 sponsorships at just $10 will provide food and basic care for all of the animals that call Bliss home. Play a part in the animals' tremendous karma by becoming a sponsor today.