We just happened to 'find' Ozzie by chance one Sunday morning looking in the local free newspaper. We saw an advert for Labrador puppies and decided to just go and have a look. Well you might know I fell in love with this gorgeous little 4-week old fur ball with a quirky tail! That was it, no other puppy would do! We spent hours talking with the breeder, and playing with Ozzie, and once back with his siblings, he clambered all over the other puppies in the litter to get back to us. I was so excited and the wait to actually bring him home seemed to take forever. He has brought us so much joy and happiness and I am really glad we had him. He is 13 years old now, and as beautiful as ever, the most gentle, wonderful, loving dog.
I feel so sad now knowing that our days together are becoming limited. When he was around 3 years old, we found out that he had early onset arthritis, which meant that he needed to begin having injections to help reduce inflammation, and then as time went by, Loxicam as well. His level of medication has slowly increased to the point where there is nothing more that he can be given. So, from the point that I had been attuned to Reiki Level One, I used Reiki to help Ozzie. Apart from the fact that it was relaxing for him, he seemed to benefit a great deal, and after a treatment he would be up and bouncing around in the garden again. The arthritis is very severe now but the Reiki still seems to make a difference. For me, it is a lovely feeling that I am able to channel this wonderful energy that helps him heal himself.
I had Smudge for my 50th birthday - just the best present I could have had! He is a wonderful little dog! We bought him from a breeder in Cambridgeshire and I can remember the many journeys we made back and forth to see him until we were finally able to bring him home. He settled in really quickly and got on brilliantly with Ozzie. When he was a puppy I can remember him hanging onto Ozzie's tail and swinging off it, but luckily he was only tiny!
When Smudge was about 4 years old he suddenly started to put on weight and the fur on his groin area and tail seemed to thin. The vet felt that this was nothing more than his body adjusting to the hormone change after he had been castrated as I hadn't been in any rush to have this done and left it until he was nearly 3 years old. We reduced the amount of food he was having, and that made no difference. We tried a light food and still he piled on the pounds, and eventually an obesity diet, but even that made no difference. He seemed to be miserable and depressed, and on the day that he snapped at me I knew there was something really wrong. I contacted the vet straight away and arranged an appointment the following day. The vet did blood tests because he suspected that he had a thyroid problem - by that point Smudge had no fur at all on his tail and very little on his lower tummy area. Sure enough the blood tests revealed that he was suffering from hypothyroidism and would need medication for the rest of his life. After a few months of taking the tablets his weight had decreased and his mood had improved significantly. On the whole he is now well-balanced, but he receives regular bursts of Reiki from me which I do feel helps him, especially when he is having a grumpy spell - he actually helps himself to Reiki whenever he wants it when he is having a cuddle with me on the sofa, and I always know when he is doing so because of the strong fizzing in my hands!
Ozzie as he is now and in his 'Oz Cab', his favoured way of travel these days, at least on paved ground. Some people think we are bonkers pulling him around in this, but most think it is lovely that we want to look after him in his old age. He loves his walk and play in the park, and can still chase a ball or frisby - on his terms now though!
Our thanks to Diane and Ian, and their team at Knights Pets, Hawthorn Road, Kingstanding, Birmingham. We buy all of our pet food, treats, bones, toys and other doggy requirements from them. We would highly recommend their own line of premium pet food, excellent quality and price, but the most important thing is our dogs love it! They have an extensive range of excellent products so can be your one-stop shop for all of your pet's needs. Their knowledge of the products that they sell is brilliant, and they can always offer advice, and training tips.