May 2nd, 2019
What an amazing Sunday we had!
I think the whole Universe conspired and supported our 2nd Vita Canis Style to Rescue. After a rainy and very windy Saturday, the sky calmed down and we had a dry, warm and beautiful day.
I think everyone who came would agree with me that this year’s charity dog grooming competition for rescue dogs was AMAZING!! I knew it would be better than last year, we knew what we were doing as we had learned from our mistakes!
The atmosphere of the day was friendly and relaxed, with lots of smiling faces all around. It was so nice to see some old friends as well as new groomers who had never competed before, but wanted to have a go and wanted to do it for a good cause; not just for sake of competing. I think this competition is brilliant for groomers who’ve never competed as it is more relaxing, they have more time and less pressure, and they were also allowed to have a helper. All the dogs were amazing, even though most of them had never been to an environment like this. We had all different breeds and crosses, Bichons, Poodles, Westies, Scotties, and Collies… disabled dogs, and even a few paralysed four-legged friends … and they all coped really well.
Last year we raised almost £4,500 and this year we are gifting the rescue centres with £7,548. How brilliant is that!!
In the next few days, I will find out if any of the dogs looking for a new home found one, that would be even more awesome!
And we are already planning next year 🙂
Next year’s event will be held on the 26th April at the Kennel Club Building in Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire – SAVE THE DATE NOW!
We have some amazing speakers lined up already, so if you are a dog groomer you will definitely be interested in demos by Louisa Tandy, Mike Wildman, Lisa Hart, Alison Rogers … to name a few!
But we have something for the ‘non-groomers’ too, in fact, for all dog people who are interested in a holistic and natural way of living with dogs.
One of our speakers will be Carolina Griffiths, the founder of Canine Flow, a pioneering Dog Training and Behaviour method, highlighting Emotional Energy Flow in all creatures as the true motivation behind behavioural choices and how we influence it. All behaviour is an expression of emotional energy!
Guided by the energetic and electromagnetic influences surrounding the dog. Your dog is a reflection of your own emotional energies as well as the energy which makes it up at any given moment in time. Using Canine Flow methods you can ensure your dog is always Happy, Calm, and Flexible physically and emotionally, and a strong peaceful teacher for your own spiritual growth.
By becoming the best that we can be through the emotional reflections and understanding of energy our dogs have for us – we can create deep change, wake up and transform planet earth into a greater state.
We will also have Dr. Isla Fishburn founder of Kachina Canine Wellness join us next yearl!
Dr. Isla Fishburn brings science and indigenous wisdom together for canine wellness. Using a wellness approach she teaches you how your dog’s innate character, diet, natural healing, calm environment, trauma and surrounding family dynamics can influence the behaviour of your dog and how to recognise and interpret behaviour and improve wellness.
We are delighted to welcome back Adam Dunn and Rob Fellows who will also join us again next year. Adam is a dog behaviourist and Rob is a Reiki practitioner, both of their talks were very popular this year!
We are also hoping to get a holistic vet on board, so fingers crossed.
And there is still more to come…
I am already excited about next year. Are you?
April 18th, 2019
National Stress Awareness Day took place on 16 April 2019.
Much research has shown the negative effect stress has on the immune system. It can raise blood pressure, increase the risk of a heart attack or stroke, increase vulnerability to anxiety and depression, contribute to infertility, and accelerate the ageing process.
There’s no difference to our beloved dogs and it’s our responsibility as owners to recognise and identify the underlying cause of the stress.
Dogs can become stressed by environmental changes like moving to a new home, getting another pet or even having a baby. All this can affect a normally happy dog and it may take some time for the dog to adjust.
Something else that happens is if we’re stressed, dogs are able to pick it up from our energy and may begin to feel the same way we do, without understanding why.
A stressed dog is very often highly reactive. He’ll become jumpy and vocal, his pupils will dilate and he may even shake and salivate. Other signs of stress are self-calming practices like yawning, lip licking, excessive self-grooming and excessive sniffing.
Chronic stress can cause diarrhoea or constipation, decrease appetite, increase sleeping and the dog may also start isolating himself from others. Aggression towards other dogs, animals or people can also be a sign of a stressed dog.
There are many complementary therapies that can be used together with behavioural adjustments and aromatherapy is one of them.
Vita Canis Calming Floral Spray has been proven by many dogs and their owners to help with tackling stress. The carefully selected synergetic blend of essential oils and hydrosols in the Calming Floral Spray has a natural calming and balancing quality and provides ultimate relaxation.
Synergy is where the action of two or more substances (essential oils in this case) achieve an effect of which each is individually incapable.
A few of the essential oils I use are:
Petitgrain essential oil – this oil has a relaxing effect. It helps overcome depression, anxiety and stress and is uplifting.
Sweet Orange – recommended for treatments of anxiety, nervousness and insomnia. Put a few drops in your oil burner and you will feel like summer is already here.
Spikenard – this is a more unusual oil I use in the Calming Floral Spray. It’s also known as ‘false’ Indian valerian root. In ancient times it was considered as one of the most costly and valuable of all aromatics. It smells similar to valerian oil, heavy, sweet woody and earthy. Spikenard has a sedative effect, reduces fearfulness and instils calm and balance.
Lavender – we all know this oil has a harmonising effect on the nervous system. Interestingly lavender can cause a sedative or a stimulative action depending on the body’s actual needs. Lavender is calming when there’s emotional agitation or unrest and it’s very good in alleviating fears. But when we, or our dogs, feel emotionally exhausted and depressed, lavender has an uplifting effect.
What is your experience with Calming Floral Spray?
April 11th, 2019
In the next few blogs I’m going to be talking about plants that you can grow at home. You can eat them, make teas from them or use them for medicinal purposes. They can also be bought from the store in the form of essential oils for a variety of other uses.
Today I’m going to tell you about one that is easily grown at home, is fresh smelling, delicious and very useful. The lovely
Peppermint, also known as
The peppermint plant is native to southern Europe. It’s a perennial herb, which means they live for several years and it grows up to about 1m tall (not however if it is grown on a window sill).
This plant has a long cultural tradition. Fragments of the plant have been found in Egyptian burials and because peppermint is not native to this region it is assumed it was grown in the gardens of temples and used for its all-round healing properties.
Peppermint essential oil has many therapeutic actions, some being:
- Analgesic – relieves or diminishes pain
- Antiseptic – destroys or controls pathogenic bacteria (Menthol)
- Decongestant – relieves and reduces congestion
- Stimulant – stimulates the physiological functions of the body
When peppermint oil is applied it causes local depletion of cold receptors, suppresses sensitivity of sensitive nerve endings and induces a pleasant feeling of coldness that overlaps unwanted perceptions such as itching, burning and minor pain.
This is why this essential oil is one of the ingredients in
Skin Relief. The local anaesthetic action is so significant, and when applied, dogs’ stop scratching or nibbling pretty much immediately.
Peppermint hydrosol or flower water is most famous for its digestive, anti-inflammatory and mind stimulating properties. Spritz it on your face when tired, or during hot weather and you will feel an immediate refreshing effect.
Peppermint is also commonly used in cosmetics. It’s incredibly refreshing and tones the skin and tightens up pores. It’s very good for excessive sweating, relieving the feeling of heavy legs and also refreshing your breath.
And what about the home-grown herb?
The leaves can be used fresh or dry. I use fresh leaves for making tea, or I just add a few leaves to my water bottle. You can also make your own mint sauce. I haven’t tried it yet but there are plenty of recipes online. I usually add fresh peppermint to dishes
with legumes such as chickpeas, beans, lentils, peas or pasta or potatoes.
If you feel like experimenting at home you can make your own peppermint facial tonic:
For this you’ll need:
50ml peppermint hydrosol (flower water)
2ml natural liquid soap with no fragrance
Mix all the ingredients together and enjoy as a gentle facial cleanser. Please remember, because it is made with no preservatives, keep it in the fridge and use it in a few days.
How do you use peppermint at home? 🌿🌿🌿