The story of our dog, Archie
Archie “Boozle” was our son’s 12th birthday present; a German Shepherd-Border Collie with Character who lived with us for ten years and in four homes.
As a pup he was pretty hyperactive and only just passed his puppy training. “Heel!” was one command he always preferred to ignore even though, as an adult dog he had a receptive language of over a hundred words.
While I was studying the Bowen Therapy Technique, Archie found himself living in an animal healing center and on the receiving end of my animal healing practise, but it was when I moved into Reconnective Healing that we saw some real response.
Doing “hands-off healing” with a dog who’s used to being patted and stroked can be confusing for the pet at first, so I started with what he’s accustomed to: patting and stroking his back and tummy.
As I’d raise my hands away from his body, Archie would start to notice the healing frequencies more. He’d get excited but would stay at my feet. Soon he’d do that blissful doggie act of rolling onto his back, paws up, stomach stretched out and go into ‘that place’ between awake and asleep; alert but totally relaxed.
This was always a surprise to anyone watching and I’ve found that working with a pet can be a great way to demonstrate the reality of the Reconnective Healing frequencies, sometimes leading to an appointment with their owner.
Passing Over - Dealing with Pet Loss
It was when Archie died, in February 2011 that I got to see another application of Reconnective Healing. We’d noticed him getting older and slower over a few weeks, but it was just during a few days that he really got sick.
On his last trip to the beach, he didn’t even make it to the sand, but just flopped onto the grass and watched the other dogs trot by and the waves roll in.
Carrying him back to the car we knew it was well past time to get help, and off we went to the vet – on a Sunday!
It was quite clear that Archie knew his time was up for some time. Such a stoic being, when it came to the day, I think the Reconnective Healing really helped him – and us – to relax and accept.
Not that we weren’t extremely sad, losing such a faithful and constant friend, but there was comfort in seeing and feeling the perfection of the whole divine process play out: birth, life and passing. He's still here in our hearts for sure.