A Furrever Home for Jasper
I'm always inspired by my animal clients and how beautifully Animal Reiki can support their healing.
Jasper (not his real name) is a 2-year-old black Labrador Retriever who was recently adopted from a local animal shelter. Jenny and John have 3 children between the ages of 3 and 6, as well as a 6-year-old yellow lab at home named Jobie.
They chose Jasper because they thought that Jobie could use a companion, but also because Jobie has been slowing down a bit lately and they were looking for a younger dog to play with the kids.
As soon as they met him, Jenny and John immediately knew that Jasper was the one. But once they brought him home, it was another story! Jenny and John both work and their kids are involved in a million activities (they are a busy family). During the day, when the family was away, Jasper would get into all kinds of trouble (chewing furniture legs, shoes, and toys, etc). When they were at home, he couldn’t calm down and jumped all over the furniture, recently breaking a lamp. When he knocked Johnny, their youngest, down, Jenny started to get concerned.
They brought Jasper to obedience training, but that didn’t seem to do the trick. He was still showing impulsive and destructive behavior, and they didn't know what to do. Jenny was already a client of mine, having had multiple Reiki sessions and taken my Reiki for Self Care class, so she asked me about Animal Reiki for Jasper.
When we connected over Zoom for our session, I immediately saw the chaos that was happening within the household, and wondered if Jasper would even respond to Reiki. But after only a few sessions, Jasper is like a new dog! He’s calm, gentle, and settled in his new family. He has a good relationship with Jobie as well as the children, and he’s adjusting well. He’s also stopped chewing on things, and Jenny and John now trust him around the kids. I'm happy to say that Jasper has found his furrever home!
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Mary Riposo, PhD, RMT