Holistic health and wellness in all senses of those words; body, mind, and spirit is very important for pets just as much as it is for their people.
My extensive experience as an animal empath, behaviorist, and caregiver allows me to share with you the broad knowledge I have learned about animals; specifically canine, equine, feline, and many avian species as well. Not only am I knowledgeable regarding optimum nutrition and only feed and recommend high quality premium and super premium foods, I can also refer you to reputable online and local retailers who specialize in said food choices. Should you choose to go the route of shopping for, preparing, and cooking your dog’s meals, or feeding a raw food diet to your dog, I can offer helpful suggestions, recipes, and advice on those subjects as well. *See our Services Page
I am also very experienced in dealing with and offering suggestions on how to deal with the symptoms of different types of health related issues, states of dis-ease, and common disorders.
Additional nutritional supplements I have personally found to be extremely beneficial to myself as well as to my girl, “Ceilidh” and which I highly recommend to all of my readers and clients is ‘Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil’. Dr. Bronner’s is a trusted brand and is both Fair Trade and Organic.
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I personally believe that we as humans have spiritually conscious choices to make for ourselves, our pets, and for our planet on which we all live; and that we are all connected to as a whole.
I believe that as ‘pet-parents’ and guardians we can become more aware and make wiser choices to adopt healthier lifestyles such as vegan, vegetarian, plant based diets for some species of pets, as well as for ourselves. I have found through extensive research that there is boundless evidence to support that this is in fact the healthiest way to go for all of us; especially for humans and many dogs. Dogs are omnivores, not ‘obligate’ carnivores, and similar to their human counterparts, dogs today are Evolving. Evidence suggests that they may not need animal proteins as was originally thought.
Many dogs thrive quite well with a plant-based vegan lifestyle. In fact, “Bramble”, the oldest living dog in the Guinness Book of World Records was a Vegan Dog. Dogs do need a ‘species appropriate’ diet and therefore, should not be fed foods such as corn, and some believe not to feed them wheat, and soy. I feel that soy can be good as long as it is organic, non-gmo, and of the sprouted variety. Remember that although domestic dogs are far from being wolves now, that wolves are indeed their ancestors and no wolves are sitting around eating corn and neither should your dog. * You might want to do a dog food label check and make sure that you are not ‘unknowingly’ feeding your ‘best friend’ any of these ingredients which are not species appropriate to canines.
I share this with you and suggest that you do some research by talking with those who live very well in this healthy, plant based lifestyle. Of course doing some investigating on your own in real life, and through reading books and articles from various sources is also highly advisable. It’s always good to question and glean your information through various sources rather than to just believe everything you are told before deciding on what is right for you and your pets. Much of what is out there; information wise is based on the concept of pure profit by huge corporations that do not have you or your doggie’s best health interests in mind.
Some of this evidence supporting a plant-based diet is found in books like these:
Of course there are a few ‘Vegan’ Dog Foods out there and they are considered to be of ‘Premium’ Quality and Standards. One in particular that my girl absolutely loves is V-Dog. Check out their website 100% Vegan Dog Food. 100% Nutrition. 100% Awesome. for very interesting information I bet you didn’t know about vegan dog food.
Of course, when we make these conscious choices we are helping to reduce animal abuse as well. More farm animals suffer abuse in the USA than in any other country on this planet, and did you know that over 60% of our water resources in the USA are used solely for ‘factory farming’? Do you know what ‘factory farming’ is? *You can start by watching world renowned documentaries such as “Cowspiracy” – The Sustainability Secret; A Film by Executive Producer Leonardo Di Caprio to become more well informed as to what is happening in our world today, and do your part to make it a better place in whatever ways you will, how ever small or large steps you may take, it all does make a positive difference.
Now that I have addressed the importance of ‘balance’ as well as having spoken about how this relates to the ‘body’ through proper nutrition, I would like to talk to you a bit more about the body, and also about the mind and spirit of your dog as well.
7 MAIN CHAKRAS IN DOGS
All Creatures have Chakras.
Humans, as well as our beloved animal friends all have these energy centers all over our bodies, and it is important that we learn how to keep them in balance as much as possible.
It is well known that we all have 7 active Primary Chakra centers, 21 Minor chakras, and 6 Bud Chakras (4 paw pads in Dogs are akin to the 4 fingertips in humans, and the bud of skin at the opening of the ears is like on our own ears.)
For purposes of basic illustration on this website, I have chosen the chart displaying the 7 Main Chakras in Dogs.
*Ok, you may notice there are 11 color dots on the diagram, but as you can see by the chart; on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th chakras, the colors apply to these ‘entire areas’ of the dog’s body- and I will explain this in a moment.
This article is for both beginners as well as for those of you who are pretty familiar on the subject.
Each chakra is associated with specific parts of the body, mind, spirit, as well as a color, and it is said that chakras are the openings for life energy to flow into and out of our auras.
ROOT CHAKRA/TAIL CHAKRA IS RED AND IS ASSOCIATED WITH THE EARTH ELEMENT: IT IS LOCATED AT THE BASE OF THE SPINE/TAIL. In relation to the body, it deals with kidneys, bladder, vertebrae, bone marrow, hips, legs, back paws, colon, anus and tail.
In relation to the mind and spirit it deals with grounding, excellent health, survival instincts, overall vitality and well-being; and when out of balance your dog may exhibit anger, constipation, frustration, and survival fears.
To help keep your dog in proper balance it is a good idea to spend some time every day just sitting, in order to get ‘grounded’ with your pup. We like to go find our various favorite trees around where we live and just sit and relax under them. My girl also loves to dance. All I have to do is say the word and a huge smile emerges onto her little face and up she goes to dance!! * If you are an ‘Aussie’ ( Australian Shepherd) lover, you may remember those ‘Dancing Dogs’ a certain dog lover and cowboy named “Jay Sisler” shared his life with. * Stay tuned for a future Blog article about Jay and his dogs.
SACRAL/SPLEEN CHAKRA IS ORANGE AND IS ASSOCIATED WITH THE ELEMENT OF WATER: IT IS LOCATED ON THEIR TUMMY JUST ABOVE THE SEX ORGANS. In relation to the body, it deals with genitals, pelvis, reproductive organs, stomach, small and large intestines, and the sacrum vertebra.
In relation to the mind and spirit it deals with pleasure, desire, sexual energy, and creativity, and when out of balance, your pup may experience lower back pain, uterine, prostate, or bladder problems, reproductive/sexual problems, possessiveness over toys, food, their human, or other animal friends.
You might wish to take your pup out and go on a calm walk around bodies of water, maybe at sunset as the colors of the sky paint those beautiful oranges associated with this Second Chakra, invent interesting new games to help stimulate their creativity levels; especially in the more intelligent and active breeds, and a nice relaxing lower back massage is as great for dogs as it is for humans.
In the body it deals with the lumbar vertebra, the nervous system, kidneys, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, stomach, and diaphragm, will power; not just for life in general, but in breeds like the herding and working breeds this quality really shines through in their determination to get a job done and please their humans. Dogs may exhibit what I call that ‘happy pup face’, smiling and barking with pure joy when this Third Chakra is in balance.
When imbalanced, your pup may exhibit signs such as poor digestion and other food-related issues, lack of will, fear-based aggression, and other anger issues.
(SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA IS YELLOW)– AND IS ASSOCIATED WITH THE ELEMENT OF FIRE ON DOGS, AS WELL AS ON MOST ANIMALS IT IS LOCATED ON THE UPPER CHEST JUST A FEW INCHES BACK FROM THEIR FRONT LEGS.
In the body it deals with the lumbar vertebra, the nervous system, kidneys, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, stomach, and diaphragm, will power; not just for life in general, but in breeds like the herding and working breeds this really shines through in their determination to get a job done and please their humans. Dogs may exhibit what I call that ‘happy pup face’, smiling and barking with pure joy when this Third Chakra is in balance.
When imbalanced, your pup may exhibit signs such as poor digestion and other food-related issues, lack of will, fear-based aggression, and other anger issues.
Since yellow is the color of the Sun; the source of all life on this planet, you may wish to spend time out in the sun with your pup just taking in its radiance and allowing it to restore your dog’s vital life force. Dogs also like to have their ‘puppy tummy’ gently rubbed, and some herbs that help restore balance to the Solar Plexus are Organic Rosemary and turmeric.
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HEART CHAKRA IS GREEN AND IS ASSOCIATED WITH THE ELEMENT OF AIR AND ASPECT OF PURE LOVE: ON ALL ANIMALS INCLUDING HUMANS IT IS LOCATED IN THE HEART AREA.
In relation to the body it affects the heart, immune system, cells, blood circulation, thoracic vertebra, the chest, and lower lungs.
In relation to the mind and spirit, it obviously attributes to what animals are best at teaching us; and that is: the spirit of pure and unconditional love, empathy, compassion, patience, tolerance, peacefulness, and the love of being with the pack or group of animals, or humans that they feel most close to; and dogs are always trying to get us &/or their animal friends to be as joyful about life as they are, and to join in the fun! Lighten up!
When a human’s or a dog’s heart chakra is imbalanced we may notice signs such as physical heart problem; anger-stemming from what is actual or perceived as being a ‘lack of love’ in our lives. This can cause one to become more aloof and withdrawn. The Same behavior patterns are exhibited in dogs.
To balance this Fourth Chakra, you may wish to do as I do and seek out a place of ‘green’ in nature such as a park, open space, or hiking trail. You and your dog can reconnect with nature and what really makes your heart sing! Green can really inspire the feeling of Freedom and lightness of being. Think of Ireland, faeries, and magic. These are some qualities and places that make the heart feel good.
Consuming Greens such as kale, green beans, and parsley and placing crystals such as rose quartz, green calcite, green jade, and emeralds on or near the heart chakra are helpful in balancing it. My pup likes to wear a blue or green bandana. You might try this as well for an additional boost to balance the heart and throat chakras in your dog. They don’t say, “get your daily dose of greens” for no reason.
THROAT CHAKRA IS BLUE AND IS ASSOCIATED WITH THE PURITY OF THE AKASHA, THE ETHER: ON ALL ANIMALS INCLUDING HUMANS, IT IS LOCATED ON THE UPPER THROAT AREA.
In relation to the body, it deals with the vocal chords, throat, upper esophagus, respiratory system, lungs, mouth, forelegs, and paws.
When in balance you will notice that the level of communication and expression with which you and your dog ‘speak’ to one another is almost effortless.
When this Fifth Chakra becomes unbalanced you may notice that any of these bodily systems mentioned above may be adversely affected; such as getting something caught in the throat, hoarseness, or the dog may become frustrated with you not ‘understanding’ how she is trying to communicate with you through her voice. An imbalance in this chakra can also manifest itself as excessive barking, whining, or just barking for no apparent reason.
As many of you know, animals LOVE music and soft voices, so singing to them and playing soothing, non-lyrical, relaxing music is received with great gratitude by all animals.
My pup personally LOVES it when I place her favorite Aqua Aura crystal on or near her throat. She also has an affinity for blue kyanite and turquoise, and her absolute favorite fruit is organic blueberries. Interestingly enough she is also an Australian Shepherd with a Blue Merle coat coloring!
She truly is my little ‘Blue Merle Girl’. I’M PRETTY SURE BLUE IS HER FAVORITE COLOR.
THIRD EYE (BROW) CHAKRA IS INDIGO AND IS ASSOCIATED WITH BOTH THE SUN AND THE MOON: IN ALL ANIMALS IT IS THE CENTER OF WISDOM AND ‘ALL- KNOWINGNESS’, AND RESIDES IN THE PINEAL GLAND BETWEEN THE EYES.
In the body it relates to the ears, nose, Left eye, base of the skull known as the occipital ridge, forehead, Left side of head, the nervous system, and the Left brain hemisphere; which of course is considered to be adept at tasks that involve language and reasoning.
Where mind and spirit are concerned this chakra relates to the powers of intuition, instinct, imagination, concentration, and visualization.
I personally believe that this is one of the most heightened chakras in dogs or in any animal for that matter, because our animal brothers and sisters have innate intuition, they think in ‘pictures’, and they have amazing powers of focus and concentration.
This is the psychic center, and if any creature is telepathic and psychic in response to their humans and the world around them it is the dog. As ‘man’s best friend’ they are super ‘in tune’ with us and our vibrations, and can ‘sense’ things way before most of us can. They are greatly affected by our thoughts, feelings, and emotions, so it is important for us to try to function at a higher vibrational level as well, and then the universe has no choice but to ‘match’ that vibration when it comes back to us. * Many of you know this as ‘The Law Of Attraction’ and others of you may know it as ‘simple physics’.
If this Sixth Chakra becomes imbalanced, you may notice signs such as headaches, lack of concentration, poor eyesight, and detachment, or maybe just a positive desire to go into a quiet place and reconnect through dreams.
To make sure the Third Eye Chakra is balanced, my pup loves ‘third eye kisses’; which of course stimulate the pineal gland, and she loves the ethereal smell of the ‘essential oil’ of Frankincense massaged into this chakra area; especially at naptime or bedtime. Believe it or not she also enjoys hanging out with me as I meditate to music filled with isochronic tones and binaural beats, the Celtic harp, Andean flute, Tibetan bowls, and ‘sounds of nature’ music. She does her ‘stretches’ as I do my kundalini yoga and pilates.
Dogs are really connected to us on a day–to-day basis more than any other animal. * Horses and cats of course are right up there, but this article is about Dogs.
CROWN CHAKRA IS VIOLET AND ASSOCIATED WITH THE ELEMENT OF COSMIC UNIVERSAL ENERGY ITSELF: ON ALL ANIMALS AS WELL AS HUMANS IT IS LOCATED ON THE ‘CROWN’ TOP OF THE HEAD; BETWEEN THE EARS.
Although the bodily areas it is associated with are the Right brain hemisphere, cranium, cerebral cortex, right eye, and Right side of the face, it is most closely associated with being more of a spiritual chakra than any other type of chakra, because it is filled with the attributions of wisdom, spirituality, collective consciousness, and inspiration.
If this Seventh Chakra becomes imbalanced you may notice signs such as depression, and a lack of interest from your dog in joining in the usual fun, or being unsocial when she is usually the social butterfly.
My pup will actually take the biggest clear quartz or Angel Aura crystal I have off of my pillow and lie on it all nite as we sleep. She also is in love with her Amethyst and Rainbow Fluorite crystals. I know that whenever ‘I’ start off with them on ‘My’ pillow or between us, and ‘she’ ends up with them, that she is instinctually trying to re-balance her Seventh Chakra (Crown Chakra). The best way to explain this chakra is to say that it is the’ higher expression’ in all of us.
So, I hope this gives you a bigger picture of the 7 Main Chakras and how each one relates to the overall holistic health and well balance needs of your dog.
- I do offer Chakra Cleansing and Re-Balancing, as well as Crystal Healing Therapy, and Canine Massage; with or without Organic Essential Oils such as Lavender and Frankincense.
Peace, Love, Light, and Abundance to you and yours~
Kelli Angel and Ceilidh