Bowhaus Welcomes KelseyAnne
I would like to introduce you to Bob. He is a four year old American Bulldog who is deaf, struggling with anxiety and has been living the past two years of his life as a rescue dog in a kennel. Bob is near and dear to my heart.
My name is KelseyAnne Ogrodnick and for the past two years I have been volunteering with Last Day Dog Rescue (LDDR) out of Michigan, specializing in fearful dogs. I started by walking the dogs and attending the rescue’s weekend training classes. Before I knew it, I began assisting with LDDR’s training program that is geared towards these fearful dogs. Many of them were living at the facility. This is how I met my blue-eyed boy Bob and embarked on his journey that became ours.
There came a point in time when I needed to reevaluate my role in the rescue. I took some space to breathe; to find out what my heart truly wanted. In the past, my personal challenges led me to the healing world to help heal myself. From this experience, I found my way into becoming a Reiki Practitioner and an Energy Healer. Reiki is used to help heal the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual parts of our being. I decided to combine my training experiences, interactions with the rescue dogs and education as a healer to form “ReiKiki”. ReiKiKi uses a combination of modalities on humans and animals, my favorite being LOVE. Stemming from my nickname “Kiki”, I thought it was a clever way to claim this practice as my own.
I came back to the rescue world with a different mindset and that is when my journey flourished with Bob. Every week I would go to the kennel and sit with him in the run. We would do Reiki, hands on work, and whatever else it took to make him feel safe and loved. We listened to dog friendly music and I would play with his toes to stimulate his paw chakras while singing “This Little Piggy”. When you give a healing you always receive a healing back. Bob sure helped to heal me; we had an understanding. I would cry and hold him while he sat on my lap and kissed away my tears. Touch is very important for Bob. It increases his Oxytocin levels, the feel good hormone. This is something that a lot of rescue dogs do not receive and that all forms of life thrive on.
For every dog the healing process may look different. Sometimes a situation exists where the animal doesn’t want any interaction at that moment. Reiki work can be done at a distance which gives me an equally effective option. Dogs are great candidates for healing work, unlike humans, their minds do not have the wandering thoughts or monkey mind as I call it. I have worked on dogs and cats with cancer, anxiety disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and fearful behaviors. Whether or not your pet has an existing issue, a session can be a relaxing experience for them. My practice space is cozy but vibrant. I play music and light candles to provide the full experience. Treats are used throughout the process for positive reinforcement. I welcome the opportunity to guide your animal through a ReiKiki session at Bowhaus, we will work together based on your pets’ needs!