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Document Typology: Research
Methodology addressed by the publication:Narrative medicine
Title of document: Going to the dogs assistance
Name of author(s): Anne-Elizabeth
Name of publisher: National Multiple sclerosis Society
Language of the publication: English
Language of the review: English
Summary:
I'd like to share with you some of what happened during a session I recently had with a client. S and I had just completed a cleansing meditation. During this meditation, S had silently asked for any animal Helpers to help her with the work we were about to do. We were about to begin a meditation to help her close the inner connection with her deceased mother. (It has taken us about six sessions of hexagrams and deprogramming to get to this point and she was feeling her ego's fear at taking the step to close the connection). As we closed our eyes, my little dog came and lay down on top of her feet. A few seconds later, one of my cats (who rarely approaches non-family members) jumped onto the table, walked over to S and started to lick her hand. She then lay down on the table close to and in front of S. As I said, closing this inner connection has been difficult for this client. But today, after our meditation, she was visibly relaxed and relieved. We confirmed with the Sage that my cat was a Helper of Deprogramming, a Feeling Helper (S could physically feel the cat’s desire to help and the licking felt like healing), and a Helper of Inner Connection. We also found that my dog is a Supporting Helper.

My animals are almost always present for the sessions I have with clients, but I have never felt them so engaged and involved in the process before. The Sage says that the animals know when they are needed +++. It was clear to me today that they are so willing to offer their help if we are open to receiving it. An amazing gift to me and my client!
Reviewer's comments on the document:
Service animal come in many shapes, sizes, and species and perform tasks including but not limited to, retrieval, support, guiding, alerting to sounds, opening and closing doors, and responding to changes in the physiological, mental, or emotional state of their human partners. Dogs have a special relationship with people and are, perhaps, the best-known service animal. Guide dogs for the visually impaired have long been accepted by the general public. Other types of assistance dogs, if less familiar, are equally helpful.
Typically, MS makes some daily activities more challenging, but it frequently takes people who have MS some time to decide that they need any kind of help at all. The decision to acquire a service dog takes period of adjustment ,even if the person knows the potential value of an animal’s help.We have per two patients in every society who,s the main helpers are dogs.Laima also is one of them and she is so happy.We organise even seminars to whose who are interested in training the dogs to assist for disabled people.
Where to find it: Magazine InsideMS 2010 May-April

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