Do you know what today is?
It's National Holistic Pet Day!
In the spirit of the holiday, I have 3 announcements at the end of this post.
But first, what is National Holistic Pet Day?
It is a day to remember that life is a great big spiral. Everything we do impacts the next level in the spiral. Its the food we eat. The environment in which we live. And, most importantly, it's love and kindness we demonstrate to those around us, as well as to the world in general. Providing a healthy, nurturing environment for our pets should be part of their overall health maintenance plan.
"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." -Benjamin Franklin
Our society has gotten so far away from that ideal. We fix, rather than prevent. My first glimpse into the importance of prevention over repairing came from my dog Sammy, who at the age of 9 was diagnosed with the early stages of kidney disease.
From that day forward:
- I switched their food from the cheaper, commercially prepared food to the premium brands and eventually over to raw.
- The cleaning supplies went from petroleum based chemicals to natural ingredients.
- I made time to educate myself on everything and anything "holistic."
- Every step of the way, I educated those around me.
- I kept my modern veterinarian in the loop.
Sammy crossed over at the age of 15. I attribute his longevity to the changes we made in his life. Shortly afterwards, I began my grooming career and was fortunate in the beginning, that the store manager allowed me free range in how I wanted to run the grooming shop. It allowed me to incorporate holistic practices and begin to fine tune them.
It was different than the normal groomer was used to. I was not alone as across the country many pet groomers were quietly instituting this better way. In the early days of Facebook, some of us came out of the closet and were met with ridicule. But we persevered! We kicked open that closet door and found more and more groomers wanting to learn a better way.
Which brings me to:
Announcement #1. The formation of a Holistic Dog Grooming Facebook page. It is a non judgmental site formed to share tips, and educate groomers on holistic practices. Come join us!
Announcement #2 The newly formed Society of Holistic Pet Stylists. A professional association dedicated to holistic pet grooming. Join Christein Sertzel, Barbara Bird, Daryl Conner, Melissa Jepson, Lori Gulling, and myself as we set the new standard. Visit our Facebook page for more information while we cross our T's and the dot the I's.
Announcement #3 Daryl Conner and I are writing a book entitled "Holistic Pet Grooming." It should be ready for the Holidays.
How are you going to celebrate National Holistic Pet Day?