Fat Tabby Calendar

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Our weather may be hit and miss but the Fat Tabby Calendar says the busy Summer Season has begun. I’ve added a new feature to the blog – on the right hand side there is a real time calendar with dates that are already booked or getting close to being booked. In order to maintain my health (I had some challenges last year) I have to limit the number of daily clients to no more than seven total visits. That usually amounts to a 10 hour day for me considering time on the road in the mountains and various emergencies I walk into at a client’s home. I will also be trying to plan semi-regular days off as a health and safety measure. Please check Fat Tabby’s availability dates when planning your trip.

Jan is going on vacation!

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Welp, I’ve not had a vacation since starting the business four years ago. I’m planning on June 4th through June 11th right now. I’m not sure where I am going or what I’ll be doing; probably just day trips because I’m not sure I can explain to my cats that I will be away. So far June is slow at the beginning of the month and I’d like to take advantage of that before summer busy season hits. So please keep that in mind when you need to book me.

Then it will be: Bring on Summer! I’m ready for warmth and sun, how about you?

Logan Pupdate

Logan is doing great according to Pauline! “He just kept getting better and better after you sent him Reiki.”

I have worked on a number of other dogs since – including my best friend’s very nervous German Shepherd Kuma. The results still surprise even me and I KNOW it works!

KXLY, a news station in Idaho, recently did a story on how Reiki and other energy therapies help (human) cancer patients. You can find that story here.

Call anytime to schedule a Reiki session for your fur child. Remember: I am not bound by distance. I can send Reiki anywhere in the world.

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Reiki Works

What I just posted in my Wild Reiki Facebook group – please call if you are interested in a free 15 minute distance session to see Reiki for yourself.

“I just had an amazing experience! A pet sitting client contacted me yesterday when I posted that I was ready to offer Reiki to my clients. Their 9 year old dog Logan had a leg removed last week due to soft tissue sarcoma. Poor Logan was in pain and very restless at night – every night since the surgery. I was very busy last night and didn’t have time to sit and do the send I wanted to – I did two 5 minute quickies before bed – but I remembered Rose (my teacher) said that Reiki flowed while asleep too (at least when we did it on ourselves). So as I was getting into bed I set the intention for the Reiki to flow all night to Logan.

When I got up I texted my clients to see how he did. Here is their response:”

“We are absolutely amazed. There was not a peep out of Logan ALL NIGHT!! This morning he is calm and relaxed. We didn’t try and get him on the bed and he seemed OK with that. THANK YOU 😊

UPDATE:
“I am Logan’s pet parent, and I just had to say again how incredible this was. I had gotten up every night – 2 and 3 times – since the surgery 10 days ago, to calm Logan or give pain meds. Last night after Jan sent Reiki to Logan he – and us – slept the whole night. I am not sure I know how this works, but it does, and we are so grateful to Jan for this service. She is also a great pet sitter!”

THANK YOU PAULINE!

What is Reiki?

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By far the most common question I am asked is “What exactly is Reiki?” Here is a wonderful explanation from the website The International Association of Reiki Professionals:”

“Reiki is a spiritual healing art with its roots in Japanese origin. The word Reiki comes from the Japanese word (Rei) which means “Universal Life” and (Ki) [also known as “Qi” or “Chi” – Jan]  which means “Energy.” Reiki is not affiliated with any particular religion or religious practice. It is not massage nor is it based on belief or suggestion. It is a subtle and effective form of energywork using spiritually guided life force energy.

Reiki is the life energy that flows through all living things. Reiki Practitioners understand that everyone has the ability to connect with their own healing energy and use it to strengthen energy in themselves and help others. It is believed that a person’s “ki” or energy should be strong and free flowing. When this is true a person’s body and mind is in a positive state of health. When the energy becomes weak or blocked it could lead to symptoms of physical or emotional imbalance.

A Reiki session can help ease tension and stress and can help support the body to facilitate an environment for healing on all levels – physical, mental, and emotional. A session is pleasant and relaxing and is often utilized for one’s personal wellness.”

The Usui Lineage

As iarp.org states, “Reiki is believed to have been associated with Mikao Usui who is credited with rediscovering the root system now called Reiki. His tradition and methods were passed through several grandmasters of Reiki. Today, Reiki takes many forms, however, The Usui System of Natural Healing is still the form most widely practiced. Practitioners and Master Teachers are trained through an initiation process where Masters pass on their knowledge and expertise to their students.”

My Reiki Lineage is the Usui Shiki Ryoho system of natural healing where I have been initiated into the second degree. In addition to that, my teacher, Rose De Dan of Wild Reiki and Shamanic Healing has taught us to add in some shamanic techniques that compliment our Reiki practice. I will be learning more of these techniques, beneficial both to our animal companions and ourselves, come January when I attend her eight week Bones, Stones, Feathers, and Fur shamanic teleclass. This focus is not merely on me being a healer to the animals, but acknowledging that the animals are sentient spiritual beings in their own right and have healing abilities themselves. In both animal Reiki and Shamanic healing we look to the animals to be our teachers. As Rose states,

Open your heart to the Animal, Plant, and Stone Teachers.

Listen to their wisdom. Feel their love.

Experience their healing power.

Together we are strong!

Companion Animal Reiki

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I finished my Reiki II certification and am ready to offer Reiki to your fur children! These sessions can be in person or over the phone – I don’t have to actually lay hands on them to have the Reiki flow now. And yes, I will be happy to do pet parents as well – I have a portable massage table just for that purpose! If you haven’t ever experienced Reiki I offer a free introductory 15 minute session for yourself or your fur baby. Regular pricing will be $75 for a one hour session.

My next class in January is Bones, Stones, Feathers, and Fur Shamanic Healing class to further deepen my connection with the animals as their own sentient, spiritual beings. Animals are healers in their own right (something nearly all pet guardians can attest to) and this Shamanic class (in the Peruvian tradition) will teach us how they are viewed in indigenous cultures.

Call now to reserve your spot. I can fit a couple appointments in prior to the 20th when pet sitting goes supernova for Christmas and New Year. After that I’ll be taking appointments for the second week of January.

I wish you all a very Peaceful Holiday Season!

The Holidays are coming! The Holidays are coming!

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We are already booking up for the holidays! Karen and I will be limiting the number of clients we take so I don’t have a repeat of last year – all alone, overbooked, snow, ice, soaking rain, accidents (others – not mine), and tourists everywhere. Needless to say I didn’t get any time with my family at all. (They might have been happy about that however. Hmmmm . . .)

We already have bookings for Thanksgiving week. All holidays will be first come, first served so please book as soon as you know you are leaving. Since space is severely limited for the first time I will ask for a 100% non-refundable deposit on all holiday bookings.

There is also $20 surcharge each on Thanksgiving Day November 24th, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. Thank you for your support in making this a much better Holiday season for all of us (provided the snow stays up high and the tourists stay down the hill.)

FTAF Companion Animal Reiki and Fall Scheduling

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I just completed my Reiki I instruction with Rose De Dan of Wild Reiki and Shamanic Healing! Reiki II starts next month and will finish mid-December. After that I will launch Fat Tabby and Friends Animal Companion Reiki and will be available for scheduling appointments after the first of the year. I’m thrilled to be offering this new service to my clients!

Karen and I will be taking a bit of time off the first two weeks of October and will have a greatly reduced schedule. Summer (which began in March) has been insane and we are pooped! Plus I’ll be working on a yard sale benefit for a disabled Veteran who is a friend in Missouri who opens up his 30 acre spread to homeless veterans and homeless pets.

The last two weeks in October are already booking up so if you know you are leaving please call as soon as possible.

I will also be taking my yearly Holiday Party break the November 28 – December 4. I host a party for my kids and grandkids and it’s a huge endeavor. It’s usually quiet for pet sitting at that time too.

We will be changing things for the Holidays: Christmas last year was nothing short of a nightmare with me being completely overbooked, snow, ice, and those tourists(!) blocking roads right and left. I was working 18 hour days alone and didn’t get to see my parents or in laws at all – not even to drop by to say hello. This year we will be limiting bookings to a total of six: three for me and three for Karen. If you think you might have Christmas plans in the works please book now. There will be a $20 surcharge on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day only.

If you have any questions please call, email, or text me. Enjoy the fall weather!

Last Minute Scheduling

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Up until now we have always been able to accommodate last minute scheduling but those days are behind us. I hate to tell my established clients “I’m sorry – we are booked solid with no wiggle room!” but that was the case this week. Please know we will always try to fit clients in if possible but we ask that you try to schedule at least a week in advance. More is always better as we no longer have an “off season.” This week went from slow to overbooked because of last minute requests and then we had to turn other last minute requests away for this weekend which I loathe to do. Thank you for planning ahead!