Surgery sucess!

Jiggy relaxing on Dad’s shoulder

 

Hi Dr. Monica,

Just a follow-up.  Jiggy came through her surgery beautifully yesterday, as you predicted.  The wound is surprisingly large since the tumor had grown so much but she was very accommodating during our first medication session this morning.  I’m sure she remembers what you told her.  She also hasn’t resisted the mandatory collar at all.  That’s a huge relief.  We’re all set to take her with us when we leave on Wednesday.  We had planned to just let her ride on my husband’s shoulder during the drive but since the vet has requested that we not let her fly at all for several weeks, that won’t be possible.  If she gets startled by one of the dogs, we can’t be sure she won’t take flight.  But, every time we stop for gas or a potty break, my husband will spend cuddle time with her – that’s our plan.

 

There aren’t enough words to thank you for making time for your communication with Jiggy last week.  It was transformative.  My husband’s bond with her is even deeper.  They’re both napping together in the recliner as I’m typing this.  LOL, It’s going to be fun to have her with us – an option that we hadn’t even considered before your conversation.  Our vet loved the idea that you had spoken with her and fully endorsed your suggestions.  You have blessed us again with your remarkable gift.  Thank you.

 

I’ll let you know how it all turns out.

Much love and gratitude,

Cathi

After a week, terrific so far!
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Tug B

Hi Dr. Monica,

Sorry for the long email but much to tell! I just wanted to give you an update since we connected last week on how Marc and I and the kids are doing…Terrific so far 🙂

We put down large rubber mats and Tug seems to be walking around more confidently and venturing into areas now where we’ve laid them down.

We finally got some anti-anxiety meds from the vet to help Tug relax before bed and since we started there has been no frantic pacing, panting, or constant barking during the night. Marc is finally sleeping in our bed again 🙂 The meds seem to calm him down without being groggy or doped up which we were hoping for. His eyes are lit up more.

We got both Tug and Chewy jumbo orthopedic beds and cooling blankets and Tug took to them right away and seems quite settled and comfortable on it.

We talked to the dermatologist and he’s allowed us to expand Chewy’s diet to include some goat cheese, veggies (loves her yams and sweet potatoes), and some new treats. We have added these to Tug’s plate too and they are licking them clean.

We started with organic CBD oil for both and Chewy hasn’t limped since. Fingers crossed it will help them both and their joints over the long term.

Our home has become more relaxed, calm, and happy. I am practicing communicating in pictures…it is more challenging than I thought! How do I ‘picture’ love, happiness and joy for them to understand…Interesting concept I’ve never considered before. I’ll keep working at it.

What a gift you have Dr. M! From the bottom of all our hearts, thank you…for everything.❤️

Susan B and Mark T   September 18, 2020

Sister Love

Roxy and RemmyRoxie and Remmy are originally from Ohio, born January 12, 2006. They were the only two in their litter. The area they came from is one with big rolling thunderstorms, and after spending just 10 weeks there as kittens, the girls have remained unfazed by thunder and lightening their entire lives. Even firework shows are barely worthy of a glance.

They have always been like two halves of the same cat, splitting the “work” between them. Roxie is the greeter for guests. She says hello and allows herself to be petted. Remmy hangs back and is shyer. But once she knows you, Remmy is more affectionate, while Roxie prefers to watch from a distance.

Remmy is my alarm clock, always on the dot of 5:10 am (and without a snooze button!). She even handles time changes flawlessly if I tell her the night before that we are to be either an hour earlier or later. Roxie takes care of me when I’m sick. She’s the one who won’t leave my side.

Roxie likes cuddles and kisses. Remmy loves nose to nose rubs and to be petted over the head.

Roxie sits on my left. Remmy on my right. Always. They sleep and eat this way too.

When we move and they enter a strange room, Roxie goes left along the perimeter and Remmy goes right. They meet in the middle.

Remmy is usually the one who “talks” to me, meowing and trilling for playtime or dinner. But when Roxie talks, it’s important. Someone really needs something.

They have a great vocabulary and are so smart. Roxie learned the command “sit” after I said it only 5 times. I got Remmy one of those complex feeder where they have to bat food through levels to get to it. She studied it for maybe 30 seconds. Then she pushed it over and rolled it on the floor. The food fell out. Problem solved.

I generally feed Roxie first because she’s a slow, dainty eater. Everyone knows they eat only out of their own dish. Remmy watches to see if I look away. If I do, she takes as much of Roxie’s food as she can grab in her mouth, then drops it into her dish. “Look mom, I’m eating out of my own dish.”

They both love the leather sofa and ottoman, which was a surprise. The ottoman arrived before the sofa, and Remmy immediately claimed it. She sat in sphinx pose on it. Roxie walked across the carpet and lifted her head to sniff Remmy. Then she balanced on her hind legs and wrapped her front paws around Remmy in the sweetest hug. And then…Roxie gripped Remmy tighter, and gave her a quick twist to the left, torquing Remmy in a twisted somersault off the ottoman. Roxie jumped up and claimed her spot. After a while, they decided to share it.

They often groom one another’s head and face. Now that they both aren’t feeling well, they are often curled up together. I can usually tell which one is comforting the other.

Other than a few nights when we moved across country and they traveled separately and a couple of days when Remmy was hospitalized about 3 years ago, the girls have spent every day and night together.

That’s why it is heart-breaking to know I am going to lose them both soon, but I feel like they want to stay together and cross the Rainbow Bridge, if not together, then not too far apart.

For however long they have left, I’m glad they got to live this life together and I’m glad they shared it with me.

– SE

Strenghten our bonds

Dear Dr. Monica:

Thank you so much for Marvel’s session and the document supporting what he said. We’ve known you for so long at least 10-12 years and you have read for all of our babies (Sasha, Chloe, Bella, Marvel and Maddy).

We are so grateful to be on the receiving end of your wonderful gifts! You have connected us to our babies and strengthen the bonds therein and spurned much love.

We love you!

Laura, David, Marvel and Maddy – March 2019

The Best Communicator

It is always a pleasure Dr. Monica. You are the best communicator with animals that I have ever encountered. I so appreciate you and the obvious love that you express in your work. Thank you for keeping your fees affordable. And being approachable. I remember in one of your past books you used one of the stories of my little … Continue reading

7 Children Sleeping Around My Feet

Dear Dr. Monica, First, I send you my warmest regards. I hope you’re keeping well. Second, I send you my sincerest thanks. You have been a wonderful help. As I write this e-mail, I have all seven of my “children” sleeping on or around my feet. From the largest to the smallest. From the oldest to the newest (including Sebastian!). … Continue reading