Animals & Humans heal each other

Sadly, after many years of service especially to sick children in the community, Una passed away on 15th March 2017. Her younger brother ‘Jinxy’ (or Jinx) is now usually available to visit during consultations.

Animals have a way of grounding us; bringing us back to the earth’s elements, interacting with their beautiful eyes, feeling their soft warm fur and responding to their unconditional, non-judgemental love. They don’t worry about what other people think of them, they show their emotions openly and live for the moment.

Science tells us that we produce extra feel-good hormone oxytocin, which is the intimacy or love hormone, when we stroke an animal’s fur. Also pets tend to keep us more fit and active, reducing our incidence of heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke. When sitting with them quietly interacting, our blood pressure, heart rate and breathing slows. The ultimate stress reliever for me in this hectic world.

A nurturing act for my mind and body which connect to my heart and fuels my spirit of love is animal-assisted therapy. My beautiful gold and cream-coloured fur-bear Siberian husky, Una, and I have been visiting children in hospital for eight years. We provide comfort to those children suffering from any physical or emotional issue.

Dr KathleenFrom her book

Una