Did Reiki Make the Dog’s Leg Grow Back?

Many years ago when I was a Reiki II practitioner and working in a veterinary practice I was able, with the agreement of the vet, to practice on some of the animals.  It was actually through seeing this that some of my colleagues asked me to treat them, as while they thought it was a bit weird they could see for themselves there was something to this Reiki business!

I would like to tell you about my one of my experiences with a Greyhound. The dog had sustained a irreparable leg injury on his left hind and needed surgery to remove the leg, the operation was skillfully performed by the vet and the dog was put in a kennel to rest and recover with the necessary medical paraphernalia attached to him.  The day after the operation I was on the early shift and as usual I had arrived with plenty of time to spare.  The dog was in his kennel and was so very stressed and in pain.  Removal of a limb is traumatic for any animal.  I spoke softly to the dog and immediately felt my hands begin to tingle.  I opened up the kennel door and got inside with the dog, he looked at me with such pain and anguish in his eyes, my heart went out to him.

I held my hands a little way from the dog and ‘connected’ with him, his look changed from panic to interest at what this lady was doing in his kennel! Animals often look quizzical when they feel the Reiki energy for the first time. When working with animals it is especially important to be led by them if a dog is frightened or uncomfortable it may bite, a cat scratch (or bite!) and a horse can give a nasty kick (and again bite!).  I then placed my hands on the dog’s shoulders and the Reiki really began to flow.  We sat like this for a while and he let out a huge sigh; a good sign.  I moved my hands to his head he looked into my eyes, it was a beautiful moment of two souls connecting.  He then realised that despite the lack of one of his limbs he was able to move and he lay down, his breathing slowed and he fell asleep, he slept for a long time and when he woke he was calm and relaxed.  He was able to go home, under supervision, later that day and walked out on his 3 legs with relative ease.

Did Reiki make his leg grow back?  Well of course it didn’t.  What it did was allow his body, mind and spirit to come to terms with the loss and heal itself.  The dog recovered from his surgery well and remarkably quickly.  With Reiki miraculous things can and do happen, but it is a facilitator rather than a magic wand.  It brings back the balance that creates a healing environment.

*The picture in this article is not the actual dog, but the spitting image of him.

Healing the Dog

Tales from the Reiki treatment room.

I want to share with you some of the experiences that I have had working with Reiki.  The first one is about a young dog who was about to lose his front leg. I will call him Bob.

It was 2002 and I was working at a veterinary practice in East Sussex.  I was a level II Reiki practitioner and having the time of my life practising on some of the patients, with the permission of the vet.  The Vet’s dog, Bob a Whippet, had a nasty accident and injured his front leg quite badly, it was operated on; it didn’t heal; it was operated on again; it didn’t heal after all manner of treatments were given, still the leg got worse.

The vet was due to go overseas for a month and I had volunteered to look after his two dogs, as you may know dogs are my ‘thing’ and a couple of extras added onto my 4 did not phase me!  The other vet was under instructions that Bob’s leg would probably have to be amputated whilst his dad was away.  I took Bob in for him to be examined and the other vet concurred that an amputation was going to have to happen later in the week.  At this point I begged him to give me 2 weeks to see if I could do anything for the dog.  He agreed to humour me.  I gave him Reiki morning and night and a great deal of TLC and almost immediately I began to see an improvement, not just in the leg, but in the way the dog was coping mentally with the injury.

My two weeks was up and I took Bob to work with me, the vet put him on the examination table and gave me the sort of smile that people give you when they are trying to tell you in a nice way that you are a ‘deluded, weirdo, hippy’!  He removed the dressing from the leg and the wry smile fell straight from his face and his mouth dropped open as he looked at a leg with a nasty scar, but nothing else.  At this point I indulged my ego and danced around the surgery singing ‘I told you, it is real’ (I was younger then)!  To say the vet was gobsmacked was an understatement and when Bob’s dad returned home expecting to find a 3 legged dog he was also flabbergasted.

I truly believe that this was meant to be in order to teach two men who were very routed in science and conventional medicine that there is more to life than science has been able to explore at this time.

Reiki can’t save the leg of every dog who is facing amputation and is not a replacement for veterinary care, but even if it can’t solve the presenting problem it can help with healing and the adjustment process.