Come to Green Pawz and stock up on the best pet supplies, food, and treats for the holidays, and “Give Love in Every Bite!” That’s what Howie & Friends provide with their Artisan-crafted treats, made right here in San Francisco. Better yet, a portion of profits from every purchase helps fund shelter pets in need.
Howie & Friends treats are organic and made using wholesome, human grade ingredients. They are wheat, corn, and soy free, and contain no added sugars or chemicals.
Come check out the delicious assortment of flavors!
Learn more about Howie & Friends on their website, and stop in at Green Pawz Grooming Shop & Pet Boutique to pick up some of these tasty morsels for your pet this holiday season!
Hello pet lovers of the local SF community! My name is Samantha and I’m very excited to join the Green Pawz family. We have a wonderful team of employees here, dedicated to providing customers with the highest quality grooming services available as well as wholesome products for you and your pet. I am so happy to be here in San Francisco, and I am learning so much about caring for our pets in ways that are conscious of pet and human health, while also considering the impact on the environment.
Here on our blog, we’d like to take some time to check in with our customers and the local community by discussing relevant pet-related issues, as well as retail and grooming related questions that come up in our shop. We’re here to have fun, too! And no one knows more about having a good time than our playful companions.
As we wind down from Thanksgiving and gear up for the upcoming holidays, there are many things to be grateful for, and Green Pawz is here to help keep your pet happy, healthy, and clean all through the holiday season.
Thanks for reading, and stay tuned!
Frida and I recently moved from our quaint retreat cabin in Sausalito to a home in Mill Valley. While Frida will have more space, backyard and a couple new furry friends that live next door, it was a stressful and unpleasant experience for Ms. Frida. While doing some research on the subject on how to better prepare a move for our loving companions, I would like to share my findings in the event you are making a move.
Be prepared. Your dog or cat will better adapt. Giving lots of love and hugs during this time is essential.
Prior to move, gradually pack rather than rush the process. Your pet will eventually get used to this task.
Move day, it is best to keep your pet in a crate or small room so they do not escape. Frida would run outside as the movers carried our belongings to truck. While she went straight to the car, jumped high over door and into the driver seat. (top was down)! She would not leave, however there is the possibility of running into the street.
When you arrive to your new home, keep in crate until you put their familiar toys, bed and yummy organic treats out. Then, take for a walk through the neighborhood to become familiar with the new surroundings.
Change is positive and necessary. We all need it, including our furry companions. Just be prepared and mindful.
Happiness in the new home. xo
I am frequently asked what our mission is at Green Pawz and how do we differentiate from other “pet boutiques”…Well, to put it simply we are a Community where like minded dog and cat lovers engage in taking great care for their pets by having them groomed and shopping for the best food and treats available. Moreover, the intention to be gentle and kind to our planet when making purchasing decisions. Looking at ways to live a more sustainable livelihood that includes our pets.
Avoid Chemicals, Pesticides and other harmful ingredients
Live with Compassion & Kindness
Learn, have fun, practice, live, laugh, breathe and LOVE where you work and what you do.
We are approaching 3 years of business in May 2013! Wow..it has been a journey. A fulfilling and understanding of why I decided to make a drastic change in my career at 40. Ultimately, this is what I am suppose to do in this lifetime. Work with dogs, create a compassionate work environment that brings community together in a loving and kind way.
One of the many reasons I am grateful for my work and Green Pawz are the customers that continue to visit and support our business. I am able to be a part of their lives and their love for pets and our planet.
Here is a customer who has been coming to Green Pawz from the beginning. Below is a photo of her with newborn daughter and again today, with her daughter that is now 2 years old and so beautiful.
I LOVE my job.
I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and wish you a happy new year!
This holiday I decided to travel south to see the family. Contemplating do I fly or drive?
Well, flying would only take 1 hour from SFO – LAX and driving would take from 6-7 hours. The idea of a short plane trip did cross my mind, however, what would I do with Frida for the holiday?
Excluding Frida, my favorite road trip partner, from the holiday festivities was not going to be an option!
A few interesting articles to enjoy, compiled for you to expand awareness and good health for yourself and your precious dog, to be most well and happy this day~
ENERGY HEALING FOR DOGS
Originally published in Animal Wellness Magazine, June 2011
By Kathleen Prasad
Forty percent of Americans have tried holistic therapies, and 60 percent of U.S. households have at least one pet. It’s no surprise, then, that those same people are increasingly turning to energy healing and other holistic therapies to help their furry friends.
The goal of energy healing is to rebalance the life force or biofield of the individual in need of healing. Energy healing, as a “holistic” modality for canines, sees the dog’s health from the perspective of the “whole being” of the dog—physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. The following energetic therapies use different methods to help shift the dog’s “whole being” back into a state of energetic balance, which in turn often results in an improvement and/or resolution of symptoms/disease.
According to the National Institutes of Health, “Homeopathy seeks to stimulate the body’s ability to heal itself by giving very small doses of highly diluted substances.” In most cases, these substances are so dilute that only the “energy” of the substance remains, affecting and acting upon the energetic level of healing for the client. Cynthia Juday, DVM, CVA, an integrative veterinarian who uses both conventional and holistic modalities to address health issues in her patients, describes the amazing results homeopathic remedies had in helping her own dog, a Pit-Boxer mix named JD, heal from autoimmune disease.
When JD was 3, he developed an acute high fever. Blood tests confirmed a diagnosis of autoimmune disease, which threatened to cause severe anemia and uncontrolled bleeding. His values were alarmingly low. The PCV (percentage of red cells in serum–optimum 36-60 percent) was 17.8 percent. Platelets were 73,000 (optimum 150-330,000) and later dropped to less than 10,000. He was too lethargic to stand or play. Eating was an effort. A cortisone injection, often used for this condition, caused severe pancreatitis and gastroenteritis.
Homeopathic remedies to reduce inflammation and support the immune system were chosen and injected intravenously in liquid form. Within a few hours, he was asking for a chew toy. The repeat testing three days later revealed a PCV of 34 percent and platelets 174,000, and he was much more active.
Although homeopathy jumpstarted the process, JD’s complete recovery took two years. Dr. Juday says, “A combination of a home-prepared diet, nutritional supplements, homeopathic remedies and Chinese herbs” were used to support this longer process of total recovery.
Laura Adams, DVM, CVA, has been a veterinarian for 16 years. Although her primary focus is acupuncture, she uses both conventional and holistic modalities to support her patients. The American Veterinary Medical Association describes veterinary acupuncture and acutherapy as “examination and stimulation of specific points on the body of nonhuman animals by use of acupuncture needles … and a variety of other techniques for the diagnosis and treatment of numerous conditions in animals.”
Dr. Adams describes the results of acupuncture in her dog patients as “amazing.” One such case was for a 3-year-old beagle named Betty, whose swollen disc resulted in partial paralysis in her hind legs.
When I first saw Betty, she could only take a couple of steps before falling over. I did two treatments, one week apart, and then continued treating once every two weeks due to financial concerns. Within a month and a half, Betty was walking normally. She is still doing well today, and the owner brings her back for support whenever he sees the first signs of back pain.
Krista Cantrell, M.A., (www.kristacantrell.com), a Qigong instructor for 18 years, explains that she is often called in to help dogs when traditional therapies aren’t working. “A Qigong practitioner directs and moves Qi (energy or life force) freely through the body to eliminate or reduce health problems, increase resilience and flexibility, and reduce the effects of aging and stress,” she says. According to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, “preliminary studies [in humans] suggest that Qigong can improve certain aspects of the immune system, and can increase functioning of the human body.”
Recently, Cantrell was asked to assist Max, a 6-year-old Dachshund, by his person, Marie. Max was in pain when touched, his stomach was extremely bloated, and he was diagnosed with spinal problems and a neurological deficit in his right hind leg. Traditional veterinary medicine didn’t seem to be helping.
When I saw Max, his Qi was stagnant and not flowing smoothly throughout his body, especially in his stomach and bladder meridians. The first physical signal that Max’s Qi was not flowing smoothly was his bloated stomach, which often indicates a stomach and spleen imbalance. The second physical signal was that Max’s back right paw did not lift up and roll over quickly. Rear leg lameness is another sign that can appear when the stomach meridian needs rebalancing. During the Qigong session, I rebalanced Max’s meridians (especially stomach and bladder meridians) and guided the Qi to flow through his bones. I also shared with Marie a Qi exercise she could do every day with Max.
The next day Marie sent me an e-mail that Max was doing “fabulous.” One month later, Max is “problem-free”– still getting his scratches, going for walks and having a lot of fun.
Healing Touch for Animals was founded by Carol Kormitor, a former veterinary technician,(www.healingtouchforanimals.com). Because healing touch is relatively new, clinical research is limited, but there are many case studies showing positive results for clients. Shelley Wallen, one of Kormitor’s students, has been a healing Touch for Animals Practitioner for 3 years. She describes this energetic modality as using energy and intention to “encourage a natural healing process [that] can enhance response to traditional interventions.”
She recalls how a 6-year-old Newfoundland named Oslo responded to Healing Touch for Animals treatment.
Oslo received an advanced arthritis diagnosis, causing severe pain in numerous joints. For two months, a veterinary pain specialist, veterinary acupuncturist and canine massage therapist closely monitored his care; Oslo’s pain escalated to the degree he could no longer tolerate touch. Shelley was asked to join the treatment team.
His family observed a different dog after his first HTA treatment. After examination the following day, his veterinarian reduced Oslo’s pain medication by 50 percent. After the third week of adding HTA treatments with his acupuncture, medication levels dropped from nine Tramadol per day to one, fully eliminated by the fourth week.
Reiki and Flower Essences
Bernie Fischer, DVM, PhD, has been a veterinarian for 23 years. In the following case, he shares how the energetic modalities of Reiki and flower essences assisted the end-of-life transition in a 13-year-old male neutered mix breed dog who, after being on medications for hip pain, collapsed one day.
When I first saw Duffy, he was lying on a blanket on the floor and could hardly move. It was clear that he was extremely uncomfortable. I applied three drops of Old Blush China Rose flower essence to the skin on the inside of one of Duffy’s rear legs. This flower essence is helpful for providing a sense of safety for animals. I then sat next to Duffy and put one hand on his back. I closed my eyes and began the meditation and breathing which I often use to start a Reiki session. Duffy accepted the Reiki. During the session, the owner noted that Duffy’s breathing seemed to get easier, and he stopped shaking and shivering. After about 30 minutes, Duffy wanted to get up. The dog’s person and I helped Duffy up and he proceeded to go outside into the backyard and walk around, sniffing. Something he had not done in over a week. Later that night while sleeping comfortably, Duffy made his transition quietly and peacefully.
As you can see, energy healing shines in a variety of situations. To try an energy healing modality with your dog, consult your local holistic veterinarian for suggestions. To find a holistic veterinarian in your area please consult the searchable listings at www.holisticvetlist.com, sponsored by the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association.
For those of you who have not had the pleasure of meeting my dog, Frida Kahlo.
I rescued her 6 years ago from a ranch in San Luis Obispo. She 1 was of 25 dogs on this ranch. I found her on petfinder.com and fell in love. Her shaggy blond hair and big brown eyes. She appeared in the photos to have a big personality. Well, to the say the least.
Upon my arrival to the ranch off Highway 46 (No, I did not stop to wine taste this time) I opened my door and here comes Frida Kahlo. Out of 25 dogs, she was the 1 dog that jumped in my car! There was no apprehension, I was taking her home. First stop, the Groomer.
She was a bit challenging the first 6 years but has filled my life with consistent love and companionship. We have had many experiences together and she has made some challenges a bit more light and fun.
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It has taken some time to gain inspiration for writing. However, yesterday I hiked the Tennessee Valley trail in Mill Valley to the beach. It was a spectacular day and a lot of dogs frolicking along with their owners. As I walked along the lush scenery down to Tennessee Beach, I became inspired to share my outings with Frida and my inspiration behind Green Pawz.
If you have never been to Tennessee Valley, it is a Bay Area must!
Stay tuned for additional outings with Frida and inspiration behind Green Pawz!
Also, if you have any special places you would like to share, please do.