Beautiful time of year in San francisco! Dogs love to run free at Ocean Beach, hike the trail at Lands End and bath time at Green Pawz. You can even wash your dog at our Stanyan Street location! We provide the organic shampoo, made by our friends at EO, towels, dryer and your own apron so you don’t get a bath! The best part is…we will clean up the mess and it is only $15.00.
Hope to see you soon!
We wanted you to be the first to know that Green Pawz bought Groom, a neighborhood dog- grooming salon that is located at 938 Clement Street in the Inner Richmond.
Groom is a highly reputable salon that has been in business for 27 years. Most recent owner, Nona Bailey approached Julianne and felt that it would be a mutually beneficial fit for both staff and customers.
The acquisition of Groom will bring together a talented team that is truly passionate about working with pets and our community.
GreenPawz is retaining the current staff at Groom, so current Groom clients can count on familiar faces and a continuation of the same excellent services.
In addition, Groom will complete the same green certification process that is followed at the Cole Valleylocation; in addition, our Green Pawz customers now have two location options for grooming, as well as, a place to come for their pet food and supplies.
A note from Julianne:
“I look forward to working with our additional team members to learn, share and enjoy our work and further reach out to new friends and customers. Green Pawz is dedicated to making business choices based on treating our employees, pets and community with compassion and kindness. We will continue to deliver excellent service, trustworthy grooming and environmentally-friendly products that are safe and healthy for your pets. Our mission is to provide the best natural and organic products available, so you can pamper your pets and our planet.”
With love & gratitude,
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!
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!
Does a dog sitting shotgun mean that I can drive carpool?
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.