The Power of Patience - Building Trust with a Fearful Dog

Today's Pawsome Human: Inez Robinson - Transforming Zuri

The Rainbow Bridge

National Geographic FEBRUARY 22, 2023

“Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, your pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.

There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.

There is plenty of food, water, and sunshine, and friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who have been ill and old are restored to health and strength, those who were hurt are made better and strong again, like we remember them before they go to heaven.

They are happy and content except for one small thing—they each miss someone very special to them who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance.

His bright eyes are shining, his body shakes.

Suddenly he begins to run from the herd, rushing over the grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cuddle in a happy hug never to be apart again.

You and your pet are in tears. Your hands again cuddle his head and you look again into his trusting eyes, so long gone from life, but never absent from your heart, and then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together.”

Edna Clyne-Rekhy

If you’ve ever lost a dog, or if you’re dreading the day your pup will leave you, you’re probably crying now ..

I certainly can’t read that poem without tearing up.

But do you know the story behind it?

Do you know who Edna Clyne-Rekhy is, and that she - until recently - had no idea that the poem she wrote 60 years ago after her beloved dog Major died has since given comfort to so many grieving their dogs?

I stumbled across the story on Facebook and found this National Geographic article that talks about how a tenacious author and historian found the human soul behind the Rainbow Bridge…

Panic to Peace - Holistic Approaches to Easing Anxiety in Rescue Dogs

A virtual conference for dog lovers: Feb 19-25, 2024

(Don’t forget to like and follow if you’re active on IG 🙏)

The event is for those who have adopted a dog who is anxious, perhaps reactive, struggling to overcome trauma or separation anxiety.

And it’s for those who are considering adopting a dog but might hesitate because they worry about the “baggage” a rescue dog might come with.

I’ve invited wonderful experts who will give you kind, gentle, holistic, connection-based tools and solutions so you feel equipped to support your dog.

Here is what we’ll cover:

Dr. Edward Bassingthwaighte - Healing anxiety and building relationship with Loving Touch

Dr. Jeff Grognet - Can you help anxiety with medication? Success and failures

Annie Phenix - How to Help Dogs Heal QUICKLY and Compassionately

Laura Donaldson - Best Practices for Bringing a Rescue Dog into Your Home

Dr. Jeff Feinman - Reframing limiting beliefs in vet and shelter care using Compassionate Communication

Miranda Wimbush - Transform Your Anxious Rescue through the Power of Intuitive Connection

Julie Cluley - Dogs Are Never Naughty

Ness Jones - Preventing Separation Anxiety in Rescue Dogs

Daphné Singer - Walking on Sunshine: Crafting Stress-Free Strolls for Anxious Pups

Inez Robinson - How to Talk Dog

Iris Grimm - Love Your Dog’s Future Self

Billie Groom - Anxiety in Adolescent and Adopted Dogs: Canine Cognitive Behavioral Therapy by UPWARD Dogology

Dr. Fern (Dr. K) Kazlow - A Psychotherapist's Approach to Easing Anxiety in Our Dogs and Ourselves

Jody Teiche - Unleashing The Power of Energy Medicine To Heal Anxiety In Your Pets

Sarah Jones - Yellow Paws: Advocating Space and Empathy for Anxious Dogs

Stay tuned 🐾

This week’s Pawsome Human: Inez Robinson - The Power of Patience: Building Trust with a Fearful Dog

Inez is the first podcast guest who’s on the show for a second time. You might think I really like her 😛😊 and you'd be right!

I adore the work she does (and she's also one of the Panic to Peace summit speakers where she'll share more of her hands-on wisdom with you)

Over the last 18 months, I've been watching (via Inez' Facebook posts) how she helps Zuri transform, literally from Panic to Peace.


A Belgian Malinois pup Inez took in after she got rescued from the horrendous situation she was in and loved and nurtured to health and confidence, one tiny step at a time.

Gift yourself a time-out and listen in

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