Skunkles II: Understanding the Role of the Emotions

It is now about three months since I first worked on Skunkles, and after a bit of a recent scare, he is relatively stable again. The sudden decline was a very revealing process for both Kaylie and myself as to how big of a role the emotions play.

Before the decline, Skunkles was sound on the leg with the tumor, playful and interactive. The tumor had shrunk to slightly less than 8” in circumference. Life was good. Then Kaylie had a phone call interaction in the evening with a person who pushed all her buttons, and it became emotional weight for Kaylie. Kaylie left the phone call scared for the other person’s well being, furious for the choices they were making in life, and profoundly sad that a familiar scenario had come up once again. The phone call left her feeling completely drained and hopeless, like “what’s the point”.

The very next morning Skunkles wasn’t himself, and it appeared that the tumor on his leg started to change shape. The following day, Skunkles was worse and started to limp. On the third day it was clear that the tumor was rapidly growing and had started to become quite painful for Skunkles. Kaylie had work-related obligations of long days those first three days and a friend came in at noon to walk Skunkles. Her friend commented on how rapidly the leg had changed in 3 days: the tumor was “growing before their eyes”.

Kaylie felt that the end was rapidly approaching, and by the time I worked on Skunkles again—five days after the phone call incident—he was in significant pain and unwilling to put much weight on the leg. The tumor was now approaching 10” in circumference. I worked on him in the evening (on a Wednesday) and for the first time. Skunkles did not appear to respond and was still in significant pain the next morning. He was depressed, panting with pain, and could hardly use the leg at all. At that point I also felt that Skunkles was on a one-way decline. But, I worked on him again that evening (Thursday)—so 2 days in a row. That evening, instead of Skunkles jumping on the bed to sleep, he seemed so painful, that Kaylie slept on the floor next to him so he wouldn’t have to move. She arranged to stayed home from work that next day (Friday) as she felt that her time with Skunkles was running out and she wanted to be with him in his final hours.

Skunkles on Thursday, listless and in pain.

Skunkles on Thursday, limping painfully.


But the next morning (Friday) Kaylie (and I!) were in for quite the surprise. Skunkles woke up feeling significantly better! Kaylie had rated his degree of lameness the previous day as a 10, and now he was at a 4! His spirits had shifted as well, and he was willing to move, interact, and go for shortened walks.

I worked on him for two more sessions (Friday and Saturday). Immediately after the Friday session, Skunkles popped up all silly, grabbing his toys and wanting to go for a walk! At this point, as seen in this second video, he is all but 100% sound on the right front leg where the tumor is. As you can see, there is no comparison to the video taken Thursday evening.

Skunkles walking happily on Saturday.

And playing!

So, what happened? While a person may call all this a silly coincidence, I have seen this over and over again: the owner's emotions are so deeply taken in by the (sensitive) animal companion that the animal gets sick. I feel a high percentage of cancer is actually emotionally based. And this has been true for Skunk. So the energy work I do is based on emotions and Skunkles was able to let go of the interaction he observed with his beloved human Kaylie. Letting go is what helped him to once again heal. Is he “cured"? No, not at this point. To cure cancer takes working on the root, and that isn’t always easy, even when the root cause is identified. 

During this period, I also worked on Kaylie to help her release stuck emotions as well. So that is a part of the healing: it is difficult for an animal to heal if the owner is still emotionally wounded.

I have often said that where the dog ends and their human begins (and visa versa) is a very blurry line! Or perhaps better put: there is no line at all. Energy is constantly shared between a well connected dog and their person. That is what we as humans love about dogs, but we also have to recognize the shortcomings of such a connected relationship and how our energy may be affecting our dogs.