February 1st, 2008
Melissa Hardy, Reno resident and TTouch Practitioner of 15 years began volunteering at Camp Reno yesterday, using her skills to help the residents to feel better and become more social. TTouch is a method based on circular movements of the fingers and hands all over the body. Using a combination of specific touches, lifts and movement exercises, TTouch helps to release tension and increase body awareness. This allows animals be handled without provoking typical fear responses.
Melissa first heard about the Gabbs dogs while attending a TTouch workshop at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary last fall. She’s been following the story ever since and is excited about applying her skills to help the needy dogs. Melissa will also be teaching other EARS volunteers some basics of TTouch to apply to the dogs. Take a look at Wilma receiving her first TTouch session! More information about TTouch can be found at TTouch.com.
Meanwhile, when Linda Bailey, niece of the owner of the dogs came to the shelter yesterday to visit them, she noticed Edgar — a raven with an unrepairable broken wing who had been my buddy in the makeshift EARS office since we arrived. Nevada Humane had been looking for a rescue or sanctuary for Edgar, but had been unsuccessful until now. It turns out that Linda volunteers with Eastern Sierra Wildlife Rescue in Bishop. She called the center and received approval to transport Edgar there, where he will reside with other rescued ravens.
What small circles we all move in! If it weren’t for the dogs from Gabbs, Linda would not have had a reason to be at Nevada Humane … and Edgar would never have found his way to Eastern Sierra Wildlife Rescue. Best of luck to my buddy Edgar!