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Reiki for Animals- An Introduction

17 Oct

We would like to introduce a Master Reiki healer, Robiana Panagacos, who will be hosting an evening’s discussion and introduction about Reiki. Ms. Panagacos has worked with many animals and will be speaking here at The Bird & Exotic Hospital November 7th at 7 pm about her work and about Reiki.

This is what Ms. Panacagos would like to share about Reiki and herself:

“Reiki came to the west and is now practiced widely as a method of pain relief and enhanced healing; It is greatly effective where tension and stress are primary causes of pain and other disorders. Reiki is an energy force, appearing to work within the body in the similar fashion to acupuncture and other arts which make use of the body’s energy channels. Reiki is the Universal Life Force Energy. A system of natural healing.

In 1999 I completed the First Degree of the Ancient Healing Art of Reiki; I completed the Second Degree in 2000 and then completed Third Degree Master Teacher Level in 2001. From the beginning of my three years training to present I’ve worked in hospitals and privately with children, adults and horses in Philadelphia, when moving to Los Angeles I worked with animal hospitals helping alleviate pain,reduced stress, anxiety and fear. I’ve been living in Hawaii for the past four years working with rescue animals, animal hospitals, wild animals and people. I work with frequencies and energy as an attribute of movement. I look forward to meeting you and opening this progressive and positive way of healing for you and your animal companions.”

Please let us know with an email or a call that you would like to join us that evening. Humans are welcome but we would need to plan to see the companion animals that need help on a later time.

How to tell a very young African Grey from an older one

11 Oct

Birds as a rule can be difficult to judge age (after leaving the nest) since they are missing teeth (having a much lighter and just as efficient beak) as compared to mammals. One way to judge aging in a mammal patient is to see wear (or lack thereof) on the teeth. Mammals and birds have many differences and this lacking teeth is considered one of the ways they are beautifully adapted for being a flighted animal.

One way we can judge bird aging, for at least a short period of a young bird’s life, is to know how certain patterns on the feathering change as the bird develops, and certain physical features.

A couple such changes happen in the Congo African Grey more info

Youngsters have very dark irises, which lighten over time. As the bird matures, it becomes white or yellow (even darkening to a deep yellow color).
Also, the tail feathers are a dull greyish red with grey tips; the tail feathers brighten over time to a bright red.

Our first example is a youngster about 6-7 months of age, and you can see the iris around the normally dark pupil, and the tail feathers.

The second set of pictures is from one 24 years old.

Great app for birding.

6 Oct

For iOS fans, iTunes is offering Audubon’s Birds of North America app for 0.99 instead of 9.99 at this time. Check it out!