Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) for Dogs



I received a comment from a reader asking if it is safe to give her dog ACV and cinnamon. At first I lost the comment and could not find it, technical glitch. So here is a response for all my readers.

acvI give both my dogs ACV all the time in their food and coconut oil, not together. ACV has many health benefits for your doggy. ACV has not helped stop fleas for my dogs, but I do not spray on their coats. I use Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar. It does not have to be this brand, but organic is always healthier.

ACV has many health benefits for your pooch. What is good for your dog is usually good for people as well. I use it as an energy boost in water. The taste may take getting use to.

• Makes one less attractive to biting insects

• Helps prevent food poisoning

• Acts as a natural antibiotic by interrupting the development of infectious bacterial and viral diseases

• Relieves muscle fatigue

• Alleviates itching

This is just a few benefits. To read more about ACV, check out and

I have never given my dogs cinnamon. Cinnamon is non-toxic to dogs, cats and horses, according to the ASPCA. I did find this article,

I do recommend all these web sites, Whole Dog Journal, Dogs Naturally Magazine, and Pet 360. However, I do not endorse any topical flea treatment, as they are found to be toxic for your pet. For more info about natural flea treatment, see

California to Kentucky

I left San Diego, California on June 10th and arrived in Elkton, Ky June 12th, 2,000 miles. I drove straight through with my daughter and furbabies. This move was a miracle in itself and I received help from some good friends. I didn’t have the resources to make this move. But I was guided (by Spirit) to make this move. I knew this was the right thing to do and the right time. I had been struggling in California for some time.

Since I am no longer in San Diego, my needed to be changed. My URL is This blog will always be called Touch of Home, dedicated to my Lexi. My followers will be directed to my new URL. Thank you for your patience during this time!

I rented an SUV 3 weeks early and it was my intention to tow a U-haul trailer to bring my most of my belongings. I used Hotwire (don’t ever use them, there were several issues) to rent my vehicle and told them I needed a ball to tow a trailer. It was noted. On my confirmation call a week before leaving, I was informed that rental vehicles cannot tow anything. How am I going to get all my things to Kentucky? The only choice was to leave most of my stuff, my animals were going! I upgraded to the largest van they had. You cannot rent a Uhaul van out of state in California. ???

My best friend, me, and her dog in Cali.

Unfortunately, I had to put 2 furbabies to sleep. My daughter had 6 animals between us. My Jasamine, 17 year old Siamese, was growing very weak and barely eating. I did not think she would even make the trip. Zeus, my daughter’s blind Shih Tzu, was becoming very aggressive towards me, guarding my daughter. He bit me several times. My daughter went back and forth about keeping him. We looked for rescues to take him, none would, since he was adoptable. I have never put to sleep a healthy dog and was fighting this decision.

My daughter rescued Zeus over a year ago and was adapting to out family very nicely. He had a few issues, he was special needs, nothing we were not willing to deal with. Zeus was only two and had a horrible life. His previous owners dumped him in a shelter and was to be euthanized for being aggressive. I thought it was due to all the trauma he had been through. When rescued he had one eye removed and 10% vision in the other. But I could not have an aggressive dog in the house and someone getting bit. Jasmine and Zeus were put to sleep June 6th, the 9 month anniversary of my Lexi crossing over. This was not planned but the way things worked out. I was putting this off as long as possible.

We put Rey and Milo (cats) in Sydney’s big dog crate with litter box, food and water. Sydney had her own space in the van and Heidi (shih tzu) went where she could find space. We had the van loaded with no extra space at all. We are all very happy in out new country home. We have a yard with trees. We sit outside and watch the birds, squirrels and rabbits. Oh, and we have replaced almost everything we left thanks to donations from friends. Where there is a will, there is a way!

lexis and zeus



Happy Dogs


This video is so cute and makes you happy. 🙂 So much for my break from blogging. LOL

Published on May 1, 2014 by CATMANTOO

Inspired by Pharrell William’s International “Happy” Hit! Lot’s of dogs and cat playing at the beach. Special appearance from “DIDGA” aka ‘Worlds BEST Skateboarding Cat’

Free to Good Home


Source: 2 Traveling Dogs

Senior Dogs


One by one, they pass my cage,
Too old, too worn, too broken, no way.
Way past his time, he can’t run and play.
They shake their heads slowly and go on their way.

A little old man, arthritic and sore,
It seems I am not wanted anymore
I once had a home, I once had a bed,
A place that was warm, and where I was fed.

Now my muzzle is grey, and my eyes slowly fail.
Who wants a dog so old and so frail?
My family decided I didn’t belong,
I got in their way, my attitude was wrong.

Whatever excuse they made in their head,
Can’t justify how they left me for dead.
Now I sit in this cage, where day after day,
Those younger dogs get adopted away.

When I had almost come to the end of my rope,
You saw my face, and I finally had hope.
You saw thru the grey, and the legs bent with age,
And felt I still had life beyond the cage

You took me home, gave me food and a bed.
And shared your own pillow with my poor tired head.
We snuggle and play, and you talk to me low,
You love me so dearly, you want me to know.

I may have lived most of my life with another,
But you outshine them with a love so much stronger.
And I promise to return all the love I can give,
To You, my dear person, as long as I live.

I may be with you for a week or for years,
We will share many smiles, you will no doubt shed tears.
And when the time comes that God deems I must leave,
I know you will cry and your heart, it will grieve.

And when I arrive at the Bridge, all brand new,
My thoughts and my heart will still be with you.
And I will brag to all who will hear,
Of the angel who made my last days so dear.





Phoebe is a beauty of a golden retriever in El Cajon, CA. Her mom loved pink and always had her styled like this. Her mohawk goes down to her tail. She has a pink collar and pink leash, too. Phoebe is very sweet and loving!


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Five Touch Healing Therapies for Your Pet

Photo Credit: Take 5 Massage

My pet sitting service, Touch of Home, is a play on words, since I use touch healing.

Massage~One of the most beneficial forms of touch is massage. It is recommended for problems with muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues. Massaging your pet increases blood flow, relieves sore spots, both of which help your pet heal more quickly. Massage isn’t only for muscles. It also reduces stress and strengthens the immune system. It helps rid the body of toxins and often recommended to help pets recover from surgery.

Relax pets with effleurage massage. This is a gentle massage using long, slow strokes, moving your palm from the head to tail and feet. Stimulate the muscles with petrissage. More vigorous that effleurage, helps relax and stretch scar tissue. You gently grip the muscles and give them a simultaneous roll and squeeze, like kneading and rolling dough. Buddha Dog is a small animal massage and wellness service in Los Angeles, CA. Click here for their free animals massage booklet.

Photo credit: mountain animal healing

Reiki~I use this healing technique mostly on my dogs and cats and pet guests. And have used on horses. We are called Reiki practitioners. There are many different types of Reiki, I practice Usui Reiki, founded by Mikao Usui in the 1920’s in Japan. Reiki (ray-kee) means universal or spiritual energy, also known as life force energy. Everyone can channel this energy from the Divine Source and can be attuned by a Reiki Master Teacher.

Animal Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of healing and relieving stress. It can be used on animals, plant life, people, food and more. I give Reiki to my pet food also for the best nutrition. It cannot harm your pets and is non-intrusive, putting your hands on or near the animal. Reiki works well with other therapeutic techniques and veterinary medicine. It is not meant to replace veterinary care.

The best thing about Reiki is you don’t even need to know what the issue is with the animal, Reiki goes where it is needed most in the body, whether physical or emotional.

Always ask animal’s permission before starting Reiki and thank them when finished. YES-pets will lick you or curl up by you and turn their body a certain way towards you. They are saying this is where I need Reiki. NO- they get up and leave or become agitated. That’s OK. Try again later. Animals accept Reiki more easily than humans.

First center yourself, taking several deep breaths and clearing your mind, just Be. Imagine a white light coming from Source or Universe through your crown chakra, or top of your head and filling your whole body. Permeating every cell and radiating out through your palms. Set your intention, ask pet for permission, lay hands gently on pet. Leggo your ego and let Reiki do its work. Meaning YOU are not the healer but the vessel that channels the energy.

Sometimes you feel tingling or heat in your hands, sometimes nothing. Reiki is still working. Usually pets will become very relaxed or go to sleep. Thank pet and Source for energy. Many Reiki practitioners ask for spiritual guidance as well. You CANNOT harm your pet! Do not worry about where your hands are. A good place to start is one hand on chest and and the other on the back of the neck.

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Reiki clears energy blocks that cause dis-ease. Beginners start by using certain hand placements on the seven main chakras and then you will become more intuitive about where to place your hands. Chakras are centers of energy, located on the midline of the body, and yes, animals have them, too. You can practice this before you are attuned. Some people are naturally gifted healers and intuitive. Maybe you are! Reiki also benefits animals transitioning to the ‘other’ side.

Therapeutic Touch~(not to be confused with Tellington TTouch, which I will talk about next). Theapueutic Touch comes from the ancient practice “laying on of hands,” in which the healer seeks to rebalance the energy field of the pet. In the 1970’s therapist Dora Kunz and Delores Krieger Ph.D., R.N., developed a systematic approach to this technique. TT does not touch the physical body, but rather the energy field 3 to 5 inches away from the body. This is an excellent therapy to get you ready for Reiki.

Tellington TTouch~Developed by Linda Tellington-Jones in 1978. Tellington TTouch uses the hands in a variety of ways to stroke, massage, and lift various parts of the body. The most basic technique involves making small circles with the fingers and hands, so that the cells are stimulated in a very subtle way. TTouch is easy to learn, requires no special equipment and it works! Over the past 20 years, hundreds of cases show TTouch to be a simple and effective means to relieve a vast range of common and uncommon health issues — from a simple headache to a life threatening emergency. TTouch is used for a sense of well-being, reducing stress, pain relief, depression, arthritis, deepening relationships, enhancing focus and learning and much more.

Acupressure~You use your fingertips to apply pressure to various points on your pet’s body. Acupressure works in much the same way as acupuncture, instead of using needles, you use your hands, focus, and healing intention, part of a 3,000 year old healing system called Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM. I want to point out that ALL these healing therapies use intention and energy.

According to this healing system, each animal’s ‘life force,’ or ki (kee) as in Reiki, or qi…chi (chee), moves through pathways called meridians, and can be accessed at specific points where a pathway courses close to the body’s surface.

Acupressure is used to support healing, reduce muscle spasms, strengthen immune system, and relieve pain. You are looking for a depression, or small indentation, in the muscle or in area between muscles, bones, and ligaments when looking for the pressure point. Closing your eyes may help you feel for the point and may actually feel the energy. Pressure points are never on the bony prominences or mountains, but in the valleys.

The benefits of acupressure are helps manage chronic pain, improves mobility, increase sense of well being, alleviate nausea, help control vomiting, increase strength, promote tissue healing, enhance circulation, increase blood flow, positively affect immune response and various organ functions.

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I would recommend being in a quiet place with your pet, calm and relaxed. Maybe a couple of deep breaths before you start any of these therapies. Veterinarians are always sending out wellness check up invites. By using one or more of these therapies, proper diet, love, and holistic care, we can eliminate the need for these. All of these therapies use energy, intention and intuition. They are safe, less expensive than vet visits, and can be used in conjunction with other therapies. You can learn these yourself or go to a holistic or naturopathic veterinarian.

American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association