Amelia Rae, Queen of King Charles
by Mary Ostop, Merrick, NY
Amelia Rae is a beautiful, vibrant, sweet, loving Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. She has always been her own dog since the day we picked her up at 10 weeks old when she gave my husband and me a “you’ve got to be kidding look!” I guess she took pity on us.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have been overbred and many suffer from genetic issues, and unfortunately, Amelia deals with several. One was the dislocation of her knee cap that required surgery. We realized that this first genetic issue might be the tip of the iceberg and wanted to be able to provide Amelia with the best opportunity to live a good and happy life. Gratefully, we were told about Joanna and arranged a phone session with her while Amelia was recovering from her surgery. Amelia, still being a puppy, would not ever let me talk on the phone without barking throughout the entire conversation. However, the moment I called Joanna for her first session, Amelia chose to silently sit in front of me and stayed in front of me for the entire hour!!!
Since that first session, Amelia has had several other genetic issues come up that are even more serious including one that makes her skull too small for her brain. She needed surgery for this at 17 months old. Amelia also has a heart murmur (another genetic issue) and an enlarged heart and many of other non-genetic doggy issues.
Our vet specialist, when he first examined Amelia long ago, made this comment to me: “If she makes it to 10…” When I told Joanna, her response was to “put that in a box” (on the shelf in the closet). We just celebrated Amelia Rae’s 12th birthday! And that’s how we live, meeting life with positivity.
Through all of her bumps in the road, Amelia continues to be loved, cared for and supported by Joanna through individual sessions, the Prayer & Healing Circles, the Healing Light Circles, and the Live Community Healing Meditations. There are times I forget that Amelia was scheduled for a Circle healing until she reminds me by being exceptionally spunky and enthusiastic when I walk in the door from work!
Yes, Amelia moves more slowly and still has health issues, but she is totally her own dog. With all the healings, one of her medications has been successfully cut in half and her enlarged heart has improved as per her most recent echocardiogram. We absolutely love our Amelia Rae and are so grateful that Joanna continues to help her and all of us to live a good and happy life!