Denkai Sanctuary a Place for Animals & Youth in Crisis needs our Help!

Denkai Sanctuary located in Northern Colorado was founded by Floss Blackburn who had a dream to help animals and youth in crisis back in 2004. Since then Denkai has been doing just that at a facility in Grover, Colorado. When the Grover facility was purchased, Denkai was able to successfully raise a down payment and work with the seller to carry the note for them, however, it has been four years and this note balloons in May of 2013. Denkai needs a total of $383,000 to continue with its mission to save animals in need and helping youth in crisis. This is where they really need our help….any size donation would be greatly appreciated. Daisy Paw has donated and if you are able to, as well, it will truly go towards a good cause. Please click here for more information about the Capital Campaign and/or to donate.

Along with their Sanctuary in Grover, CO, Denkai has recently opened a Veterinary Clinic in Eaton, CO. This clinic provided exceptional subsidized veterinary care for low income pets and their families. Daisy Paw had the pleasure of touring this facility with Floss Blackburn and are happy to say that Denkai will be using are aromatherapy products at this location and others. Here are a few photos of the clinic. If you would like more information about their veterinary services please
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denkai Floss

Floss Blackburn holding a Parvo puppy that she nursed back to health. This was the first time this little doll stopped playing the whole time we were there.

denkai front desk

denkai waiting room

denkai exam room 2

denkai exam room 1

Denkai and Floss Blackburn has so much to offer pets, their people, and youth in crisis. If you are ever fortunate enough to meet Floss you will instantly come to realize that although running this non-profit is an enormous amount of work she loves knowing that she is making a positive difference in pets and peoples lives. Here passion reminds me of a quote from Mother Teresa.

The miracle is not that we do this work, but that we are happy to do it.

To find out more about this wonderful organization and all the ways you can help please
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Positive Association is essential when using Aromatherapy with Your Pets

An article our Founder wrote that will appear in the May/June issue of Dogs Naturally magazine:

Aromatherapy, a wonderful alternative and compliment to traditional medicine, uses essential oils of plants to enhance and stimulate psychological and physical well-being in pets and people. By inhaling these essential oil aromas, there is a hard-wired effect linked to our limbic system, which is the part of our brain responsible for mood, emotion, and memories. Thus, it is essential when introducing aromatherapy to our pets, that a positive environment is created so they will have the best possible memory associated with that aroma.

As humans, we can communicate verbally and explain to each other why we’d use a particular essential oil and the beneficial outcome expected. With pets, we need to create a positive association through our introduction to the aroma and our actions. We are responsible for their positive associations and when introducing anything new, we need to make their experience as pleasurable as possible.

Take for instance using aromatherapy to help alleviate the fear of thunderstorms. With a person, we can say “I would like you to use this aromatherapy every time you feel stress from the thunderstorm. As you breathe in the aroma, you will feel the calming effects of the oil”. Because you were told this information, your brain forms a positive association or memory to the essential oil; thus, allowing the calming effects to take hold. Due to our inability to communicate in the same manner with our animals, if you were to introduce essential oils during a thunderstorm to an animal, the association would be made referencing the scary thunderstorm, which would significantly reduce any receptiveness to the aroma.

As mentioned earlier, aromatherapy should be introduced in a positive environment. Take the oil, go to a quiet, happy place you and your animal enjoy and slowly introduce the oil while playing, having fun, and relaxing. Over time, they will associate this aroma with a positive experience; then, if you know there is a thunderstorm on its way, or something your animal perceives as a negative, you can use the oil as a means to help them relax in a given situation.

Aromatherapy with animals is not an overnight cure, but is a tool that when introduced over time can assist in a number of psychological and physical issues. As their sense of smell is much greater than humans, it is essential to go slow, use a little, and watch their reactions closely while introducing the aromas. A little bit of essential oils and a whole lot of positive memories can go a long way when using aromatherapy with animals.

By: Wendy England

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Daisy & Wendy making positive memories any chance they can get.

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