If you want to learn about holistic animal remedies and therapies that can help your animal live a longer, healthier, and happier life, this e-zine is for you. It will primarily focus on dogs, cats, and horses but if a reader wants to learn about rabbits, chinchillas, ferrets, lizards, snakes, doves, parrots, etc., then I'll be more than happy to discuss health care for these animals as I've helped provide care for them for over 16 years.

This month features:
Tribute to Bandit

Some of you know about my recent loss of Bandit. He was such a gentle spirit that loved all people and animals. We adopted him from the SPCA over 15 years ago, when he was about a year old. He told me in September that he would be around for about 6 more months. Last week, his health started to decline and his condition worsened over the weekend. We made the very difficult drive to the vet Monday morning. He now watches over the beautiful pond at our farm.

He was a very special dog. He helped teach people how to communicate with animals, offer reiki, learn massage, and about muscle testing. I am so blessed I can communicate with him whenever I want to, but I so miss being able to see and touch him. He has reminded me we have 3 other dogs and need to focus on them, but he understands it is simply human nature for me to miss him so much.

I greatly appreciate all of the people that have emailed me with such kind words. It means alot to me during this difficult time. I am playing catch up with alot of committments I have this month. I do hope you will bear with me this month and return to read May's issue.

A reminder to tell your pets how much you love them on a regular basis. It means so much to them.

Around Town
Will return in May

News from Abroad
Will return in May

Helpful Tips
Will return in May and address Diabetes

Future Topics
What health issue would you like me to talk about? This is where I want your help. I have written about topics in the past like vaccinations, cancer, pain, arthritis, and hyperactivity, but I would like your input as to what topics you would like me to address. This is an e-zine to help you with your animals, whether it is a condition your pet has now or something you want to try to prevent. Please take just a minute to let me know what you want to hear about. I look forward to hearing what you have to say!

Website Update
There is a whole new look to the website. You can get to the various holistic modalities (including 3 new ones - muscle testing, EFT, and crystal healing) by clicking on the navigation bar or on one of the 3 photos on the home page that best represents you. I'd love to hear what you think about the new look and pages.

The Lightfoot Way: 10 Secrets to Holistic Animal Care e-book will be available in April. This e-book is F*R*E*E and goes into more detail about the holistic animal care modalities featured on the website. It will open your eyes to energy based healing, which basically all of the holistic methods on the website incorporate.

To help spread the word about this e-book that could help many pets, for every person you refer that signs up for the e-book (place for that information on sign up form), your name will be entered into a drawing for a $75 gift certificate towards a workshop or distance session. Sign up for the e-book here. Deadline for drawing will be May 15th. Thank you for spreading the word!

F*R*E*E Phone Consultations for New Clients
You may be new to holistic animal care or not familiar with all of the modalities. Sometimes reading the information is not enough. I’m offering a free 20 minute phone consultation for new clients or 1 hour for $25 (normal hourly rate is $75). You can access more information on the bottom of the home page, under the 3 photos.

The 2008 planned workshop schedule is as follows. All workshops are at my farm near Manvel/Alvin or Molly's Mutt House in Houston (where stated).

  • Reiki I for People & Animals:
    Sunday, May 18th 9am-5pm at Molly's
    Sunday, July 27th 9am-5pm
    Sunday, September 21st 9am-5pm
  • Basic Animal Communication:
    Sunday, May 25th 9am-5pm
    Sunday, June 29th 9am-5pm at Molly's
    Sunday, August 24th 9am-5pm
    Sunday, October 5th 9am-5pm
  • Canine Massage:
    Sunday, April 20th 9am-5pm at Molly's
    Sunday, June 1st 9am-5pm
    Sunday, August 10th 9am-5pm
    Sunday, November 9th 9am-5pm
  • Equine Massage:
    Sunday, May 4th 9am-5pm at 4J Arabian Farm
  • Kinesiology/Muscle Testing:
    Saturday, July 20th 1pm-5pm at Molly's
    Saturday, October 18th 1pm-5pm
  • Bach Flower Essences & Aromatherapy:
    Sunday, April 27th 9am-5pm
    Sunday, August 17th 9am-5pm at Molly's
    Sunday, November 2nd 9am-5pm
  • Crystal Healing:
    Saturday, May 3rd 1pm-5pm
    Saturday, August 23rd 1pm-5pm
    Saturday, October 19th 1pm-5pm at Molly's
  • Homeopathy:
    Saturday, June 28th 1pm-5pm
    Saturday, September 28th 1pm-5pm at Molly's
    Saturday, November 15th 1pm-5pm
  • Workshop fees for 2008 are:

  • All day (7 hours) workshops: $115 from 9am-5pm (previously 10am-5pm) with a $45 deposit. Host this workshop and attend f*r*e*e with 4-6 paying people.
  • Half day (4 hours) workshops: $65 from 9am-1pm or 1-5pm with a $25 deposit. Host this workshop and attend f*r*e*e with 4-6 paying people.
  • Introduction to Holistic Animal Care workshops: $25 from 3-5pm or 5:30-7:30pm (other times possible) with payment in advance. Host this workshop, attend f*r*e*e, and receive half of the monies as my appreciation for letting me introduce others to holistic animal care.
  • Two day workshops: I will be offering a special 2 day workshop. This option is also available for those in another city outside the greater Houston area or another state. Host this workshop and attend f*r*e*e with 4-6 paying people within the greater Houston area and 8-10 paying people outside the greater Houston area, including another state. I would love to travel or fly to your home or business and teach a workshop. Please contact me if you are interested.

    If you are interested in signing up for a workshop, please click here.

    Exciting New Products

  • CD’s & E-books: CD’s and e-books on animal communication, meditations, reiki, EFT, and kinesiology will be available for purchase in 2008.
  • Probiotics are very important to the health of your animals. The probiotics I like to use for small animals are Mitomax Premium probiotics MitoMax is a unique probiotic due to its exceptionally high rates of survival of Pedioccocus- live microorganisms (billions/capsule) in animals’ acidic stomach environment when compared to other commonly used Lactobacillus and Bifidobacillus based probiotics. Mitomax premium probiotics when taken in conjunction with antibiotics have been verified to improve the intestinal balance of pets as well as relieve uncomfortable side effects caused by the treatment. One bottle of 40 capsules (one capsule a day for animals under 50#) is $17.99. You can get 10% off by using the coupon #IT08077 indefinitely. You can order them online by going on the company’s website or calling 1-877-879-6486. The coupon database has not been working properly online so include my name or the coupon number in the comments section.

    I now stock this product for those that prefer to order from me. The price is $15.50 and 6.75% sales tax for those in Texas. Priority mail shipping is $6.00. If you are interested in ordering from me, call or email me to arrange.

    Referral Credit
    Refer two people for a standard animal communication session, house call, or all day workshop and receive $25 off of a session or workshop or a $25 gift certificate to pass on to a friend (makes a great gift!). Be sure to tell your referrals to mention your name.

    Consider Having Your Own Website or Get Links for the Website You Have
    I wouldn’t have the successful holistic animal practice I have without the website I built using Site Build It. If you have or want a part or full-time business or are interested in working from home, SBI can really help people find you and grow your business. I can’t speak highly enough of this company. No gimmicks and affordable with incredible resources and support that really can’t be found anywhere else. If I can do it, anyone can! To find out more, click here.

    Have your own website? You need quality links to generate traffic. SBI has a F*R*E*E program where you can get links relevant to your website. Click here to find out more.

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    Blessings to you and the animals you love,

    The Lightfoot Way

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