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In and Around Croatia: Our Sailing Vacation

I love flying into a small airport of Split – an hour and thirty minute flight from Switzerland, where every hectare of land is carefully cultivated with cascading flower boxes, to Croatia where the first impression is if barren, rock covered hills, weeds, and rubble on the roadside, in yards and abandoned buildings or projects as we drive north along the coast in the direction of Zadar. My impressions include poor, empty hills, no yards or landscaping, and a general struggle to survive. In this place, 90% of the economy is based on tourism (four months of the year) and the remaining 10% falls to fishing.

What a change from the countryside in Switzerland, Northern Italy and Slovenia, where we have been the last three weeks. Driving each day from the ancient city of Udine to the stable through rich fields of grain and corn and hay – a rural delight! Slovenia is like a a country in a fairytale. Each house in the country has a functioning vegetable and flower garden between green hayfields, small herds of sheep and cows. And every house is garlanded with flowerboxes..
Croatia has more than 1100 islands, 60 of which are inhabited. It is awesome how many small protected bays there are along the coast, chock full of motor and sailboats. No wonder Croatia has become a country for tourism, with its pristine waters. There is very little industry to pollute the waters compared to other sea coasts.
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Kaja & Grom Ranch, Slovenia to Udine, Italy

We finally shut down our computers a little past midnight. I’m working on material to send to Jim Garrison to create a website for the new Institute for Interspecies Communication that will be part of the Wisdom University website and linked to our TTouch website. At the same time I’m editing material sent by Alyson J. Gilman who is creating a separate website for TTouch for Healthcare. And of course, always the emails and now committing to keeping up with My Space, which is so much fun for me to share the marvelous people I meet and with whom I constantly communicate.
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Kaja & Grom Ranch, Slovenia

9:30 a.m. Visit to Rok & Victoria’s new veterinary hospital in Celje. 

It is wonderful to see the thought they have given to making the clinic not just practical, but also inviting for clients and their dogs and cats. The rooms are painted in beautiful alkaline colors of of green and blue with a balance of acid magenta and orange – colors I learned from Edgar Cayce teachings that balance our mental and physical health. There is a separate waiting room for the cats so they will not be stressed by dogs, and many of the fish in the tank at the reception have names.

Early saturday we made a visit to the Zvitorepka Veterinary Center. Their name means "fox" and they certainly love animals. We had a tour of the newly opened center and were very impressed with their use of color to stimulate healing and their attention to so many small details around the treatment and waiting rooms. They even have a separate waiting room for dogs and cats and other small critters so they wont stress each other. L to R Roland, Dr. Rok Kramnik, Linda, Dr. Victoria Luncaric, Dr. Claudia  Ashempiger and their vet tech

3:00 P.M. I had an interview with Slovenia’s leading woman’s magazine that was different and fun. The reporter wanted to hear some stories about people and animals and TTouch for Humans. She was interested to hear how we teach couples to give their partner the type of TTouch and pressure they enjoy and how common it is to find that one partner enjoys the lightness of a number two pressure and the other can’t feel much less than a six. It is such a joy and a gift to bring an awareness of each other’s needs so they can communicate nonverbally in a new and deeper and more satisfying way. Interesting that it is not always the wife or female partner who finds a lighter touch the most desirable.

Simon Dvorsak conducting the Symphony Orchestra Domzale-Kamnik in the arena on the opening day

Simon Dvorsak conducting the Symphony Orchestra Domzale-Kamnik in the arena on the opening day

Andre Znidersic presenting the Spanish walk with the Lippizaner stallion while the orchestra plays in the background.

Andre Znidersic presenting the Spanish walk with the Lippizaner stallion while the orchestra plays in the background

Andrej Znidarsic lead Nika Lipota into the arena on horseback to perform her ballet. Nika has been a returning student to Kaja & Grom Ranch summer programs for many years.

Andrej Znidarsic lead Nika Lipota into the arena on horseback to perform her ballet. Nika has been a returning student to Kaja & Grom Ranch summer programs for many years.

Nika performs for the Opening of the new Kaja & Grom Ranch and TTEAM/Animal Ambassador Center. I love this photo with the horse trailer from one of the ranch sponsors of the background. What a small world. this trailer in Slovenia is manufactured by Buchmann, a German family I have known for 30 years.

Nika performs for the Opening of the new Kaja & Grom Ranch and TTEAM/Animal Ambassador Center. I love this photo with the horse trailer from one of the ranch sponsors of the background. What a small world. this trailer in Slovenia is manufactured by Buchmann, a German family i have known for 30 years.

5:00 p.m. An Evening of Culture at the Ranch

For the 3rd day the stands were full with 120 in attendance for the official opening of the ranch by the mayor of Vojnika, Benjamin Podrgajs, Darja and Andre’s children, Manca and Aljaz rode in on two attractive pitch-black Lipizzaner/Arabian cross horses holding a red ribbon between them. The mayor cut the ribbon symbolizing the official opening. Simon, the conductor of the 40-piece symphony orchestra; 14-year-old Nika Lipota who danced ballet; and violinist, 15-year-old Nika Goldnik all rode into the arena on horseback to begin their presentations.

Kaja & Grom/TTouch student Nika Goldnik entertains the 100 plus guests as she is led into the arena to join the orchestra.

Kaja & Grom/TTouch student Nika Goldnik entertains the 100 plus guests as she is led into the arena to join the orchestra.

L to R. Roland Kleger (my husband), LTJ, Dr. Luka Krusic, Darja Znidarsic and behind is Andrej Znidarsic. We are standing in a unique  stall made of rock salt crystal in the holistic veterinary center of Dr. Krusic. Dr. Krusic specializes in racing horses - both Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds and asked me to consult with him on a puzzling case of a 4 year old Standardbred mare who was given to him because she could not be trained to harness.

L to R. Roland Kleger (my husband), LTJ, Dr. Luka Krusic, Darja Znidarsic and behind is Andrej Znidarsic. We are standing in a unique stall made of rock salt crystal in the holistic veterinary center of Dr. Krusic. Dr. Krusic specializes in racing horses - both Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds and asked me to consult with him on a puzzling case of a 4 year old Standardbred mare who was given to him because she could not be trained to harness.

Dedication of the new center

On the stage was a stand holding a hand-carved wooden sign covered by a brown cowhide that reads International Animal Ambassador and TTeam Center Slovenia with the TTouch Logo in the center under Kaja & Grom Ranch – Tellington TTouch Training. Roland and I undraped the sign and Darja and Andre gave a presentation to the visitors of their programs and intentions for the future cooperation of Animal Ambassadors with Italy and other countries in Europe.


As a special surprise to us Lucka danced a lovely hula. Darja’s mother had prepared special traditional Slovenian cakes and sandwiches for all 100 visitors and the mayor invited us with a dozen of Darja and Andre’s friends for another delicious dinner in his village that is just a short drive through the woods from the ranch.

The teenagers relaxing after helping to prepare the arena for the event!

The teenagers relaxing after helping to prepare the arena for the event!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

© Linda Tellington-Jones 2008

TTouch for Dogs Seminar in Slovenia

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Each of the 100 participants in the day-long the dog seminar received a beautiful handout. Here are the colorful folders with paw prints in the corner of the sunlit dining room.

Each of the 100 participants in the day-long the dog seminar received a beautiful handout. Here are the colorful folders with paw prints in the corner of the sunlit dining room.

What a day this was! Ninety-six people signed up for the dog seminar including folks from Croatia and Italy and one woman who drove all the way from Denmark with her two dogs just for the day. It was perfect weather – about 74 degrees. Andrea built wooden stands with three tiers so there was excellent viewing for everyone under a 66′ x 80′ steel-framed tent. A soft breeze wafting through the surrounding woods kept everyone comfortable.

 Participants learning the TTouch tempo on their arms

Participants learning the TTouch tempo on their arms

The Dogs
I worked with 6 dogs. Misa, a 25 pound terrier/cocker mix who is afraid of loud noises, lacked self-confidence and was sometimes startled by her own shadow. Tina had been advised to ignore the behavior, so Misa didn’t have a lot of support or guidance. It was a pleasure working with them and we sent her home with TTouches and tips.
Zara, a large, black Great Dane bitch, was the second dog. Tereza got her at 2 months old last March and immediately enrolled her in Play School. But it was play with Tereza, not other dogs, and she had no chance to interact with other dogs because she was just too big for them. Tereza had attempted to take her to puppy kindergarten but something had always interfered – a flood of the school or bad weather, and as Zara grew she began to snarl back at other dogs apparently snarled at her because of her size. Tereza was advised to shout at Zara when she snarled, but had not done so because it didn’t make sense to her. With a Halti she could turn Zara away and keep her from jumping at other dogs, but felt a lot of stress because so many people were afraid of her size.

This Great Dane was nervous of other dogs so we lead her through the labyrinth in the "Homing Pigeon" between 2 people.  I stroke her down the front leg to ground her while a quiet "neutral" dog sits at a safe distance.

This Great Dane was nervous of other dogs so we lead her through the labyrinth in the "Homing Pigeon" between 2 people. I stroke her down the front leg to ground her while a quiet "neutral" dog sits at a safe distance.

Because she had only a line to the Halti it was too close to her eyes and Zara’s head was pulled to one side most of the time. It was not a comfortable situation. I put the super balance on her and started in a 4-meter long labyrinth in Homing Pigeon, with the first little dog, Misa, who was very friendly with other dogs, being the neutral dog. Twice Zara made an attempt to “jump” in the direction of Misa. It was an odd half-hearted move but I could see why it concerned Tereza. With Zara sitting from time to time, and Misa working behind and in front and lots of TTouches and Ear work between, Zara and Tereza both began to relax. I took the Halti off and Zara immediately lowered her head and noticeably relaxed and she was easy to direct. I planned to work her with Leon, Darjs’s massive and super-friendly Anatolian Shepherd but the time did not allow for it.

Lunch was a tasty vegetarian soup, hardy bread and delicious Slovenian home-made cheese cake, and 120 people were fed and back into the arena within the allotted hour.

The first activity after lunch was TTouch for the whole class. They gathered around me in a half circle, each with a partner. I stood above the crowd on what looked like an elephant stand in a circus so everyone could follow my TTouches. I demonstrated on a volunteer.

I brought everyone out of the stands into the arena so they can practice TTouch on each other.

I brought everyone out of the stands into the arena so they can practice TTouch on each other.

Several times I mingled among the participants showing the difference between a 2 and 4 pressure and accepting their TTouches on me. At least 90% were spot-on with a 2 or 4 pressure and I was surprised how round and precise many were.

In the middle - "get in close and practice"

In the middle - "get in close and practice"

My 3rd dog was a very athletic Malinois belonging to Maja Oresnik, the leading agility trainer in Slovenia. Rick is 7 years old and after surgery for a ruptured cruciform ligament two years ago Maja said he tends to “save” the leg. I was impressed with how well he does and how tactful his trot is. I suggested she begin to appreciate the degree of his healing and how well he moves and stands — That she practice the philosophy of seeing the cup half full instead of half empty. She said she had still been thinking of Rick as a cripple. I told her about Rupert Sheldrake’s study of how dogs pick up our pictures and the idea of “seeing the perfection”. It’s a challenge often, to see our animals as they are now, and not as they were after injury.

one of the 100 plus students practicing TTouch on her dog while others practice TTouch on each other.

one of the 100 plus students practicing TTouch on her dog while others practice TTouch on each other.

Slovenian veterinarian Kristine Porenta met TTouch Practitioner Shawn Gross at a conference on the east coast of the U.S. last month and wrote to Shawn to say that I was coming to Slovenia. She has a client with a 15-month-old Swiss Mountain dog and was hoping that TTouch might offer some help for the dog. I had to tell her that TTouch is not magic and perhaps she could help to a small degree to reduce some of her pain, but I recommend that the dog be fitted with a cart before her joints give out and create more pain. She was apparently on a lot of pain medication, which can cause her to overuse herself in my opinion. The webs of her front feet were widely spread and her body was twisted in an attempt to hold her weight on her left hind leg. The kindest thing in my opinion would be to allow her to pass into Doggy heaven, but that is such a difficult decision for many dog owners to make, and the veterinarian cannot make it for them. When I asked for any further input one of the experienced dog people in the seminar also recommended that they get a cart as soon as possible and before she suffers any more breakdowns.

© Linda Tellington-Jones 2008

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