This is Buddy, he is 13 and has arthritis
Though he can’t tell me how he feels the manner in which he moves after enjoying a massage from Helen is noticeably better and his demeanor more mellow, if somewhat mischievous, like he was when he was a pup.
Benny had only been with us for a couple of months when Helen first met him. On his first session Benny just wandered straight over to Helen and within minutes he laid down on his side and even fell asleep during that session. He pretty much slept the whole day after that. Being a typical Beagle he is into everything so he tended to wander off for a bit in some of his sessions but Helen was very patient and so he always came back to finish his massage. He became less distracted with time and tended to have about 45 minutes worth of hands on work. I do think having this benefit when he first arrived with us has helped him settle easier into this new home.
Aggie and I met Helen in her official capacity of canine massage therapist, in December. Aggie had been limping and had a diagnosis of early onset arthritis in her hips. All Aggie knew was chasing balls, jumping for frisbees and even walking had all stopped. Aggie being a usual busy red heeler got frustrated and started misbehaving a little. Then the calming healing hands of Helen arrived. Aggie wasn't too sure at first. Helen patted her differently from other people, but Helen quickly built Aggie's trust, Aggie's hips improved so much that she went on a digging spree and injured her shoulder. We collected a new diagnosis of bicep tendonitis. Helen tailored her massage to complement and support the work Aggie's physio was doing, also keeping all her other joints healthy, Helen even took the time to speak with the physio to secure a perfect Aggie rehab program. After each massage Helen left me with techniques I could do with Aggie and checked what worked and what didn't in the next session. Aggie is back walking twice a day now, we're not ready for the ball or frisbees but we might be one day. Helen has been a vital part of Aggie's recovery, and Aggie and I thank her immensely for her time, care, knowledge, expertise and teaching.
Aggie is recovering from bicep tendonitis
Beagle is on his fourth home in three years...
Client stories...in their own words
Beautiful Bailey, the 15 yr old Cocker Spaniel
Buddy has arthritis in his shoulders and legs and this, together with a few other bone related problems, means that at the age 13 years his comfort has become ensured by a team of veterinarians and a very special Helen Morphew of Auckland Canine Massage.
Though hesitant at first with a stranger wanting to constantly touch him, Buddy has become enamored with Helen due in large part by her empathy and understanding of the nature of dogs and the obvious comfort she brings him.
At the age of eleven and a half, our German Shepherd Mischa still has the spirit and attitude of a much younger dog, despite the pain and limited movement resulting from arthritis in her hips. Our priority is to keep her as mobile and pain-free as she can be so she can still enjoy life. We decided to try canine massage as part of her treatment programme and we are so grateful that Helen Morphew was able to treat Mischa in our home. Right from the first visit, we felt confident with Helen - her professional and friendly manner put both ourselves and Mischa at ease. Helen listened and gained a thorough account of Mischa's history and current condition and gradually gained Mischa's trust, always gently encouraging
Mischa is 11 and has arthritis
Mischa during the sessions and never pushing her or making her feel uncomfortable. We felt informed throughout the sessions with Helen, and she often offered additional resources or references for us to greater understand Mischa's condition and progress. Following her sessions with Helen, Mischa has increased mobility and is more
relaxed and eager to play. The improvement is noticeable and she behaves like the playful, happy dog she is in spirit, much less limited by the stiffness and pain in her hips. We would recommend Helen's canine massage to anyone looking for a caring, professional solution to maintaining their treasured dog's quality of life.
a 10 year
Duke is a golden labrador who is an ex guide dog. He is in good health but is a one woman dog! Helen knew Duke before she came and was expecting him to be very compliant with his massage. However, he was very distrustful and was nervous about being touched by someone other than me, his owner. Helen was amazing. She was patient and kind and over the four sessions she had with Duke, she developed his trust and he loved his massage. While he didn’t have any specific health problem, he found the massage relaxing and beneficial once Helen had “won him over”. It was excellent. I would highly recommend Helen and her magic hands!!!
Bailey, our 15 year old Cocker Spaniel and I met Helen in March this year just after she started her wonderful new adventure. 6 months before finding Helen, Bailey had a fall down the stairs and compressed 2 discs in his back. On top of arthritis in both hips, feet and shoulder, this new injury made walking virtually impossible. He was relatively mobile when Helen first started with him, but walks or any strenuous exercise were generally not an option for him...
When Helen first started, I began to wonder if it was going to work. Bailey simply wasn't interested in sitting still long enough for Helen to get any significant hands on work. After about 3 sessions, I hit upon offering him a Kong stiffed with Kumara and soggy dog biscuits (thanks to allergies peanut butter was not going to work!). Well what a new dog. He is quite happy now to sit and have a massage.
What a difference! He loves Helen, (I secretly think it's just for the food she represents to him). I love Helen for the wonderful work she's been able to do with bailey. When she arrived for tonight's massage we were out running (aka sprinting) up and down the street to try and burn off some energy. And it wasn't his first run! 3km runs are nothing to him, they nearly kill me!
Not bad for 15! I am truly indebted to the wonderful work Helen does for Bailey.
Thanks Helen, you have changed Bailey's life for the better. [Photo of Bailey post run and massage].
a five year old Great Dane
I met Helen through a friend of my sister in-law when they were discussing the problem I had with my five year old Great Dane Kingston after visiting the vet who had diagnosed him with a partially torn cruciate. The vet suggested rest and confinement but how do you keep an 82.5kg dog that looks and acts like a small horse confined! The vets mentioned surgery but I thought what would be the point if I can’t keep him rested now, how would I do it after an $8k operation.
Even though we have managed to stop him running around outside we certainly need the therapy that Helen is providing to keep all the muscles and tissues
healthy in all his limbs and spine, he has certainly improved since the massages. I have found Helen to be very professional, calm, gentle and caring, Kingston loves his time with her he is so relaxed and it’s wonderful that she comes to us so makes him even more comfortable in his own environment. I will continue to do the massages for as long as it takes and if any other problems in the future, which I’m hoping there isn’t !! I would highly recommend Helen to anyone as she only has the animals' best interest at heart.
Claire - Akld. New Zealand.
Personally I think the massages make him feel younger. Whatever the case, Buddy’s mobility visually improves following a massage and provides him with soothing non-intrusive therapy that promotes good circulation and much needed relaxation to some of the muscles that have to compensate for his impaired movement.
I have no hesitation is recommending Helen as a canine massage therapist and will continue to use her services for as long as Buddy needs her, the benefits for Buddy mean I could not do otherwise.
Ronnie – Buddy’s Mum. Beach Haven, Auckland
It was heart-breaking when Basel, my four year old Spoodle was diagnosed with Degenerative Disc Disease. With surgery not an option it was recommended that we had a change of lifestyle and no more off lead walks or play with other dogs. As Basel is “Mr Social” I looked for a way for Basel to still live his life with his friends in the park without compromising his health. After a few sessions with Total Physiotherapy we got to the stage were they said Basel could slowly work back up to off lead time and play. His Physio recommended ongoing treatment with Auckland Canine Massage to continue easing the muscles along his spine.
Basel had his first massage at the end of May and it was been incredible to watch his continued improvement. Helen is amazing with Basel and after just two sessions he was moving better and not stiff and moving tentatively after a walk in the park. Although he obviously still has one rather sore area on his spine, Helen manages to work on it so slowly
Basel is a Spoodle who is 4 years old..
that she eventually manages to ease it enough for him to relax and therefore get the full benefits of his massage.
And off course Basel loves the end when he gets his special hypo-allergenic treat that Helen purchased especially when she learnt that Basel had allergies – and off course his cuddle with his new friend.
Tracy and Basel
My boy Jack has been seeing Helen once a week for the past 6 weeks. Jack is an 11 year old Border Collie who had a TPLO procedure done on both back legs approximately 9 years ago.
He has gradually been losing the use of his back legs and becoming quite unhappy. Since his visits to Helen, his range of movement is steadily improving and he now has a smile back on his face.
Helen has been a godsend and I am so grateful for the care and affection she gives to Jack. She takes the time to explain exactly what she is doing to Jack and what she believes she can accomplish with him.
I would recommend her to anyone who have dogs with mobility problems.