Below is a story from one of my clients.… Five years ago, Willie (a goldendoodle) came to us at just 12 weeks old with a pre-diagnosed condition called congenital Canine Megaesophagus. Canine Mega esophagus is a condition in which the esophageal muscles are paralyzed, they are weak, similar to a latex balloon that has been blown up and had the air released several times. Because the walls are weak, they develop pockets along the length of the esophagus where food and water can get stuck. The muscles do not constrict as they should to push the food to the stomach, therefore, most dogs with this condition are required to eat vertically so that gravity can assist in pulling the food to their stomach. Most times, this is done by way of a Bailey Chair (or doggy high chair as many refer to it as). If the food or water do get stuck in the pockets in the esophagus, it will cause the dog to regurgitate anything that is in there. Often times, this can lead to a failure to thrive or aspiration pneumonia from inhaling food or water particles into the lungs. If not caught soon enough, aspiration pneumonia can be fatal. It is also complicated for dogs with this condition to have surgery because anesthesia can cause them to aspirate. Willie used a Bailey Chair until he was about 2 and a half years old. He adapted to it very quickly and knew that when it was chair time, it was time to eat! We were fortunate to be able to feed him twice daily. Many other have to have multiple small meals a day- sometimes 5 or 6, plus they need additional time in the chair to digest their food. We decided to move him to an elevated bowl, which seemed to work just fine for him. We always noticed that he seemed to want water all the time, but figured that was because his water was limited due to his condition. In May of 2018, my husband noticed that Willie was leaking urine when he was sleeping. We thought it had been due to stress, as I was traveling a lot to take care of a sick relative. Come August, we noticed that it didn’t stop, so I took him to the vet. It is pretty uncommon for a male dog to have bladder incontinence, especially at such a young age. After talking to the vet, we thought that he probably had a weak bladder sphincter, especially considering his Megaesophagus condition. He was prescribed Proin, which seemed to work for about 6 weeks. All of a sudden, we noticed he was leaking again. I took a urine sample to the vet to be checked, to make sure he didn’t have a UTI or something similar. His sample came back showing that his urine was extremely diluted, which is often a sign of Diabetes Insipidus (water diabetes). Our vet wanted to do a blood work panel before jumping to conclusions to make sure all of his other organs were functioning. He said DI could be managed with a medication. A week later, I took him in for his blood work, only to find that he is currently in Renal Failure. An ultrasound showed that his kidneys are half the size that they should be, with his right kidney not functioning at all. His left kidney is functioning between 1-50% at best, guessing about 30% without doing a biopsy to know for sure. The damage is irreversible, so it was suggested that we just left him live his best life until something drastically changes- such as weight loss, loss of appetite or refusal to drink, uncontrolled urination, etc. Needless to say, my heart was shattered. This was my good boy, my most sweet, loving dog, one who would make a great therapy dog, who is as loyal as they come. Given his battle with Megaesophagus, how could he now have kidney failure at just five years old? Our vet said they’re was a school in Washington that could do a kidney transplant, but given his ME, he likely wouldn’t be a candidate. He would also need to have dialysis twice a month for the rest of his life. This was not a logical option. I came home and did some research, I posted in the Megaesophagus group and a doodle group looking for hope, for suggestions. We determined that a diet change, something low in protein and phosphorus is going to be essential in preserving what is left of his functioning kidney. Also, extra hydration, so sub-q fluids are going to be on the horizon. Then I thought about myself, and what I do for myself when I don’t feel well. That’s when the thought of Reiki came to mind. I had just been for a session on Monday, which helped ease my morning sickness, so I sent a message to my Reiki Master asking if she would be willing to see Willie for a session. She was excited to help and was able to see him within two days. We discussed what crystals could help heal the kidneys, and decided to set up a crystal grid to restore his kidneys to optimal health. Willie loved his reiki session and is now passed out like a baby in my bedroom floor. Tonight I will set up his crystal grid and set the intentions for it. Sometimes, traditional medicine is great, but I don’t feel that it is the only answer. I am grateful that I chose to explore alternative healing, and am confident that it is going to help my boy, if nothing else, it makes him feel better. He is a kind soul, a special dog, who has brought awareness of Megaesophagus to many. He deserves nothing but the best, and we are determined to find a way to give that to him. He is a healer and deserves to be healed.