Do Some Tellington TTouch® With Your Pet in Honor

of Linda Tellington-Jones’ 80th Birthday

Tellington TTouch® is a remarkable way of working with animals to help them heal and feel so much better physically, mentally and emotionally, enabling them to gain confidence and balance on many levels. It is also such a loving, kind and gentle way of working with animals that involves respect, compassion and empathy. In Tellington TTouch, practitioners are taught to “meet animals wherever they are” and to observe what’s going on for them so they can best help both animals and their guardians move forward in more positive ways.
Using special TTouches, lifts and strokes that affect animals on a cellular level, TTouch also offers an array of recommended equipment, from harnesses and leads to calming bands, wraps, and so much more to affect behavior and an animal’s central nervous system. TTouch also invites animals to walk within a labyrinth and explore different sensations and experiences on a TTouch confidence course. And beneath all of these many diverse, innovative and effective elements is the beautiful foundation that TTouch is built upon. That magnificent foundation includes love, integrity, respect and compassion, along with always seeing an animal’s “potential for perfection.”
Donna's Dog, Socrates

My precious Socrates, who was over-vaccinated and suffered from autoimmune conditions and other issues, led me to this wonderful way of working with animals. Despite what was going on, I learned to see his “potential for perfection.” In the last two years of his life, after I had worked on him for many years, using TTouch, a variety of energy healing modalities and classical homeopathy, he became the sweet and calm dog I had always dreamed of. Photo by Donna El Haber, 2005. All rights reserved.

If you have a dog or cat who has behavioral or health issues, who is anxious, stressed or reactive, or who has just about any other issue, I encourage you to think about either working with a Tellington TTouch practitioner or to begin learning about it yourself through classes, books, online articles, websites and videos. There are certified practitioners around the world, an array of books you can read, and free online videos you can watch. To learn more, go to You can also Google “Tellington TTouch” and a vast array of websites and information from all over the world will come up.
On my website, I have a section devoted to Tellington TTouch that you can access here. I share many ways that TTouch can help your pet, four important aspects of TTouch, and the amazing session I had during a raging thunderstorm with a beautiful Australian shepherd dog named Murry, who was so fearful of thunder and lightning.

Murry, who has since passed, was a beautiful Australian shepherd dog with a sweet heart that was abandoned by his previous guardian and had many fear issues. Photo by Judie Paterno-Skolnick.

I will share here what I didn’t put on my website. In my first of several visits with Murry and his guardians, Josh and Judie, a beautiful miracle occurred. I began working with Murry very soon after greeting his guardians and asking that they put his brother, an animated boxer named Damon, securely away in a different room.
I recall using a wand on Murry initially and then did some TTouch body work on him. I took a break in the middle of the session to chat with Judie and Josh and noticed that Judie’s eyes were welling with tears as Murry was lying between us, playing with a toy he had taken out of a toy basket in the living room.

Here is what the sky looked like following a fierce thunder storm that raged during my TTouch session with Murry. Photo by Donna El Haber, 2005. All rights reserved.

When I asked her why she was so emotional, she said she had been trying for months, with the help of a positive dog trainer, to get Murry to relax and play. And within a half-hour of the TTouch session with me, he felt comfortable enough to relax and play. It is a moment I will never forget. It was followed by another session during a thunderstorm that gave not only Murry pause, but me as well. TTouch helped us both through it.

I took this photo of Murry and his guardians, Judie and Josh, and his sister Amber, a golden retriever staying close by to support Murry, during the thunderstorm. Wrapped in a TTouch half-wrap, Murry also sports a calming band, as Judie does some gentle TTouches on him. Rather than a dog that used to drool and try to dig through the carpeting during storms, Murry was much more relaxed and breathing normally. Photo by Donna El Haber, 2008. All rights reserved.

I explain about this TTouch session in more detail in my e-book, “25 Ways to Maintain a Happy and Healthy Dog.” Using the Tellington TTouch Method is one of the ways. I devote another of the ways to using TTouch wraps to help calm dogs. Linda’s sister Robyn Hood, along with her daughter Mandy Petty, wrote several books on wraps, one for horses, and others for companion animals and for people. TTouch wraps are inexpensive and work simply and easily to affect deep change in the central nervous system and help bring new awareness to different parts of the body.
July 30, 2017 marked a special day for those of us who are Tellington TTouch® practitioners. It also was a special day for those people and animals around the world who have experienced the many healing and transformational benefits of Tellington TTouch, who have taken classes with Linda Tellington-Jones, the creator of TTouch, and other instructors, or who have read her books and watched her videos to help make positive shifts in their lives and the lives of the animals they love.
Linda with dog

Sporting her new longer hairstyle, Linda Tellington-Jones celebrated her 80th birthday on July 30, 2017. In a birthday webinar, she said that she decided to grow her hair longer because hair is like an extension of the central nervous system and serves as a kind of antenna. Photo from

Her 80th birthday is just one of countless milestones and accomplishments in this positive, brilliant and singularly energetic woman’s life who has crossed the globe countless times to offer her important gifts and talents to others, helping to change so many lives for the better.
Her sister Robyn, one of Linda’s ardent champions, who has helped in so many ways on this remarkable TTouch journey, sent out a newsletter celebrating some highlights of Linda’s extraordinary career as an equestrian, teacher, author, innovative inventor and so much more. Few of us can even imagine accomplishing the depth and breadth of what Linda has done for so many people and animals around the world.
She is a testament to the brilliance and determination of the human spirit and to one woman’s distinctive ability to affect so many lives on such deep levels. You can read more about her diverse and numerous accomplishments at
I hosted some Tellington TTouch trainings in New Jersey from 2006 to 2010 and became a certified Tellington TTouch practitioner for Companion Animals. During those trainings, I witnessed the wonder of Tellington TTouch and countless blessings both for people and their pets. I also had the honor of hosting Linda during one of those trainings that drew people from all around the country who wanted to learn from the master.

Linda gently does some TTouches on Pearl’s head. She also chose to bring the back part of the TTouch half-wrap down over Pearl’s tail. In TTouch there is a saying: “Calm the tail. Calm the dog.” Photo by Donna El Haber, 2009. All rights reserved.

Linda doing TTouch work

Linda quietly and gently shows how to do some TTouches to students attending a New Jersey training in 2009. Photo by Donna El Haber, 2009. All rights reserved.

There were many things that struck me about Linda during her visit to New Jersey. One was her extraordinary energy level. From morning until evening, she had so much to share and was tirelessly on the go. I can recall one evening, following a group dinner, when we were all exhausted after a full day of learning and taking our dogs out and working on them, Linda was as perky as ever, narrating a presentation she wanted to share with us. And we all could only marvel at her high-octane energy level and her passion for her purpose.
Linda is also about giving from the heart. During that training, she asked everyone to bring in a gift and we each were directed to present our gift to someone in the training. I was so blessed that Linda chose me as the recipient of her gift,  a magnificent bracelet of safari animals she had purchased in South Africa. I was so deeply touched.

Finnegan, pictured above, was a cat who was paralyzed after he had a serious fall. A student brought him to my first Tellington TTouch training. His legs were ice cold and crisscrossed on the first day of the training. By the sixth day, after students took turns working on him, his legs were warm and relaxed. In following up with his guardian, I learned that with ongoing TTouch work, months later Finnegan was walking again. Photo by Donna El Haber, 2005. All rights reserved.

Linda Tellington-Jones looks so happy as she watches students exchange their gifts at a New Jersey TTouch training. Photo by Donna El Haber, 2009. All rights reserved.

I can recall another moment when I walked into a room where Linda was doing some TTouch work on a very anxious cat that one of the students brought in for us to work on. As I walked into the room, I heard Linda speaking emotionally from her heart about the cat, sharing all she thought the cat was feeling from its perspective, with tears running down her face. When I looked around the room, there were many other tears running down the faces of those listening intently to her heartfelt message.
I can’t recall exactly what she said, but it was about honoring wherever an animal is and about respect and empathy. She was feeling on a heart level what the cat was feeling. It was also about gentle ways of reaching animals with your thoughts, intentions and with special touches that communicate with them on many levels, including the cellular level.
Linda is one of the most gifted women I have ever met and someone who runs a successful and ever-expanding international business, doing so with strength, vitality and determination. Although all her honors and multitude of accomplishments might overwhelm some who might be timid to even approach her, Linda is a woman who so clearly lives from her heart and can be so warm, gentle, vulnerable and tender in any given moment. She is a kind of Renaissance woman with so many interests and abilities. All around the world, so many are reaping the many benefits of all the seeds Linda has sowed to help others.
Debby Potts

TTouch Instructor Debby Potts does some gentle TTouches on Socrates to help him calm down at my first Tellington TTouch training. Photo by Donna El Haber, 2005. All rights reserved.

I love what she shared with those who came to celebrate her life on her 80th birthday in the online gathering. She talked about how we all feel fear, how we are all human and how we are all connected. Her wisdom is always imparted with so much compassion and love.
Debby Potts, a Tellington TTouch instructor, called in from Taiwan to wish Linda a happy birthday. Debby talked about how hard it was for her to speak in front of an audience, but said her desire to be in service was so much greater than her fear. Debby was my first TTouch instructor who gave my dog Socrates special tender loving care when he was one of her students.
She thanked Linda for the countless ways Linda has changed and enriched her life. I personally was so grateful to be part of a gathering that had two of my favorite people in the world there in the celebration because their hearts are both always filled with so much gratitude, love and compassion. And the wisdom they share in their teachings is always helping both people and animals.
Linda just melted my heart when I watched her video on her Facebook page reading one of her poems about guardian angels to a horse and some dogs. It is just so sweet! You can check it out by clicking on the video below.
Linda reading poem
What is also extraordinary about Linda is her ability to be both right and left-brained. That is, she is very analytic and scientific and so interested in cells and biology, as well as quantum physics and the science of setting intentions. Lynne McTaggart, Bruce Lipton and Gregg Braden are among some of the authors she admires. Linda even invited Gregg Braden to speak at a major TTouch conference. She loves Heart Math and brought along to the New Jersey training a Heart Math monitor so students could determine the coherence of their hearts.
Linda is an excellent organizer and an incredibly detail-oriented person. She even took time out from the training to check out the restaurant where we were going to have our group dinner. Those are all very left-brained activities.
At the training, though, she was also able to share so deeply from her heart with students and animals, to guide us in amazing meditations, to help each of us share from our hearts, and to provide a sacred space for students and their pets to heal.
She often teaches and shares what she calls a TTouch heart hug. You can do this on your pet and on yourself. In a video on her Facebook page with her husband Roland, she guides viewers in a Valentine’s Day sharing how to do a heart hug. You can access this video by clicking on the picture below.
I hope you take time to read some TTouch articles, watch some TTouch videos, appreciate the pet or pets in your life, and do some gentle and mindful TTouches on your dog or cat or on your horse. You can go to for more information and you can watch some of Linda’s videos at
Tellington TTouch is a staple in my work with pets. When a rescued Sheltie needed healing and emotional support, I worked remotely with him and made a variety of recommendations to help him progress and feel better. His true first breakthrough came when I was guiding two rescue volunteers on how to do some TTouch work with him. I can recall one of them saying, “Oh my goodness. He is actually looking at me for the first time and not looking away!”
There are so many countless TTouch miracles. Pictured above in this post is Finnegan, a cat in my first training who was so seriously injured that he could not walk. Months later, after six days of students working with him, and his guardian continuing the TTouch work, she called to tell me that Finnegan was walking again.
Rico and Ellen

Two students, Rico and Ellen, are shown here doing some gentle TTouch work on Finnegan, who was not able to walk after an accident. Photo by Donna El Haber, 2005. All rights reserved.

You can learn more about my Tellington TTouch packages here. I can also work with clients via Skype. One woman in Linda’s birthday gathering shared how she worked with Linda online after meeting her at a training.
During that online birthday gathering, Linda spoke so sweetly from her heart about the connection we have with our animals. She said, “When you acknowledge the soul of the animal, when we do that, we know something happens. When I look at animals with that deep appreciation, I am holding for that animal the possibility of all he or she can be.”
Linda talked about how scientists and authors like Bruce Lipton, Gregg Braden and Lynne McTaggart all understand how powerful our thoughts and emotions are. She noted how Gregg Braden shared how “every thought, emotion and belief we have has an effect.” She affirmed, “What we think and how we connect with our animals does make a difference.”
I hope you will connect in a very special way with your pet today. And as you are doing so, you can also say a prayer of gratitude and appreciation for all your pet has done to enrich and improve your life. After you do that, you might also say a birthday toast to Linda Tellington-Jones on her 80th birthday, who has done so much to help animals around the world feel better. And she started doing that just one touch at a time.
Harry in the corridor

Almost every day, I let Harry know what a blessing he is in my life and how much he has enriched my life just by knowing him. Photo by Rev. Donna El Haber, 2017. All rights reserved.

When I saw so many transformations in the trainings I organized, I can’t even imagine how many lives Linda has changed in such positive ways over the course of her life. Can you imagine the extraordinary ripple effects that will happen when more and more guardians begin doing TTouch with their pets? It is such a blessing when you can learn new ways of connecting with your pets and are able to hold a sacred space for the potential of their perfection. For so many, learning Tellington TTouch has been life-changing. Here’s to Linda, her family who has supported her and her work, and to the TTouch instructors and practitioners doing such important work around the world to help animals heal and feel so much better.
With love, healing, miracles, TTouches and Heart Hugs,
 Rev. Donna
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