Last night’s episode of Dog Whisperer “Woof and Wheels” has thrilled me and made me cry. It was about a story of a lady named Anita and her companion and friend – a chocolate Labrador named Beau. Anita has a condition called CMT –( Charcot – Marie Tooth Disease), a hereditary neurological condition wherein a person suffers loss of sensory and motor control affecting the nerves and muscles primarily. Her condition left her weak and paralyzed on her wheelchair for the past 12 years. She lives alone in her home in California with Beau. Beau is a trained and very effective service dog in many ways. Beau helps Anita to do things for her around the house. He turns on and off the light switch, picks up things for her, answer the phone, open and close the door, helps with the laundry and even grocery shopping. How awesome and heart-melting to watch them together.
However, Beau has a strong anxiety when riding a bus which is Anita’s only way of transportation. He gets very agitated and terrified by the sound of the bus engine before the bus arrives at the bus stop and gets worse when they are already inside. This is manifested by extreme trembling of his legs, uneasiness and excessive drooling. This behaviour concerned Anita and she wanted him to overcome his fear. So, she asked Cesar Millan’s help to address Beau’s anxiety issues.
Cesar Millan, a dog – trainer expert using behavioural modification techniques in rehabilitating dogs with difficult behaviours came to help her. At first, he interviewed Anita and observed Beau. He was awestruck to see the dog’s capabilities. Beau is such a great dog with a great talent. I was totally impressed, I could just wish I have one too.
Then the next thing that Cesar observed was going on a bus ride. And indeed, he saw how anxious Beau was behaving. He advised the lady bus driver who assists Anita to hold Beau’s leash on an upright position every time she takes him inside the bus. He also suggested that she should be more relaxed and confident for Beau to be able to feel that strong energy. He then concluded that Beau’s anxiety is a reflection of Anita’s low self – esteem, low energy level, and inferiority complex. He believed that, Beau is completely perfect. He has positive and strong energy in him, but then, his energy level is suppressed which caused him to develop anxiety.
I agree with Cesar. I view Anita’s low self –esteem issues originating from her crippled condition. I can’t blame her for feeling that way. For someone being confined in a wheel chair for years and years, she might have believed and conditioned herself that life is unfair, it’s sad and she can’t do anything about it.
Cesar taught Anita to believe in herself and to believe that life is wonderful and life offers positive possibilities as long as you start to welcome them in your heart. He taught her to be calm and assertive in all ways. He taught her how important friendships can change our life in a positive way and that, it is a very integral part of human existence.
Beau needs all this to overcome his fear. He needs friendships, a balanced and calm environment because it is his true nature as a dog. Anita learnt a very good lesson and she promised to believe in herself. And as soon as she did, only then Beau will conquer his fear.
Towards the end of the show, Cesar encouraged Anita to showcase Beau’s talents to children in one of the primary schools in the area. He encouraged Anita to flush down her own fear of speaking in public as a way to start coming out of her shell. And she did it quite well.
My two thumbs for you Anita! The children wowed and clapped their hands to salute Beau’s extraordinary talents. I did as well. And here I truly cried.
Cesar offered his friendship by giving her a plaque with an imprint that says “BELIEVE”. This will always remind her to always believe. He also gave her 2 pretty rabbits to add in her little family.
The last part of the show showed Beau as one handsome and confident lab having no fear on bus rides.