Thursday, February 26, 2015

Petsense Newsbite: Irina Markova, The Poodle Trainer

Prepare to be amazed by some magical performers.

If you have never seen this award winning film short, it's a gem. Irina Markova is an extraordinary animal communicator. Seeing the interactions between her and her dogs is inspiring.

Emotionally charged, the film draws you into her world for a very brief moment and leaves a lasting impression. Unforgettable, her character.

Description:  Multi festival favorite, The Poodle Trainer received a special Jury award from AFI/Silverdocs, "for a film that packs humor and tragedy into a subtle and perfectly paced 7 minutes." --

The Poodle Trainer from Vance Malone on Vimeo.

Known as the Russian Dog Whisperer, Irina credits angels for helping her do her work. And there is no doubt, she is incredibly gifted. The dogs mirror her and follow her every move, alert for a cue to the next pose.

Watching the interactions of her canine crew and hearing her describe the feelings she has for them and for her work, indeed, the element of a higher source is present.

Animal Communicators are challenged to find words for the deeds they do. It may well be that there simply are no words. The explanation is in the result. Irina speaks the language of the heart. Sincere, authentic, genuine, humble and very much worth knowing. 

A blog post for a Irina's 2010 appearance in the US. 

Irina's Home Page: My Talented Dogs

The site: The Poodle Trainer

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Hardest working dogs on the planet ... no doubt

There is an amazing sense of awe in the pristine environment they inhabit. The team work required is evident in the interactions.

There is beauty in the moment .. and that moment is enhanced when the only foreign element in the equation is the human.

Monday, January 5, 2015

"Sniffing out Cancer" - Bookmarked in Anticipation

A film to bookmark for 2015. Sniffing Out Cancer.

Overview: over a decade ago, Dina Zaphiris began to train and research with her dogs in cancer detection. Results show her dogs can indeed detect cancer on human breath and in urine, even at Insitu, the earliest stage. Accuracy rate: 98%  Funding Video.

Fabulous! Engaging dogs to sniff out disease. Uniquely qualified for the endeavor, their scent sleuthing abilities are extraordinary. I'll post a date for the Conscious Living interview when the film is ready for release.

* "Currently, there are approximately 317 million people in the United States. There are approximately 83 million dogs; less than 50 of them have received training to detect cancer." Source.

Dummies/Dogs says, when it comes to scent receptors, humans possess about 5 million. In comparison, a Bloodhound has 300 million. In other words, we are limited to the Cliff's Notes version in smell awareness while dogs can access an entire library and then some. More insight into that wonderful ability is available through the NOVA feature: Dogs' Dazzling Sense of Smell.

Highlights from Dummies/Dogs:

* "Your dog's nose has a pattern of ridges and dimples that, in combination with the outline of its nostril openings, make up a nose print believed to be as individual and unique as a human being's fingerprints."

* "A dog's brain is also specialized for identifying scents. The percentage of the dog's brain that is devoted to analyzing smells is actually 40 times larger than that of a human! It's been estimated that dogs can identify smells somewhere between 1,000 to 10,000 times better than nasally challenged humans can."  - Source -

I discovered the Sniffing Out Cancer film, currently a work in process, through Kim Saavedra, one of my contacts for my Conscious Living Program and immediately wanted to follow up and share the content. Kim has had her own challenge with Cancer and is featured in a promo for the Documentary.

This film promises to bring awareness (and hopefully, wider development and incorporation) of this effective and non-invasive technique to help improve our ability to offer earlier medical support and proactive treatment for a disease where time is a crucial element in determining strategy and methods for successful recovery.

If smell is a factor in detection, who better to rely on than the experts in the field of scentology?

Our undying gratitude we own them for this service, combined with recognition for outstanding past performance in life-saving skills demonstrated on behalf of their human companions. There is no pedestal high enough for hu/man's best friend/s.

Film Producer: Adriana LaCorte
Sniffing Out Cancer
Sniffing out Cancer on Facebook
Insitu -
Pine Street Foundation Canine Cancer Research
Dog Diagnoses Cancer story from 2008

For more interesting notes regarding Dogs and their incredible noses read: 7 Amazing Facts on Dogster
"All of the animals except for man know that the principle business of life is to enjoy it."
~ Samuel Butler