A Face In The Crowd 

A few years ago, when Sally Hinkle’s 11-year-old schnauzer Dex was struggling just to get up and go outside, his arthritis having become so severe, she decided to take a decidedly nontraditional route. Wary of arthritis medication, given Dex’s liver problems, she settled on acupuncture to renew her pooch’s zest for life. This ancient, restorative energy-balancing technique offered by Nashville veterinarian Terry Brockman (who knew?) had him up and sniffing fire hydrants almost immediately. Time eventually got the geriatric four-legged, as it does all of us, and he died at 13. But the alternative healing offered him a quality of life that had begun to elude him. And the experience set Hinkle on a new career path as a vibrational healer for animals. Precisely what this means is difficult to articulate, even for those who do it. But suffice to say that it requires a sort of open-minded sensibility and knowledge of ancient healing arts—something about bringing body and mind energies into alignment. Yada Yada. Point is, Hinkle can keep Rover from jumping into the bathtub every time a storm comes—or heal physical ailments that surface because of emotional issues. “Modern medicine treats symptoms, but this goes after the root cause,” Hinkle says. “I definitely think veterinary medicine is a necessary thing, but there are other ways to support your pet that can be a complement to medicine.” Hinkle has successfully treated, among others, a horse not eating because he was mourning the loss of his mare companion, and a Lab mix who developed intestinal problems because he became convinced his parents were divorcing. (It turned out that one parent was simply taking a new out-of-town job and commuting.) “My experience has been most profound with behavioral problems: cats ticked off and not using their litter boxes, rescued dogs who didn’t like going outside to potty, dogs afraid of storms and so on,” she says. (Alas, no success yet with intuitive flea banishment.) Look for Hinkle Oct. 4 at Dog Days in Centennial Park or call her at 383-1244.

—By Liz Murray Garrigan

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