I have been practicing Usui Reiki since 2001 and have been a Reiki Master Teacher since 2006.

Here is how it all began for me.  When I was 13 I sustained a life changing spinal injury when I had a fall from a horse.  Out of desperation my mother took me to a healer and the only thing I remember about the time I was with him was when he told me “You are a healer”.  This frightened me, excited me and overwhelmed me.  Over the following years I thought of his words on and off, but got on with my life raising children and running my dog behaviour practice.

In 2000 I needed to add a new dimension to my working life and applied for a job as a veterinary assistant, I got the job and was also tasked as being an ‘in house’ dog behaviour advisor – perfect!

Lesley dog behaviour

I had been working at the practice for around 6 months when my boss found a little black cat on his way to work that had been badly run over.  None of us thought it would pull through, it had massive head trauma and was fitting every 5-10 minutes.  He wired her jaw, medicated it and put it on a drip, but no improvements came, it could not even urinate for itself.  All this happened early in the week and the little black cat clung to life by the thinnest of threads until the weekend.  Then there was a problem, suddenly no qualified on call staff were available so I volunteered to do what I could with the strictest of instructions and armed with mobile phone numbers.

The cat continued to have fits right through the Saturday and my heart bled for it.  I caressed it in some futile attempt to stop the fitting; then the healers voice from my childhood came into my head “You are a healer”.

I must now explain that I am a very down to earth person, I have always had a faith of sorts, but do not subscribe to all the paraphernalia that is involved with organised religion – this is my personal opinion, it isn’t right for me, but perfect for some.

I placed my hands on the cat and in a very impolite way addressed GOD as I knew him: “Ok God if I can heal then bring it on, you have to help me help this poor cat!  Come on then do it!”  I left my hands on the cat for a while and didn’t feel a thing, disappointed, but not surprised I resigned myself to the fact that it was all ‘mumbo jumbo’.  Then something strange happened I went to remove my hands, they wouldn’t move it was like 2 extra strong magnets were holding them in place and a feeling of total peace overwhelmed me.  I don’t know how long I stayed like this, but eventually the magnetic feeling wore off and I removed my hands; the cat slept.

I continued to monitor the cat through the night and the following day – to my knowledge she had no more fits and by Monday she was able to pee by herself, look around and interact with us.  No one could quite believe it, least of all me!

I then decided to look into learning more about healing and through my research came across Reiki which I had never heard of, however, it sounded very interesting so I found a teacher and began my Reiki journey which I continue to travel now.  With the permission of my boss I set to work on some of the patients at the Veterinary clinic.  And the results were mind blowing!

Dogs have been a passion for me since I was a child, but I didn’t get my own until 1986 when I was 19 years old.  Since then I have watched this beautiful animal with love and fascination.  I have been working with and studying dogs since the early 1990’s and watched training and breed trends come and go.  My passion today is as strong as ever.

During the 1990’s I wrote a dog behaviour column for the international publication ‘Pet Dog Magazine’. I have also worked as a canine behaviour advisor at a local Veterinary Clinic in East Sussex.

I did my first dog behaviour course with the Animal Care College and since then have attended numerous seminars and lectures on all aspects of man’s best friend from Psychopharmacology to rescue rehabilitation.

I am now retired from my dog behaviour and training practice and spend my time specialising in canine healing and communication.