Nina Ballerina & Merlin Bird Mossa
I like to call February 1st the Feast of the Boy in honor of my doggie soulmate Merlin who was the inspiration for Four Paws Acupuncture.
While attending the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine for my degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine, my 13 year old German Shepherd Merlin was diagnosed with hip dysplasia, arthritis and was having trouble walking. The vet wanted to put him down. ... not an option.
So thanks to a few professors at school i learned how to do acupuncture on Merlin. I also changed his diet, started giving him herbs and using liniments. Merlin lived to be almost 15 and during his last year was walking much better and loved going to Dog Beach in San Diego every Sunday.
Thanks to Merlin's positive response to traditional Chinese medicine, i decided to pursue veterinary acupuncture & herbal medicine. After graduating PCOM in 1999 and taking California Acupuncture Boards & the NCCAOM boards - Four Paws Acupuncture was born! This of course is the condensed version of this tale!
Every February 1st i light a candle in honor of this dear boy.