122. Communicate with your Four Leggeds

Home Newsroom 122. Communicate with your Four Leggeds

When asked if she has children, Brooke Baxter usually responds ‘yes four leggeds’.  And that’s because she has 3 horses, 3 dogs and 2 cats.  The phrase soon became the inspiration for Four Legs & A Soul started 2 years ago when Brooke moved with her husband to Barrington Hills from New York.  I went out to visit with Brooke to understand more about her passion and personal experience with communicating with animals.  While wandering around her lovely property, I also got to meet Hudson, a beautiful Clydesdale named to keep a piece of New York with them.

Although Brooke has spent most of her life with animals, about a decade ago, her business began quietly without an official name or mission.  With a major in English and Creative Writing from Princeton University and a Masters in Fine Arts from New York University, Brooke was working on a novel and doing lots of volunteer work when she adopted her first rescue dog, Belle the yellow Labrador retriever mix.  Since Belle was exposed to trauma and has a heart problem, Brooke enrolled her in many classes to train and help her live with her condition.  Many veterinarians thought her condition would be difficult to overcome.  Brooke believes her  holistic approach to healing is the reason why Belle is now a therapy dog and provides comfort to many in nursing homes and other institutions.

Brooke has always had animals and aging horses in particular.  She prepares them for foster care or rehabilitation centers using holistic therapies such as Reiki & Energy Healing and Organic Nutrition. While working on her novel back in New York, people began to call with questions about her treatment program and what they could do to help their own animals.  Since the publishing world wasn’t treating her so well, she decided to answer the needs of her new ‘clients’ and soon her days were filled.

She named her business Four Legs & A Soul to grow and brand her service and to give it its own energy.  The goal of Four Legs & A Soul is to bridge the relationships between humans and animals.  “Soul is an important concept because it connects us spiritually and emotionally”, says Brooke.  “And relationships with pets have been known to boost our immune systems and lower blood pressure.”

Working closely with veterinarians in the area, Brooke has become part of a team of treating professionals.  Also trained to work with humans, her educational background helps with translating what she learns from the animals so humans can communicate effectively with their pets when they leave.  Creating balance and a stress free environment is important for pets as animals typically reflect what is going on in their homes.

Brooke welcomes her clients to her home, a lovely cottage with a barn for her horses and a place for her animals to run and exercise.  Give Brooke a call at 917-488-1891 to learn more about Four Legs & A Soul or visit her website at http://www.fourlegsandasoul.com.

Brooke sees her business growing into a comprehensive healing and holistic center incorporating veterinarians and behaviorists.  And as she begins to expand her staff,  she just might dust off her novel Driftwood, a story of 3 generations of women during WWII Europe who are estranged until their lives intersect.

There are no comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

365Barrington Sponsors

Featured Events

365Barrington Partners

From the Community

你好! Today we're taking a quick look at some common honorifics!

Okay, so what is an honorific? Basically, what we'd say in English would be "sir," "madam," "miss," etcetera. While Chinese also has titles for "teacher," "doctor," and their ilk, I'll focus on more general ones today.

先生 xiān shēng , literally "first born," is in practice an equivalent for "Mr.," or "sir." How do you use it? Place it /after/ the surname, so if you're talking to someone with the surname 王 wáng, you'd say 王先生.

So, there are more ways to address a woman than there are to commonly address a man. 小姐 xiǎo jiě is basically the equivalent of "miss." It's used for a young, unmarried girl. Some preliminary research indicates to me that it's a pretty close equivalent to that English -- for example, you might use it in a restaurant calling down a waitress as well as to a young woman.
太太 tài tai is literally "wife," in one translation, but for this purpose it's closer to "Mrs.," or "madam." Just to reiterate: You're referring to a married woman whose (married) last name is 张 zhāng. She's called 张太太. Oh, and by the way, you'd use 太太 in familial or personal contexts... you might want to go with 女士 (nǚ shì) for a more formal context.


#learnchinese #chineselanguage #chineseclubbhs #barringtonhighschool #365barrington #barrington #wordoftheday

1 0

“Despite the rocky start, participating in group now gives me a sense of belonging. After the first two weeks, online therapy finally clicked and gave me insight into managing my anxiety. Once I found my voice and started sharing my story and my anxieties, fellow patients taught me coping skills that worked for them. Even the long-winded group members empowered me with calm and focus. I wrote down three things I was grateful for every morning. I practiced meditation (which needed a lot of practice). I tuned into a progressive muscle relaxation video to guide me to tense and relax one body part at a time. Doing these exercises over and over reset my fear-infected brain.”

Read more on the namicommunicate blog via the link in our bio.

#mentalhealth #mentalhealthsupport #mentalhealthforall #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthresource #suicideprevention #notalone #supportgroups #lakecountyil #lakezurichil #wauconda #buffalogrove #hoffmanestates #carpentersville #southbarrington #palatineil #barringtonil #barringtonillinois #bsd220 #365barrington #belocalbarrington #barringtonscoop #barringtonforward #quintessentialbarrington #namibarrington

2 0

Feelin’ that spring vibe! 💕💃🌸⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Venue: barringtonswhitehouse⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Planning/Styling: kensingtoneventdesign⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Photography: anamariavieriuphotography⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Cinematography: CR Films ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Stationery: paperloveclub⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Bridal Gown & Veil: sewbridalchicago⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Tuxedo/Accessories: emanueletuxedo⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Jewelry: callacouturejewelers ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Hair & Makeup: impressionsbylaura⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Floral: mayfieldflowers⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Cake: skinnypiggybakery⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Vintage Dish and Decor: dishanddecorvintagerental ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Linen: bbjlinen⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Styling Mats/Kits: stylingsquad ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Models: Romina & Marcel Ionascu

18 3

If not now, when?⁠

7 1

Luby Group Listings

113 S Cook Street Barrington, IL 60010
Commercial For Sale
- Active

Retail storefront in prime pedestrian location in downtown Barrington surrounded by Village shopping, restaurants, and steps to the Metra train station. Great opportunity to own a high visibility space, currently vacant, ready for you to move in and

306 Hickory Lane #D Lake Barrington, IL 60010
Condo For Sale
- Active Under Contract

Beautifully updated Braeburn model with terrific views over the 11th green of the Lake Barrington Shores golf course! So many updates to enjoy including an open floor plan with rich hardwood floors and a full kitchen update featuring custom cabinetr

New Listing - 2 weeks online
1100 Prairie Avenue Barrington, IL 60010
Land For Sale
- Active

Great opportunity to build your dream home on a half acre in Barrington right down the street from Baker Lake and Ron Beese Park. Located just over a mile south of downtown Barrington, this rare waterfront location is a few blocks away from award-wi

20331 Ela Road Deer Park, IL 60010
Single Family Home For Sale
- Pending

Amazing value! Beautiful home on 5 acres and accessed by a private road. This unique home features new exterior stain and beautiful landscape views from every window. Many upgrades inc. updated kitchen with hickory cabinets, large center island, cori