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Published May 20th 2014
Robert Humphreys - the animal whisperer
It's not often you find someone who has a special gift with animals. Of course there are a lot of vets who display compassion and warmth towards our special friends, but when I met Robert Humphreys I was truly amazed. He is the Animal Whisperer.
Robert is an animal chiropractor who works from his tranquil practice in Jimboomba. I remember a friend telling me that his took his six year old Labrador to the vet and was told that she would need major hip surgery and he was looking at out of pocket expenses of at least $5000. My friend had decided to get a second opinion and had been referred to a man at Jimboomba who was 'incredible'. That man was Robert and after one visit to Robert my friends' dog had a new lease on life. She could run around again and there was no hint of the pain that had crippled her for the last few months.
Fast forward a year and our gorgeous five month old, somewhat uncoordinated, Shar-Pei cross Cleo, fell awkwardly one afternoon playing ball and let out an almighty yelp. Cleo suddenly developed a love of lying on her bed for hours on end and walks around the block consisted of her sitting down three houses up the street as she couldn't go on. We had taken Cleo to the vet twice after her fall and on both occasions the vet was not overly concerned and told us that it might be just 'growing pains' after a quick once over. The second time she had given Cleo an anti-inflammatory, but nothing worked. Our once active puppy had turned into a couch potato. It brought tears to our eyes watching her limp off her bed; she resembled an old dog riddled with arthritis.
I then remembered my friend whose dog had been cured by this remarkable dog chiropractor at Jimboomba. Turning to my ever faithful friend Google, I quickly found his details - after all how many animal chiropractors could there be in Jimboomba? As luck would have it there was one appointment left on the following Saturday so we made the trip from Brisbane to Jimboomba full of optimism that we would soon have our old Cleo back.
Upon arrival we drove in and waited while Robert was with another dog. We also noticed that two horses were being loaded back into their float and another horse float had just driven in. This was certainly a great sign, I remember thinking. When it was our turn, Robert welcomed us with his friendly disposition and then bent down to say hi to Cleo. Cleo looked up at Robert and let him pat her. This in itself was remarkable, as Cleo normally didn't take to strangers and would pull away if strangers dare to pat her.
Once Cleo was on the table Robert told us that she had had a fall and landed on her neck, which had put her neck out and this followed through down to her hips, which explains why she is limping and favouring one side. My husband and I were astounded; we didn't have to mention anything about how Cleo had sustained her injuries, as Robert knew immediately where the problem had stemmed from.
Robert then manipulated Cleo's neck and hips. Cleo didn't flinch, and in fact she actually looked like she was enjoying it. Once on all fours again Cleo's demeanour changed. She actually looked like she was smiling and to our amazement she was walking without any sign of the limp that had plagued her for the past few months. Cleo was extending both legs out to walk and even started trotting while walking back to the car.
We couldn't thank Robert enough. I had never seen anything like it. While we were chatting to Robert after the treatment another car drove in with two dogs in tow. Robert told us that the people waiting with the horses had just driven down from Mount Isa to see him. We were very impressed. Robert then went on to say that he frequently has clients from all over Australia come to see him with their animals and some international clients.
Robert has an incredible energy about him. There's something almost magical about how he cures these animals and how he communicates with them. Robert has been working his magic on a wide variety of animals for over 25 years, with the majority of his patients being dogs and horses. We can't thank Robert enough for what he did for Cleo and I delight in telling friends that I have met the real Animal Whisperer.
Yep, Robert is the best of the best! And he's just a nice fellow into the bargain! He goes to the trouble of telling you what is wrong with your mutt, encourages you when possible to feel the injury, explains what he is going to do, does it and then explains the results and what, if any further treatment is needed.
He won't rip you off, doesn't want you back every few days and is incredibly cheap at around fifty bucks for the treatment!
And, if Robert can't fix your dog's - or horses - problem, he will tell you straight off and not string you along with false promises.
Amazing guy to watch in action and honest as the day is long!
The story above is all too common. Vets don't seem to do much more than observe, medicate or operate - all at ridiculous expense. I work colleague had a similar experience to the story above - except he already forked out $4000 for observations by a vet. Robert fixed the dog's misaligned joint in one visit. I'll be taking my dog very soon. It's great to find genuine people like this who really know their stuff.
Robert literally performed a miracle on our 14yo male Shih Tzu "Stanley" a one-eyed rescue dog who had a hard life initially. We took Stan to see Robert after a year of treatments, MRI, CAT scans, x-rays, drugs & even one unsuccessful operation, costing in total around $10,000.
Just one visit to Robert & Stanley was cured. Simply amazing.
roberrt is great i was told i would need to put my cattle dog down after visiting the dog was walking around good and wantingto play now robert treats my dog then she lays at his feet,
when we go there m dog goes to the tableready to be teated, he is a real gentleman
I took my dachshund Maxi (6) to see Robert. We had been told by our Vet that Maxi had degenerative disc disease and needed spinal surgery asap. (he had gone quite lame very quickly) we were panicked and wanted they best for Maxi of course and were looking at a huge vet bill. I heard about Robert and after a very teary call to him got Maxi an appointment that afternoon. Robert, within moments of meeting Maxi, advised his situation had nothing to do with his back. His pelvis was out. He had an adjustment that day and another couple of follow ups over a few weeks and Maxi was back good as new. I can't thank Robert (and also his son who is also a chiropractor) enough for what they did for Maxi. The absolute best!!
My whole family was absolutely amazed.