Helping Men Awaken to Their Path by Letting Their Dogs Lead | Dogs and Men

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Animal Innovations Show - Episode 117 - Dogs and Men

Helping Men Awaken to Their Path by Letting Their Dogs Lead | Dogs and Men

A connection between dogs and men that you can use to live a life of purpose and extraordinariness.

That’s what Michael Overlie, an energy healer, Canine-Partnered Energy Coach, and author, does with Dogs and Men.

According to Michael,

I combine all these things to create a different way for men to find a better way to live—to get from this place of anger, to being able to find peace and love in every day. And we use your dog to help you get there.”

From Childhood to Dogs and Men

the process for dogs and men

A lifelong dog fanatic, Michael has had a gift of connecting with animals since his younger years. In fact, dogs have been his “teacher”, having been with him for most of his life and teaching him valuable life lessons.

However, it was only after his brother died that Michael fully awakened to his own potential in helping other men awaken to the gifts available to them from their own dogs.

From then on, Michael has dedicated himself to assisting men and their dogs to discover their path to living a life of purpose and being extraordinary.

“Let’s call it a healing ‘cause I’m not a therapist. I’m not a licensed clinical professional… But it’s healing. It’s healing on many levels. Think about as if you have an incredible bond with your animal… But there’s something else there. It’s not just about ‘Oh, they make me feel comfortable.’”

In fact, as per Michael, he considers it a success when a client remembers who they are at their core and begins to create a life of love from a life of anger and fear.

The Process for Dogs and Men

from childhood to dogs and men

When asked what the process looks like for people who come to Dogs and Men for help, Michael said that it comes under the guise of life coaching. This is because people have different journeys they go through, as they get from wherever they are at the moment in their life, to a destination that they find more desirable.

“Included with the way I do it is these other awarenesses and practices with these energetic teachers (i.e., dogs) and creating presence. Our dogs [and cats] can help us become extremely present. They help bring us right here, right now… So, I take a very different approach in integrating these animals, their behaviors, and our relationship into creating a [customized] program for every person,”

he added.



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Michael: Hi, I’m Michael Overlie, and you are tuned in to The Animal Innovations Show.

Chris: So, welcome Michael. Really excited to have you. Really excited to meet you. Tell us who you are and how you’re innovating and helping animals.

Michael: So, I am an energy healer. I’m a canine-partnered energy coach, right. Also an author. I combine all these things to create a different way for men, to find a better way to live, to get from this place of anger, to being able to find peace and love in every day.

And we use your dog to help you get there. So, think about if you have an incredible bond with your animal. You just love that dog.

There’s something else there. It’s not just that. Oh, they make me feel comfortable. So now, had energy healing been a part of your life before this, or was this an exploration where you were learning about energy healing and how to do it to help other people?

No, I had never been aware of it, and I’m exposed to it, maybe, I don’t know. But I can’t remember.

I was like, “Oh, my gosh.” And then my mom, who actually is training all sorts of stuff, she introduced me to something else.

So, it was just this explosion of awareness and then finding something that resonated with me that worked kind of for me.

And then eventually I created my own style, if you want to call it.

Chris: So, as you said, it was like this awareness, this broadening of what you wanted to do. So, kind of take it from there.

So, from March 18, 2017, until now, what does that journey look like?

Michael: Well, I think the first idea I had was I’m going to cure cancer in dogs, right. Because there’s such a huge percentage of dogs that die of cancer.

I fought against that for a while, but I got—you know, kept trying, kept trying— I settled in. I’m like, okay, dogs are naturally already with people.

So, how do I put these things together? And so, it was a culmination of my experiences. And luckily, I’ve just had these amazing dogs teach me.

Chris: So, I find you— like, walk me through what this process is. What am I coming to you for? And how does that work?

Michael: The guys that this kind of runs under is life coaching included with the way I do it is these other awarenesses and practices with these energetic teachers.

I’ve got one laying right next to me and creating presence. They help bring us right here, right now. They’re constantly showing us, but we’re not paying attention.

So, I take a very different approach in integrating these animals, their behaviors, and our relationship into creating—basically, each program is going to be different.

Every person’s journey is different. So, it has to be customized. There’s no one template that’s going to fit the whole thing.

Let some of it go.

Chris: So, now how have things progressed through? I mean, you’ve been doing this now for a few years.

Michael: So, is it— is your practice now— I don’t know. Is it going in the direction you want? It’s not going as fast as I want, right.

And those are expectations that I had. Yeah.

I’m getting known, people are getting really interested, and I’m helping more and more people all the time. I mean, it’s fantastic, right? How lucky am I?

I get to play with guys and their dogs and help them create a better life. That’s cool as hell.

Chris: Well, and then that wasn’t even enough. So, then you decided, I’m going to write a book. That’s not a small undertaking.

Michael: No— The way I did it was interesting. I putz around and futz around, and I still do my own work, right. I didn’t get to a point and then just stop.

So, I had a bunch of these leather-bound journals, and I had all these journals stack up, and I was so stressed about getting this book done. And then one day, I just kind of looked over and I was like, “Oh, my God, I’ve already written my book.”

It’s right there. This is not a novel where you’re trying to get to the end of it. It’s these little chunks.

And they were my experiences and what I went through and an invitation for other guys to maybe do the same.

Chris: So, what is the book? What’s the title? You kind of gave us a little bit of structure, but what’s it about? What am I going to learn?

Michael: So, it’s called Let Your Dog Lead.

Chris: That’s a good title.

Michael: Of course, right.

Well, that’s when I realized that these dogs are showing us all the time that we’re enough, that we’re safe, that we’re loved, we’re cared for, that we don’t have to worry about all these other things.

Whatever it is, it can just float away—just for a little bit. But you’re actually creating a meditation, in effect.

Chris: Yeah, I know.

With one of the dogs I used to have, I mean, when I could walk him at five in the morning, there was nobody else.

I could let him off leash and I would let him lead. It was freeing for both of us. He kind of got to choose, right. Within reason. And I kind of followed along.

I mean, we all knew we were coming back home, but it was much more adventurous for both of us.He would take me in path. I’m like, really, why are we going this way?

And there’s something different that I had never experienced.

Yeah, that’s fantastic.

Chris: But what does the future look like? What’s next for you? Is there anything else that’s on the horizon?

Michael: Yeah, some local growth.

I’m teaching my form of energy healing— locally. I’ve got some workshops I’m doing with another guy here in Colorado, and I want to get people back together again.

I want people to face to face meet, after all this that we’ve had the last couple of years. So, I’m growing that even more.

But I’m still helping people wherever they’re at.

Chris: So, where can people learn more about you? Where can they get the book? How do they get a hold of you?

Michael: Yeah, the book is on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. There’s a Kindle version. It’s distributed through Ingram so you could order through your local bookstore if you wanted to.

My website is WWW.DOGSANDMEN.COM. You can email me directly. [email protected], love to have a chat, and see if I can help you.

And if not, if there’s someone else that can help you that I know. Absolutely. We’ll direct you to that way.

Chris: Michael, this is really cool. I’m excited for just the beginnings of the journey you’re on. And where are you going to take this. Is there anything else you want to mention before I wrap things up?

Michael: Yeah, everybody give yourself just a tiny break. Just one little bit of a break.

Chris: I like that, very well said. We need to let our dogs lead live more like our animals, right? They’re living in the here and now. They’re not worried about those things

So, very mindful thought to think of. So, thank you for sharing that.

Well, Michael, it’s been great to have you on, and as I wrap up the show, I always love to remind our viewers and listeners that it all starts with that event, right?

Something happens, whether you have something happened in your life or you just have an idea for a product or service or just an idea for a way to help people help animals.

Well, we want to know about it. So, if you want to come to the show, go to INNOVATIONS.SHOW, and we’d love to have you on the show.

And don’t forget, sign up to be a Dooberteer. Just go to DOOBERT.COM. There are lots of, thousands of animals across the country that needs transport and fostering in all sorts of ways.

Great way for you to get involved and to determine how you can help more animals.

So, Michael, thank you again for coming on. It was really great to talk to you, and I hope we’ll talk again soon.

Michael: Thank you, appreciate it.

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