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Dave Olson, Published October 16 2011

It's My Job: Moorhead massage therapist helps companion animals

Business profile

Foxie’s Promise

MOORHEAD – To hear her tell it, Sarah Hrichena of Moorhead has animal magnetism.

And that’s a good thing for a massage therapist who is moving away from easing human aches and pains and toward helping animal companions.

Q: You say animals are drawn to you?

A: It’s like every time I walk in a room, they gravitate towards me. I’ve had strangers pass by, and their dog would just come right to me. They (the owners) are like, “How did you do that? My dog doesn’t like strangers.”

Where does the business name come from?

I have three animals of my own – a cat named Promise, a dog named Foxie and another dog named Lilly. They all love massages.

What made you decide you’d rather work on pets than their owners?

My arms just gave out from doing that (working on people). With animals – cats and dogs – they like the lighter pressure, so it’s a whole lot easier on my arms.

How long have you been working with animals?

About a year. I’ve worked on the pets of friends, and now I want to get the word out.

What kinds of animal clients have you dealt with?

It’s mostly dogs and cats. I’ve never worked on something like a rabbit, but I don’t think it would be any different.

Have you ever handled very large animals, like horses?

You have to have a certain license for it, and I never got that. I’ve worked on family horses, and they love it.

How much do you charge?

Forty dollars for an hour.

Your clients can’t talk. How do you know if a massage is effective?

I’ve worked on some older dogs that have really bad hips and after I work on them, they can move better.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Dave Olson at (701) 241-5555