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  • Enjoying the Sweet Spot with Gidget

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    Friday April 17th, 2015 at 08:19 AM

    Almost every morning after my yoga practice, I meditate for a few moments.

    Sometimes Gidget sits beside me, resting her head on my leg. But from what Ive read and understand, its just as beneficial for her if she is sleeping in her bed on the floor next to me.

    I used to get frustrated (and sometimes still do) when meditating, thinking My mind wont stop talking!

    This is another lesson Ive come to understand is that it is not about shutting your mind off completely.Its learning to go of the...

  • Moved to Tears at the Grocery Store Today

    from Joyful Paws

    Thursday April 16th, 2015 at 12:21 PM


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    As I pulled into a parking spot of Piggly Wiggly, a purple car pulled up next to me. A woman with a lavender knit cap on and a purple fleece jacket smiled at me. It is in the low 60s and I was wondering why this woman had such a warm hat on.

    At first I didnt recognize her. As she began rolling down the window of her car, I then realized it wassomeone I had worked with at a local resort years ago.

    Jeanne has always had the most beautiful smile. We walked together to the front of the...

  • Wednesdays with the Wisdom of Dog: Mindfulness

    from Joyful Paws

    Wednesday April 15th, 2015 at 04:48 AM

    My dear friend Marie says that every thing we do, from washing dishes, cooking dinner, working,art, or anything in life really, is to approach it as a blessing.

    Its a way of being mindful and in the moment of each task that you do, instead of jumping ahead in your mind of what needs to be done next.

    I cant help but think how my dogs teach me about mindfulness. When I devote my total attention to them and not worrying about what I might need to do next, it is a blessing indeed with many rewards....

  • Small Town Living is My Heart

    from Joyful Paws

    Tuesday April 14th, 2015 at 01:27 PM

    I never get tired of my small town. With spring now here, taking walks through town with Gidget in her stroller,my heart soars as my eyes take in all the quaintness that small town living offers.

    We are technically called a village with a population of about 948 and we are populated well over thousands during the summer, being that we are a popular tourist destination. If you are a race fan, Road America race track is known as one of the best in the country.

    The railroad track, which runs...

  • It’s the Little Things

    from Joyful Paws

    Monday April 13th, 2015 at 08:23 AM


    What will I remember at the end of my life?

    I think most of the things I worry about wont matter.

    But its the little things.

    A little thing that turns into a big thing when my heart explodes into a rush of oozing hot liquid love seeingKylie and Gidget side-by-side watching the world outside the front door bloom into spring.

    How does one possibly describe that deeply, intense feeling of pure love?

    What seems such a little thing lights up the whole day.

    Worries in an instant melt away.

    Nothing needs...

  • A SoulFul Giveway – time sensitive

    from Joyful Paws

    Friday April 10th, 2015 at 05:32 AM

    Im so excited to share this special giveaway! Click on photo to hear more via a video with details.

    Again, be sure to enter by noon cst, Tuesday, April 14th. Ill choose (using Random.org) name and notify winner Tuesday afternoon. To learn more visit this link on mywebsite.

    **This giveaway donated by a dear friend who wishes to remain anonymous.**

  • Wednesdays with the Wisdom of Dog: Let Go

    from Joyful Paws

    Wednesday April 8th, 2015 at 05:15 AM


    Let go. Is this not the hardest lesson to learn?

    I have a feeling if we really got it and I mean reallyunderstoodthis one lessonwell, then the word struggle would cease to exist.

    I can say that each one of my dogs have absolutely been a teacher for me in this one lesson that I need reminding of quite often.

    With Gidgets third episode of a seizure, this time while I was not home on Sunday, the letting go of worry and fear really got my attention. I could stay in this place of fear for the rest of...

  • You’ve Just Got to Meet Chelsea!

    from Joyful Paws

    Tuesday April 7th, 2015 at 12:42 PM


    Chelseais only two years old. This is the first time since being born that she is standing upright.

    While her mom was pregnant with her she had parvovirus which caused Chelsea to be born with Cerebellar Hypoplasia (CH)- acondition in which parts of the cerebellum have not completely developed. The cerebellum makes up a large part of the brain, lying under the cerebrum and toward the back, above and behind the brainstem.)

    Because of CH she is not able to stand upright to get around. But now she...

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