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  • Honoring all Dogs in Wheelchairs – National Walk ‘N Roll Dog Day – 3rd Annual Celebration – September 22

    from Joyful Paws

    Monday September 22nd, 2014 at 10:19 AM


    Special note: The special auction we have going on to benefit The Frankie Wheelchair Fund runs through 4:00pm cst TODAY. If interested in bidding on this adorable artwork donated by artist, Brianna Brunsell, please visit our Facebook page to place your bid. Ive added to the auction item a copy of each of my books too!

    Check out this collage of some of the dogs weve been able to help with a wheelchair because of the generous help from others!

  • Sneak Preview Just for You!

    from Joyful Paws

    Friday September 19th, 2014 at 11:21 AM


    This Sunday, Sept. 21st I will be having an online auction for this sweet and beautiful artwork donated by artist, Brianna Brunsell. You may be familiar with her work through Silly Dog Magnets.

    Brianna did this drawing in honor of all dogs in wheelchairs and was inspired by Frankie the Walk N Roll Dog who she shared with me continues to inspire her. And yes, I wiped a tear from my eye when she told me this.

    I love how the dog is seeing her reflection in the water as if to say, yes, I am...

  • Calming the Restless Butterflies

    from Joyful Paws

    Thursday September 18th, 2014 at 08:08 AM


    The butterflies are restless today. They decided to take up residence the moment I awoke this morning. Fluttering about madly in my stomach.

    I could fight back or try to soothe them. So I did my yoga practice with extra deep breathing. I also asked for guidance to do the very best job I can.

    Tonight is the first in a three part series workshop I am teaching on Self-Publishing. Ive never taught a class like this before but Ive certainly been through it with publishing my own childrens books and...

  • What Matters. New Morning Ritual.

    from Joyful Paws

    Tuesday September 16th, 2014 at 07:40 AM


    The mornings are cooler and crisper. Snippets of fall color are appearing in the trees. Leaves on our maple tree are beginning to flutter ever so slowly down to the ground, one by one.

    While I feel a sense of wanting to accomplish many projects, I also feel a tug of slowing down. Oh, the ebb and flow of life.

    After Kylie eats her breakfast she makes her way back to bed to snuggle in for the morning. Oh, to be a dog!

    A new morning ritual that began this weekend is that I lay a soft blanket over...

  • Autumnal Blessings

    from Joyful Paws

    Monday September 15th, 2014 at 12:54 PM


    When autumn begins making its appearance, everything in me seems to shift. All feels right in my center. I dont just love fall, I adore it!

    Projects Ive been thinking of seem to pick up speed and actually get done. Like my front door, which was blue for about the past five years or so. Ever since the day I painted it, I didnt like the color once it dried. It bothered me every time I looked at it.

    But I didnt know what color to change it to. I cant even tell you how many times I thought about a...

  • Meet Davey: The 30th Dog Granted a Dog Wheelchair through The Frankie Wheelchair Fund

    from Joyful Paws

    Saturday September 13th, 2014 at 09:41 AM


    Another happy, happy day here at Joyful Paws headquarters! Meet Davey the 30th paralyzed dog The Frankie Wheelchair Fund recently granted a wheelchair.

    Davey was with Oregon Dachshund Rescue but not for long before his new family came along to adopt him. And you know what is so great? Davey has a new brother that looks just like him in that he too has wheels!

    This is Mickey!

    What a sweet and inspirational site it will be to see these two handsome wheelie fellows rolling down the street, dont...

  • A Tribute to a Special Therapy Dog Named Preston.

    from Joyful Paws

    Friday September 12th, 2014 at 01:34 PM



    While it is always heartbreaking and sad to say goodbye to our beloved furry pals, I wish to celebrate and honor the life of a special dog named Preston.

    A Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, he was the love of Julies life. Preston, who brought her much joy and comfort. He filled a void in her heart as she and her husband tried unsuccessfully for years to have a baby.

    As an elementary school teacher seeing how some of her 3rd graders struggled to read, she began a program for her class to...

  • Why I Love Date Nights (besides not having to cook!)

    from Joyful Paws

    Thursday September 11th, 2014 at 08:33 AM


    And here is a flashback photo of John and I!

    John and I will celebrate 30 years of marriage in November. In January of 2015 we will have known each other for 36 years. We are, but arent, the same people when we first met.

    So this is where I am going to pat ourselves on the back. Not many these days can say theyve been married this long. It takes work. Hard work. Trying work. But work that can provide so many rewards.

    I dont recall when John and I decided to do our once a week date nights. I do...

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