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  • S-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g Beyond My Comfort Zone

    from Joyful Paws

    Tuesday July 29th, 2014 at 08:28 AM


    I did it! I finally did it!

    So maybe this isnt going to sound like a big deal to some. But to me, it is.

    Ive been practicing yoga for about six years now, I believe. I lost track of how long, really. All I know is that I cant live without it now.

    But one thing Ive always wanted to do was to do my yoga practice on my deck. But the chicken in me always won the battle every time Id feel the impulse to want to do so.

    Id worry the neighbors would see me and think Im nuts. Well, I am a bit nuts and...

  • Joie, My Late Dachshund with IVDD, Forever Beautiful in Stained Glass

    from Joyful Paws

    Monday July 28th, 2014 at 09:51 AM


    I received many lovely gifts for my birthday, but truly, none more touching than this stained glass of my Joie given to me by my mama. She commissioned an artist friend to do this for me.

    It will be one year August 22 since Joie moved into spirit world. You may recall that I adopted her from Oregon Dachshund Rescue knowing she had IVDD and needed a wheelchair. John worked his magic and took Frankies wheelchair and adjusted it to fit Joie.

    Joie was only with us for ten short months. But she left...

  • My Joyful Pause Moments: Weekly Recap.

    from Joyful Paws

    Sunday July 27th, 2014 at 10:06 AM


    What were your joyful pause moments this week? Here are mine!

    Chilling out with Miss G on the front stoop of my house. She is such a contemplative dog!

    Sitting outside on my deck enjoying lunch and perusing this new magazine I recently heard of, Artful Blogging.

    Enjoyed being a part of the Horizons 4 Girls retreat at Tree of Life which is only about 8 miles from my house.

    This is Delilah, a sweet faced dog I met while visiting my friend Cassy at her art studio.

    Finding this skirt that seemed to be...

  • Heart Matters.

    from Joyful Paws

    Friday July 25th, 2014 at 09:01 AM


    About eight miles from my home, where Ive lived for 27 years, is a retreat called, Tree of Life. Youd think Id been there before, right? Being so close to home? Well, Id never been. But what a treat to finally experience this gem so close to me, tucked into the Kettle Moraine.

    Yesterday I took part in my first activity with the Horizons 4 Girls since signing up to become a volunteer with this organization that helps young girls navigate their way in this world with positive resources.


  • Referring to Ourselves as Dog Moms. A Label that Can Evoke Many Feelings.

    from Joyful Paws

    Wednesday July 23rd, 2014 at 01:02 PM


    I came across a very interesting article today titled: Why Do Dog People Get Pissed at Dog Moms? by Carol Bryant.

    I think she made some very good points. But one thing I struggle with is when we call our pets, kids. Carol stated in her article that dogs are the new kids. Each of us is entitled to our opinion and I certainly mean no disrespect for what others feel, as we all have that right. My response to this article are just my thoughts I wish to express.

    While I deeply love my dogs and they...

  • Meet Pickles: #26 Paralyzed Dog Helped with Wheelchair thru The Frankie Wheelchair Fund

    from Joyful Paws

    Tuesday July 22nd, 2014 at 08:19 AM


    Ready to share in another happy dance with me? Meet Pickles who is the 26th dog The Frankie Wheelchair Fund has helped gain mobility!

    Pickles (formerly Snoopy) had a very tough thing happen to him. But little did he know angel number one was waiting in the wings and angel number two would come along soon.

    You see, Pickles was thrown from a moving car. Being thrown from the car paralyzed Pickles. Angel number one saw this happen and immediately pulled over to help Pickles. She also just happened...

  • Back to the Center of Ritual and Calm.

    from Joyful Paws

    Monday July 21st, 2014 at 07:35 AM


    I love celebrating my birthday and last week was filled with wonderful memories that now live forever in my heart.

    On Friday morning, the day of my 51st birthday I felt the impulse to hop on my bike and take a spin around our little village. A brief stop to look out over the lake, I felt like the lake was welcoming me to another year.

    Now that last week has passed, I have to say, Im really appreciating being back to ritual and calm again today. As I placed my bare feet upon my yoga mat this...

  • Returning to Normal. Whatever Normal is.

    from Joyful Paws

    Saturday July 19th, 2014 at 10:02 AM


    It is the busiest weekend of the year in our little village of 950 people with the vintage race cars in town. I am always blown away by how filled up our little town becomes for this weekend. There are wall to wall cars up and down our small town streets. I dont know how they pack ém all in each year, but they do.

    It has been a busy week with my birthday, which I loved every. single. moment. of it. But today I breathe a big exhale as I sit quietly in my writing cottage writing this post. I can...