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  • Walking (Dog) Meditation

    from Joyful Paws

    Wednesday October 22nd, 2014 at 08:55 AM


    Being in nature is healing medicine for whatever may be troubling your mind Im convinced of that. This is what ran through my mind as I took Kylie and Gidget walking in the small woods near our home yesterday.

    It really is like a walking meditation soaking in the crisp air, hearing the crunch of leaves below my feet and their paws, and the many smells that float on the wind.

    I try to get the girls out for a walk around mid-day as often as possible because I know it is good for them. But how...

  • Book Review & Giveaway! Saving Simon: How a Rescue Donkey Taught Me the Meaning of Compassion.

    from Joyful Paws

    Tuesday October 21st, 2014 at 09:04 AM


    As many of you likely know, Jon Katz is my all-time favorite author. Whenever he announces he is working on a new book, I find myself on the edge of my sofa, eagerly waiting to curl up with a new book of his.

    I have to say that I felt an extra bit of eager anticipation waiting for Saving Simon, as Ive come to love and understand donkeys more because of Jon writing about them on his blog for many years.

    I want to begin with my favorite passage from Saving Simon:

    When an animal guides you,...

  • Mama… Tell Me the Story Just One More Time Please.

    from Joyful Paws

    Saturday October 18th, 2014 at 08:15 AM


    My heart yearned for another dachshund with special needs to care for.

    More love in this heart of mine to be shared.

    Time for it to expand once again and take in more teachings from the short little dog they call wiener dog.

    Then one day, after much searching,

    there you were.

    You seemed larger than life looking back at me from the big monitor on my computer,

    Even though you were described as only weighing nine pounds.

    It was your eyes. I fell deep into them. Into this blissful, knowing place,...

  • The Animals are Talking!

    from Joyful Paws

    Friday October 17th, 2014 at 11:21 AM


    Ive made more of a conscious decision to pay attention to the messages from all the animals in our world. Though I really believe dog is one of my spirit animals, I also believe all animals have much to teach me.

    As Im opening myself more to this I think I should perhaps change my website/blog name from Joyful Paws to Joyful Paws wings, hooves, etc. GRIN.

    The more I understand and read about how animals try to get messages to us, the more I smile in complete wonder. You dont have to live in a...

  • Lady and her Wheelchair – Granted through The Frankie Wheelchair Fund

    from Joyful Paws

    Thursday October 16th, 2014 at 08:00 AM


    Lady is the 33rd dog to be granted a wheelchair through The Frankie Wheelchair Fund.

    She does look like she is perhaps saying, Are you sure this thing does not have a motor on it?

    Memphis, the young full time pre-veterinary med student who took Lady in says even though Ladys face looks a bit scared on this photo, she is beginning to get the hang of the wheelchair more and more each day.

    Some dogs do take a bit longer to get used to their wheels and we are happy Lady will likely be rolling around...

  • After a Year of Not Walking, Dog Marley is Now Rolling in a Wheelchair

    from Joyful Paws

    Tuesday October 14th, 2014 at 11:40 AM


    I think you just might agree with me. This is the face of one happy pup! I received word today that Marley, after one year of not being able to go on walks due to paralysis, is now rolling and loving it.

    Thanks to all those that have, and continue to support our mission of helping paralyzed dogs regain their mobility through The Frankie Wheelchair Fund, Marley is the the 32nd dog weve been so happy to grant a wheelchair.

    Keep on rolling, Marley!

    ***Wheelchair I recommend and work with for The...

  • Two Peas in a Pod.

    from Joyful Paws

    Monday October 13th, 2014 at 11:33 AM


    Two peas in a pod. On their favorite walking path.

    Kylie who is on her third weenie dog to love.

    I wonder what she thinks?

    Maybe she thinks she too is a weenie dog.

    Or perhaps she thinks she is Eeyore as that is who she reminds me of when she sits like this.

    No matter.

    When I look at these two, my heart melts, and lifes worries take a back seat for awhile.

    I love getting lost in just being with them in as if in a meditation.

    A meditation that brings me back to all that is real and all that matters.


  • Every Household Needs One

    from Joyful Paws

    Sunday October 12th, 2014 at 12:26 PM


    Every household needs one. A Garden supervisor.

    As you can see, Gidget takes her job very seriously.

    While I grunted and pulled and snipped back the perennialsin my gardens, Gidgetstood by to make sure I was doing it right.

    It did make my job easier to look over at her. Hard not to smile when you have a little fairy of a garden supervisor watching over you.

    I hope she only asks for love and kibble in return.