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  • New Spot to Let My Creativity Flow

    from Joyful Paws

    Friday October 31st, 2014 at 01:30 PM


    No, I didnt get rid of my writing cottage. I dont know how I will ever be able to leave it as we think about retirement in a warmer climate. But that is a few years off, so no need to worry my little head about that right now.

    This pastlast week Ive been waking up at 11:33 pm quite often, wondering how I could fit a table into my writing cottage to accommodate my new creative ventures Im exploring and playing with.

    Then I had lunch with my friend Shannon yesterday who told me she placed a table...

  • Happy Halloweenie

    from Joyful Paws

    Friday October 31st, 2014 at 07:24 AM


  • A poem: Precious Paralyzed Pooch

    from Joyful Paws

    Tuesday October 28th, 2014 at 12:22 PM



    You are not broken.

    You simply now have wheels to help you run.

    Pity is not a word to describe you,

    but happy and full of life is what you are,

    if we are open to looking past what others may see

    as disabled or poor you.

    The world at your feet, and wheels that propel you,

    moving you forward

    to chase squirrels and butterflies,

    smelling every blade of grass and flower along the way,

    barking for us to come play.

    To come see the world through your eyes

    a world still full of wonder

    no matter how you move...

  • Fairy Francine has a New Friend. Come Meet Her.

    from Joyful Paws

    Sunday October 26th, 2014 at 10:42 AM


    Meet my new fairy friend who flew in via UPS straight to my house last Friday.

    She was chosen for a very special mission by Facebook friend, Charlene, who also happens to have an adorable little doxie named Dusty, who has IVDD and is in a wheelchair.

    Charlene had read about the mishaps little Fairy Francine, resident of my writing cottage, had had a few months earlier with drinking wine after doing her nightly fairy duties. Once falling into the water fountain and another time falling off the...

  • Because Special Needs Pets Matter

    from Joyful Paws

    Friday October 24th, 2014 at 06:30 AM


    Last Friday, I had the wonderful honor of presenting a talk via Skype for Lovey Loaves Sanctuary (they rescue special needs dogs) for their annual fundraiser.

    Because I received great feedback, I decided to record it and share it with you today. I hope you enjoy!

  • Set an Intention and Watch What Happens. You Will Likely Be Quite Surprised.

    from Joyful Paws

    Thursday October 23rd, 2014 at 10:39 AM


    In the past few weeks Ive set the intention to be more aware and open to the messages of animals. I shouldnt be surprised at the ways in which the messages are appearing, but yet, I am.

    Yesterday, I walked once again at mid-day with Kylie and Gidget along the wooded trail we walked the day before. I came upon this tree with a turkey feather stuck in a piece of the bark.

    I let out a little laugh and wondered how the feather got there? I suspect someone placed it there. But who knows, right? I...

  • 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,...

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