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  • 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...

  • Thank You to the Beautiful Lady Who Gave Me Life on this Day.

    from Joyful Paws

    Friday July 18th, 2014 at 02:49 PM


    Fifty-one years ago at 11:55pm my mom brought me into this world. The older I get the more I love life and am so thankful for all my mom is to me.

    Ive thought about this with a deeper sense this year as my best friend celebrated her first birthday at 58 without her mom here. Her mom passed away last fall. As we walked home from breakfast on Wednesday it hit my friend that her mom wouldnt be here to wish her Happy Birthday. She began to cry.

    I put my hand in hers and we continued to walk down...

  • The Unexpected Life Lesson from an Orange Daylily.

    from Joyful Paws

    Thursday July 17th, 2014 at 08:18 AM


    Yesterday morning as my friend, Victoria and I were walking downtown she was sharing with me how she just does not like orange daylilies. She has a clump of them in the garden along the back of her house. But she does not like them because they bloom and last for one day, then the next day they already begin to wither and brown.

    I thought about what she said and then related it to life. I said, Ill bet even though it only blooms for one day it makes sure to enjoy that one day to the fullest.


  • Queen Gidget.

    from Joyful Paws

    Thursday July 17th, 2014 at 07:41 AM


    Queen Gidget awaits your arrival to join her in a spot of tea and crumpets.

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