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  • 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...

  • Joie Getting Closer to Being on the Big Screen

    from Joyful Paws

    Wednesday September 10th, 2014 at 11:15 AM


    Photo of Joie taken on the set of the movie, The Surface.

    Hearing the news today that the film The Surface will make its debut during the Milwaukee Film Festival I feel a wave of emotion rise from my heart and flow out through my eyes. Tears of joy for the brief, small role Joie will play during a flashback scene joy to know she is part of a family scene, living a happy life. See, thats the thing. Dogs in wheelchairs can live quality lives.

    While the movie isnt about a dog in a wheelchair, it...

  • Love Donation in My Mailbox. My Heart Smiles.

    from Joyful Paws

    Monday September 8th, 2014 at 01:12 PM


    Last week it happened. A donation to The Frankie Wheelchair Fund in memory of Toby, the beloved dachshund of Cheryl and Jay, as well as, from their friend who wanted to do something to honor Toby, too.


    And it happened again today. This time a donation of love was in my mailbox in honor of two wheelchair doxies named Pancho and Sophia made by a friend. Im excited to send a note to the unsuspecting mom of Pancho and Sophie to let her know of this generous gift on behalf of her two wheelie...

  • Hard for Me To Resist.

    from Joyful Paws

    Sunday September 7th, 2014 at 10:02 AM


    Snuggling with Gidgie girl and playing with my Koi coloring pens!