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  • Kylie: My Gentle Friend.

    from Joyful Paws

    Saturday November 22nd, 2014 at 08:20 AM


    No matter the worries on my heart,

    simply by a hug around this big ole yellow dogs neck,

    an understanding glace from her soulful eyes,

    her soft body a pillow to rest my tired head,

    her quiet presence a place to call home,

    to let my worries gentlywash away,

    and on my way I go again,

    my heart renewed and hope restored.

    All this from my gentle friend.

  • The Power of the Pause.

    from Joyful Paws

    Friday November 21st, 2014 at 07:06 AM


    This past week I talked with a friend who is having a tough time, worried about her future as she is in transition. She is struggling with the fear of what if.

    I think I can safely say that weve all found ourselves in this place at one time or another.

    The struggle comes in when we buy into having to have everything figured out right now and that there is no time to pause for fear of what could happen which oftentimes never happens.

    We are a society of doers, rushing from one thing to the...

  • The Tail that Didn’t Wag.

    from Joyful Paws

    Thursday November 20th, 2014 at 08:21 AM


    When we brought Kylie home as a young pup from a breeder over nine years ago, it wasnt until several weeks later that John and I realized we had not seen her wag her tail.

    It would take a few months before she would wag her tail. We really have no idea why this was.

    I recall one day Kylie pushing her way through Johns legs while he was standing in the kitchen. We would come to realize over the months that this is a sign of affection from her. But as she grew and is so strong, you best be...

  • Gidget and Horizons4Girls Holiday Cookie Delivery to Rocky Knoll. Will You Consider Being a Cookie Sponsor?

    from Joyful Paws

    Tuesday November 18th, 2014 at 09:43 AM


    Gidget here! Ive taken over the blog today for my mom because I have something very exciting to share with you!

    On Saturday, December 13th I will be volunteering with Horizons4Girls to help deliver lots of yummy cookies to the residents at Rocky Knoll (long term nursing home care).

    Can you just imagine how the residents faces will light up when they see all these special young ladies, and one adorable dog, delivering delicious cookies just for them? It makes my heart flutter so fast in my...

  • 30 Years Ago I Said Two Words I’ve Never Regretted.

    from Joyful Paws

    Monday November 17th, 2014 at 06:58 AM


    I do. Two words I said 30 years ago on this my wedding anniversary with John.

    A part of me is somewhat in shock that we are actually celebrating a 30th wedding anniversary. How did all that time go by so fast? Will the next 30 fly by just as fast?

    As we were driving to a restaurant last night to celebrate, John said that hed like to try for another 30 years. That made me smile. While I know he loves me, when life has been hard, he has talked about not wanting to live past 65 or 70.

    Not that we...

  • One Year Ago Today…

    from Joyful Paws

    Friday November 14th, 2014 at 05:47 AM


    One year ago today this loving, adorable little creature graced me with her love and wisdom.

    When I adopted Gidget from On My Way Home Dachshund Rescue they werent exactly sure how old she was perhaps between 6 or 7. It is also unclear when her birthday is.

    But age isnt important it is that we found each other and so we celebrate today that we came into each others lives and our hearts found comfort and purpose.

    A day she found her forever home and the day my heart expanded to love once...

  • “Through Frankie’s Eyes” Honored with USA Best Book Awards Finalist

    from Joyful Paws

    Thursday November 13th, 2014 at 01:54 PM


    Thank you to USA Book News for the wonderful award as finalist in the category of Animals/Pets: Narrative Non-Fiction for my memoir,Through Frankies Eyes.

    They received over 2,000 entries from mainstream and independent publishers, which were then narrowed down to over 400 winners and finalists.

    Truly honored to be given this award! Congratulations to all the other winners and finalists!

  • The Four Barbara’s.

    from Joyful Paws

    Wednesday November 12th, 2014 at 01:37 PM


    Out of twenty two women, represented from nine states, that attended theSoulCollage Facilitator training this past weekend, four of us were named Barbara. How about that?

    As I often do when I meet a Barbara, I just have to know her middle name. With this many Barbaras at the training, this came in handy.

    From left to right we have: Barbara Sill, Barbara Ann, Barbara Gail and Barbara Jane.

    Sunday morning we all somehow migrated to the same spot at the kitchen table for breakfast, making up the...

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