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  • Love & Support Dogs in Wheelchairs – Will You Help Me Spread the Word?

    from Joyful Paws

    Wednesday August 20th, 2014 at 06:57 AM


    Something very near and dear to me is fast approaching

    September 22nd is National Walk N Roll Dog Day!

    This is the 3rd year for this special day founded in memory of Frankie the Walk N Roll Dog and honoring ALL dogs in wheelchairs around the world! **On a special side note: Frankie would have been 15 today.

    We are celebrating this special event with two new items weve launched just for you to help us spread the word. But first let me share with you what has happened since our 2nd annual year of...

  • The Dragonfly and the Melted Marshmallow: A Rescue Story.

    from Joyful Paws

    Monday August 18th, 2014 at 07:39 AM


    Friday evening, as we most often do, John and I gathered around our chimenia to relax. Its one of our favorite things to do.

    This particular night we ate pizza outside and then decided to make some smores. We rarely have this treat, but we had been gifted a kit that some genius came up. It comes in a tube with four roasting sticks, a small bag of marshmallows, chocolate pieces, and graham crackers. All you need to add is a fire for roasting.

    We did just that and enjoyed this special treat....

  • My Joyful Pause Moments: Weekly Recap.

    from Joyful Paws

    Sunday August 17th, 2014 at 01:03 PM


    This weekly recap includes a few of my joyful pause moments from the week before. Its been a busy few weeks for me, so I realized Ive not been pausing as much as Id like to get a shot of what brings me joy. And I realize as I post these that this is my gentle nudge reminder that when I am really busy is when I should be taking five minutes to do so! Alas, I am a work in progress.

    But I hope you enjoy my joyful pause moments I captured over the past two weeks and I encourage you to do the same....

  • To Think It All Began with a Phone Call.

    from Joyful Paws

    Friday August 15th, 2014 at 01:42 PM


    It all began with a phone call.

    The day before I was going to help Frankie transition and become a dog angel in heaven.

    My friend Mary, bless her heart forever, for suggesting I call her friend, Dawn.

    Dawn is an animal communicator.

    I knew of her, but didnt know her.

    I knew in my heart it was the right thing to do.

    My hands shaking, I picked up the phone and punched her number into my key pad.

    My heart was beating wildly.

    The kindest voice answered.

    I explained who I was and the gut wrenching decision...

  • A Tribute to Olive: One of the First Dachshund’s in a Wheelchair Frankie & I Befriended.

    from Joyful Paws

    Thursday August 14th, 2014 at 07:17 AM


    Its like people. Some you feel more connected to than others. And so it was with a dear, little, sweet dachshund named Olive.

    She was the first Dachshund in a wheelchair I came to know after publishing my first childrens book about my dachshund Frankie, who was also in a wheelchair. Both Frankie and Olive had Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD).

    I felt this special kinship not only with Olive, but her loving and devoted mom and dad, Jill and Eric.

    Caring for a special needs dog isnt for everyone....

  • Animal Communication Journal, Part 2: Connecting with Kylie. Letting Go of Guilt.

    from Joyful Paws

    Wednesday August 13th, 2014 at 12:05 PM


    On Monday, two days after the animal communication workshop I hosted, I walked by the mirror that sits on my vanity and Kylie caught my eye as I saw her reflection in the mirror. I quickly grabbed my camera and got this shot. I love it. It speaks to so much of what transpired during a group connection with her.

    First a bit of background:

    Kylie was only six months old when my dachshund, Frankie became paralyzed. Initially, John was the one to want another Lab after our chocolate Lab passed away...

  • Animal Communication Journal, Part 1: Connecting with Musk Ox.

    from Joyful Paws

    Monday August 11th, 2014 at 09:04 AM


    Me, Gidget and Dawn, animal communicator, author and friend

    Ive said before that I am a person that tends to wear her heart on her sleeve. Ive been highly sensitive my whole life.

    I guess it should have come as no surprise to me that being a part of the animal communication workshop I hosted in my home this past Friday and Saturday, that it would bring up many emotions for me. But what I didnt expect was how my feelings seemed as if they were vibrating on the surface of my skin.

    At times I felt...

  • All Creatures Great and Small – Love Them All.

    from Joyful Paws

    Sunday August 10th, 2014 at 10:57 AM


    Can you spot the small creature on my honeysuckle bloom?

    Friday and Saturday I hosted a workshop in my home on animal communication taught by my beautiful friend, Dawn. While Im still not quite ready to share what I learned, as Im processing much of it, I feel changed in a good way today. A part of me is even finding it hard to express in words what I feel. So I am simmering.

    In a way I feel myself still coming back into my physical body and feeling my feet firmly planted on the earth. Maybe...

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