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  • Coming Back as a Dog

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    Wednesday January 21st, 2015 at 08:37 AM


    I notice that when I dont want to deal with uncomfortable feelings or a challenging situation that I often times find myself thinking and saying this one thing over and over. I wish I were a dog. I wish I were a dog.

    Next thing Ill think is, Well, at least I want to come back as a dog in my next life. Of course, I want to be in a home where they will spoil me rotten. Much likethe home of mine where my dogs are given lots of love everyday.

    But then I also realize once again how Im being reminded...

  • Kylie: The Helper Dog

    from Joyful Paws

    Monday January 19th, 2015 at 08:47 AM


    In case you are new to following my online journal. I often times refer to my husband, John, as the Gingerbread man when he is all dressed in his winter bib overalls and coat which is a ginger color. And Kylie, normally a strawberry colored Lab in the summer, her coat turns almost the same ginger coloras Johns bibs and coat.Hence, the reference below as Gingerbread man and Gingerbread dog.

    The Gingerbread dog has very important tasks at the end of each day. Rain, snow, or sleet, she is needed....

  • 30-Day Soul Work: Intriguing, Challenging and Rewarding.

    from Joyful Paws

    Thursday January 15th, 2015 at 10:04 AM


    In reality, Ive been consciously listening to my soul since I was 38-years old. After having been let go from a job (which I now see as a huge blessing!), I was lost for a time being.

    And the reality of being lost is Ive experienced that feeling on and off over the years. The lesson in it? This is part of life. This is when growth happens. This is the evolving of my soul.

    Yup, its a fact. I get into this deep stuff. So its not surprising that the book, the lotus and the lily, A 30-Day Soul...

  • What Every Woman Needs: A Gingerbread Man.

    from Joyful Paws

    Wednesday January 14th, 2015 at 11:12 AM


    Im really grateful that John takes care of hauling the wood inside from the garage to keep our woodstove stoked. When he is dressed in his ginger colored bib overalls and coat I always call him my Gingerbread Man. Every woman needs one. I especially love that my Gingerbread Man is man enough to use this lovely wicker basket to carry in the logs.Gotta love a Gingerbread Man like that. Like I said in my post yesterday, Hes a keeper. Absolutely a keeper. And the Gingerbread Dog (a.k.a. Kylie)...

  • He’s a Keeper.

    from Joyful Paws

    Monday January 12th, 2015 at 09:42 AM


    This month marks 36 years that Ive been with John. Not all of those married.

    I fell head over heels in love with him when I was a freshman in highschool. He was a senior. Off to college he went. Returned in six months. It wasnt for him.

    We began to date. We dated for six years. Fresh out of a two year college degree, we married. Its been bliss every since.

    Okay, well, maybe not complete bliss. Weve had our ups and downs. Some big ups and some big downs. But I wouldnt trade any of it. Hes a...

  • Two Wheelchair Dogs on a Mission to Help Disabled Dogs in Need

    from Joyful Paws

    Saturday January 10th, 2015 at 09:05 AM


    You may remember Darla from a few years back. When she was in a foster home, The Fuzzy Pet Foundation contacted me asking if The Frankie Wheelchair Fund could help with funds for a wheelchair for Darla.

    I was so happy to help this sweet girl, who reminded me so much of Frankie. Well, that did the trick and she was then adopted to a wonderful family and mom, Tricia.

    Fast forward to now and Darla now has another wheelie dog sibling. Tricia and her family adopted another special needs dog named...

  • Mystery Solved. But the Guilty Party Not Fessing Up.

    from Joyful Paws

    Friday January 9th, 2015 at 10:14 AM


    Kylie is truly one of the sweetest dogs ever. Though she didnt inherit all the typical Lab qualities such as playing fetch, swimming, or hunting, she is the best, most cuddly big ole bear ever. She also has amischievous side about her.

    I keep my mittens on the second shelf of a small table next to our kitchen table so they are easily accessible. Theyve been there since the beginning of December.

    The last few days Ive come into the kitchen to find them lying either in the middle of the floor or...

  • Rituals: When They Go Astray.

    from Joyful Paws

    Thursday January 8th, 2015 at 09:13 AM


    Ive been reading lately about how important rituals are. If you arent comfortable with the word ritual you can think of them as a spiritual practice or centering activity. If you dont like those, you can come up with something that feels right for you.

    You likely have at least one thing you do everyday that is the same and this can be considered a ritual. I like to drink out of the same tea cup everyday. That is a ritual. A small, but pleasurable one for me.

    About two weeks ago I wrote about my...

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