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  • Little Did We Know…It was All Aligned in the Stars

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    Thursday February 26th, 2015 at 07:17 AM


    It was already in the making, aligned in the stars, this moment of serendipity that wouldtake a few years before it made itself known.

    Walkingalone in the vast, vacant cement parking structure, I realized I was sweating even though it was chilly for March. It was a cold, nervous sweat.

    I dont like to travel alone or stay in a hotel by myself for that matter. Somewhat of a homebody, I feel better tucked into my own surroundings.

    But this was important to me. I had to be here, even if it meant...

  • Wednesdays With the Wisdom of Dog: Just Be.

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    Wednesday February 25th, 2015 at 08:41 AM

    This is part of a weekly series of lessons Ive learned from my dogs, and/or something I feel they are trying to teach us. I welcome your thoughts on any of the lessons or teachings that resonate with you.

    Dog has the answer for we humans who can sometimes become so obsessed with doing, striving, and achieving. They are witness to how oftentimes this leaves human exhausted and looking like they are lost.

    Find a quiet place to sit. Perhaps under a tree. Now just be. There is nothing to do and its...

  • Giving Paralyzed Dogs the Gift of Mobility

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    Monday February 23rd, 2015 at 09:22 AM

    Since 2012 Ive been carrying on Frankies legacy a mission her and I started together to be a positive voice for paralyzed dogs to help others see that dogs do live fulfilling lives even when using a dog wheelchair.

    As many of you know, who follow my online journal (thank you!), this fund has granted to date, 40 wheelchairs to dogs in need. The majority we have granted the full amount of the cost of a wheelchair, some partial if their owner is able to contribute something toward the wheels,...

  • Park Bench Promise

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    Sunday February 22nd, 2015 at 08:30 AM


    Ive been itching to be outside, going for walks. Yesterday it was in the upper 20s. While I realize that may sound very cold to others, it was welcome here where we have been below zero for a good part of February.

    Mother Nature seems to have flip-flopped January and February because we should be in the mid 30s for this month. But yesterday, I got Kylie and Gidget out for a short walk. Neither like to walk too far, and Gidget really cant go all that far because of her IVDD.

    After I walked the...

  • To the Sea – You and Me

    from Joyful Paws

    Friday February 20th, 2015 at 11:02 AM


    There we were. Me in my big, floppy periwinkle hat, sitting in the sand, my knees hugging my chest. In the space between my thighs and chest, is you, peeking over the top of my knees, with the brim of my hat acting as an umbrella over your soft, petite head.

    The sun is setting as we gaze out into the ever darkening sea. The waves gently lapping up to touch my toes every few moments.

    Something about the water as if spirits are dancing on the waves reminding us that we are all connected. We can...

  • Wednesdays with the Wisdom of Dog: Beauty

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    Wednesday February 18th, 2015 at 06:22 AM

    Wednesdays with the Wisdom of Dog.This is part of a weekly series of lessons Ive learned from my dogs, and/or something I feel they are trying to teach us. I welcome your thoughts on any of the lessons or teachings that resonate with you.

    It happens just about every time. Kylie will be gazing contently out the front door. Ill be drawn to sit beside her.

    Its through her eyes and the whisper of Spirit that calls to meto capture what my eyes cant always see in my busy day-to-day flurry.

    The beauty...

  • Moments that take My Breath Away

    from Joyful Paws

    Tuesday February 17th, 2015 at 01:02 PM

    First, just two weeks ago came the check from Darla the dachshund, her wheelie dog brother, Doolittle, and mom, Tricia who raised $350 for The Frankie Wheelchair Fund through a Jamberry Nail campaign they did in January. You may recall, The Frankie Wheelchair Fund granted a wheelchair to Darla when she was with Fuzzy Pet Rescue Foundation before Tricia and her family adopted her.

    Then today, came a card and a $500 donation from someone Ive never met that read an article in the Wisconsin State...

  • Who Says it Has to Be this Way?

    from Joyful Paws

    Monday February 16th, 2015 at 09:00 AM

    Maybe it was the poem I read last night by Mary Oliver,What I Can Dothat inspired me to follow my impulse today, which then led to another impulse to write this journal post.

    Ive been working on a writing project on and off since November 2013. Making more progress with it lately which has me feeling so alive and eager to greet each day.

    This morning after finishing my ritual of standing in front of my mandala, reviewing my desires for the year and conditions, I wish to live by, I then picked...

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