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  • I Finally Got a Miniature Donkey – Come Meet Her!

    from Joyful Paws

    Friday December 19th, 2014 at 01:48 PM


    Okay, so if youve been reading my journal for awhile now, you know how much I love donkeys almost as much as dachshunds.

    So today I got one! Finally! .

    What do you mean you dont believe me? Look at her! Isnt she cute?

    What do you mean she does not look real?

    Well, okay, truth be told. I confess.

    I was at our local Fleet Farm today finishing up last minute Christmas shopping. I headed down an aisle near toyland and there was a whole section of animals that caught my eye!

    Giraffes, wolves, goats,...

  • The Different Stages of Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD) – There is Always Hope!

    from Joyful Paws

    Thursday December 18th, 2014 at 08:00 AM


    Over a year ago I had every intention of adopting another dachshund with IVDD who needed a wheelchair. And when I found Gidget I thought perhaps she was in need of a wheelchair but whether she needed it or not, I just knew we were meant to be together and my heart was head over heels in love with her. But when she got here, I could see that she does quite well walking on her own, even though she does have IVDD.

    She is a bit wobbly at times, and if she gets too excited and runs around too...

  • Dog Lovers – You Will Love this Book Giveaway – “Biscuit for Your Thoughts?”

    from Joyful Paws

    Wednesday December 17th, 2014 at 07:49 AM


    One of the perks I love about having my journal online, talking about dogs, among many other things, is that I get the opportunity now and then to review books.

    When this one popped up in my inbox, I was excited to see it. This little book of adorable, funny, and wonderful photos will no doubt put a smile on your face. You will giggle, you will say awe, and your heart will grow a little bigger after perusing the pages of this well done book.

    Here is the review I wrote for Amazon where you can...

  • Hoirzons4Girls & Gidget: The Christmas Spirit in Action.

    from Joyful Paws

    Tuesday December 16th, 2014 at 09:15 AM


    As if I was almost swept back in time, visiting the rooms of residents at Rocky Knoll nursing home, I had sweet flashbacks of my work with Frankie when she was a therapy dog.

    Though we didnt visit Rocky Knoll, except for one occasion via a special request, we did visit on a monthly basis, a senior assisted facility, hospice, and our local hospital for over three years.

    This special visit on Saturday, with Miss Gidget as my sidekick, we had the special opportunity along with Horizons4Girls to...

  • Early Morning Cottage View: This is What Surrendering Looks Like

    from Joyful Paws

    Monday December 15th, 2014 at 07:58 AM


    (The view outside my writing cottage at 6:15am this morning)

    Okay, some of you committee members in my head need to go on vacation. Ive had about all I need to hear from you for a good, long time. Youve been heard. I acknowledge you. Now find yourself a peaceful place to reside.

    As I closed my eyes last night, I asked those pestering and loud members that seem to reside on the left side of my brain to please take a break.

    The members on the right side of my brain, where it is so much more...

  • Comfort and Joy from Our Animal Friends

    from Joyful Paws

    Friday December 12th, 2014 at 12:18 PM


    I dont know about you, but there are moments when I just feel this awe-inspiring tingling in me in the presence of my dogs.

    When this happens, my heart leaps with love and joy.

    One such moment happened this week as I was getting done with my yoga practice.

    As is our routine, Gidget snuggles into her blanket on my large wicker chair in my writing cottage, as I roll out my yoga mat.

    By the time I begin my practice, she is burrowed under her blanket. The only evidence of a dachshund who has taken...

  • Interview with Dawn Baumann Brunke, Author of “Dreaming with Polar Bears – Spirit Journeys with Animal Guides”

    from Joyful Paws

    Thursday December 11th, 2014 at 07:28 AM


    Dear friends I have something very special for you today!

    Instead of a peek inside my journal entry, I share a peek inside the dreaming journal of author, Dawn Baumann Brunke.

    I had the honor and priviledge of interviewing herabout her newest book, Dreaming with Polar Bears. For many years she kept a journal of her amazing dreams she had with Polar Bear.

    So grab yourself a cup of tea or beverage of choice, kick back and relax, and sink into the wisdom of Polar Bear and be prepared to get swept...

  • Pretty Verses Beautiful… and P.S. I’m Still Here and Not Going Anywhere!

    from Joyful Paws

    Wednesday December 10th, 2014 at 07:18 AM


    First and foremost, I just want to apologize for scaring some of you yesterday with my post that said I was saying goodbye and what sounded like I would no longer be here writing.

    But, whew, as you did come to discover as you read my post, I decided to now call this place I call home for my writing on the big wide world web, my journal, instead of my blog. It really speaks so much to the heart of who I am and how I want to expand on what I share here with you.

    I must say though, you all warmed...