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  • The Traveling Weenie and a Giveaway

    from Joyful Paws

    Wednesday October 1st, 2014 at 08:10 AM


    This past weekend we took a little road trip to Sister Bay, WI in the heart of Door County our friend, Cassy, John, Lil G and I hit the road as the the autumn colors whirled by us traveling north.

    I didnt know how Gidget would do traveling and I tried hard not to worry too much. One thing Ive learned having had Frankie is to go with the flow and enjoy being in the moment. Ive also learned that dogs sense our nervousness or apprehension. If I had a great time, Gidget would likely, too.

    She did...

  • Following My Curiosity – Sharing My New Adventure with You.

    from Joyful Paws

    Tuesday September 30th, 2014 at 10:05 AM


    Quite a few weeks ago I shared with you that I am looking into a new adventure. But I wasnt quite ready to share exactly what it is at that time. You may recall that I shared that Ive put my book I was working on, on hold my heart being called in a new direction.

    I wasnt ready to share yet in part because I had to work through my own process of trying to understand why this is something Im being called to explore.

    The old feelings crept back in of why is it that I find myself drawn to so many...

  • My Mammoth Tree Friend

    from Joyful Paws

    Thursday September 25th, 2014 at 10:37 AM


    This mammoth tree called out to me yesterday.

    For a change of pace Ihopped in the car with Gidget and we headed to Plymouth, WI, a neighboring city about six miles from where we live. We walked past a cemetery that was the backyard of some of the large homes we strolled past.

    When I came upon to this tree I wanted to hug it. Not that my arms could have gotten around it it was huge! But I stood in awe of it wondering how long it has been firmly rooted to its spot.

    How many people must have...

  • Refreshing the Well with Like-Minded Souls

    from Joyful Paws

    Tuesday September 23rd, 2014 at 01:26 PM


    After a very busy day yesterday promoting, sharing and celebrating National Walk N Roll Dog Day, which Im THRILLED to share raised $1,400 for The Frankie Wheelchair Fund, I got to chill out with friends, Lisa and Katy today for tea and then lunch.

    So, I know you are wondering, which is Lisa and which is Katy? They are both beautiful souls and Katy is the curly haired one.

    Ive known of Lisa for quite some time as she took my author photo for my book, Through Frankies Eyes. I then also was in the...

  • Honoring all Dogs in Wheelchairs – National Walk ‘N Roll Dog Day – 3rd Annual Celebration – September 22

    from Joyful Paws

    Monday September 22nd, 2014 at 10:19 AM


    Special note: The special auction we have going on to benefit The Frankie Wheelchair Fund runs through 4:00pm cst TODAY. If interested in bidding on this adorable artwork donated by artist, Brianna Brunsell, please visit our Facebook page to place your bid. Ive added to the auction item a copy of each of my books too!

    Check out this collage of some of the dogs weve been able to help with a wheelchair because of the generous help from others!

  • Sneak Preview Just for You!

    from Joyful Paws

    Friday September 19th, 2014 at 11:21 AM


    This Sunday, Sept. 21st I will be having an online auction for this sweet and beautiful artwork donated by artist, Brianna Brunsell. You may be familiar with her work through Silly Dog Magnets.

    Brianna did this drawing in honor of all dogs in wheelchairs and was inspired by Frankie the Walk N Roll Dog who she shared with me continues to inspire her. And yes, I wiped a tear from my eye when she told me this.

    I love how the dog is seeing her reflection in the water as if to say, yes, I am...

  • Calming the Restless Butterflies

    from Joyful Paws

    Thursday September 18th, 2014 at 08:08 AM


    The butterflies are restless today. They decided to take up residence the moment I awoke this morning. Fluttering about madly in my stomach.

    I could fight back or try to soothe them. So I did my yoga practice with extra deep breathing. I also asked for guidance to do the very best job I can.

    Tonight is the first in a three part series workshop I am teaching on Self-Publishing. Ive never taught a class like this before but Ive certainly been through it with publishing my own childrens books and...

  • What Matters. New Morning Ritual.

    from Joyful Paws

    Tuesday September 16th, 2014 at 07:40 AM


    The mornings are cooler and crisper. Snippets of fall color are appearing in the trees. Leaves on our maple tree are beginning to flutter ever so slowly down to the ground, one by one.

    While I feel a sense of wanting to accomplish many projects, I also feel a tug of slowing down. Oh, the ebb and flow of life.

    After Kylie eats her breakfast she makes her way back to bed to snuggle in for the morning. Oh, to be a dog!

    A new morning ritual that began this weekend is that I lay a soft blanket over...

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