Posts Tagged ‘animals’

Create a beautiful day no matter what!

December 5, 2012

To find solace in the sorrows of life one must consistently be able to elevate thoughts and hope to a higher level.

Upon reflection of my own life I thought nothing could be worse than my own child suffering a birth defect and surgery as a small infant. Along the path tragedy has increased, side by side, with intensity I never knew I could manage.

Each circumstance laying another brick upon the foundation I perceive as my own. Each injury to my spirit coming with the assured knowledge now, that with wisdom and faith anything can be resolved. I can forge a head as a human soul and survive the dire circumstances.

The truth of it all is grounded in the fact that no matter what happens we have a choice in the final thoughts and position we take.

There are three steps to manage and survive this life. The first is acceptance that circumstances will happen and often times we have absolutely no control over what happens. The second is whether we will elevate or descend in our minds. It is always a choice. The third is to keep hope alive and find the joy that is still all around us.

Don’t let unhappy people steal your joy. Bless them, feel empathy for their pain, help them if possible, or move quickly to another place. Surround yourself with positive and loving people, and like a magnet you will all draw those positive feelings from one to another, and another.

We have only this moment to be joyful. Use it wisely.

I took this photo from my kayak a week or so ago.  My first thought was “I wish we as humans could live side by side and be as peaceful as the squirrel and young deer were that day.”


Fires in Northern California

August 22, 2012

“Happy Birthday to me,” he thought, as the alarm woke him, with a startle.  He’d worked all weekend on the fire that had begun with a single strike of lightening.

It grew from five hundred acres to over nineteen thousand in less than three days.  The fireman told him it usually takes many days for a fire to grow with such viciousness.  An unwilling, evacuated participant in this event said, “It is just evil, that’s all!”

He agreed.  Today he was not driving his mechanic’s truck, and doing the repairs that were needed.  He was waiting for assessment of the fire, and the plan to quell it’s unquenched need for tall pines incinerated by giant walls of flame.

It was three AM and he’d had a restless sleep.  He thought of the firefighters on the job – always ON the job. He pulled on his boots and kissed the wife goodbye.  He smiled as he went out the door.

Scorching heat, and that was just another summer day.  As he reached the point that only special personnel could pass, the smoke lay on the floor of the valley but it was gaining momentum in the air, like a bank of fog rolling in at the coast.

His nostrils began to close up, and his eyes burned from the smoke in the air.  He thought of the firefighters.

Briefly he was told what was happening, and then put on the dozer.  Down in the valleys he went, and up the hills.  Hour after hour, sweat pouring like the summer rain that didn’t come.

In the late afternoon he got a call that a fire truck was stuck  and unable to move. His job was to pull it out, and fast.

‘Where is it?” he asked.

“Down into that valley that is ahead, and then up the hill.  They should be there.”

But they weren’t.  He reached the top of the hill and looked all around and no one was in sight.   A muffled sound entered his right ear and instinctively he turned that direction.  There on the next hill over was a fire truck with several men all on top, waiving frantically.

He hovered on top of the rough terrain, and made his way to the truck.  Relieved, the firefighters were more than willing to help, if they were needed.

They looked ragged and dirty, but were outwardly still enthusiastic about putting this fire in its place of containment and then ending it once and for all.

He’d been given a gift.  A gift of being able to visualize how anything mechanical should be, in order to work.  He could see a resolve in any mishap of anything that needed to be fixed, or moved or rescued.  He was a binder of that which needed to be bound.

Within the hour he had the truck up out of the mud, and up and running.  A quick and sincere thank you from all concerned to the others, everyone made tracks to get this evil under control.

After sunset, after supper, after any time or desire to celebrate his birthday he’d totally forgotten, he came in the door.

He still had the love respond to the dogs joy to see him, with patience.  His wife kissed him and told him to get off his boots and she would get his supper.  “Happy Birthday” she said as she rushed to fix him a plate.

He was filthy and weary.  He washed his hand, and he sat in his shorts, in his big blue chair. He waited for – he wasn’t sure for what now – he was so tired.

She asked him all about the day and he was ready to share then,only resting for a moment to take an occasional bite of the overcooked supper she’d kept warm.

He said, “I thought I was going to loose it going down the hill in the dozer today.”

“Was it exciting?” his wife asked.  He rarely had fear.

“No.  It was scary.  I thought I was going to totally roll the dozer and me.”

She stared and gulped and became frightened for the first time.

“It was a good day,” he said, as meandered down the hallway in his shorts barefooted, boots in hand, and headed for a shower.  “It was a good day.”

“Amen” she whispered.


Unbridled prayers, love, and appreciation to the fire fighters who put their lives on the line for us and the lands, and to all those who are a part of this endeavor to stop the fire in it’s path.  It is a task that is daunting, to say the least.  We all thank you with all our hearts.

By the way, the man is my husband, Michael – my gift from God.

Thoughts for the Day

June 11, 2012


We all have the power to transform the natural stress that comes from living into energy capable of improving our physical and spiritual health.


Secret number one is that the essence of life is transformation. These simple words hold the key for changing your life for the better. Join me and see if it is not so.  These are thoughts for the day that can transform your life and the lives of others.


Cherish your pets and the lives of all animals.  They are gifts to us and can be dear friends.


Remember to look for all those blessings we take for granted.  The breeze in the trees, the sound of singing birds, the laughter of a child, these are all blessings we can enjoy!


Look at your surroundings as if you were a visitor.


Love.  Do a kindness for someone.


“Humble beginnings or wealth from the start, what truly matters are things of the heart”.


Take your family for a walk, or just do something spontaneous for fun together.


Don’t keep yourself in a prison.  Take a break from your electronics and refresh the memory of talking to a real human, or sitting in the sunshine!


Take a breath.  Stretch.  Smile.


Make a point of actually playing with your children while they are small. Catch a fish, catch a ball, catch precious moments that are only there for one short period of time.


Watch the sun rise as darkness lifts, watch the sunset.  How many times have you left to see the stars at night or revel in the full moon?  Not enough in a lifetime for me.


If you can’t leave – take a mental vacation.  Even if it’s just for a minute or two, visualize a favorite place.  Listen to the sounds of nature.  Take a breath and use your mind to renew your zest for life.


Cherish the earth.  It is our home.


Cherish your body.  It is the only place your Spirit has to live!


Don’t let the sour expressions or negative attitudes of people affect your day.

It is a choice.  Let your light shine through and be grateful for small miracles.  Start a cycle of sharing smiles and positive thoughts.




I Saw God

May 20, 2012

I looked outside the window this morning, cozy in my soft light blanket.  I opened the window and the leaves in the trees glistened while being gently moved by a breeze, I couldn’t see.

I heard the Mockingbird sing the song of ten birds, all in tune, and proudly as if the whole world could see and hear his songs.  I couldn’t see him.

Doves have nested somewhere close by, and throughout the day I may see them, if I look quickly, dart to and fro, and talk to each other with a melodic “coo-coo”.

The shadow of a cat walked on my fence and my dog ran quickly to the edge, fierce and ready to attack.  I doubt that she would know what to do if she caught up with the cat.  She is gentle and a love to everyone.  I would have it no other way.

There is a crisp  about the air, though the heat has already begin to settle in comfortably.

When I sat outside to have my coffee I wondered how many people are not privileged to have such luxuries.  I felt blessed. It matters not how much money I have, nor what the future holds.

This moment is golden and this morning I saw God, once again, in every wonderful touch of nature and it’s creatures; the sights and sounds.

If you haven’t seen God yet today.  Look around.  Look at a child, a puppy, your hands, your eyes, your heart.

I saw God….you will too, if you only look.

If you love your dog and your family and friends………

September 16, 2010

….this could be an important post.

Today was a culmination of a week of triumph and tragedy. The triumph – I survived. The tragedy – my middle son misunderstood an email I sent him and he sent me a scathing email threatening to disown me (as my older son has done already). I still am reeling a year later from that, as the only thing I can attribute that to is me “suggesting” that he lighten up on words to his children. He is an awesome father and though he does 99% of everything right – is words are abusive. I’ve been through that abuse. I was trying to help. That scenario is the only thing I can think (plus a plate that is overflowing), causing him to dump me.

My middle son sent me an email saying the first was harsh; an apology of sorts. I was on his side. I have always been! I always will be for both sons…and my daughter (who by the way is one of my best friends too!).

So today, after a lifetime of trauma – some self-induced, and some just “time and circumstance”, my 15 month old Rottie could have been killed, and it was my fault! I hear pros and cons of open windows in cars, being tied, being in a crate, not being in a crate. Well, I will damn well guarantee that I will NEVER get in the car again without all windows being only opened 3 inches from the top.

I’ve been warned about rocks flying in and injuring my dog. Never had that happen! I’ve had dogs all my life and never had any bad things happen…they all were loved and lived long lives.

Today I tied my dog in with a leather lead (a short one) attached to a nylon leash
I was on I-5 (major California freeway) and had to go out of town 20 miles to actually get a light crate for Dakota. She loved the air and had her face out the windows at 65-68 miles per hour. I watched her in the mirrors.

Next I had to return a container to a friend who had brought me garden fresh tomatoes from her garden. I took Dakota on a brief walk at an area nearby.

I fastened her in and let the windows down a bit further as it was getting hot. I was going 40 miles an hour. Suddenly I heard a big thud and quiet. I turned around to check her out, thinking she had fallen and I wanted to check her. She was gone.

I screeched on the brakes went to the side of the road-jumped out of the car and saw her behind me, on the opposite side of the road – looking stunned. I thought of oncoming cars. Thankfully no cars had been there when she fell out of the car.

I began to run and saw it was clear then and began calling “Dakota.” She
started to cross the road and I saw two cars coming in the lane she was approaching. I screamed as I ran and said, “Hurry.”

Thankfully they were drivers who were concentrating on the road. They slowed down and we met about a hundred yards from my toyota.
She wasn’t limping and she seemed okay. I came totally unglued – hugging her and thanking God she was okay.

I grabbed her collar and led her to the car (and she was anxious to be there) – I lifted her and saw there was some blood. Quickly I checked her joints and body and saw nothing critical, so I quickly drove home.

I brought her in the house and checked her from head to foot. There was an abrasion under the chin, one on the hip, a deeper one at the bend in the right knee (all the skin and hair gone) and one just below that. There are small various abrasions elsewhere.

I called my husband (working out of town) – called my friend who is a vet assistant – and proceeded to attend to the wounds. Though she isn’t limping, she is exhausted and rather in shock. I just wrapped the one wound and have been sitting with her for two and one half hours now.

I have been through worse in life – trust me – but this is now, and she is my friend and a beloved family member. She is going to be fine. Obviously she probably will be sore and still for the next few days, but I thank God it wasn’t on the freeway.

What has come to mind is the importance (once again) of cherishing each moment you have. Had I been pissed off at her, or ignoring her, or too busy to play not loving on he, it could have been all over just that fast. Think about it.

Equate this incident to your family and friends. LOVE LOVE LOVE while you can!

Of course everything that I do or ask or receive I ask and thank God, as I know Him. I know there is a superior being as the human mind and body are superior to anything on this planet earth. We may be able to clone something, but the Spirit is given from God.

THANK you God for miracles and Grace.

Dakota’s progress from 5 weeks to 14 months….

August 2, 2010

She’s still my baby!

Have a wonderful day everyone and blessings to you and your loved ones!

Dog vs. Porcupine – Dog looses!

June 24, 2010

I don’t know who’s photos these are so I can’t give credit, but they are amazing and mind/and heart wrenching.

These photos make me kind of ill with pain for the dog. My friend sent these to me (she got them from somewhere on the internet). I thought them worthy of posting because I had a malamute that did the same thing…quills on the tongue, in the mouth, in the ears. It was awful. She disappeared for a couple of days and I went in search of her. I carried her down the mountain (can’t believe I could do that) – and she also went to vet and was put out in order for the vet to remove all the quills. What I wanted to mention was that I’ve heard from many people that once your dog goes after a porcupine they will DO IT AGAIN! So be careful. This just makes me hurt – but at least both dogs were okay in the long run!

Oh, by the way, the reason I post my writing to so many categories-sometimes-is because I feel the material may be important or helpful to someone reading that is really in a different category. Information is power if it’s TRUTH.

Lastly, this is a great sight for PARENTS:

We all need to know what acronyms the kids are using to communicate on line. (Acronyms are words formed from initials of other words)

Happy Day!

Open your mind to rest and peace and play with your puppy!

May 15, 2010

Look at the variation of flowers spring brings…SLOW DOWN…..don’t hurry because demands are made upon you. You can accomplish all that needs to be done without having a coronary! Just slow your mind by using your oxygen. It works. You may not believe it, but if a guitarist thought practice wouldn’t work to refine his playing, we would have no fine guitarists at all!
Stop to see the infinite beauty of a single flower.Use these moments over the weekend to tell someone you love them, really listen to your children and tickle them, play with your puppy, or smell the roses…none of us know how many moments we have to do these VERY IMPORTANT THINGS!
My puppy, Dakota, at one year, for those of you who have been following her growth. She posed for a portrait and now is practicing to be a flag pup and to go snorkeling! 🙂
Make your own FUN! God bless!

A dog’s purpose and from the mouth of babes

March 24, 2010

A friend sent me this and though I do not know the author, I feel the short story is heart-warming and the reminders are very important for us all. Hope you enjoy!
A Dog’s Purpose? (from a 6-year-old).

Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog’s owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.

I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn’t do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home

As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.

The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker ‘s family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.

The little boy seemed to accept Belker’s transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker’s Death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives.
Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, ”I know why.”

Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I’d never heard a more comforting explanation. It has changed the way I try and live.

He said,”People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life — like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?” The Six-year-old continued,

”Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay as long.”

Live simply.

Love generously.

Care deeply.

Speak kindly.

Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:

When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.

Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.

Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy.

Take naps.

Stretch before rising

Run, romp, and play daily.

Thrive on attention and let people touch you.

Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.

On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.

When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body.

Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.

Be loyal.

Never pretend to be something you’re not.

If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.

When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.

My puppy thinks everyone should nap – this was taken a couple of months ago….look
who I caught on the bed!

Animal Lovers What do You Think?

February 6, 2010

They say a dog looks like it’s owner. What do you think?

I couldn’t help myself…my husband put my sunglasses (a good friend gave me for my birthday) on Dakota, and she actually didn’t seem to mind at all.

“Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass…
it’s about learning to dance in the rain!”
-Vivian Greene

Make each moment fun! It’s your life!