Thursday, October 8, 2015

Well, I Have Never…

The Coffee Chat topic this week is, “What have you never done, but would like to do now?” Whether we are going out of our comfort zone or finally finding comfort where we are, this is an interesting question. Please join us at Les’s blog Ink Interrupted

I am at the stage of my life where I have either done things that I wanted to do, or no longer want to do some of the things I thought I wanted to do. Along the way, there were many unplanned things that I did. However, I now know myself and try to choose wisely.

To be honest, I learned from everything that I did. There were usually reasons for many things that I did. With reasons, there are usually lessons, too. Things that I thought I wanted to do often evolved into something else.

I always wanted to be a nurse. Health and circumstances prevented that from happening when I had the opportunity. However, I did become a nurse for animals when I was a veterinary technician. I still use those skills in animal rescue. This is a good example about life changing us and consequently, what we do.

Along those lines, I have thought I would like to have Stella certified as a therapy dog. I know how beneficial pets are to my well-being. I know others feel this way, too. I have seen how therapy dogs can liven up nursing home residents. Many of these people have had pets. They miss that companionship, unconditional love and acceptance.

Stella could also visit places like assisted living facilities, hospitals, schools, and other groups. She could bring her positive energy to those who need it. She is a special dog, and we are very proud of her.

Stella did not have a good life before we adopted her. She was surrendered to a Sheltie Rescue when she was 2 ½ years old. When she came to us, she had no confidence and had never felt unconditional love. She did not even know how to play. As we worked with her and trained her, she blossomed. She realized that she could do things that would make others happy, and this made her very happy. Stella was inspired!

Stella is always calm, polite, and very approachable. She will sit at people’s feet and look up at them while they talk to her. She will shake hands with people she meets. Stella also has learned that she has a voice. She will “speak” only when asked to, or when it is absolutely necessary.  This is unusual for a Sheltie to learn at the age of three years. (Most Shelties start to use their voice while still tiny pups; getting them to stop can be most difficult!) 

Before Stella, I had never thought of doing animal therapy with people. She is five years old now. Watching Stella grow into herself, full of joy and life was amazing. Stella found love and comfort with us, and now she seeks to share these gifts with others. I am inspired to help her to do just that. 


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Monday, October 5, 2015


"Forgiveness is giving up the hope that 
the past could have been any different." 

Sunday, October 4, 2015

St. Francis & the Animals

Today is "World Animal Day",
an international day of action 
for animal rights and welfare.
This was first celebrated in 1931
by a group of ecologists in Italy.

They chose October 4th in honour
of the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, 
who is the patron saint of all animals.

Today we join in celebrating St. Francis
and all of the animals that he loved,
because we do, too. 

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Sharing Wise Words

We have been challenged by Janet of The Cat on My Head to participate in a Quote Challenge. I love quotes, as they can offer comfort and inspiration. So, I accept this challenge.

The quote that I live by is, “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” I first read this quote by the philosopher/poet Friedrich Nietzsche when I was a teenager. I have personalized it, as many do. Throughout my life, these words have helped me forge through many difficult times and situations.

I love the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. There are many words of wisdom that he has given us to follow. One of my favourite quotes by Gandhi is very simple. “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” If each of us kept that in mind and heart we would all benefit in lasting ways.

 I keep another quote by the wise Mahatma Gandhi on my blog footer, with an image of Maggie and Chloe Jo. Please notice my footer to see how powerful this quote is. This quote is one that I feel is deeply important to all who share this planet. Gandhi said, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

There are many more quotes that come to mind and speak to me.  Some inspire me, some humble me. I have tried to learn from the many teachers that have been given to me in various ways. Some of these teachers have come to me through books. Many have been proven through time and experience, such as religious leaders and spiritual leaders. Others have been in my life for a specific purpose, such as school teachers. Yet, I have learned much from relatives and friends, too. I think of their words often as I go through my daily life. Some of these words are sage advice for a lifetime while others make me laugh long after they were said.

When I started my blog, I shared a quote once a week. I have been thinking of doing that again. Time and circumstance change my direction, whether I like it or not. However, I am trying to get back to a routine and schedule with my blog and my writing. I am only human. A favourite quote that illustrates this perfectly is from the author Augusten Burroughs, “I myself am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions.”

The rules are of this Quote Challenge are:
*Thank the blogger who nominated you.
I want to thank Janet of The Cat on My Head. She is a warm and wonderful person who shares words of wisdom and inspiration with the help of The Kitties Blue. Thank you, Janet, for all that you do and for always being there.
*Post three of your favorite quotes.
I have posted four that immediately came to mind.
*Nominate 3 bloggers and challenge them.
I now challenge these three bloggers to share quotes that speak to them:
*Les of Ink Interrupted 
*Patricia of Patricia's Place