Wednesday, November 30, 2016


~ Woofs of Wisdom from Goliath ~
The wisdom you saw in me was a reflection of the wisdom you have access to if you will only open to it. If you will allow it to reveal itself, and if you embrace it as part of a new way of being. Wisdom is not for only a few but for the many. Everyone can have this wisdom if only they allow it to reveal itself. Simply open your mind and heart to hear its message. The message of love. The message of serenity. The message all is well.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016


Ah, Thanksgiving. That holiday sandwiched between flocked trees and blow-up Santas and  many times pushed aside in the rush to Black Friday. 

Well, corny as it may seem, I still like to take some time to be thankful for the many good things in my life—and that includes lessons that have come out of painful situations.

For instance, I lost one of my beloved dogs on August 28. Another furbaby is winding down his time here on the physical plane. Most of my other doggies are also facing some physical challenges. What I have learned from these situations is to let go of my tendency to be busy just because, and invest my time and energy with who/what is truly most important to me. 

Everything is weighed against, “This furbaby may not be alive tomorrow. So do I slow down and spend time loving these beautiful spirits who have adored me without question for years or do I (fill in the blank here).”

OK, I still have to cook meals and do laundry and pick up poop, but I’m making the time to love my furbabies—and trying not to beat up myself for the times I didn’t measure up to what I think I should do. 

So I’m grateful these situations led me to question what I’m doing and why. 

I’m grateful my “no” muscles are stronger so I can kindly and tactfully turn down requests from others that don’t match my priorities.

I’m grateful this has led me to be kinder to myself and realize my needs must one of the highest priorities in my life. Because if I go under, others depending on me will also go down. Not an option!

Interestingly, this has made me more intolerant of bad behavior. So I’m grateful for more courage to stand up to or divert or walk away from other people’s BS.

Looking at this particular list of what I’m grateful for seems somber amid a totally crappy year. There certainly have been rough times. But I woke up on New Year’s Day 2016 feeling like this was going to be the best year yet, and I think it has been. Whether you take the analogy of a phoenix rising from the ashes, or look at a pile of poop and think there has to be a pony in here somewhere, my lessons have been deep and life-changing. 

As I say in my writer’s bio, my rose-colored glasses may have bent frames and cracked lenses, but I always seem to clean them off and shove them back on my face. And for that resilience and plain old bull-headedness, I am also grateful. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016


While Goliath was growing and growing and growing, I witnessed the strong bond between animals.

Remember Ace didn’t venture past our front porch? Well, at least usually.

However, one day my younger son called me at work and said Ace had chased a man away from our house and a block and a half down the road.

My Ace was normally not aggressive. As we pieced together what happened, this guy apparently was in our side yard–where he had no business being. And puppy Goliath was sitting at the side door. We figured he was trying to steal the puppy and Ace showed him how inappropriate that was–breaking through the gate to prove his point.

After Ace dispatched the trespasser and would-be dognapper, he came back to the house. This incident strengthened another perception: not only is the connection between dogs and their humans special, so is the bond between animals.

Sunday, November 6, 2016


I’ve worked at my local animal shelter, volunteered there, adopted a number of dogs from the shelter and still have friends who work at the shelter. So I was pleased to see the week of November 6-12, 2016 designated as National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week by the Humane Society of the United States

You can support your local animal shelter in a number of ways:
—Adopt an animal
—Foster an animal
—Attend special events sponsored by your local shelter
—Spread the word about shelter needs and adoptable animals

—Spay/neuter your pets and encourage others to do the same

Friday, November 4, 2016


The Adored One: GOLIATH 
This Black Lab/Rottweiler mix was a nearly perfect dog--
all 105 pounds of him by the time he was fully grown.