Friday, October 3, 2014

Roadtesting the Life Jackets and Baby Owls are a hoot!

I realized that Eastern thought had somewhat more compassion for all living things. Man was a form of life that in another reincarnation might possibly be a horsefly or a bird of paradise or a deer. So a man of such a faith, looking at animals, might be looking at old friends or ancestors. In the East the wilderness has no evil connotation; it is thought of as an expression of the unity and harmony of the universe. Justice William O. Douglas
Change is in the air. We took the dogs to the lake and gave their new life jackets a trial run.  

Fall Color starting to pop ... Gracie in her life jacket.

Amazing weather. Midday at Lake of the Ozarks and the water looked like a mirror. Perfect timing. Jack loves boat rides of all sorts. Gracie is more discerning. She wasn't thrilled with the paddle boat - too noisy. She and Jack both enjoyed the kayaks.

We've seen Osprey and Pelicans before. This time, an Eagle was the surprise encounter. Local resident and frequent visitor to the cove, the Heron keeps his distance.

Ninja Heron

Yesterday, back at home, an Owl checked in. Early morning and still dark, Jack didn't want to go out to the backyard by himself so I escorted him. A few minutes after we came back inside, the Owl began chattering non-stop for about 15 minutes.

I try to listen and honor the messages when Gracie and Jack resist or balk at their usual routine. Sometimes, it will become obvious as to why the need for change. Other times, the connections remain a mystery. I do know there is always a reason and when I support them, they can make adjustments accordingly.

They see more of the natural world and predators we don't acknowledge are quite obvious to them. I was glad I heard the Owl .. and glad I had gone outside with Jack.

Funny thing - after the Owl treated me to that enigmatic monologue, this vid popped up in the newsfeed. Adorable and very much like human children -- anything new finds a way to the mouth.

Is it dinner? So beautiful and their eyes are mesmerizing.

In regard to Owl as Totem and Spirit Messenger, when an Owl pops into your life - it could be a reminder to step back and connect a few dots.

One interpretation, if you don't already have a sense of the relevance: *"Open your eyes and truly examine how things are, you will be surprised that suddenly you can see things that are normally hidden from view – like the motives of those around you. External appearances will give way to the truth and meaning hidden beneath."

The world speaks to us in many ways .. listening is a skill - interpreting is a talent. 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Viral winks from the land of "I do!" with dogs ... and deer.

“You know, sometimes the world seems like a pretty mean place.'
'That's why animals are so soft and huggy.”
Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes: Scientific Progress Goes "Boink"

Time out for some "soft and huggy" in your day.

Two winners --- From the land of "I Do." ...

1- Picture perfect launch into Happy Ever After ... for Pooches -- a high paws five! ...

2 - Epic nature magic - a crowd of wedding photobombers ...

Ian Christmann / Catalyst Photography

Posted on Reddit and now viral ... Huff Post.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Dog Sitter Template -- Fun Rules!

"In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semihuman. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog." - Edward Hoagland

This guy clearly owns the dog-sitting title ... #1 -- Dog loves him.

Perk -- Mom and Dad get a vid to show how well the two connected while the peeps were away ... with just a touch of angst to demonstrate the case that they were indeed missed with the expressed hope that this - no matter how fabulously fun and adventure full - was temporary.

When booking your next canine sitter .. show them this template: Game on!

To sum up - #1 -- Dog loves him.

In the newsfeed --

George the goldfish is said to be doing well and recovering from brain surgery - Interview with George's Vet. Best wishes George!
"All of the animals except for man know that the principle business of life is to enjoy it."
~ Samuel Butler