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!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Unbelievable fish encounter - Animals do communicate

"Clearly, animals know more than we think, and think a great deal more than we know." - Irene Pepperberg - The Alex Foundation

This is truly a most extraordinary fish tale.

Even better. Rather than a cool story, this tale transpired in a video showing the encounter and the fish who clearly encourages more interaction. Saw the post in the feed and shared it on Facebook and then discovered the follow up post on Outdoor Hub.

The difference with this encounter and other similar fish petting videos is that it happened in a wild setting. Had to share it again here. Enjoy!

Chris Ellenburg was fishing in Lake Belton in Texas when the most peculiar thing happened to him: he caught a fish that didn’t want to be released.

Such a gift, this little connection suggests. There are incredible opportunities for inter-species communication. We don't have to speak the same language.

What is required is kindness, a gentle nature, a desire to learn and a willingness to modify our actions. In so doing, like my exchange with Hemingway the turtle, extraordinary encounters are possible.

Resources - Animal Communicators -

Alex and Me - Irene Pepperberg

Anna Breytenbach

Rev. Nedda Wittels, M.A., M.S.
Penelope Smith
Marta Williams

Aho Mitakuye Oyasin

*Aho Mitakuye Oyasin... All my relations. I honor you in this circle of life with me today. I am grateful for this opportunity to acknowledge you in this prayer...
To the Creator, for the ultimate gift of life, I thank you.
To the mineral nation that has built and maintained my bones and all foundations of life experience, I thank you.
To the plant nation that sustains my organs and body and gives me healing herbs for sickness, I thank you.
To the animal nation that feeds me from your own flesh and offers your loyal companionship in this walk of life, I thank you.
To the human nation that shares my path as a soul upon the sacred wheel of Earthly life, I thank you.
To the Spirit nation that guides me invisibly through the ups and downs of life and for carrying the torch of light through the Ages. I thank you.
To the Four Winds of Change and Growth, I thank you.
You are all my relations, my relatives, without whom I would not live. We are in the circle of life together, co-existing, co-dependent, co-creating our destiny. One, not more important than the other. One nation evolving from the other and yet each dependent upon the one above and the one below. All of us a part of the Great Mystery.
Thank you for this Life.

"All of the animals except for man know that the principle business of life is to enjoy it."
~ Samuel Butler