Celebrate Them Every Day.

We seek the comfort of another. 
Someone to share the life we choose. 
Someone to help us through the never ending attempt to understand ourselves. 
And in the end, someone to comfort us along the way. 
~ Marlin Finch Lupus

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Hocus Pocus, our canine companion, during her puppy days

Today I am celebrating the birthday of one of my greatest teachers.  I have had many teachers in life.  Many of them were people, and many were animals. But the teacher that I am celebrating today is a dog.

I have only known her for three years, but I feel like I have known her for lifetimes.  She is my constant companion, my friend, my guardian, and my teacher.  She is my dog.  I am her human.  And we love each other more deeply that I ever though possible.

Hocus (and the rest of our animal menagerie) have taught me some of my most valuable lessons in life.  Because of them, I learned to see life through the eyes of an animal.  I learned how to live life to the fullest, and to never take things for granted.  They showed me how to trust more, give more, love more, feel more, and share more.  They showed me what unconditional love and loyalty really is.  They taught me how to slow down, and how to love myself more.  They showed me how to play more, why it’s good to be goofy, and to not care what anyone else thinks.  They show me why it’s safe to be my authentic self, and not be afraid to hide who I really am, and what I really feel.  They showed me how to move through fear gracefully, and how to never regret a damn thing.  From watching them, I learned that I am never a victim of the world; I have the ability to create my world.  They taught me to not take life too seriously, but to give 100 percent to everything  I do.

My teachers taught me when you breathe into fear, it becomes adventure.  Adventure appeals to your sense of wonder, your inner child, and most important, your creative self.  It also reminds you that you make new things happen- the world doesn’t just happen to you. ~ Sonia Choquette

How do you give thanks to someone who gives you these kinds of gifts every day?  It’s easy; by thanking them each day – not just on their birthday.

So here we are. It’s a day after her birthday, but I don’t care.  It’s not about the date.  It’s about honoring and celebrating her every day.  So I made a promise to do just that.

For the rest of my life, I will celebrate her.  I will celebrate the day she was born.  I will celebrate the day she came into our lives.  I will celebrate every day. I will celebrate all of them.

I made a cheesy video for my husband, who once again, has to be gone for long lengths of time, so he cannot be with her during her “birthday extravaganza”.  I wasn’t going to share it with anyone but our family, but I finally decided to share it with other families who love their animal companions as much as we do.  My hope is to inspire you to celebrate your furry, feathered, or scaly animal companion every day of the year.

If you choose to, you can watch the video here.

Let’s stop waiting for birthdays to do “special things” with our animal family members.  Go on an adventure together on a Wednesday!  Offer him that rare, special treat on a Tuesday!   Spend quality time with her on a Thursday!  Make time for them every day.

The earth trembled and a great rift appeared, separating the first man and woman from the rest of the animal kingdom.  As the chasm grew deeper and wider, all the other creatures, afraid for their lives, returned to the forest — except for the dog, who after much consideration lept the perilous rift to stay with the humans on the other side.  His love for humanity was greater than his bond to other creatures, he explained, and he willingly forfeited his place in paradise to prove it.”
~ Native American folktale, Ojibway tribe

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Hocus, and her people

How do you celebrate your animal family member’s birthdays? I would love to hear!

Nature’s Last Party of the Year

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Astronomical Autumn officially begins tonight.  Simply put, fall has arrived!

The weather here has turned delightfully brisk overnight.  The sun is shining down without a cloud in the sky, and the air is crisp; carrying scents of the season in the breeze.  The animals in our home are feeling frisky and full of energy, as they welcome the cooler weather.

As I watch the animals run, chase, and pounce around the house, I am reminded to welcome the changing season with them.  I am guided to be outdoors, to stand in the breeze, to watch the leaves fall, and to let the sun warm my face.  I am reminded to enjoy this season’s fleeting moments with the animals I love.

May the changing of seasons inspire you to get moving with your animal family members, and to enjoy the sights, sounds, and scents that Autumn has to offer us all.

Autumn is Nature’s last party of the year.  And dressing for the occasion, forests don their brightest attire, while the creatures follow suit with plush coats of fur.  As the birds savor their final flights in the waning embers of light, Nature’s children scamper about in search of manna for their winter pantries, pausing long enough to frolic in the heaps of newly fallen leaves.

― Debra Welsh, “Autumn Suppers,” Orange Coast Magazine, Oct. 1983


 

Psssst! 😉 If you’d like to learn more about the history of Fall, and how the energy of Autumn affects us ALL, check out This Post!

The Bridge of Light and Love

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Any glimpse into the life of an animal quickens our own and makes it so much the larger and better in every way. ~John Muir

 


This week marks the date when the beloved Robin Williams took his own life.  Although I wrote this three years ago, this post still honors his life, another life who touched his deeply, and those who suffer from depression.  Depression has been a darkness I have known all too well for much of my life, like so many others.  But it can end.

And it does end.

There are dark days, but we can find the Light.  I believe animals help us to do just that.

You can read my original post below:


In 2001 Robin Williams and Koko the Gorilla experienced this Light when they met each other.  The video below shows how Koko instantly connected with Robin.

 


Koko, like us, can sense a person’s nature and in this case, she was quickly drawn to Robin’s warm heart. Robin made Koko smile — something she hadn’t done for over six months, ever since her childhood gorilla companion, Michael, passed away.  – Dr. Penny Patterson, president of The Gorilla Foundation

Only Koko and Robin know what was discussed and felt during their brief time together, but we can see in the video that their time together was meaningful and poignant for each of them.

Not only did Robin cheer up Koko, the effect was mutual, and Robin seemed transformed — from a high-energy entertainer, into a mellow, sensitive, empathetic guy, who also happened to be really funny.

The Gorilla Foundation – where Koko lives – released a statement explaining that when Koko was informed of Robin William’s death, she remembered her friend and displayed sadness.  Robin and Koko may have had a brief encounter, but they clearly formed a friendship that touched Koko.  I’d like to believe that Koko touched his heart as well.


Aug 11, 2014:   We salute a beloved man today. A Genie, a teacher, a boy that never grew up, a nanny, an artist who could hug you with that warm smile and make you laugh till you cried.  He voiced many characters and was a voice for those who could not speak.  A family lost a loved one.  Wherever he is, we hope he is at peace and free, just like the Genie he immortalized.  We will miss his sweet laugh and be grateful for all the joy he brought us.  Oh Captain, My Captain.  We will never forget you.  We salute you Robin Williams.    ~ Photo Lab Pet Photography

People all around the world are mourning the death of Robin Williams in their own way.  Many have been deeply saddened by his sudden passing.  But no matter how you feel about the circumstances, we need to honor that we all suffer at times in life.  We understand what it means to hurt, and we understand what it feels like to want the pain to end.  I have been there myself.  It’s a very dark and lonely place.  But we can find the Light.

My prayer is that Robin has found the peace he so longed for and deserved.  May he no longer feel pain, sadness, or despair.  May he be as joyful and as lighthearted as we see him in this video with Koko.  May his soul be at rest.  May he now know the joy, laughter, and Light that he brought to so many people all around the world through his work.

May we all continue to see him as happy and as carefree as he is in this video.

May we remember that our animal companions can help to bring us back to our true state of being, which is love, joy, peace, and happiness.

May you have these kind of powerful, unforgettable moments with the animals in your home during the many stages of life, love, and death.


Robin, thank you for being a fearless and fabulous human.  Thank you for helping us to laugh, and thank you for sharing your gifts with the world.  You will be missed by many.  Namaste.

 You will have bad times, but they will always wake you up to the stuff you weren’t paying attention to.

– Robin Williams 

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Best Day Of My Life

I had a dream so big and loud
I jumped so high I touched the clouds
I stretched my hands out to the sky
We danced with monsters through the night
I’m never gonna look back
Woah, never gonna give it up
No, please don’t wake me now

This is gonna be the best day of my life


Meet Meaty, the English bulldog.   In this awesomely happy and uplifting video, Meaty and his people give us a glimpse into Meaty’s New Life as a beloved canine companion on the day he was finally adopted.    

 Warning: It may be the happiest thing you see online all month.

“Meaty” was rescued from the Georgia English Bulldog Rescue.  The American Authors are the band that made this video and that supports animal adoption. You can visit their website here.


Shelters around the world are full of incredible animals with so much love to give.   Adopt an animal in need.  You’ll not only save a life, but they just might do the same for you! Visit your local animal shelter to adopt, NOT shop!

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Compassion Is Alive. People Do Care.

The highest religion is to rise to universal brother hood; aye to consider all creatures your equals. - Guru Nanak

The human spirit is not dead. It lives on in secret. I have come to believe that compassion, in which all ethics must take root, can only attain its full breadth and depth if it embraces all living creatures and does not limit itself to mankind. ― Albert Schweitzer’s Nobel Peace Prize address, “The Problem of Peace in the World Today”

Corruption, deceit, sadness, death, torture, and hatred seem to permeate the news on television, our Facebook news feed, Twitter and every other source of information that we are exposed to these days.  But what about the positive stories?  Where are they?  We know they are happening. They happen every day.  There are people that choose to live from their heart and who help others, even when it’s not convenient.  We need to see more of these stories and less of the disheartening, depressing news. It’s important for us to see positive events happening across the globe.  It’s important to know that they may be happening in our own backyards.

Recently I came across a video while searching for something else and it really moved me.  It reminded me that Good Things are happening in towns and cities all around the world.  There are people that care, and there are people that help the innocent when it’s not convenient.

Take a few minutes to watch these two short videos.  They are a compilation of people from all over the world helping animals when they need it most.  Grab a tissue.  You’ll need it.


“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” ― Albert Einstein



“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” ― Aesop


You can see 7 more videos of everyday people rescuing animals here.

…and…

Check out These Humans Who Went Beyond The Call Of Duty For Animals!

 

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The highest religion is to rise to universal brother hood; to consider all creatures your equal. – Guru Nanak

 


 

One of my teachers, Deborah King, was recently a guest on Darkness Radio.  This was a very lively discussion!  I recommended that you check it out.  She discusses how we are entangled in darkness every day, and how the media can perpetuate so much fear.  But if we are conscious of what we take in, and do just a few of her suggestions, we will remember that we can retreat into Light, we can heal ourselves.

Listen to the Deborah King Darkness Radio Interview. (FYI: The interview begins around the 8 minute mark.)

 

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Compassion isn’t dead.  Goodness, Love and Light are always there.   You just have to look for them. If the mainstream media isn’t going to tell us about them, then it’s up to us to find them.  What we absorb (via the media, etc.) is what we become and what we experience more of; this is the law of attraction.  So why are we choosing to expose ourselves to the negativity?  It is possible to be aware of what is happening in the world, but it doesn’t have to overwhelm us.  Be conscious of what you are exposing yourself to and remember to look for the positive stories.

If you are tired of seeing drama and destruction in the news every day, here are a few news sources that will bring you a daily dose of happy news:

  • Daily Good DailyGood leverages the internet to promote positive and uplifting news around the world to more than 100,000 subscribers through the daily and weekly newsletters. Readers receive a news story, an inspiring quote, and a suggested action that each person can take to make a difference in their own lives and the world around them.
  • Ecorazzi “Good Gossip!”
  • Gimundo Good news and positive stories are served up daily at Gimundo.
  • G’News Daily  “A positive look at the world around you!!! A complete focus on all things good including but not limited to art, history, achievement, music, heroes, local news, national/international news, innovation and anything else that might make you smile 🙂 “
  • Good News Network (GNN) says its mission is to provide readers with a A daily dose of news to enthuse! “A passion to serve humanity in doses of positive news. This site is dedicated to the millions who are invested in carving out a more sustainable and loving world. Activists and social change agents need reminders of the progress being made in the world to keep from burning out and becoming embittered.”
  • Great News “The Great News Network is meant to supplement your daily news sources – not replace it. Its role is to show that there is hope, people are making a difference, and that a lot of things are getting better. Optimism is a great catalyst for making the world a better place. When we can see there is hope, then we’ll be more compelled to make the effort to do our part. “
  • Happy News A team of citizen journalists report on positive, but compelling, stories from around the world at Happy News. “We believe virtue, goodwill and heroism are hot news. That’s why we bring you up-to-the-minute news, geared to lift spirits and inspire lives.”
  • Huffington Post Good News
  • OdeWire “Intelligent news for optimists,” OdeWire searches the web for “the most authoritative news sources for stories that focus on solutions rather than problems, and on positive changes rather than negative ones.”
  • Optimist World If you’re interested in news on corporate social responsibility, the Optimist World is a great place to look. They also include positive sports stories for the sports enthusiasts!
  • Positive News This UK site claims it is the “world’s original and leading positive newspaper.” Positive News is published four times a year and has a circulation of approximately 50,000. It has an environmental focus.
  • Positively Positive “At its core, Positively Positive is about optimism and inspiration. About seeing the possibility within each person—and within each day gifted us. It’s about wisdom and how we lift one another up to richer, more fulfilling lives. It’s about tapping into our true nature and capacity. Our goal is simple: to bring uplifting voices and messages to our community every day. “
  • The Good News The Good News aims to share positive news stories that others rarely hear about.
  • More POSITIVE NEWS, ALTERNATIVE NEWS and MEDIA LINKS

 

Be of good cheer! There are good things happening everywhere!  Be part of the positivity and pass this along to share Good News with others!

Meet Miss Hap and the U.S. Marine who rescued her in the midst of the chaos of war. National Museum of the Marine Corps in Virginia.
“Miss Hap” and the U.S. Marine who rescued her in the midst of the chaos of war. This photo is currently on display at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Virginia.

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.”
― Dalai Lama XIV, The Art of Happiness