“Animals have come to mean so much in our lives. We live in a fragmented and disconnected culture. Politics are ugly, religion is struggling, technology is stressful, and the economy is unfortunate. What’s one thing that we have in our lives that we can depend on? A dog or a cat loving us unconditionally, every day, very faithfully.” -Jon Katz
“Dogs are like potatoes chips, it’s hard to have just one.” ~ unknown
Once you’ve experienced the unconditional love of a dog, and all the joys that come with having a fun-loving canine companion, it’s hard to stop at just one. When that happens, the joys may be doubled, tripled, or quadrupled, but so might the work, worry, and heartache. This may be especially true if you’re a breeder or involved in canine sports and travel a lot. How do we maintain peace of mind and heart when living with more than one dog while juggling all of life’s obligations?
Read on, and discover 3 essentials to finding harmony in a multi-dog home.
Years ago, when I acquired my first Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, I had no idea they’d become addictive. They’re beautiful, friendly, fun-loving, comforting and easy to care for… what’s one more? However, what began as a simple task of caring for one dog risked turning my comfy calm life resembling a bed of roses into a garden of weeds. Thankfully, I learned early on the art of creating a beautiful garden.
Finding harmony in a multi-dog home is similar to creating a beautiful garden.
In preparing this article I interviewed Cindy, a friend whose garden could be compared to Monet’s—it’s extraordinarily beautiful and harmonious. As we spoke, I discovered we had much in common. People often wonder why she would want such a large garden—I mean the more you plant, the more you have to care for, right? Her response echoed the words of my heart: “It’s my passion!” I asked her to offer three words that would inspire others to find harmony in their garden. Her response: Passion, Patience, and Perseverance. These are the same three essentials I would apply to finding harmony in a multi-dog home.
Nature is calling, are you listening?
You’ve been in your computer all week, glued to your desk or smart phone, or sitting in board meetings from sun up to sun down. You’re feeling a bit stressed, anxious, overwhelmed, and a little “blue.” Could it be that you’re nature deprived?
Nature is all around us, calling us to come out and unwind. Yet we rarely find time to walk in it or sit and gaze at its wonders. Continue reading “Are You Nature Deprived?”
Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all my friends at Pawz and Pray 💚
“Christ beside me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ within me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me.” — St. Patrick
Sometimes we just need someone to look us in the face and tell us that everything will be okay . . .
“Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid.” —John 14:27
It’s going to be okay, please don’t worry or be afraid. Talk to Jesus. He loves you. His peace is available to you ❤️
Feeling blue? Be forewarned, when coming into contact with a dog, you might catch some happy hormones!
If you’re feeling sad, there’s probably one thing you’re looking for . . . RELIEF! In other words, you want to be happy again. Happiness can be found in many places, but none more available and sure than in the arms of your dog!
We certainly feel better when surrounded by our canine companions, but what’s actually going on behind the scenes? Continue reading “Happy Hormones [Find Out Why Dogs Make Us Happy]”
Dogs will love you no matter what; therefore, they channel that eternal and undying love of Christ. ~unknown