Welcome to Pawz & Pray Blog

If you’re holding one too many leashes, and feeling winded from life’s race, you’ll enjoy this blog! Written with pet lover’s in mind. 

Pawz and Pray is a quiet place to gather and reflect on God, life, and the dogs we love. Whether its inspirational insights learned from my dogs, or more practical topics such as training and pet care, I trust you’ll find a tiny treasure to lighten your load and brighten your day! This blog was inspired by the book, Pawz & Pray: Short Reflections about God, Life, and the Dogs I Love! Nominated for Excellence in Books by the Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA). Don’t forget to subscribe to my mailing list to get my latest news, and information about the revised and updated edition of Pawz & Pray, coming soon!

“Dogs are our true friends, our angels, our teachers, our healers. They love us unconditionally, as God intended. If we look carefully, we can learn from them how to make the world a brighter and better place.” — Leila Grandemange [quote from the book, Pawz and Pray]

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Listen More Than You Speak

Good morning friends! Here’s a little dog wisdom to help brighten the world.

Listen, more than you speak.

Now, more than ever, it’s so important to listen, more than we speak. Hear the words found in James 1:9. Just think how relationships would change, how politics would change, how we’d change, if we would truly take this verse to heart. May God help us.

” Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.” — James 1:9

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4 Powerful Steps to Overcome Heartache While Breeding Dogs

Losing pups. It’s heartbreaking, for so many reasons.

Have you ever had a dream that was crushed, maybe even more than once? How do you get back up and press on, when painful memories linger and the heart is heavy?

As responsible dog owners, breeders, and exhibitors, I’m sure we’ve dreamed of a healthy litter of promising pups, amazing adoptive families to come along, a new champion title, a successful year for our clubs, the well-being and longevity of our beloved canine companions, and on and on. But what happens when expectations are not met and dreams are crushed? Pain is a real emotion, and the wounds life deals are often long to heal. This message is not about the past however, it’s about the future. A bright future! So let’s turn the page on the past, and look forward with hope!

In this article I will define hope, and share 4 powerful steps to help you overcome heartache, and press on!

 

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She Fixed Her Eyes Ahead

During our daily walk, my dog paused and fixed her eyes intently ahead. For a moment, she stood there looking so regal, focused, and beautifully balanced. Something caught her attention and for a few seconds nothing else mattered. That got me thinking…

What are our eyes fixed on?

What has caught our attention . . .

Painful memories?

Present annoyances?

Future worries?

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Dog Tired?

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My dogs are constantly taking time to nap. Usually they curl up on the sofa or in their bed. But sometimes they zonk out in the funniest positions or places! It’s not because they’re bored. They have a zillion toys, each other, our family to interact and play with, and a large yard to run, watch squirrels and birds…
but they instinctively know when it’s time to rest, and they listen.
Are we listening to our bodies? Do we know when it’s time to rest? Or are we running ourselves ragged?
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