5 Reasons Rescue Dogs Rule

5 Reasons Rescue Dogs Rule

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“Best friends come in all breeds.” – Author Unknown

Adopt Don’t Shop!

Throughout the years I have worked with a number of humane societies. The roles I’ve filled have included a volunteer, a member of the board of directors, and a paid position as a fundraising coordinator. I love all animals, but am a true bleeding heart when it comes to those who are living in a shelter.

Many of the dogs you find at the shelter are mutts. When I use the term mutt I am referring to a dog who has an unknown line of ancestry. I prefer mixed-breed over mutt because it just sounds less derogatory in my mind.

The fact that I adopted two mixed-breed rescue dogs also inspires my passion on this topic. Whatever term you choose, here is my argument for adopting a mixed-breed dog from your local shelter!


You save dog’s life when you adopt a mutt.

All of us know shelters are full of mixed-breed dogs that need a home.Zola a pitbull yellow lab mix dog

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals – ASPCA approximately 3.3 million dogs enter shelters in the United States every year. Each year, approximately 670,000 shelter dogs are euthanized. Some of these are due to health issues but the majority are due to overcrowded conditions in shelters. Many are only puppies when they are put down.


If you want a dog with a truly unique look adopt a mixed-breed.

Mixed-breed puppies from the same litter all have their own distinct look. Some might look at this as a negative–who knows what they will look like when fully grown? Who cares! They will provide you with unconditional love and tons of fun regardless of their looks.

You can usually tell by looking at a dog at least one of the breeds of his background. What is really great is that with genetic testing we can easily find out what breeds have gone into the making of our furry best friend.

Adopting shelter dog is less expensive than purchasing a dog from a breeder.

Adoption fees for shelter dogs are usually $100-$400, while buying a dog from a breeder can run into the thousands.


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Your rescue dog will come spayed or neutered with full details on their current health status.

Puppies will have their starter vaccinations too. Rescue dogs don’t always have a health record due to many of them coming to the shelter as strays. However, they will have been thoroughly checked over by a vet.



Purebred dogs typically have more health concerns than a mixed-breed one.

I’ve always heard this to be true but did a little research to find out more. Research completed by the Institute of Canine Biology reports this is true for 10 genetic disorders. Cataracts, bloat, aortic stenosis and elbow dysplasia are several of the issues more common in purebreds. You can read more about the study here The Institute of Canine Biology


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Rescue dogs are awesome! I know, I know–all dogs are wonderful regardless of their lineage.  However, the statistics are overwhelming regarding the number of dogs that enter shelters each year, and downright depressing when you look at the numbers euthanized. Whenever possible–adopt don’t shop!

Have you adopted a rescue dog? I would love to hear about your experience in the comments below!

Peace and love, Sandra




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Pet Accessories for Valentine’s Day

Pet Accessories for Valentine’s Day

Fun Valentine’s Day Gifts for Your Fur Baby

Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it. If you are like me you still have Christmas decor to pack away. But you don’t want your pet to be caught in their Christmas attire once Valentine’s Day rolls around. You don’t want that to happen!

Here are some great ideas to get your fur baby ready for Valentine’s Day. Click any of the images and you will be taken directly to the store where you can purchase the items shown.

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For Your Dog

Cute Collars

I never realized how many Valentine’s Day themed dog collars are available until I went searching for this article!

You can purchase any of these collars at Muttropolis.com.


The collars below are available at Dog Collars Boutique. You will find a wide range of bling available on their website!

Jewelry & Charms

The necklace below is gorgeous and comes in sizes S, M, & L. I love the cool copper charm in the top row. These are available from Muttropolis.


Below are a variety of the charms I found on the Dog Collars Boutique website. I love the little red heart with the paw print!



These adorable shirts are only a small sample of the apparel available at Muttropolis.


I picked some of my favorite Valentine’s Day themed bandanas to show here that are available at Dog Collars Boutique.



Muttropolis offers these adorable beds–don’t they look cozy?


Dog Collars Boutique has an array of comfy beds available. I would get one for myself if they were bigger!


For Your Cat

How fun are these choices for cat beds? You can purchase any of these at CatsPlay Cat Furniture Super Store.


These items for your cat are available at Dog Collars Boutique.


Muttropolis also has a few items for cats.



What better way to assure you receive a thoughtful gift you will love than to purchase it for yourself? Check out great gift ideas here Valentine’s Day Gifts for You!

As you can see there are almost too many options to choose from when it comes to buying for our pets. I hope this helps you find the perfect gift for your favorite Valentine!

Peace & Love, Sandra

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Dog Quotes: Reflections on Canine Companions

Dog Quotes: Reflections on Canine Companions



Pawsome Quotes About Dogs

No words can truly capture the unconditional love, pure soul, or absolute devotion of a dog. Dogs are easy to understand–they love and want to be loved. The connection we have with our dogs is so uncomplicated, making it refreshing compared to other relationships.

I have put together my favorite dog quotes with adorable, touching, and inspiring photos of human’s best friend.



I know, I know–this quote should be with a picture of a black and white beagle!



This one with my golden retriever/springer spaniel mix Falkor is framed and sitting in my office. Whenever I need a pick-me-up I know where to look.



This is Zola my rescue dog. She is a 7 year-old American pit bull terrier/yellow lab mix, and is a sweetheart who has the energy of a puppy!

My post From A Walk to A Run is about when I first adopted Zola.



This is Moose, my sister Debi’s dog. Moose is definitely a lover!



My Dad had a beagle named Honey who passed away two years ago. She really was a honey!




If only humans could do the same.



So real and uncomplicated.



As an animal advocate there is nothing that feeds my soul compared to helping animals and spending time with them.



There is no excuse for animal neglect or cruelty. The consequences for these terrible crimes continue to get tougher, as they should. Awareness and education are critical for prevention of animal abuse.



Funny and true!


a picture of an older black dog with a quote about dogs come into our lives to teach us about love...dog quote


The death of a pet is such a sad experience. This helps a little bit when we are grieving the loss of our furry companion.







The love and connection we experience with our dogs is so deep and effortless.






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My hope is there will come a day when all animals are safe, respected, and loved.





Dogs have no prejudices, no expectations. They teach us mindfulness–to live in the moment. A stick laying in the yard or an afternoon at the beach can bring such joy to a dog. Hiking with my dogs brings me into a new awareness of everything in the environment..



As I already said, the relationship is so simple and meaningful.



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I need a sign with this quote on it by my front door to warn visitors!



I’ve always felt animals communicate with us if we just take the time to pay attention. Recently I attended an animal communication workshop and learned we need to connect through our hearts rather than mentally. This made perfect sense.



I can’t think of anything better than being greeted at the door by my dogs at the end of the day!



Falkor has the biggest heart–if he had a choice he would just sit on my lap and be loved all day!



It’s true–I am always striving to improve our lives!

I hope you were able to find meaning in these quotes about dogs. Maybe one or two stirred a memory and possibly brought a smile to your face.

Please share your thoughts on the love you share with your dog in the comments below.

Till next time, Sandra

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Cats: A Collection of Quotes

Cats: A Collection of Quotes

A Siamese cat with the quote in ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this


Cats, Cats, Everywhere Cats

This is the main line to the first song my daughter Kyleigh learned to play when taking piano lessons at the age of eight. It is a song I will never get out of my head. But that’s okay, as I love cats!

The following are purrfect cat quotes and images I created to share with the many cat lovers I know are out there.


A black and white picture of a cat on the back of a chair with the quote cats as you know, are quote impervious to threats.



A calico cat sitting in a sink



A grey long-hair kitten walking toward the camera


Key West is Ernest Hemingway’s former home, now the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum. The island is home to a resident population of polydactyl (many-toed) cats and it is said many are descendants of Hemingway’s cats who resided with him over the years.


A large grey cat laying on the back of a sofa



A drawing of a grey cat on a blue background with red and pink hearts on the side


The great author Charles Dickens was a cat lover.  It is said he would sit and write for long periods, and when his cats wanted his attention they would put out the flame of the candle on his desk!


a persons had petting a tabby cat




A large grey cat stretching and yawning



Two orange and white and one calico kitten on a bright orange blanket


Leonardo da Vinci created many drawings portraying his delight in the carefully observed play and movement of his feline companions.


A siamese kitten with a periwinkle background


Mark Twain once said, “I simply can’t resist a cat, particularly a purring one. They are the cleanest, cunningest, and most intelligent things I know, outside of the girl you love, of course.”


Two white kittens peeking over the top of a wicker basket



A drawing of a black cat with the quote beware of people who dislike cats.



A black and white photo of the profile of a cat


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A black cat with the quote a black cat crossing your path means the cat is going somewhere.


Groucho Marx made a statement against the ridiculous stigma surrounding black cats.


Three tabby cats on top of a fence



An orange and white cat with the quote there are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: Music & Cats



A tuxedo cat sitting in a box with the quote time spent with a cat is never wasted


Mixed feelings abound over psychologist Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalytical theories. One cannot question the kindness in his heart made evident by his quote on cats.


An orange cat with the quote I've never met an animal I didn't like. I can't say the same about people.


95-year-old Doris Day has been a long-time advocate for animal welfare and the campaign to reduce animal neglect and abuse through spay and neuter programs.

Created by the Doris Day Animal League in 1995 as Spay Day USA, the last Tuesday of February is World Spay Day–it is recognized by nearly 70 countries.  Find out more at Life With Cats.


A picture of a dog and a cat rubbing noses



A calico cat with the quote time cannot erase the memory of a good cat


Losing your feline companion is incredibly difficult. But the love a cat offers us during our time together is priceless.

Please share your thoughts on this post!

Till next time, Sandra


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Pet Grief: Losing Your Best Friend

Pet Grief: Losing Your Best Friend

Mushuu a beautiful color point Siamese

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Grieving the Loss of Your Pet


“Grief is the only price we pay for love.” -Queen Elizabeth II


Animals are amazing for many reasons. The most obvious is their unconditional love and companionship. Plus they are pure joy to observe and interact with. It doesn’t take much for them to become an important part of our lives.

My pets mean the world to me and I know many of you feel the same way. The loss of a pet is a terrible hurt, and it takes a grieving process to move forward.

This year has been a tough one on my family–two of our cats passed within months of each other. Both were with us for 17 years after being adopted into our family within months of each other.


Sandra and her cat Mushuu

Back to the Beginning

Seventeen years ago we experienced the sudden death of our beloved Maxx due to kidney failure at the young age of three.  Several months later I decided it was time to move forward and adopt another cat. Maxx was such a sweetie and I knew it would be tough to find another cat that was as affectionate.

My daughter Kyleigh and I went to the local Humane Society and found Mushuu, a beautiful Color Point Siamese only three months old. Mushuu proved to be a lover–on his terms only and twice a day if we were lucky!

Two months later I was visiting a friend and she asked if I wouldn’t like another cat. She had a homeless kitty of about six months old hanging around.  Wisconsin is not a place for animals to live outdoors in the winter. This cat was so friendly–how could I say no?

My son Zach named him Artemis Gordon. He was thin and full of curiosity, energy and most of all–attitude. He became Kyleigh’s best friend…and kept the title for seventeen years.


An 8 year old girl with a black and white cat

Both Mushuu and Artemis were fairly healthy cats for the majority of their lives. Over their last few years with us Mushuu developed a urinary tract disorder and Artemis suffered from irritable bowel syndrome.

Artemis moved to Madison with Kyleigh for his last two years. Kyleigh diligently sought care from a veterinarian to keep Artemis as healthy as possible, even giving him shots of vitamins and steroids as needed.

At the end we made the choice for each of our cats to have them euthanized due to deteriorating health. This is a difficult choice to say the least. But neither Kyleigh nor I wanted to see our beloved cats endure any more suffering.


Kyleigh with Artemis

A Few Tips For Grieving

Don’t Deny Your Pain

It is vital to allow yourself to grieve. Losing a pet is incredibly hard and you will miss them terribly.

You may go through different stages of grief. Denial, sadness, anger, loneliness, and guilt are all common emotions to experience after losing a pet. Allow whatever feelings you have to come and go–these feelings often feel like waves, and will eventually become smaller and less frequent.

After Artemis’ death Kyleigh stated I don’t remember life without him. She had spent almost 3/4 of her life with him. Our animals become part of our routine. It is really tough when you expect them to come to the door to greet you when you get home and they don’t.


Lean On Your Family & Friends

Reach out to the people who care about you when you’re feeling sad or angry. Talk about life with your pet–share the good times and your sadness. Plan a celebration of your pet’s life with people who are close to you.

If someone doesn’t understand what you are going through, ignore them and talk to others who do. Not everyone is able to connect with animals on a deep level. But don’t allow them to negate your loss.


Memorialize Your Pet’s Life

Journal about your memories and loss. Write poetry, create art and make a photo collage to help you through this process.  Write a letter to them. Purchase an ornament for your Christmas tree and/or a lawn figurine that reminds you of him or her.

If you choose to have your pet cremated, keep the ashes in a container of your choice in a special location. Make a little shrine with his or her picture, the ashes, and anything else you like.

Burying your pet on your property or at a pet cemetery is another option. Mark the spot with a headstone or figurine that brings you peace. This gives you a spot to sit and talk to your furry friend.

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Moving Forward

I recommend taking time before you consider adopting another pet. There isn’t a perfect amount of time for this–make sure you have adequately grieved your loss first. You want to look forward to beginning a relationship with a new pet and not continually be looking back at your loss.


a siamese kitten
Tiny Mushuu

The grieving process is unique for each individual. Nobody can determine how long you should grieve. This is your experience and it must progress at an individual pace.  If you feel you need help moving forward consult a therapist or find a pet grief group. I found The Grief Support Center at Rainbow’s Bridge website quite helpful.

Please share your thoughts on experiencing the loss of a pet in the comments below.


Till next time, Sandra


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Pet Safety: Baby It’s Cold Outside

Pet Safety: Baby It’s Cold Outside

White dog on a snowy trail

Winter Guidelines for Your Pet

By now you should have your boots, warm jacket, gloves, hat, and scarf all lined up ready for action. Your pet counts on you to keep him or her safe and warm during the winter. This is more about common sense and a bit of fore-thought and doesn’t cost much financially.

Safety for your furry friend can be critical in any location once the temperatures start to plunge. Here in Wisconsin it is cold outside. This begins off and on in October, and we all hope for at least an occasional warmup beginning in March or April. Snow is typically on the ground beginning in November. We may still be shoveling in April, and there was a snowstorm in May a few years ago.


a white dog wrapped in a purple blanket
Falkor My Love Muffin















I’ve created a simple list of safety tips for your pets to keep them comfortable and free of any unnecessary visits to your vet.

Stay Inside. Never leave your dog or cat outside during cold weather. End of discussion. It’s an erroneous belief that dogs and cats can tolerate cold weather because of their fur. Just like people, cats and dogs can get frostbite and hypothermia and therefore must be kept inside.

Know the Limits:  Pets’ cold tolerance can vary depending on their coat, body fat stores, activity level, and health. Shorten your dog’s walks in very cold weather to protect you both from possible weather-associated health risks. Your dog’s paws can accumulate ice between their toes. It may help to clip the hair between their toes. Watch for signs of cold-weather damage, such as cracked paw pads or bleeding.

Clean Up: During walks, your dog’s feet, legs and belly may pick up toxic chemicals from the ground. Salt on the sidewalks, spilled antifreeze, and other poisons are a risk for your pet. This is especially true if they have the chance to lick their coated fur. Wash your pet’s feet, legs and belly to remove these chemicals.

Keep Your Pet Home: I understand you want to take your pet everywhere, but cold cars pose significant risk to their health. Cars can rapidly cool down in cold weather and this can put your pet in a dangerous, even life-threatening situation.

Awareness and planning are key to keeping both you and your pawtastic pal safe and warm this winter season!


a brindle pit bull smiling
Or, go to Arizona for the winter like my buddy Phil!



Read our article on The Health Benefits of Pet Ownership.


Did I miss anything? Please share if you have thoughts on keeping pets safe during cold weather.


Till next time, Sandra

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Pet Safety Tips for the Holidays

Pet Safety Tips for the Holidays

Black and white cat by Christmas decorations

Keeping the Season Bright for Your Pet

Celebrating the holiday season wouldn’t be the same without your beloved pet by your side. As you prepare for the holidays remember safety first for your furry friend. Pets are naturally inquisitive, especially when there are new things in their environment to taste, climb, and play with. The following safety tips can keep your holiday focus on peace, joy, and love!

orange and white cat under a Christmas tree

Seasonal Plants and Decorations

Christmas Tree: Anyone who has a cat knows–cats like to climb. And Christmas trees seem to be really enticing. Make sure your tree is secure in the stand. I even know someone who ties rope around the tree and anchors it to the wall. The water sitting in the tree stand is a breeding ground for bacteria. Try to keep your pet from drinking it–good luck.

Say No to Mistletoe & Holly: If your pet eats holly they can suffer from nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Mistletoe can cause gastrointestinal upset and cardiovascular issues. A Christmas lily can cause kidney failure if ingested by your pet. If you can’t live without these buy a gorgeous fake one.

Forget the Tinsel: This sparkly, light-catching “toy” that’s so much fun to play with can cause serious problems to your pet’s digestive tract if ingested. To avoid severe vomiting, dehydration and possible surgery skip the tinsel.

Ornaments & More: Remember the cat on National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation? Enough said. Keep wires, batteries and breakable ornaments out of your pet’s reach. Wires can cause lethal electrical shock and a punctured battery can burn your pet’s mouth and esophagus. And broken ornaments can damage your furry friend inside and out.

white dog in a christmas sweater with antlers on the hood

Holiday Food & Drinks

Avoid the Goodies & Leftovers: Never feed your pets chocolate, anything sweetened with xylitol, or spicy foods. Pets will do their best to get at these treats, so be sure to your pets away from the food. Keep food covered, pick up dishes with left overs, and store your garbage in a secure container with a lid. Again I will reference Christmas Vacation–do not give your dog bones.

Careful With Cocktails: If you serve alcoholic beverages be sure to keep them up and away from your pets.  Alcohol is toxic to dogs and cats–exposure to seemingly harmless amounts of alcohol can kill a pet.

Of Course Rover & Roxy Deserve Treats:  Many pets have their own Christmas stocking, and stockings need to be filled on Christmas Eve. Try to focus on the healthy varieties available. Make sure any toys you choose are safe. This may mean you have to avoid the super-cute-all-decked-out-for-the-holiday variety. But this will also help avoid an emergency run to the vet, saving worry, time, and probably a lot of money.

Check out our post 14 Quotes All Animal Lovers Will Agree With.

Siamese cat laying in front of a bunch of Santa figurines.

Outdoor Safety

Stay Inside. Never leave your dog or cat outside during cold weather. Period. It’s an erroneous belief that dogs and cats can tolerate cold weather because of their fur. Just like people, cats and dogs can get frostbite and hypothermia and therefore should be kept inside.

Know the Limits:  Pets’ cold tolerance can vary depending on their coat, body fat stores, activity level, and health. Shorten your dog’s walks in very cold weather to protect you both from possible weather-associated health risks. Your dog’s paws can accumulate ice between their toes. It may help to clip the hair between their toes. Watch for signs of cold-weather damage, such as cracked paw pads or bleeding.

Clean Up: During walks, your dog’s feet, legs and belly may pick up toxic chemicals from the ground. Salt on the sidewalks, spilled antifreeze, and other poisons are a risk for your pet, especially if they have the opportunity to lick their coated fur. Wash your pet’s feet, legs and belly to remove these chemicals.

Keep Your Pet Home: I understand you want to take your pet everywhere, but cold cars pose significant risk to their health. Cars can rapidly cool down in cold weather and this can put your pet in a dangerous, even life-threatening situation.


A white dog on a hiking trail in the snow.

Have a Peaceful

Holiday and Safe

New Year!

Janet & Sandra













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Animal Quotes: Heart & Soul Mates

Animal Quotes: Heart & Soul Mates

Twenty Quotes that Attempt to Capture the True Essence of Animals


How does one accurately describe the unconditional love of an animal? I know it’s not possible to put what an animal has to offer both in heart and soul into words.  However, I have created this post out of a variety of quotes that come pretty darn close!


a heart of pawprints on a pale aqua background with the quote the greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.


No truer words have ever been spoken. All animals deserve our protection, kindness and love.

“He who feeds a hungry animal feeds his own soul.” – Charlie Chaplin


picture of a black cat with the quote It takes nothing away from a human to be kind to an animal


Exactly–what we give to an animal comes back to us ten-fold. Just the privilege of being in the presence of an animal pays us back immeasurably.

“It is much easier to show compassion to animals. They are never wicked.”

– Haile Selassie


a picture of a white dog with the quote WhoeversaidDiamondsare-agirls-best friend never owned a-dog


This picture is of my dog, Falkor, when he was 15 months old. I would take him over a bag of diamonds any day. The unconditional love between us is priceless!

“Happiness is a warm puppy.” – Charles M. Schulz


picture of a horse with the quote when I look into the eyes of an animal I do not see and animal. I see a living being. I see a friend. I see a soul.


There is no question in my mind to the truth of these words by author Anthony Douglas Williams. He wrote the book Inside the Divine Pattern due to his need to connect people with the divine messages hidden in lost knowledge and ancient mysteries.

“Animals share with us the privilege of having a soul.” – Pythagoras


A picture of a piglet with the quote All creatures are deserving ofa life free from fear & pain.


Maura Cummings and her husband Lee Herman founded an animal sanctuary in 2016. The couple made their dream come true in Pennsylvania.  This is a dream I have had for quite some time–stay tuned.

“What a beautiful world it would be if people had hearts like dogs.”

– Author Unknown



Albert Schweitzer was a  was a French-German theologian, organist, writer, humanitarian, philosopher, and physician. He was spot-on with this assertion. Music and cats both offer comfort and escape, even if only for a short time, from the stresses life places in our path.

“When I am feeling low all I have to do is watch my cats and my courage returns.” – Charles Bukowski


picture of a dog in the window with the quote Money can buy a lot of things but it doesn't wiggle its butt when you come through the door


There really is nothing better than coming home from a long day to find your best friend excited beyond compare at your arrival!

“There are few things more heart warming than to be welcomed by a cat.”

– Tay Hohoff


picture of a black cat with the quote beware of people who dislike cats


I have found Irish proverbs truly profound. This is one of my personal favorites!

“When a man loves cats, I am his friend and comrade without further introduction.” – Mark Twain


picture of sheep with the quote until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened


Anatole France was a French poet, journalist, and novelist. Animals really do have the ability to reach our soul.

“I am suspicious of people who don’t like dogs. But I trust a dog when it doesn’t like a person.” – Author Unknown


a picture of a dog and cat with the quote My-idea-of-absolute-happiness-is-to-be-in-bed-on-a-rainy-day-with-my-blankie-my-cat-and-my-dog.


Anne Lamott is an American novelist and non-fiction writer. I agree with her statement–this sounds heavenly to me!

“The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man.”

– Charles Darwin

I hope the art and quotes in this post stir your heart and soul. There are countless animals everywhere that need a home and someone to share their unconditional love with. Please consider adopting from you local shelter!

Do you have a favorite quote about an animal? Please share in the comments below!

Till next time, Sandra


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Reiki Energy Healing for Animals

Reiki Energy Healing for Animals

“All creatures are deserving of a life free

from fear & pain.” – Maura Cummings

Using Reiki to Benefit Your Pet

My first encounter with the benefits of Reiki was as a patient. I went for a series of sessions to help me through the transition of my youngest child leaving home to attend college. Reiki seemed to help a great deal with my anxiety and sadness over this big life change. It was such a cool experience that several years later I traveled to Colorado for training to become a Reiki practitioner. Sure I could have found a class closer to home, but I love Colorado!

Eventually, I became a Master Reiki Practitioner. I rarely treat people, but have found Reiki to be helpful for my animals, particularly the ones with anxiety. If you are a pet lover like I am you want the best life possible for your pet. Reiki energy healing can help maintain your pet’s health and is a great tool in the healing process if your pet becomes sick or injured.

What is Reiki?

Me and My Boy, Falkor

Reiki is a healing method utilizing universal life energy that originated in Japan. When working with animals it’s a natural healing tool because energy healing is gentle, safe, and doesn’t require physical contact. Animals respond intuitively when this support is offered for healing of emotional, behavioral, and physical illnesses and injuries. Reiki compliments an animal’s natural, intuitive ability to seek comfort and heal.

How Can Reiki Help Your Pet?

Maintaining an animal’s balanced inner state of health and vitality through relaxation and a sense of peace is one way Reiki can help. If your pet has anxiety, for example, energy healing helps them relax. Animals in a more zen state are less likely to become ill or suffer from an injury and are able to heal more quickly.  

If your pet becomes ill or injured, Reiki can help with the healing process. Always take your pet to your veterinarian first if they are sick or injured. If an animal needs help healing from a past trauma, such as neglect and/or abuse, the healing energy provided during a Reiki session can be beneficial for them. Reiki is non-threatening and is a great complement to other forms of medicine. 



During the final stage of life, animals can be supported with Reiki’s compassionate, yet powerful, ability to provide relief from pain and anxiety. Energy healing offers a peaceful transition to the passage over the rainbow bridge.

Artemis & his Barbie muff!

Having a pet who is about to pass on is such a difficult time for pet owners. This has been a tough summer for my family–we are healing from the loss of two of our beloved cats, Mushuu and Artemis. We adopted them within months of each other 17 years ago. I’ve been using Reiki to help us all in the process of acceptance, grieving, and healing. 

Till next time-Sandra


“Until one has loved an animal a part

of one’s soul remains unawakened.”

Anatole France



  • This article is for educational purposes only. Please take your pet to your vet to determine if medical intervention is needed.



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Pet Ownership: Holistic Health Benefits

Pet Ownership: Holistic Health Benefits

white dog on a hiking trail

Pet Ownership for Holistic Well-Being

“The best therapist has fur and four legs.” Unknown


Ask anyone who has a pet and they’ll give you a variety of ways in which they benefit from spending time with their furry friend. Pets add to our lives immeasurably. From a holistic health perspective owning a pet is good for your body, mind and soul.

According to the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology individuals who own pets see the doctor about 30% less often than those who don’t. 

Here are eight reasons why owning a pet can help your mind, body, and spirit.


  • Fresh air and sunshine–just being out in nature can provide stress relief. The sun provides vitamin D that helps fight physical and mental conditions including depression, obesity, and heart attacks.    


  • Physical activity, whether it’s walking your dog or playing catch, gives you a natural energy boost, allows you to let off steam, and makes you more physically fit.

  • Having a pet to care for can give you a sense of purpose. Nurturing your pet gives you something positive to focus on. Watching your pet flourish will offer you a sense of fulfillment.


  • The act of petting and grooming your dog or cat brings them comfort and is also a stress reliever for you. When you connect with your pet your body releases oxytocin–the hormone related to stress and anxiety relief. This helps reduce blood pressure and lower cortisol levels.


  • Pets teach you the practice of mindfulness. Animals are excellent role models on how to be present in the moment. Depression is about being stuck in the past and anxiety is created due to focusing on the future. The photos and videos you have of your furry friend can bring you back to the moment wherever you are!  Read our post on mindfulness techniques.


  • Pets can be great companions and they help reduce loneliness. They are also intuitive and will seek you out when you’re feeling down–refusing to allow you to remain in a state of isolation and sadness.


  • A furry companion can get you out meeting people. Walking your dog or spending time at the local dog park can keep you from isolating yourself. Dogs are naturally adept at making friends and can help you connect with new people. There are also groups that meet based on the pets you have–you already have something in common before your first meeting.


  • They love you unconditionally! Nothing compares to the obvious joy displayed by your pet when you walk in the door after a long day at work. This can is the ultimate mood-lifter and stress-buster.


Zola a pitbull yellow lab mixed breed dog.

There are countless rescue animals who need a home and would make a wonderful companion. Both of my dogs are rescues and have added so much joy to my life!

Pets offer so much and expect so little in return. The rewards of pet ownership are many. If you don’t currently have a furry companion consider the holistic benefits–and please adopt don’t shop.


Read our post Creating A Zen Space for Your Pet and Pet Safety Tips for the Holidays.


If you are blessed with a best friend with paws I would love to hear how this has added to your life!

Peace & Love, Sandra






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