Love and light

It’s been a busy few weeks – Mum’s being rushing around with her hair on fire what with work, riding, entertaining, DIY, more work and of course taking care of all of us.

One of her favourite things to help me and everyone in the family is our Photizo which we got just after my operation. At first I was scared of the bright red light but now I love it when Mum or Dad use it on my elbows. Harry’s had a turn because of his hips (he’s also a million dollar dog apparently after having two crutia ligament operations on his back legs) – even Mum uses it (she gets terrible headaches since she broke her coccyx years ago falling off one of her naughty horses!). Anyhow, if you can get your hands on one of these light therapy pens (we got it from iheal whose service was excellent) you must!

On a sad note one of Mum’s friends lost both their dog and cat recently – well they didn’t lose them but they both went to surf the milky way. Mum read this super article the other day on Tiny Budha which made her cry but she just said to me “In this world of change, nothing which comes stays, and nothing which goes is lost.”  ~ Anne Sophie Swetchine – no idea what that means but there you have it.

I hope you’re all as happy as me

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5 big things you forgot to be grateful for today (not me – you!)

Albert Einstein famously declared that “there are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

This post is a friendly reminder to all those out there whose viewfinders of life have become smudged, preventing us from seeing all the miracles in life. There are many reasons to clean your viewfinders: gratitude improves health, happiness, spirituality, connection, relationships, self worth and simply gives life intense meaning. Why wait until you get bad news to revaluate and appreciate the good things in your life?

Here are a few things you may have forgotten to be grateful for today:

1. The magic of being human

You are lucky to be human. Not only are we blessed with many comforts, but we are also the only species that can contemplate our own spiritual development. To be able to ponder our existence and the mysteries of the universe is truly remarkable! You could have been born many things: an insect, a fish or a bird. Even though we humans endure hardships, the animal kingdom faces unimaginable suffering.

2. The kindness of the world.

Everywhere you look there is kindness. Before your next meal, stop and consider all the work and kindness that enabled you to enjoy this meal. Contemplate the mother who raised the farmer, the farmer who grew your food, and the truck driver who delivered it to your town. Take time to truly express gratitude for your food, shelter, water and luxuries. Without the kindness of others, you would not be enjoying any of these things.

3. The fact that life is in a constant state of flux

We might think, Huh? I’m not happy about change. I don’t want to age or say goodbye to loved ones. But if we don’t change, we can’t grow, and if we don’t grow, we aren’t really living. Could you imagine if nothing ever changed? You’d be stuck the same person, with the same habits – for eternity. Stop fighting against change and instead be thankful for its refreshing opportunities. Life flows and because everything is in a constant state of flux, we have the absolute power to rewrite our story anytime we choose.

4. Your breath

Breath is energy, flowing endlessly, and carrying you from then to now to tomorrow. Breath is the thread that ties all your fears, happiness, love, relationships and truths together. Your breath is the music of the passage of time. Tune in, listen carefully and quietly, bridge the connection between merely existing and really living. Say to yourself: Today I will breathe deep and be thankful.

5. Love

The world is built on love. Love is on the main act on the grand stage of your life. Love can make you feel like you’re a part of something special and meaningful. Love can make you high, pick you up and make you feel like never coming down. Love your family, pets, friends, siblings, co-workers, community and strangers too. Even love those who aren’t easy to love. And most of all don’t forget to love mother earth; for it is mother earth who houses us all.

Even if your life isn’t perfect (and here’s a secret: it will never be perfect), you still have a lot for which you can be grateful. So everyday remember to take the time to smile, laugh and truly say thanks for all the small and big joys in your life.

In the comments below please add to this list, what else do you think we are forgetting to be grateful for today?

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Happy birthday to me

Well I’m one years old today and I love it. Today is the most amazing day at home, I went in the car with Mum to the vet for a check up (Dr Irvine-Smith says I’m doing so well) and got to choose my own toy as a birthday present.

Next stop is Doggy Paddle apparently. Oh and fun fact of the day, did you know that the best dog to reportedly attract a date is the Golden Retriever? Well when you look at this pic of Madi and I you can see why, surely?! You’re welcome!

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The three A’s of awesome

I watched this TED talk with Mum this morning, we all watched actually, and it’s just too good not to share.

In this talk Neil Pasticha (author of the blog 1000 awesome things which Mum looks at all the time!) speaks about how he loves hanging out with three year-olds because the are seeing the world for the first time well, I think that dogs are like that too. I wake up every morning by gentle barking at Mum (if that fails I share my most favourite toy of the day) and she smiles at me, every morning. I see everyone every morning and can’t wait to share the day with them – the smells in the garden which change every day with every season, the birds singing their morning songs and the energy that surrounds us.

And in his talk Neil talks about being authentic. Well it doesn’t get more authentic than a dog – that I can promise you!

Happy Sunday everyone and enjoy being awesome!

 

New food – yummy!

At the weekend Mum went to meet some friends for lunch @ Cedar Square and, of course, she went into the pet store there Canine and Co (we got more toys!). Anyhow Mum got talking to Kerry, the very helpful and knowledgeable person at the store, and Kerry told Mum about the Acana and Orijin foods.

What I need in my food is a lot of glucosamine and chondroitin (for my bones) and we’d just started on the Hills JD reduced calorie food (yuck!) but Mum was shown this website where we could compare the different foods. Anyhow, Mum was very excited when she found out that Acana light and fit had so much of those big words in so I think we’re going to be getting that from now on (Mum seemed happy that we could all have the same food apparently we all have something different – all looks the same to me though!)

And of course Mum loves ordering everything online so our food will be coming from the Pet Lovers website.

Harry was exhausted after all that reading so he just decided we’d leave the decisions up to Mum!

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My favourite things

This week has been quite tough for me – I’ve been so tired and my legs are itchy and I can’t get comfortable and I’m not allowed to run around and and and. I’ve had more reiki and although I love the attention I don’t like my feet being touched – not that Colleen really touches them but you know what I mean.

Mum has been sponging my legs with rescue remedy – she says it will bring the swelling down – I like drinking the water more! But what I did want to say more than anything else is that my favourite things are here at home – this morning I was sleeping next to Mum’s desk and Harry came to sleep next to me, that made me the happiest I’ve been all day.

I wish you all the same kind of happiness.

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Home sweet home

And just like that I’m back with everyone and so happy. I look ridiculous with my shaved legs, it looks like I’m wearing ugg boots as my Aunty Bee-Bee said! But I got three new toys today so I’ve over the legs already.

Mum’s being super strict and I’m not allowed outside much – I’ll let it ride this evening because I’m tired but I’m going to up the anti tomorrow, has she seen how gorgeous the Spring weather is here in Jozi?

Night night, I’m so happy to be home.

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Elbow scope

So this morning Mum and Dad took me back to Bryanston Veterinary Hospital to see Dr Greg Irvine-Smith who was apparently going to scope my elbows. Personally I don’t know what all the fuss is about, life is just the best but Mum insisted!

It’s such an interesting place, there were so many other people there – with 2 legs and 4 legs – I was so busy outside with Dad while Mum filled in some papers etc. We went into a small room to see Dr Greg who spoke to Mum and Dad for a while, they shut the door which was annoying because there was so much more to see.  Anyhow, after a while Dr Greg took me out of that room and into another.

I really felt quite relaxed, Mum’s friend had done some reiki on me again last night – to prepare me for the place, the scope and what would happen to me so I think I understand it all – I wasn’t scared.

That said I could have stayed in bed this morning, Dad’s chest was so comfortable! I can’t wait to get home tomorrow so I can get on the bed again.

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Magic Madi

Mum’s first Goldie (well in her grown up life, her first one ever was when she was little and lived in the UK) is my true love if I’m honest – Madison will be 9 soon (isn’t that how many lives cats are supposed to have? Lucky things!).

Anyhow Mum and her fell asleep on the sofa last night and I just had to show you how lovely she is …. don’t you love her now as much as I do?

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Reiki, really

Mum’s friend Colleen Mulrooney came round as planned yesterday – Mum told me her and I were going to have some reiki, I was excited.

Colleen arrived with her own bed  –  it’s much bigger than any of mine! And after a while Mum was lying on it – I was so excited I kept jumping up to see what was going on – Harry, Madi and Lia just fell asleep under the bed, I didn’t understand why I was the only one SO excited.

Not before long it was my turn, Colleen sat on the floor with me but I just couldn’t keep still, she wanted to touch my feet (I hate that, apparently it means I’m not grounded, whatever that means). I could just about bear sitting still for a few minutes but then I just had to go and run around. I always came back though.

I’m not sure what this reiki is supposed to do but after Colleen left and I’d had my supper I felt pretty tired. Mum said she wasn’t surprised because I’d run around for about 3 hours – didn’t feel like that long. Mum was tired too so we all went to bed early which was nice.

Apparently I’m going to have more reiki – I guess that means another 3 hours of running around, I couldn’t be happier! (I did sleep well though)Image