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|Posted on June 21, 2018 at 5:11 PM||comments (8308)|
Heads up to lovers of dogs and natural health in the Toronto area!
I'm not able to make it, but I'm very proud to be a sponsor of the first annual Healthy Barker ~ a 2-day doggy wellness event. Taking place at Glenn Gould Studio, featuring inspiring speakers, nourishing food and an Integrative Holistic Homeopathic Approach to Health for dogs.
July 13, 14 and 15, 2018.
|Posted on September 21, 2016 at 4:32 PM||comments (119)|
1. A group of cats is referred to as a clowder.
2. Cats spend about 70% of their lives sleeping.
3. A cat has 32 muscles in its ear alone, humans only have 6.
4. Having a pet cat can reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke by 33%.
5. Each cat has a unique noseprint, much like our fingerprints.
6. The Egyptian Mau is the oldest cat breed.
7. Cats can make about 100 different vocalizations, while dogs can only make 10 or so.
8. The oldest known pet cat was discovered in a grave that was 9,500 years old.
9. Cats can run up to 49 kilometers an hour for short distances.
10. Long haired cats were bred into existence about 100 years ago, prior to this almost all cats had short hair.
Provided courtesy of the Toronto Humane Society: http://www.torontohumanesociety.com/adopt-a-pet/cats
|Posted on February 8, 2015 at 11:32 PM||comments (9)|
|Posted on December 5, 2013 at 10:58 PM||comments (3)|
Free Nelson Mandela
Free Nelson Mandela
I’m beggin’ you
That great song by The Specials got a lot of us dancing, made us aware of one of the greatest heroes of our time, and got many of us involved to whatever extent in a powerful world-wide social movement.
Nelson Mandela was actually in prison for 27 years for trying peacefully to end apartheid in South Africa. He was jailed in 1963 ~ the year before I was born ~ and released when I was 26 years old. My God. And there was so much oppression, injustice, killing. Was he angry or vengeful, as he went on to lead his country to democracy and become its first Black President? Not a bit of it. He, like my other great heroes, Martin Luther King Jr, Mahatma Gandhi, the Dalai Lama, spoke only of non-violent resistance, of peaceful sharing, of truth and reconciliation.
Tonight ~ Thursday, December 5th, 2013 ~ Nelson Mandela died at age 95. End of an era.
The CBC radio announcer who informed me of the world’s great loss said that we would all remember where we were when we heard the news of his passing. I was at home in the evening after the vet assuring me that my little budgie Sunshine was going to be just fine. The night before I was commenting to a friend how I was teetering on the edge of fear and excitement, having just found out that I was probably soon to be laid off from my job of 13 years. Time to wake up, get out there and do something meaningful. Enough of this bureaucratic comfort, this security, these paid vacations. End of an era.
I heard the news of Mandela’s passing, and I put on Free Nelson Mandela and danced. I played Eric Bogel’s Singing the Spirit Home and cried. I found the Soweto Gospel Choir’s version of Shosholoza on iTunes and sang my heart out and danced some more.
I also gave a scheduled distance Reiki treatment to a coonhound named Poncho. We have been doing this regularly since meeting for an in-person treatment a couple of weeks ago. We always connect easily in the shining, healing energy that is Reiki. This time, when I opened my heart wide and reached out with Reiki energy to find him, I connected to him and to the hearts of almost every other human being on the planet. United in grief, yes, at the passing of such a great being from our presence, but the overwhelming emotion swirling around the world tonight is love. Love for him, and for each other for loving him.
Nelson Mandela united much of the world to work for peace and freedom. At the time I saw what he was doing as political activism, of the highest order to be sure, but not as a spiritual act. Now I see that getting people to feel and express emotional, intellectual and political solidarity with each other is the ultimate spiritual act. I believe it's called Oneness.
And now he’s done it again, but even bigger, even more important. Even more spiritual. He has united humanity at the heart. We have a great opportunity. We can take this connection we are feeling right now and turn the world in a positive direction, working together for the good of all, in goodwill and co-operation. In peace and love. End of an era.
Current South African President Jacob Zuma, in making the official announcement of Nelson Mandela’s passing, said that, “We saw in him what we seek in ourselves.” Strength and determination, moral courage, humility and forgiveness, love.
Let’s keep our hearts beating together, as they are tonight in honour of this great being we were so privileged to share our time on the planet with.
|Posted on May 31, 2013 at 4:03 PM||comments (8)|
Appreciation to my dear friend Tara ~ yes, the goddess, but cleverly disguised in human form and currently living just outside Edmonton ~ for pointing out that the first week of June is Pet Appreciation Week.
Many shelters celebrate by offering reduced adoption fees, especially for older and otherwise 'less adoptable' animals, including those with known health issues, behaviour problems requiring some extra patience to help resolve, and the black ones, apparently. This is amazing to me, as I think black animals ~ dogs, cats, horses, bunnies, everyone ~ are amazingly beautiful!
In fact, last time I was looking to adopt cats, I was looking for two, and I wanted them to be older ~ partly because of their mellower energy and partly because I knew they had a harder time finding a home ~ and for one of them to be black. I was looking on rescue websites, and saw photos of dozens of beautiful black cats needing loving homes, but none reached out to me ~ until I saw Benji.
This was Benji's 'Adopt-Me' photo (by Toronto Cat Rescue), and one look at this glowing boy and my heart just filled up with joy: I had found my cat! I was a little dismayed to find out that he was FIV+, diabetic in remission, and had some injury or stiffness to his lower back such that he wasn't flexible enough to clean himself all the way back, and his tail followed him around limp as if it was pinned on like Eeyore's.
However, after a little research into FIV, which is nowhere near as terrible as the human equivalent HIV, I figured I could handle all that, as every time I looked at his picture my heart swelled up with love again. So I went to meet him, and he greeted me so happily and with such instant recognition that I knew we had connected energetically, and he was, indeed, My Cat. (And that was before I took any Reiki training!)
I ended up getting three cats that day, not the intended two, all rescued strays, older, FIV+ and with another health issue each. They have turned out to be the most spectacular cats I have ever known, and well worth the extra care that has been necessary to get them as happy and healthy as possible. Benji's diabetes is still in remission three years later, his back supple and flexible, his tail active and snaky, and after dealing with his dental issues ~ a common result of FIV ~ he has had no further health challenges. We cuddle and play, and the cats all love each other too.
And it turns out that having pets provides a significant number of health benefits to us as well, so even more to appreciate! For links to some great articles on the subject, see Tara's latest post in Kali's Kitchen:
So I deeply appreciate my pets ~ past and present and of many different species ~ for their love and companionship, their wisdom and teachings, and the connection they give me to the other beings in our world. We are indeed all one consciousness, in such varied and beautiful forms.
Thank You Thank You Thank You!
|Posted on March 31, 2013 at 4:06 PM||comments (199)|
|Posted on March 25, 2013 at 10:07 PM||comments (5)|