I got to pet a super soft koala bear for the first time this week while visiting Featherdale Wildlife Park in Sydney, Australia. This trip Down Under—seeing the native wildlife, helping shelter cats and teaching Reiki classes—has allowed me the opportunity to slow down a little and reflect on the vital role animals have played in my career and life. I’m so grateful for all of the lessons they’ve taught me through the years, and all of the heart connections I’ve been able to make. So as my Aussie trip winds down, I’m reminded of my favorite, most inspiring quotes about animals. I’ve always loved the sentiments behind these 12 quotations (do they make you smile, too?) …Read More
Have you ever wondered: What is the greatest gift we can give to the animals? Things like providing them a safe home, healthy food and access to veterinary care come to mind. Those are all wonderful things. Now imagine if you had a million dollars—you could give all that money to your favorite animal shelter or sanctuary (or even start your own).
Unfortunately, all of those things cost money. What is the greatest gift we can give to the animals that doesn’t cost a thing? (Aside from the obvious answer: love.)
The answer to that question came to me during my years of Reiki work with animals. And it is quite simple, really …Read More
Pit bull discrimination is a terrible problem in our society. It didn’t always used to be that way. Historically, pit bulls used to be celebrated. Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson had one; so did Fred Astaire and General George Patton. And consider Petey from Little Rascals or even brave Sergeant Stubby, a stray who won many metals and became a celebrity after helping wounded soldiers on the battlefield during WWI, locating them, boosting morale and even warning soldiers of poison gas attacks. He even captured a German spy …Read More
Here’s a wonderful nonprofit animal shelter I’d like to share with you today: The Cat Protection Society in Australia. I can’t wait to see the cats (and hopefully some of you) at my special one-day workshop at this shelter next Monday (click here for more info).
Cat Protection Society, which has been rescuing and rehoming cats since 1958, does such amazing work. Here are some fun facts about this wonderful shelter for cats …Read More
Affirmations are a great way to keep your energy high. Any time you have a negative thought, just turn it around and say the opposite. At first, it may feel like you’re making it up, but your mind is funny because it believes whatever you tell it with your inner voice.
Unfortunately, most of us go around our whole lives saying all kinds of negative things. Oh, you can’t do that. You can’t do this. You can’t do that. It’s often very negative, and something we carry from our childhood. And so our inner mind believes that. Our inner self believes it. When you actually start to say the opposite, it feels weird, it feels strange, and it feels like we’re making it up. But guess what? Over time, you’ll notice that you’re feeling better. When you say it, it feels true. I can do this. I feel good. I feel happy. So you’ll see and feel that energy has shifted within you …Read More
World Animal Day, founded in 1931 to draw attention to endangered species, falls each year on October 4. To celebrate the day and bring awareness to the holiday, people worldwide were asked to post animal selfies on Twitter this past Sunday. You can check out the fun and inspiring pics here, at World Animal Day’s Twitter account.
Though I still feel like a Twitter newbie, I’m finding myself on the social media site more now than ever before. Here I can connect with like-minded animal people and follow news and trends related to helping the world’s animals every single day (and not just on World Animal Day). Here are 10 of the best Twitter accounts for animal lovers. Follow them and get ready for a daily dose of inspiration, action and sometimes even adorable animal photos …Read More
Did you know that today is National Black Dog Day? It’s true! Today is a day to celebrate all of the wonderful black dogs that have touched our hearts—and all of the black dogs in shelters still waiting for their forever homes …Read More