Category Archives: spirituality

Bliss

I am sitting here watching Tinker sleep. His body is stretched out with his head draped over the end of his little bed. Not a care in the world. The fact that he is sleeping is unremarkable; it’s where he is sleeping like this that is. It is almost ten P.M. Tinker’s bed is in …

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What is that Sound??

A few weeks ago I was working on my computer and a sound came to my attention. It entered my consciousness slowly, because it blended in with other familiar sounds in the environment, including the sounds of construction that come from our new neighbor’s continued progress in building their new home. In fact, I thought …

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Signs, Signs, Signs

People often say, “It’s the little things…” and it is so true. Little, seemingly, insignificant things that are actually big indicators of progress. Here are some wonderful signs from Tinker that add up to huge progress: Tinker now begins eating before I move to leave the room. I will place his bowl down and as …

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Keeping the Conversation Going

Staying mindful of the importance of not pressuring Tinker into interaction and keeping the pace he sets, I have been inviting interaction in the mornings only thus far. We have been having a lovely conversation and if I push him too hard, or get too excited and begin to behave in a manner he could …

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Courage

Tinker, our new family member, and I have been engaged in a very intense conversation. I say “conversation”, because Amichien™ Bonding is about learning to communicate in a dog’s own language, Canine. Eye contact and body language is the language of the dog, and more information is gained by monitoring pulse rates, sweat glands, hormones; …

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Putting Lipstick on a Pig

The other day I was looking at Facebook posts and was alerted to an update from a local dog rescue. This posting consisted of a video that had been posted by a trainer who is utilized by this particular rescue, and this trainer’s chosen method to use is the “E Collar”. The video this individual …

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Overcoming

Yesterday I spoke to an audience of 34 people. They had come to learn how to think like a dog, through learning Jan Fennell’s Amichien® Bonding method. I have read that the fear of public speaking is the number one fear most people have, above death. I used to agree with that. Being a shy …

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Demonstrations, Division, and Dogs

It’s been one wild ride of a week, mentally and emotionally. The events in the news just keep piling up, and it’s not pretty, folks. Racism isn’t flattering on anyone. And the very idea that in this day and age people are still needing to demonstrate to demand their basic civil rights is discouraging, to …

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Imagine…

Imagine you are taken away from your home, your familiar surroundings, those who you knew, and were dropped unceremoniously into an entirely new place. A place that was completely foreign to you; unfamiliar language, environment, sounds, smells, customs, food. You are homeless in this new world, alone and frightened because you don’t know how you …

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….and Reality Sets In

I just spoke with a potential adopter for Dexter. *sigh* I’m going to let that sink in for a bit… Not sure how I feel about it. I honestly don’t know how people foster on a regular basis. How do they let go? How do they trust? There it is…the real issue: trust.

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