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July 27, 2009


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Some of the most lovable dogs (and cats too) can be found at animal shelters. The truly important aspect of any pet is the way they enhance our lives and teach us to love.

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ANGELA'S STORY: "Foster Mom Flunkie"

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I have always loved dogs and have embarked on a new journey. Let me first explain that I purchased my first house almost two years ago.

For my housewarming present, my sister gave me my first big dog. She is a gorgeous Collie.

Although, at 6 months old, she was not all that pretty — her hair had not grown out yet. Anyway, she has been such a true joy.

A couple of months ago, I decided I was ready to get a second Collie. In my opinion, they are the best breeds of dogs.

They are wonderful with children and as loyal as can be. Most Collies are really smart and learn tricks very quickly. At least mine did.

Well, after much searching I decided against buying a dog. I would just check with the rescue organizations to see if they had any puppies.

I discovered there was a rescue group in Houston, which is only about fifty miles from where I live.

Then I had a better idea! I would just be a foster home for an unwanted Collie.

So I applied to be a foster home for the Houston Collie Rescue. I was approved, and on March 10, 2003, I received my first foster.

She was turned over to Houston Collie Rescue after wandering the streets of Houston and you could tell she was starving for attention. I received word about a month after she came to stay with me that they had received a wonderful adoption application for her.

Well, let me tell you, I was really upset. You see, I had fallen in love with her, not to mention she had made herself quite at home. She had begun sleeping on my couch, which I never let my first Collie do. (By the way, one sleeps on the couch and the other one sleeps on the loveseat.)

When her adoption fell through I just decided to adopt her myself. I had failed the fostering program! I was not the first person this has happened to though.

On April 10, 2003, she became officially mine.

I now have a new foster baby — a boy. It was a little hairy at first because they all wanted to be leader of the pack but now they are all getting along.

The whole point of this story is to tell people to think twice about buying a dog. There are some wonderful dogs out there that need a home.

In my opinion, if people keep buying from pet shops and such, they will continue to be bred, and that just leads to more dogs that have to go into rescue programs later on.

Check your local animal shelters and rescue groups in your area — they pick up new dogs daily.

This has become my new journey in life to educate people about rescue dogs and to be a loving foster home for the unwanted until they are found a "forever home."

 

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STAY POSITIVE WHEN YOU'RE SICK

It's so easy when we're ill — either from a passing cold or a long-term disease — to slip into the emotional dumps. But it's not necessary to feel blue while your body is healing. In fact, many studies show that the brighter your mood the faster you mend. As someone who has had four colds this season, gets migraines sometimes, and has survived a bout of cancer and chemo, I've come up with ways to stay up when my body's down. Hopefully you'll find them helpful too.

1) Remember: Your Body Is Sick, Not Your Brain. I'm all for deepening the mind-body connection, but I find it's crucial to let the stronger one lead the dance. I remind myself that I'm not required to feel sad just because I'm sick and delineate a happy divide between physical aches and pains and emotional ones. You can be in pain and not suffer — or at least not add to the external suffering with a "poor me" monologue in your head. My fourth grade teacher Betsy blew my mind when I hurt my finger one day and she told me to "Try and feel into the pain. Feel it all the way, so much so that you can't feel the pain." It was bizarre, but it worked. And changed my life. It's a very Buddhist way of leaning into reality, and I've found it enormously helpful when I feel like my whole body is made of hurt fingers.

2) Take Sensory Care. The normal defenses a well person has against visual, auditory, olfactory, and other kinds of clutter are pretty defeated when you're sick. Your energies are consumed with getting better, not filtering out. This makes it all the more important to be in a tidy, clean space that smells pleasant (or at least clean), sounds peaceful, and looks nice. Even if you can't control all of those things, do what you can with your immediate little sick nest — toss the tissues, make the bed (even if you're in it), put the dishes away, wipe the table down, etc.

3) Ask Yourself: Does This Have Good Energy? It's not about a value judgment, but it usually works out that some things bring us up and other things bring us down. Years ago I came back from months at a yoga retreat and ended up giving away half my books — I looked at each one and asked myself, Positive or negative? When you're sick, your energy is already low, and you don't have energy to waste on artificially "cheering up." So make sure that the DVDs, TV shows, books, magazines, people, and anything else you encounter brings you up more than down. For example, no "CSI: Special Victims' Unit" marathons until you're better (or maybe never?).

4) Eat Clean Food. In addition to boosting your recovery with nutrition, eating well while you're sick will ensure you don't have the added "food guilt" mood baggage of pigging out while not exercising. In other words, go for the comfort — soup, pasta, cereal — but not the bacchanal: Save the Haagen Dazs pint and Krispy Kremes for another day.

5) Drink Plenty of Fresh Water. It will not only hydrate you and flush what needs flushing and keep your cells in optimal fighting shape, it will help your brain counteract negativity. Our moods are very dependent on proper hydration and it's easy to forget to drink when you're in nap-and-mope mode. But it's physically essential and emotionally nurturing. When I was in chemo they had me drinking obscene amounts of water and it not only kept me less toxic but helped me feel more in the flow and connected to a natural, healing element.

6) Look at Beautiful Things. Just yesterday I was in the park — my first emergence after the latest cold/flu/fever thing — and the first cherry blossoms were blasting off their whites and pinks. It really hit me how soft flowers make me feel inside. They're like a soothing visual massage, so gentle when we allow their beauty to permeate our being. Make sure you have a couple of beautiful things nearby when you're ill — be it a bouquet of fresh flowers, your fluffy kitty, or a picture of a gorgeous place that makes you happy.

7) Bathe Daily. The dirty secret of sick days is that most people think, "Well, I'm sick, I'm not going anywhere, no need to bathe." But even if you're just going to roll back into bed, first roll into the shower. Use your favorite soaps and potions, visualize the water rinsing the sick off of you. The skin's cells actually release little endorphins upon contact with warm liquid. Let those give you a boost, plus you'll come out feeling much more shiny and new — if still snuffly and achy.

8) Change Your Clothes Every Day, and Make 'Em Pretty. Again, even if it's just your sheets looking at you all day, you'll feel 100 times better in a fresh pair of jammies. I've also recently either mended or tossed my "loungewear" — no matter how beloved — with rips, stains, and other signs of run down disrepair. It's amazing how I can identify less as a sick person when I'm in clean, attractive clothes, and more as a person getting well or just relaxing. A good trick for the brain.

9) Don't Isolate. It's especially easy for those who live alone to disconnect from the outside world when they're sick. Do your best not to let that happen. Call or email friends and let them know you're not feeling well; they'll check in on you. Open to receiving their love while you're at it — don't automatically turn down offers of soup and juice and company. Let yourself be nurtured, it will help along the healing process.

10) Laugh. OK, it's the most annoying part of "The Secret" movie and book to me, but there's a grain of truth in it. A woman says she's healed her breast cancer by watching funny movies. And though I think that's a wildly dangerous and irresponsible thing to say to a mass audience, laughter does release happy chemicals into our bloodstream, it uplifts our spirits, it gives us a reason to live, something to look forward to. So much of getting well is about imbibing joy into our minds and our cells. Our bodies may or may not take the hint, but it certainly can't hurt to give it something to work with.



~ By Valerie Reissis Holistic Living Editor at Beliefnet.com, a website covering faith and spirituality. Visit Valerie's Fresh Living Blog HERE.
Her work has appeared in The NY Times, Newsweek, Women's Health, Natural Health, Yoga Journal, Vegetarian Times, and ABCNEWS.com.



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Addiction: What’s Really Going On? Inside a Heroin Treatment Program contains powerful true-life stories woven together to form a tapestry filled with pain, joy, defeat, and success. The entire book is molded around Deborah McCloskey’s heartfelt desire for her clients to be free of drugs. Her counseling methods both endeared her as “the counselor to get” and locked her into a decade of searching for better ways to help those she felt were stuck on the merry-go-round of a methadone system. This book should be read by teachers, hospitals employees, college students, government officials, and our general adult population whether addicted, sober, or straight.

It is evident throughout the book that Deborah’s passion for aiding those in addiction became her focus, as well as, to help redirect the way we as a society handle our drug addicted population. This passion led her to write the fascinating stories which pose the compelling question: What’s really going on? The book addresses this question and others surrounding the need for change in how those with drug addictions are treated in our society. One of Deborah’s goals was to manifest this vision and to bring the reality of addiction out-of-the-closet.

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