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and love we can spare. In return,
dogs give us their all.
It's the best deal man has ever made."
~ Margery Facklam...
July 27, 2009
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ANGELA'S STORY: "Foster Mom Flunkie"
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.
my housewarming present, my sister gave me my first big dog. She is a gorgeous
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.
couple of months ago, I decided I was ready to get a second Collie. In my opinion,
they are the best breeds of dogs.
are wonderful with children and as loyal as can be. Most Collies are really smart
and learn tricks very quickly. At least mine did.
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.
I had a better idea! I would just be a foster home for an unwanted Collie.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
April 10, 2003, she became officially mine.
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.
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.
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
your local animal shelters and rescue groups in your area they pick up
new dogs daily.
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."
name is Angela Walker, thank you so much for
featuring my story "Foster
Mom Flunkie" in Inspiration Line!!
I have written another story HERE
that you might also like."
visit two of Angela's collie rescue sites at:
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STAY POSITIVE WHEN YOU'RE SICK
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.|
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.
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.
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?).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
TREATS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
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News!! ~ Here's The Latest Book From Dr. Barbara Sinor:
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Whats Really Going On? Inside a Heroin Treatment Program contains powerful
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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,
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is evident throughout the book that Deborahs passion for aiding those in
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handle our drug addicted population. This passion led her to write the fascinating
stories which pose the compelling question: Whats 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 Deborahs goals was
to manifest this vision and to bring the reality of addiction out-of-the-closet.
stories are true, the people are real, as are the life threatening incidences
and tales of pain. To balance the darkness, Deborah used her candid sense of humor
to reel in the reader until he can no longer resist. Once he enters, he will not
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illumination within the intriguing stories of depression and defeat, but find
it rarely. Only in a few select brave souls who have struggled to become drug-free
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book instructs us all to ask questions surrounding those we love and those we
do not know our addiction population.
Sinor, Ph.D. Counselor and Author ~ Visit my web site for more details: www.DrSinor.com.
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