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The Antidote For Hate Is Not What You Think

Love does not defeat hate. In fact, if anything, I believe love gives rise to hate. Inevitably, someone, some group will feel they are less loved than the others and ta-da! The seeds of jealousy sprout into a little hate … Continue reading

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Stop and Smell the Flowers

I recently came across this gem from poet Mary Oliver. I think it’s a beautiful reminder to watch animals – especially our dogs, our bridges to nature – to learn how to enjoy life agenda-free using mindfulness. I hope you … Continue reading

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The Legend of the Pit Bull Princess Pirate

If ever there’s a time to be mindful of your body and control your stress level, it’s while navigating a canoe with another novice rower and 120 pounds of dogs in a boat for the first time. This unexpected adventure … Continue reading

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A Little Tropiclean Goes a Long Way

Yes, I know—in the above photo, Roxy looks almost as excited about Tropiclean as she does at the thought of having teeth pulled. But that’s exactly why I love this stuff and decided it would be only the second featured … Continue reading

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Upward, Downward, and Sleeping Dog Yoga

If one sign of a peaceful mind is the influence it has on those around you, I guess yesterday’s yoga practice was a success. Do your dogs hang out when you’re doing something active around the house?  

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Waggin’ for Dragons

Over the weekend, I went to the coolest fundraising event for a local animal shelter – Waggin’ for Dragons, dragon boat racing! It seems there are companies out there that will rent out their boats for fundraising events like these. … Continue reading

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Single-Mindedness

“Single-mindedness simply means doing what we are doing, without daydreaming, on the one hand, or self-consciously observing ourselves, on the other.” (Boldt, Lawrence G. Zen Soup: Tasty Morsels of Wisdom From Great Minds East & West. Penguin Compass, 1997)  

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Rico’s Love Affair with Ducks (and accepting unfortunate situations)

Poor Mr. Rico. He was in a no-win situation–one he couldn’t change. A one-sided love affair that caused him great grief. Until recently. Every time we would see ducks at the park, he would freeze. And stare. The lure of … Continue reading

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How Do You Respond To Your Dog’s Barking?

What if people only expressed degrees of anger or fear at everything you said? That would suck. But that’s how many of us respond to our dogs’ barking. We might intellectually know dogs use a vocabulary of noises, including barking, … Continue reading

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A Dog Who’s More Than 10% Happier

Television journalist Dan Harris recently released a book called 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Really Works — a True Story. From what I understand, it … Continue reading

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