Dogs: 1, Cats: 0 Have a great weekend! Until next time, Good day, and good dog!
As you read this post, I will be en route to California for my best friend’s memorial. I talked more about his passing here, and am so grateful for all of the messages you guys sent and for your kind words and good vibes. It’s not about me though – it’s about his wife, parents, and 2 year old daughter Mika who were left behind. I am really looking forward to making the journey and being with them and friends we call family, and celebrating the life and memory of a genuinely incredible person.
I wanted to share something I’ll be reading at his service, because I think it’s an important reminder for all of us. This particular quote struck me for two reasons. The first is that when I was living at a Tibetan Buddhist center in the early 2000s, Goki came to visit me from Colorado, where he was living at the time. The center was owned by the Dalai Lama’s family, and I lived in a house on the grounds. The Dalai Lama’s brother ran the center, but didn’t come out much. Goki happened to be standing in our driveway when he approached Goki. They ended up having a long conversation, and a strong connection was formed that Goki talked about often. The other reason I chose this was because I feel that of anyone I’ve even known, Goki found the true meaning of life, as is described here. He found happiness, and he spread happiness. Always.
We are visitors on this planet.
We are here for ninety
or one hundred years
at the very most.
During that period,
we must try to do
with our lives.
If you contribute
to other people’s happiness,
you will find the true goal,
the true meaning of life.
-His Holiness the Dalai Lama
I hope you can take this into your weekend, and focus on feeling happy, and contributing to other people’s happiness. This is what Goki did, and I am inspired to try harder to do the same.
Photo of Goki, his wife Marissa, and his daughter AnaMika by our friend Jami Matlock.
Fire is terrifying for any family, but especially for a farming family who must worry about all of their farm animals. The family at Challans Partners’ Longcroft Farm is grateful that a fire only wrecked machinery and a barn recently, instead of people, calves, or a pregnant cow. The reason the fire didn’t harm any people or animals on the farm in Derbyshire, England? A Springer Spaniel named Ted.
According to the Burton Mail, Ted jumped into action and alerted his family about the fire by loudly barking when the flames flared up from an electrical fault. It was around one in the morning when Ken Colwell, the farm secretary, heard Ted barking. Ken’s wife, Ruth, then spotted the flames and immediately called emergency services.
Ken praised the fire responders, saying “The firefighters were extremely professional….They were absolutely first class.” Because Ted made Ken and Ruth aware of the fire so quickly, the firefighters were able to protect two barns full of cows for the night, including calves and a pregnant cow. The wind that night was blowing the fire toward the barn where the calves had been resting. The fire was fully contained and out by shortly after four in the morning – barely three hours after Ted started barking the alarm.
Ken was grateful for his neighbors and told reporters, “I would also like to praise some of our neighbors who were actively on site offering assistance and support. We cannot thank them enough for their support.”
Ken’s partner at the farm is his brother in law, John Challans. Ken noted, “John and his wife Fiona, as well as Ruth, were mainly concerned about the animals….That is a huge testament to the good heart they have got and that is not to be underrated.”
We love that the Challans and Colwells were more concerned with their animals than with buildings or machinery. Halo’s mission is to not only make great cat food and dog food that pets love, but to change the way farm animals are raised for the better. We’re conscious about how we source our ingredients. We work for changes in pursuit of a notion of animal husbandry that challenges the old, one-way view of animal management where animals are solely for our benefit.
We believe that we all need to take care of each other – people, animals, and planet. Every animal in our lives, not just cats and dogs, carries a halo above it. That halo shines brightest when nurtured in a genuine, heartfelt, two-way, human-animal bond. It’s obvious from the priorities of the Challans and Colwells that their halos are shining brightly, just like that of their hero dog Ted. We hope Ted is getting lots of praise and healthy treats to reward his quick thinking and alert barking.
This final chapter of summertime is such a magical time of year. I really make a conscious attempt to soak up the last of the sunshine and longer days, veggies and herbs and flowers growing in my garden, ice cream dates with my little ones, and the effortless, laid back clothing I enjoy so much this time of year. I’ve mentioned this before, but as summer transitions into fall, I really look for clothing pieces that I can wear now and into the next season (and beyond). And that’s one (of many) reasons I love Gaia Conceptions so much. They offer hundreds of made-to-order styles crafted from eco-friendly fabrics that are made to wear year round. And each piece is made by hand in your size and color choice, right here in the USA.
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Today’s joke from Family-Minded.com: What kind of dog does Dracula have? A bloodhound
Not gonna lie – I’d want to do the same thing! Until next time, Good day, and good dog!
The Dog Lady is having surgery today, so for the next few days, you’re going to be treated to some real groaners from Family-Minded.com Today’s offering: What do dogs eat for breakfast? Pooched eggs!
I posted earlier this week about some potential problems with grain-free diets, and it got me to wondering what people feed their dogs. I am currently using the BARF (bones and raw food) diet, only because Penny is allergic to beef, so I can control ingredients better this way. Until next time, Good day, and […]
Have you switched to a grain-free dog food, assuming that it must be better for your dog? You might want to think again, as veterinary cardiologists are now studying the link between grain-free foods and dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). According to the Food and Drug Administration: We are concerned about reports of canine heart disease, known […]