I am reposting this blog post from Alexander in The Forest as it is such an interesting description of how awareness and mindfulness changes our lives as well as the lives of the dogs around us!
"THIS IS BETTER THEN SMOKING DOPE
The other day I went to pick up one of our dogs from the vets,
FEEDING RAW FOOD TO DOGS
I had read about feeding raw food to dogs and cats years before I ate the Primal Diet. I tried it with my cat but I didn’t succeed. He was too old and he was used to easy to eat, mushy food. I gave up.
Collars and Dog Tags:
Why don’t people use them?
I saw a dog walking alone on the street yesterday. It had no collar and no tags.
I just read an interesting article by Dana Scott about feeding dogs RAW FOOD. She discusses a study done by an Australian veterinarian named Tom Lonsdale who wrote a book called "Raw Meaty Bones".
Connection in spite of circumstances. It seems that the lion feels the children and acts as though they are actually touching him. He must feel their energy. He certainly seems to enjoy it!
When I work with dogs, especially difficult dogs, I am well advised to remain in the present moment, actually seeing and hearing what is around me. The dog can tell the difference in the quality of my attention. The dog respects me more and I have a better chance of influencing him/her in a "present" state of mind.
Aimee Sadler's "Dogs Playing For Life" Workshop in Santa Maria at Santa Barbara County Animal Shelter
On September 25th, 26th and 27th I spent all day with Aimee Sadler and her son Kodi at the Dogs Playing for Life Workshop in Santa Maria, learning how to run playgroups for shelter dogs.
Here is a video of one of the playgroups
These are largely unsocialized dogs, living in kennels, benefitting tremendously by these playgroups! After the playgroups the dogs are calmer, happier, quieter and more adoptable.
The wonderful photos below are courtesy of Erin Morales, CAPA Volunteer, who exclusively photographs to help Santa Barbara County Animal Services' dogs find homes. You can see adoptable dogs here.