S: Sashi, a remembrance of a dog who loved kittens, kids and everyone she met

Sashi and a foster kitten about a year ago. In her later years, she wore diapers due to incontinence.

Sashi sharing her bed with a foster kitten. In the later years of her life, she wore diapers due to a leaky bladder.A few days ago, my dog Sashi passed on. She was having constant seizures from a brain tumor. My husband and I adopted her about six years ago, when she was probably around seven years old. She already had a little gray hair but not nearly as much as she had when she passed.

An earlier moment of Sashi cuddling with a foster kitten. So many loved her.

An earlier picture of Sashi with a foster kitten. So many loved her.She was the most gentle soul who had a ferocious sounding bark, making her a good watch dog and a good family dog. She loved our cats and was gentle with our foster kittens. The only time she ever snarled was when another animal tried to get between her and her food, but she never did more than growl and snap.

On walks by the park she was always up for a good pet from a neighbor kid excited to see a dog. She had a happy prancing gate that made everyone smile.

Here’s a video of her playing with my cat Lux when Lux was still a kitten.

Rest in peace, Sashi. You will always be in our hearts.

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On finding the inner strength to change

I recently wrote a post on Brenda Whiteside’s Discover Yourself blog. It was for her Fearless Friday feature. With the new year upon us, I wanted to share this post on my blog too. Here’s how it begins:

Five years ago, I had a stable job that paid well and I could draw the arc of my career in a logical, ordered way. I had it all according to many people’s definition of success. The problem was I felt incredibly depressed, stressed and angry. My body couldn’t take the insomnia, the repression of negative emotions or the fact I like to eat when I’m upset. I was on the brink of a nervous breakdown. Thank the powers that be for my husband’s diligence to see me through, a supportive friend and some unknown inner strength to change…

You can read the whole post here.

Less Impressed with Cauliflower #8sunday

Here’s a snippet of domestic life from To Growl or to Groan, which will be out later this year. Chloe, Jorge, their three dogs and two cats are having dinner with Chloe’s friend Naomi and her dog. Naomi makes the mistake of saying her dog’s name. This scene is from Chloe’s POV.

“Uh-oh. Now you’ve started it.” I gesture to the dogs, who have circled the table like a pack of, well, dogs.

They whine at each of us in turn. Jorge gives in first; he’s the sucker. He barely gets food on the floor for each of the dogs, when our cats, Sashi and Enoki, come in. They get some goodies too. Although they are much less impressed with the cauliflower—not so much they won’t eat it, but still.

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R is for Reiki #AtoZChallenge

Reiki is an important part of my book To Hiss or to Kiss, as well as my life. I am a Reiki Master Teacher, and the practice has enhanced my life in innumerable ways. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this healing modality, I wanted to share a little information about it. I practice Reiki primarily for pets, so this is written about animals.

Yin Yang kitties

Reiki is a form of therapy with the goal of improving the flow of energy in a person or animal. Reiki (pronounced ray-key) means “universal life energy” in Japanese, and Reiki practitioners are trained to detect and alleviate problems of energy flow on the physical, emotional, and spiritual level. It is safe and gentle and has been used in hospitals in the U.S. and around the world.

How is energy balanced?

All living beings have energy, commonly called chi or ki. Traditional eastern medicine has identified several main energy centers of the body. By measuring and balancing these energy centers, the reiki practitioner can bring more harmony and peace to your pet’s body.

What should I expect during a session?

Once the session begins, your pet may walk around, vocalize, yawn, stretch or even fall asleep. These are all typical releases as your pet relaxes and receives the reiki energy.  Each animal is different and each session is different.

What is distance reiki?

Reiki is not limited by proximity. Because reiki is universal energy, it can flow anywhere. Level II and master reiki practitioners have been trained to connect with others all over the world. Distance reiki can be beneficial when it is not practical to for a practitioner to meet in person or be close enough to lay hands on, for instance if a client is traveling, moves, or is in surgery. In addition, animals that have been abused or have fear or aggression issues may respond better to distance reiki initially until they establish a deep level of trust with the reiki practitioner.