Let Sleeping Cats Lie

After all the animals I’ve lost and all the animals clients I’ve assisted with end-of-life transitions, you’d think I’d be a little more at peace with the whole life-and-death nature of all beings. But the truth is that I’m still devastated by the mere thought of losing another. The threat of loss and heartbreak has been especially…

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Review of Zuke’s Z-Bones

Disclosure:  Jill of Ark is a participant in the Chewy.com Influencer program. We received one free package of this product from Chewy.com in exchange for our honest opinions of the product.  February is National Pet Oral Health Care Month and a great time to check out some products that target our pet’s teeth. Truth be told, I…

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My Word of the Year for 2016

I was first introduced to the idea of setting a “word of the year” about a year ago and it’s already become one of  my favorite annual rituals. For 2015, my exploratory word was pleasure. I aimed to lean toward personal enjoyment over obligation, after observing a deep-rooted tendency to say “yes” when I meant “no” so much that I was often…

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2015: My Year in Review

Note:  This post contains affiliate links, meaning that I may receive a small commission if you decide to purchase the items linked to. It does not affect the price you pay. Read my complete disclosure here.   The Theme of 2015 If I had to choose one word to summarize my experience of 2015, it would…

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My Lyme Disease Story: Part II

In an effort to bring more attention to the complications of Lyme Disease and to offer support for others who are going through this, I decided to start sharing more of my Lyme story. This is Part II. (Click here for Part I.) My heart goes out to all who are in pain and dealing with diseases, addictions,…

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Don’t Have Favorites

I’ve been focusing on being more present with my animals. I realized that, too often, my time spent with them is shared with some additional task or project or an electronic device. While they’ve never complained, it’s not the relationship I want to have with anyone I care about. Noticing that Holly was watching me attentively from her perch atop…

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Somebody to Lean On

I’ve always believed that all animals are emotional therapy animals to the people who love them. Stories about enjoying close companionship with animals and being comforted by animals in times of illness or heartbreak are commonly shared by the humans with whom I most often interact. And I’ve certainly found my soul lifted over and over again by…

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My Lyme Disease Story: Part I

In an effort to bring more attention to the complications of Lyme Disease and to offer support for others who are going through this, I decided to start sharing more of my Lyme story. This is Part I. My heart goes out to all who are in pain and dealing with diseases, addictions, eating disorders, and…

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Be Present, Not Pulled

One of the most common complaints I hear from clients is that they cannot get their dogs to stop pulling on the leash. They cope by limiting their walks with their dogs to first thing in the morning or late in the evening (hoping to minimize the distractions they’ll run into); turning to harmful devices like pinch…

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Obedience and the Case for Positive Training

Because you are her primary custodian, your practical relationship with your dog is just as important as your spiritual one. You need to co-exist just as much as you need to connect. A popular relationship-building ritual among dog parents is the decision to attend obedience training classes. Going through the process together can provide not only a wonderful bonding experience,…

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