Wiener Resolutions

As many of you know, I love the blog, Who’s Your Dachshund.  If you have not heard of it, do check it out.  It is one of the best blogs out there about dachshunds.  When I saw the post, “Wiener Resolutions” which I have reprinted below, I just had to share with you.

Frankie and I don’t plan on making any resolutions this year, but just continue to ask for guidance in sharing our message.  It has to date been an incredible journey of many, many blessings.  And every day we give thanks for you, our readers for following along with us.  We are grateful to all of you.  Happy New Year!

Article and photo reprinted from Who’s Your Dachshund, Ten Bloggers, Sixteen Dachshunds, One Blog

This is Adley’s thinker pose–he’s very intent on accomplishing his resolutions this year!

As much as I revere my pups and think they’re brilliant, I am pretty sure that they have no idea that the new year is rapidly approaching, but if they did, I believe these would be their resolutions:

  1. Eat more, and perfect those puppy eyes so we get treats every time we go in the crate. We do need to pad up for our move to the cold north, after all.
  2. Lick more. Nails, post shower skin, rawhide’s, you name it.
  3. Learn to hide things from each other better. It’s so annoying when the other one finds my bone–wasn’t hiding it under the blanket thorough enough?
  4. Find more shoes and sandals to destroy. We haven’t done this in a few months–isn’t it time to pick up the slack?
  5. Perfect our howling. We’re obviously not loud enough if our mom and dad don’t turn right back around to coddle us upon leaving home.
  6. Teach Radish to burrow better. It gets old when we have to wait for our mom and dad to lift the blanket for her. We demand immediate access to warmth.
  7. Provide more dog blog fodder. We’re funny critters, right? RIGHT?

Art Showcase Offers Children Unique Opportunity to Share Lessons Learned

Author Yvonne Perry announces an online art and writing showcase and asks children to write a story or create an art piece to showcase life lessons they have learned.

Nashville, TN—After a successful 30-day Internet tour in which she visited more than 25 blogs to share her new book, Yvonne Perry has opened the lines of communication between parents and children with a online community project. Children ages 3 through 9 are encouraged to write their own story or create artwork that demonstrates a lesson they have learned by reading The Sid Series ~ A Collection of Holistic Stories for Children (ISBN: 9780982572207). Every participant will get a free copy of the e-book comprised of the art and stories created by the children.

Inspired by adventures Yvonne has enjoyed with her first-born grandson named Sidney, each story in The Sid Series focuses on skills such as overcoming fear, being environmentally conscious, helping others, being true to one’s self, and following inner guidance. There’s even a story about recycling that alludes toward organ donation. This collection of body-mind-spirit stories highlights unique lessons about love, acceptance, self-worth, caring for the body, diversity, facing fears, dealing with change, experiencing the death of a pet, using mystical gifts today’s children exhibit.

To participate you must be familiar with the lessons taught in The Sid Series, but if a family is financially unable to purchase a copy of the book, you may let the author know which lesson your child wants to illustrate or write about, and she will send you a PDF of that story. For a list of stories and lessons contained in The Sid Series, see

 “Spending time with my grandchildren has provided me with an opportunity to talk about some pretty adult topics—some that many parents and teachers are hesitant to discuss with children,” says Yvonne Perry, the owner of Writers in the Sky Creative Writing Services.  “By sharing the stories in The Sid Series through this art showcase, I hope to reinforce and enhance these and other life lessons, and help open lines of communication between children and adults.”

Children may share a story by drawing, painting, sketching, writing, or speaking about how they learned or experienced a Sid lesson. Parents are asked to assist the child with typing, scanning, and digitally uploading their child’s story or artwork . The child may color a picture directly from The Sid Series Coloring Book or record himself reading from the book by calling (214) 615-6505 ext 1210. Yvonne believes this is a great way to learn what’s on your child’s mind and offer supportive answers for their earnest questions. Entries may be sent between December 26, 2009 and January 25, 2010 by using the guidelines at  

 “The art showcase is NOT a contest,” says Perry. “I don’t believe children should be judged or rejected for their heart-felt creativity. Instead, every effort will be recognized and everyone’s work will be included on The Sid Series blog ( and in an e-book that can be given away to family and friends.”

A grandmother of ten, Yvonne holds a Bachelor of Science in Metaphysics from American Institute of Holistic Theology. She is a freelance writer who specializes in articles and books that guide people on a spiritual path. She is also the publisher and editor at Write On! Publishing and the owner of Writers in the Sky Creative Writing Services. Yvonne and her team assist people with writing and editing projects, as well as media releases. She has also ghostwritten and edited more than forty books.



Yvonne Perry

(615) 415-9861

Expressing the Bladder of a Paralyzed Dog

So, ok, this may sound a bit squeamish, but stick with me here, ok?  It is my hope that this video, which is well done, will help save the lives of paralyzed dogs.  One of the main reasons a dog is put to sleep after becoming paralyzed is the fear of the pet parent in learning how to express the bladder.

But I am here to tell you it just takes a little bit of practice and it is quite easy to learn.  So when I was asked by Paula Milner, whose dog Clark is also paralyzed, to take part in this video, I jumped at the chance.  If we can help paralyzed dogs live a long, happy life and ease the fears of their pet parent, then this was a project I was thrilled to be a part of.

I urge you to share this video with your local vet, on your blog if you have one, Facebook, any social media site you belong to, etc.  I truly believe if others see how easy this really is, it will help many, many dogs.  So, see, not so squeamish after all… but a really good thing we can do.  Thank you so much for your help… and oh, Frankie says, “Arf-a-roo!”