Fairy Francine has a New Friend. Come Meet Her.

Fairy Francesca

Meet my new fairy friend who flew in via UPS straight to my house last Friday.

She was chosen for a very special mission by Facebook friend, Charlene, who also happens to have an adorable little doxie named Dusty, who has IVDD and is in a wheelchair.

Charlene had read about the mishaps little Fairy Francine, resident of my writing cottage, had had a few months earlier with drinking wine after doing her nightly fairy duties. Once falling into the water fountain and another time falling off the ledge causing quite the concussion on her wee little head which had to err, well…. um…. be glued back on.

Seems Francine was a bit stressed with her Fairy duties and was nipping a bit too much wine.

Charlene felt Francine needed a friend to keep her company… and yes, to share in that glass of wine, so she sent this lovely Fairy to do just that. She said it is a thank you also for all the paralyzed dogs I’ve helped get a wheelchair through The Frankie Wheelchair Fund I founded in 2012. And as you know, I couldn’t do it all by myself if not for the very generous donations I receive.

While no gifts are necessary for thanks for this mission I do out of love, I accepted her delightful gift graciously. It really did warm my heart when I opened the box to find this sweet and lovely Fairy inside. It brought tears to my eyes the sweetness and generosity of others, such as Charlene.

So I began to give thought to what her name should be. I knew it had to be very special. I thought and thought… and then it came to me! Of course, it needs to be Francesca!  Named after my doxie Frankie (short for Francesca), who was also in a wheelchair and the fund in her name in her memory and legacy — The Frankie Wheelchair Fund.

So Francesca and Francine are getting to know one another and I suspect one of these days I will come out to my writing cottage to find an empty bottle of wine and two Fairies snoring loudly after another night of doing their fairy duties. But at least they will now have each other.

Because Special Needs Pets Matter

Last Friday, I had the wonderful honor of presenting a talk via Skype for Lovey Loaves Sanctuary (they rescue special needs dogs) for their annual fundraiser.

Because I received great feedback, I decided to record it and share it with you today. I hope you enjoy!

Set an Intention and Watch What Happens. You Will Likely Be Quite Surprised.

IMG_2137In the past few weeks I’ve set the intention to be more aware and open to the messages of animals. I shouldn’t be surprised at the ways in which the messages are appearing, but yet, I am.

Yesterday, I walked once again at mid-day with Kylie and Gidget along the wooded trail we walked the day before. I came upon this tree with a turkey feather stuck in a piece of the bark.

I let out a little laugh and wondered how the feather got there?  I suspect someone placed it there. But who knows, right? I don’t recall seeing it the day before. It brought a huge smile to my face as I pondered how it got there.

I didn’t know what type of feather it was at first. When I got home I shared the photo it on my facebook page and asked if someone knew what type of feather this is.  The resounding choice everyone said was that it is a turkey feather.

So I got out “Animal Spirit Guides” to see what Turkey has to offer me for a teaching.

It’s important to transcend the focus on your own needs to consider the greater needs of the whole, such as your family, community or world. (okay, so this absolutely applied for me in regards to family).

You’re about to receive a gift of some sort—material, spiritual, or intellectual—that could be anything from winning the lottery or a simple gift, such as witnessing a beautiful sunset. (today I had tea with my friend Marie and marveled even more what a gift of wisdom she is for me. Her gifts of spiritual and intellectual really spoke to me today).

Perform some act that honors the earth, whether a sacred ceremony or simply picking up trash. (This for me speaks to walking in the woods the last few days with my dogs and taking in the blessings of nature and being thankful for all it has to offer me.  Seeing the turkey feather which was likely tucked into the bark, was a ceremony in its own way by the person who placed it there).

Volunteer your time in selfless service with some organization that you want to support. (cool! I’ve offered two hours of my time to judge at dog Halloween costume this Saturday at one of my favorite places, Bookworm Gardens).

I don’t know about you, but I’m finding it utterly fascinating how these messages from our animal friends are so aligned with where I am at in my life – small, beautiful confirmations of living from the authentic place of who I am.

…and the winner of the book “Saving Simon” is Vicki Wienrich!  Congratulations!  Thank you everyone for leaving a comment on the blog post. I always enjoy so much hearing from you.