Honor Through Action #26actsofkindness

The tragedy in Newtown is a week behind us, but will be seared in our memories for a lifetime.  There’s been a lot of talk around the reasons and causes of such a horrific act.  Talk is cheap.  Talk is negative, divisive and sometimes downright crazy.  My big ears pick up on all the chatter.

We will never forget these sweet souls

Rather than listening to the cacophony of voices and opinions, this furry angel has decided to align with Ann Curry’s proposal of 26 acts of kindness (#26acts, #26actsofkindness) in remembrance of the Sandy Hook victims.

Happily, herds of humans are joining in and sharing goodness.  Just google 26 acts of kindness or look on twitter (#26acts, #26actsofkindness, @anncurry) — the stories you’ll find are guaranteed to warm your heart.  And may inspire you to pass it on.

Big or small, random acts of kindness restore our faith in humanity.  They open a place in our hearts that may have been closed, stuck or hardened.  To honor the sweet souls of 20 children (babies, really) and 6 of their educators, this pup (and the Big Dog) encourage you to try it.  #26actsofkindess will help heal your heart and help others remember that people are inherently good and kind.

The acts of kindness we’ve read about run the gamut from shoveling snow for an elderly neighbor to bringing cookies to the local firehouse to paying off thousands of dollars worth of layaway gifts.  People are paying heating bills for families who need a little help, they’re leaving cards with money on random windshields, they’re paying for the car behind them on a toll bridge, folks behind them in line at Starbuck’s or at the drive-thru.

My earthbound family has been participating in 26 acts of kindness.  They’re not quite to 26 yet, but working on it.  Mama bought 8 $25 Toys R Us gift cards and put them in beautiful dove covered cards.  Her message was simple:  Dear friend, you are a special soul. Let love and kindness rule your world and pass it on.  In honor of the Newtown children.

She went to Toys R Us and wandered around, randomly handing cards to strangers.  The reactions were a bit comical.  Some were thankful, some confused and a couple of them were even suspicious.  But through these acts, mama felt close to the souls of the innocent and the angels were smiling upon her.

Timmy Elijah dreaming of his next random act of kindness

Two checks were also mailed this week; another donation to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the other to a teacher friend of ours who’s collecting money to pay for an apartment for a homeless student and her single mother.

Will you join us in honoring the victims of the Newtown shootings with a random act of kindness?  Please post what you are doing in the comments section.  Let’s all spread a little kindness and love…


The Purrfect Gift for Animal Lovers!

I’ve never talked about a product before, or endorsed one.  Well, I have penned book reviews (this dog loves to read!) and I suppose those could be considered endorsements, but this is new for me.

Mama got her paws on a cool gizmo and I can’t stop barking about it.  The Neato XV-21 robotic vacuum might be the greatest invention since poop bags for humans who love animals!  The Neato is the cutest little robot that can suck up dirt and fur and allergens like nothing I’ve ever seen before.

Having a Neato is almost like having another pet in house.  It’s cute and small and moves around.  It makes adorable little noises (a little song chimes before he gets going).  And the best part about a Neato pet is it cleans up after the other animals!  With it’s special filter and anti-allergen attachments, the Neato inhales all the fur and dander your pet leaves behind.

I learned this week that animal lover and advocate, Ellen, has been promoting the Neato during her 12 Days of Christmas shows.  You can see the Neato in action on The Ellen Show in this video (around 4:30 minutes).  Isn’t it darling?

Timmy E's not intimidated byt the Neato -- he's intrigued!

Like me, Timmy E & Wilbur don’t dig the noise of the big vacuum cleaner.  As soon as it comes out, the boys “hide” on the bed until the monster has been put away.  The Neato is pretty quiet compared to a regular vacuum and the boys are intrigued instead of intimidated.

When the Neato comes on, it revs up like a quiet jet.  And it’s so smart!  The neat Neato maps out the room with it’s laser eye and works it’s way around furniture and other obstacles.  Mama especially loves the small size of the Neato — it cleans under the couch and chairs (where fur and dust like to congregate).

The Neato robotic vacuum is a truly Pawsome invention!

Isn't the Neato cute?

You can buy Neato through Amazon, but ChaChaBee has an ever better deal right now (only $299 — 30% savings!).    If you don’t know what to give the pet lover on your gift list, this furry angel highly recommends the Neato!

Disclaimer:  I’m not a paid spokes-dog (yet!) and get no commission from Neato sales — I just really dig this product!


Relax it Out!

I watch mama from heaven all the time and I believe she’s invented a new catch-phrase.  The other angels and I are digging it and hope this string of words catches on.

A couple of weeks ago mama was on a conference call when Timmy E and Wilbur began misbehaving badly.  Timmy was running and jumping around mama’s office, chasing the cat and, as puppies do, his enthusiastic play just encouraged him to act wilder.  Wilbur tried to calm the mayhem by barking.

Mama hit the mute button on her phone and yelled “relax it out” and they immediately stopped.  Relax it out… I love all the connotations of this phrase!

Timmy E. Relaxing It Out

Relax it out can mean chill out, calm down or play together nicely.  For people, this phrase is a nice reminder to take time out to just be.  To breath and stretch and calm the mind.

Relax it out could be a great phrase for a yoga class.  You’ll stretch more deeply if you’re relaxed, so relax it out!  Relax out the muscle tension and calm your mind.

Relaxed humans are easier to be around.  When you relax your body and mind, you are more open and tolerant of others.  You feel a sense of well-being.  Nothing is urgent or stressful when you’re relaxed, right?

So, during this busy time of year, remind yourself to relax it out.  As you’re traversing the shopping crowds and waiting in long lines, relax it out.  Take a deep breath, put a serene smile on your face and enjoy these minutes of nothingness.  Relaxing it out is like an open-eyed meditation.

When you’re relaxed, there is no expectation of being productive.  No guilt, no pressure…just calm.  If you’re at a family holiday function and guests begin arguing about politics, religion or reality television, just relax it out.  Your mellowness will extend to others — it’s contagious.

This is how Christmas puppies Relax it Out!

Relax it out!

I’d love to hear how others feel about this phrase.  Can you see using the phrase on yourself or others?


Thanksgiving: Family, Food or Frenzy?

It’s been awhile since I’ve communicated from heaven.  I know, I know… Every blog you follow, at some point, will have a lull in publishing and they begin a new post with “I haven’t blogged in awhile…”  I apologize for my internet absence, but furry angels get busy and sidetracked too.

I actually penned a blog not too long ago addressing the elephant in the room: gun laws.  The post was meant as a call to discussion, but sadly there are gun owners who would like to “use their second amendment rights on the leftist dog” and I was forced to delete the entire post.  Thankfully, the over-the-top comments landed in moderation or spam, as I wouldn’t want my readers to experience negative vibes.  But, alas, I am back!

Holidays are for relaxing with family

Thanksgiving weekend is already a week past and I am still counting my blessings.  Thanksgiving is just a day, but the focus of the holiday should be felt all year long.  I believe the world would be a better place if each and every day love and reverence were felt towards family and loved ones.  365 days of gratitude!

The other angels and I have a difficult time understanding the urge to spend, spend, spend on the days following gratitude day.  It’s disconcerting that bipeds feel the need for more things instead of reveling in their gratitude for what they have.  Friends, family, health, a soft place to lay your head at night, puppies, breath, life… what more could a human need?

More bothersome is the push to spend sooner, cutting into family time and the much beloved post turkey lounge-fest.  Thanksgiving is the only truly communal holiday in the US.  The only holiday with shared traditions that span religions, ethnicity and income levels.

It’s a shame to see big box retailers luring shoppers away from their families with the promise of once in a lifetime deals.  Is a discount on an imported gadget really more meaningful than an extra piece of grandma’s pumpkin pie?  Than conversation with little seen relatives around the table?  Than cheering on your favorite football team with your siblings?

pups always believe in staying for seconds over frenzied shopping

We participated in Small Business Saturday and Cyber-Monday this year.  We still found deals, discovered locally made treasures and didn’t miss out on a minute of holiday time.  Maybe, communally, we can start a new Thanksgiving tradition:  returning to old traditions — returning to a day of gratitude and savoring family and food.

Did your long Thanksgiving weekend involve family or frenzy?  Please share!


Facts, History and Science Fail to Make Appearance at RNC

Candidates have always exaggerated their accomplishments, diminished their failures and have made promises that can’t possibly be fully realized.  This election year, however, we’ve seen slight exaggerations become flat-out lies.  We’ve seen facts ignored and fantasies mixed and match to fit agendas.  As a heavenly creature, I cannot condone the false statements I witnessed last week at the RNC convention.

I’m an old soul, now fully evolved as a furry angel, and I’ve seen a lot.  The last few years, the style of campaigning on falsities has grown & morphed, and it’s disturbing.  I have the inside scoop up here and my perceptions are not singular.

Wilbur has a primal reaction to liars...he gags!

Romney pollster Neil Newhouse made the statement last week  “We’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers” and I find this extremely disturbing.  And Romney’s campaign certainly lived up to that statement, as we witnessed in the RNC’s speeches.

Ignoring facts, truth, history and science is a dangerous road.  Paul Ryan’s speech was especially egregious, as fact-checkers across the political spectrum noted.  He was called out by not only “liberal media” (that term always cracks me up — propaganda — as Rupert Murdoch owns more media worldwide than anyone else & he’s a staunch conservative), but the Republican’s own media arm, Fox News, said his speech was “dazzling, deceiving and distracting”.

The Atlantic divvied up Ryan’s speech into categories: small lies, medium lies, and large lies.  Ryan has God-given intelligence, so claiming he didn’t know better doesn’t fly with this dog.

One of Ryan’s blatantly false statements didn’t even happen during his speech.  In fact, it was Runner’s World magazine that called him out on what he reported as his marathon time.  Ryan is a fit guy and God bless anyone who can endure a marathon.  That in itself is a great story of tenacity and dedication.  So why did he have to tell reporters that he ran the marathon in less than 3 hours (elite athlete time) instead of the real 4+ hours (still incredibly admirable)?

Ryan insisted he forgot his time.  Friends, do you know any serious runners?  Well, they never forget their race times!  In fact, they can tell you to the second what their time was.  When someone is so loosey-goosey with the facts when it comes to an amateur race, it makes me doubly question anything they say of import.

I’ve stayed quiet on the election thus far, but this dog has had enough of the falsehoods and lies.  I pray that this weeks’ DNC convention has a few less Pinocchios…

“Anyone who doesn’t take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either.” ~ Einstein