4 Ways Dogs Create Community

I have now been a proud card carrying member of the canine human-mama club for over two years, and it’s completely changed my life. Asides from the daily exercise, unconditional love and super fun play times – there is an amazing thing that happens when you bring a dog into your life… Dogs create community. Once you have entered the world of dog companionship, you will find a strange thing starts occurring. Random people on the street will start talking to you. Or to your...

 

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I Ignored My Body. Here's How I'm Getting Back to Wellness

So this post is a bit of a confession and a cautionary tale about what can happen when we ignore our body, and how to get back on the path to wellness. This past weekend, while celebrating a very belated honeymoon in Paris with my husband, I ignored my body and now I am paying the price. They say Paris in the rain in beautiful. Perhaps this is true. But I have no other frame of reference. I have only seen it that way. The days we spent in The City of Lights was rain soaked and freezing. A...

 

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Want To Stop Feeling Broken? Forgive Your Body

Do you feel like your body is broken? Do you feel as though your body is constantly working against your to make your life a misery? Do you want to put your hand up and say ”Mines not working – can I get a new body please?” When you are dealing with health challenges ranging from constant headaches or eczema, to debilitating anxiety, depression and hormonal imbalances – it can be very easy to feel like you are at the mercy of your body’s whims. It can easily seem as though your body is the...

 

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Ollie Neveu
How I Cured My Monday Morning Anxiety

Does this sound familiar to you – It’s Monday morning. You wake up to the sound of your alarm. In the half second it takes you to hit the off button ( or lets face it – the snooze button) the familiar feeling of anxiety creeps in. Today you have to go to work. I suffered from Monday morning anxiety throughout my corporate career. Without fail I would ring in the start of the new working week with gut twisting fear. This was more of just a bad case of the Mondays. The nausea, stomach pain and...

 

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Ollie Neveu
My Aging Greyhound and Regrets

How often do you stop to truly appreciate the finite time that we have to live on this earth? It is so easy to breeze through our lives. We take for granted the time that we have. The end seems so far off in the distance that we don’t even give it much thought. We think that there is always more time. When my husband and I first looked into adopting a greyhound – I was determined to get the youngest one possible, only a year or so old. I wanted to our time together to last as long...

 

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Ollie NeveuAnimal Wisdom
Furry Guru Interview - Scout

Welcome to another Furry Guru interview from the series which focuses on how our animal companions can help us through difficult times, teach us important life lessons and be sources of unconditional love when we need it most. It was love at first sight for our latest furry guru Scout and his human mama Stephanie. The Boston based higher education professional and blogger adopted the kill-shelter escapee over 7 years ago, and they have been two peas in a pod ever since. I spoke with Stephanie...

 

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Ollie Neveu
How I Overcame My Fear of Dogs and Other Limiting Beliefs

I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Up until about 2 years ago… I didn’t like dogs. In fact – I was scared of them. If you’ve been around here for a while, this may all sound a little hard to believe…I have a close bond with Guru Dog Neve, write this blog, volunteer my time to help rescue dogs and could happily talk for hours about all things pup. So the idea of a slightly younger Ollie keeping a wary distance of dogs and preferring to share the house with a cat (gasp!)...

 

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Wake Up With Guru Dog Level Joy (AKA Like Everyday Is Your Birthday)

Yesterday was my birthday. When I was younger, my birthday eve would be a day full of excitement and expectation. I would willingly go to bed to bring the next day around faster. The morning of my birthday I would wake up early , too exited for the day ahead to sleep any longer, and rush into my parent’s bedroom for cuddles, cards and presents. These days, the gusto has dampened a bit. If I wake up early, its usually only by twenty minutes. A girl needs her sleep. Still – I awake...

 

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Furry Guru Interview - Ashley and Avery

Welcome to the first of a new interview series for the blog. The Furry Guru series focuses on how our animal companions can help us through difficult times, teach us important life lessons and be sources of unconditional love when we need it most. Avery is 9 year old Maltese with one eye ( thanks to an ill fated run in with a sharp cat claw), and our first featured furry guru. Avery lives in NYC with her fur mama Ashley Williams of Greenlight Holistic Healing. I spoke with Ashley about her...

 

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Ollie Neveu
You Have the Keys to Your Cage

Imagine a girl. Trapped. In a gilded cage. Decorated with beautiful furnishings and knick knacks. Held together by the fear of judgement and disapproval of others. Sure it’s pretty – but it is a cage. A cage that is keeping that girl trapped. Her creativity, her passion, her fire, her desire to change the world. All locked away. Living a life of fear. Playing small. Bowing to the expectations of others. Settling. These are the side effects of living...

 

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