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Life Lessons from Het Patel

At the beginning of October 2016, Het wrote a list of his life lessons.  Sadly, he died unexpectedly and suddenly two weeks later at the age of 37.  The one year anniversary of his passing is coming up this month.  I would like to share with you a selection from his 34 philosophical quotes on living. His life was cut short and he had so much more to give. But even in times of mourning there are moments to feel good about. Think about it:

Our brains are our greatest asset and our worst enemy.

A smile can hide the deepest pain.

The fabric of life is change.  We can’t often stop it.  We can’t always fight it.  Acceptance is, most of the time, the best way to deal with change.

We barely understand ourselves, yet we’re confident that we can understand others.  That’s kind of silly when you think about it.

The best moments in life are spent in the company of loved ones – regardless of what you’re doing.

Nothing in life has meaning, other than the meaning we put on it.

Accepting that we will die one day, is key to knowing how to live. – Het Patel

 Life Lessons from Dogs

 Living moment to moment, no worries whatsoever, an innocence, acceptance, playfulness and trust that escapes most of us humans.  Refreshing!  If only we could live like that!

We can all cope with the battles of today.  It’s when we add the worry of tomorrow, and the regret of yesterday, that we break down. – Het Patel.

Have a happy weekend.  No regrets!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feel-good Friday: Give Thanks

For a little Inspiration from A-Z.  DARE TO . . .

Ask for what you want.

Believe in yourself.

Change your mind.

Do what you love.

Enjoy each and every day.

Follow your heart’s desire.

Give more than you receive.

Have a sense of humor.

Insist on being yourself

Join in more.

Kiss and make up.

Love and be loved.

Make new friends.

Nurture your spirit.

Overcome adversity.

Play more.

Question conformity.

Reach for the stars.

Speak your truth.

Take personal responsibility.

Understand more, judge less.

Volunteer your time.

Walk through fear.

Xperience the moment.

Yearn for grace.

Be Zany.

Meiji Stewart (A taste of Chicken Soup to Inspire a Woman’s Soul)

And some darn cute photos of my pooches.  

Wishing a wonderful Thanksgiving to my Canadian cohorts.

 

 

 

 

 

Feel-good Friday: Furry Friends

I would like to introduce you to our new little furry female family member,  a one-year-old sheltie named LAYLA.

THEN – first meeting

Big brother Jia Jia is thrilled to have her and considers Layla his dog.

She brings some sunshine to our days following the one month anniversary of Don’s passing.  We are still grieving and Jia Jia was very depressed and moping around.  Now he has come back to life.  Layla too for that matter.  It’s a bittersweet story of how we got her.

Don was the instigator because he started sourcing breeders when we were last in Palm Springs.  He located a breeder in the Kootenays (British Columbia) and asked me to make the call.  It was a husband/wife team. They were expecting a litter in May but I told them we would be fine with an older female for our male sheltie.  They had a female who they were planning to breed and would be happy to let her go after she had a litter.  We decided to take a trip in June to see her.  Believe it or not, Don drove most of the way there and all of the way back. The dog was Layla.  Jia Jia and she immediately hit it off.  We saw the puppies too, which as you can imagine, were totally adorable.  They were not ready to let her go as she was coming into heat at that time.  So we went on our way and said we’d be in touch.

We got the call early August that she did not get pregnant as planned, so they were going to have her spayed so that she’d be available for pick up. I asked Don what to do as his health had deteriorated to the point of not being able to look after himself at that time.

He said “go for it.”  He met her and loved her.  Said she’d be great company for Jia Jia and good for me too.  So I said okay.  I made plans to pick her up in Summerland early September where they were headed to a dog show.  It was also half the driving distance to where she lived.

Then about a week after Don passed away the breeder called and told me that Layla was very sick.  She had been spayed but didn’t come out of it so well.  She stopped eating for several days and seemed to have a possible problem with her esophagus.   They would not be able to sell her and they thought they might have to put her down.  I was doubly devastated now.  This was the dog that Don, Jia Jia and I made the trip out to see and now not only can we not have her, but she might not even make it.  I asked them to please keep me posted on her progress nonetheless.  Hoping that they would at least be able to keep  her should she survive.

Fast forward two more weeks.  I received an e-mail that Layla was eating again and x-ray showed that all was fine. Clean bill of health from a terrible scare.  It was just an alarm and she had a bad reaction to the anesthesia.  She was available once again.  So I made a quick decision to pick her up the very next day in Summerland where the breeders were showing one of their dogs.  They were not even planning to take her.  And I was lucky to get a hotel room because everything was booked for either the dog show or a classic car show.

NOW – getting acquainted with her new HOME and adapting amazing well

She’s a very sweet, smart, playful little girl.  It took her all of one day to get settled. My only disappointment is that Don not be here to witness how well the two of them get along together.  But he is responsible for finding her and he did meet her (above photo).  I’m very thankful for this gift from Don.  At least this story has a happy ending.  I absolutely adore her!

Have a Happy Weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

Follow your Heart

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It’s also Jia Jia’s birthday. Today he turns 14 years young!20170119_212932park3

He offers sound advice for those who ask how come he’s doing so well for his age.  His answer: “live in the moment, eat well, sleep well, find time to play, be selective with who you kiss, go for lots of walks, hang around with younger dogs, look like you’re smiling even if you’re not, go with the flow of the waves whenever possible, when someone throws you a bone just eat it,  but most of all make sure you are with someone who loves you for YOU!”

You can always learn something from an older dog

Make no mistake – you can always learn new tricks from an older dog

He’s in touch with his feminine side

Although he did not want the Barkin bag or the Manolo Barknik. It was between the Chewy Vuitton & Sniffany & Co.

Choices, choices….although he did not go for the Barkin bag or the Manolo Barknik. He was torn between the Chewy Vuitton & Sniffany & Co.  We settled on a sock monkey.

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If you follow your heart you might make a few wrong turns but you’ll never get lost

Happy Birthday my Love on the most LOVELY day of the year!

Very recent photos: d. king

Feel-good Friday: Doggone it!

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Jack celebrated seven years of age on February 7th and It’s been two years since he moved away from Thailand.  He wanted to share some feel-good photos with you.20170207_144801

He loves to go shopping. His favorite grocery aisle is the meat department.

He loves to go shopping. His favorite grocery aisle is the meat department.

And then he loves to rest after a busy day...usually on my pj's.

He loves to rest after a busy day.

He chose this dish towel for me.

He chose this dish towel for me as an early Valentines Day Gift.  Oh, how sweet!

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YEAH!

Do you know what I’m talking about?

Feel-good Friday: In the Moment

You can learn a lot from a dog

or; a bear

“What day is it?”
“It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.
“My favorite day,” said Pooh.”  – A.A. Milnecooke1feelgoodfriday4

People tell me I smile waaay too much!  That’s their problem!

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Feel-good Friday: Hottie Dogs on Halloween

I like mine Well Dressed
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hotdogs11hotdogs14 As you can see my biased preferences lean towards two specific breeds; but they’re all pretty darn cute.

Ruby, an Australian Shepherd-mix proudly struts her alter ego as Donald Trump at the Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade. Jason DeCrow/Invision for Purina Beggin'/AP Images

Ruby, an Australian Shepherd-mix proudly struts her alter ego as Donald Trump at the Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade. Jason DeCrow/Invision for Purina Beggin’/AP Images

Michelle Guillen and her shih tzu Jojo wear a Pope and a nun costume as they participate in the annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade. AP Photo/Mary Altaffer

Michelle Guillen and her shih tzu Jojo wear a Pope and a nun costume as they participate in the annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade. AP Photo/Mary Altaffer

Eric Launder in a piano costume and his Pomeranian Simon in a Liberace costume in New York. AP Photo/Mary Altaffer

Eric Launder in a piano costume and his Pomeranian Simon in a Liberace costume in New York. AP Photo/Mary Altaffer

A child holds a dog dressed in a spider costume during the Cats and Dogs Halloween costume competition in Manila. NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images

A child holds a dog dressed in a spider costume during the Cats and Dogs Halloween costume competition in Manila. NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images

Bella Luna, a Pomeranian, is dressed as a chef at a Halloween costume parade in Long Beach, Calif. ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images

Bella Luna, a Pomeranian, is dressed as a chef at a Halloween costume parade in Long Beach, Calif. ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images

Daschund-Terrier mix Robin, dressed as a 'Mailman' in Old Town Pasadena. FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images

Daschund-Terrier mix Robin, dressed as a ‘Mailman‘ in Old Town Pasadena. FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images

Yorkshire Terrier Chester, dressed as a 'Mariachi' in Pasadena, Calif. FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images

Yorkshire Terrier Chester, dressed as a ‘Mariachi‘ in Pasadena, Calif. FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images

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Remember Halloween is for fun.  Dress up,  be whoever you want to be, but be careful and don’t make trouble.

Feel-good Friday: Fleeting

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Photos: d. king

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Feel-good Friday: Doggone Rules

Some guys are worth breaking the RULES for…

Some like it hot

Some like it hot

If you obey all the rules you miss all the fun – Katherine Hepburn

He might wear a hat to keep the sun out of his eyes but he hates wearing a seatbelt.

He wears a hat to keep the sun out of his eyes but he won’t wear a seatbelt.

Somebody said “you weren’t put on this earth to simply break even.  You’re here to break rules, break records and break through.”

Some prefer taking chances without wearing a life vest and wonder why there ae no other adventurous dog kayakers.

Some will take chances with no life vest.  All Jack is concentrating on is why there are no other adventurous dog kayakers.

Learn the rules like a pro so that you can break them like an artist – Pablo Picasso

Some like to play in the big leagues – While living in Bangkok Jack says “when my humans told me the next door neighbour had a cat I had no idea the scope.  I didn’t want to be a pussy.

WATCH:  a younger Jack playing with a little kitty:

You have to take risks in life.  You might get hurt but unless you take risks you’ll never know how strong you are – d. king

Better to live one year as a tiger than a hundred like a sheep – Madonna

Jack & Jia Jia on Pinterest:

 

 

Feel-good Friday: when there’s rain…

…there’s Rainbows

Lucky Dog!

Lucky Dog!

Jack, staring out his living room window is thinking one of three things:  Where did my humans disappear to?  What will I eat for dinner? Are there really rabbits, squirrels and mice at the end of the rainbow ? (as told to him by his mother as a young pup).

Why are there so many songs about rainbows
And what’s on the other side
Rainbows are visions
But only illusions
And rainbows have nothing to hide

All of us under its spell, we know that it’s probably magic

I’m a big kid at heart.  I love this song performed by John Legend, Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy (another style icon), and Queen Latifah.  It is definitely Feel-Good.

On another Feel-good note:  The many faces of Carol Burnett.

carol1carol3I’m so glad we had this time together.  Fond memories of simpler times and fun clean comedy.

Tomorrow I’m really excited to see Carol Burnett at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver.  I have no idea what she’s going to do but that’s okay, she can just stand there for all I care.  I loved watching her Acceptance Speech for a well deserved Life Time Achievement at SAG Awards 2016.  If you haven’t seen it and you’re a fan you should google it.

I vividly remember watching the Carol Burnett show with my family and grandparents. I had the pleasure of meeting Harvey Korman when I was called to work on another popular TV series while living in Tokyo.  He was a regular on Carol Burnett and as suspected he was extremely pleasant.  When doing their live TV skits the cast tried hard not to make each other laugh but always ended up cracking each other up. They didn’t care so much about being overly slick. Show is SOLD OUT!

Photo of Bangkok Jack: by Took