Transform Your 2023 Resolutions with a Pawsitively Fresh Solution
Animal Human Health Connection
by Carlyn
1M ago
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C.S. Lewis Lose weight? Exercise more? Eat healthier? Are any of these your aspirations for 2023? According to the Statista Global Consumer Study, these were the top 3 New Year’s resolutions in the U.S. last year. But only 8% of people saw them to completion. If you’ve had challenges accomplishing your resolutions in the past, don’t despair. Spice up your resolve with a pawsitive twist, one that includes a one-of-a-kind health and wellness hero—your dog. Five Pawsitive Secrets to Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions 1. Embra ..read more
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An Uncanny Dose of Four-Legged Wisdom
Animal Human Health Connection
by Carlyn
1M ago
“No (wo)man is a failure who has friends.“ – It’s a Wonderful Life “What was your greatest takeaway?” Is a common question I’m asked after people finish reading my new book, Junkyard Girl: A Memoir of Ancestry, Family Secrets, and Second Chances. At age 57, when you discover an explosive secret such as finding out you were adopted at birth, you either learn something sizable from the experience or you flounder under the weight of the trauma. Fortunately, I learned a lot from my DNA secret and the resulting journey. If I were to parboil it down to one takeaway, I’d say my biggest lesson was abo ..read more
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A Reason For Change
Animal Human Health Connection
by Carlyn
4M ago
“Dogs have a way of finding the people who need them, and filling the emptiness we didn’t ever know we had.” – Thom Jones Last year I was asked to be an advisor on a film about the power of the animal-human bond. I was thrilled! Ever since Dog as My Doctor, Cat as My Nurse was published I’ve been spreading the message about the animal-human health connection and how it can benefit our health and happiness in countless and often unexpected ways. In my book, I talk about how animals can also help us live more extraordinary lives. That is what A Reason for Change is about. When I saw the final pr ..read more
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When Secrets are Revealed
Animal Human Health Connection
by Carlyn
5M ago
As November 2, 2022, the publication date for my memoir Junkyard Girl, creeps closer, I hope nothing falls through the cracks; like misspelling my name on the cover or that the book cover is missing altogether. There’s a lot to do and I’m a tad anxious, which is how I felt when I was combing the garage with my rescue dog Grace, looking for snapshots to add to an online photo gallery that accompanies the book. I never found the photos, I found something else – another tiny secret buried by time. Better Late Than Never As most of you know, I am a Late Discovery Adoptee who, three years ago, lea ..read more
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Does Your Dog Have a Funny Bone?
Animal Human Health Connection
by Carlyn
6M ago
Mine didn’t. When we first adopted Grace, her eyes and tail were downcast. Dogs are curious creatures who love to use their nose to sniff things out. Yet on our daily walks Grace was disinterested in everything. As if Grace had forgotten how to be a dog. We were told our dog was nine years old, someone else said she was six, the vet’s final verdict was that she was two or three. From my vantage point, she looked and acted older than her years. But with time, love and patience, Grace’s eyes braved looking into ours for longer periods. The frown left her forehead and, about six months later, he ..read more
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An Unexpected Life Preserver During Stressful Times
Animal Human Health Connection
by Carlyn
7M ago
– Photo courtesy of Greg Fischer – I never thought I’d get Covid. Yes, twenty-three of my friends had it during the month of July, but me? No way! Well that fantasy ended when Ken and I picked up the virus on our getaway to Montana. During my illness, I experienced mild symptoms – my head felt like it was gripped in a vice that was being tightened ever so slowly. I was grateful for the morning when the tide turned and I became a mere puddle of sweat. The Aftermath Before Covid, I’d consider myself someone with pretty good wellness habits. I meditate, hike with Grace, eat a whole-foods plant-ba ..read more
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Why I Went MIA
Animal Human Health Connection
by Carlyn
7M ago
I was about to write this month’s blog post when the unexpected happened – I got Covid. And so did Ken. We were in Montana, not far from the Canadian border, when Ken came down with symptoms. At that point, my only consuming thought was to get home ASAP. We drove three long days until we reached Santa Fe. The next day I came down with a fever, chills, body aches, sore throat and headache. As quickly as possible I took the antivirals which 24 hours later took effect. Ken and I are now on the other side. Life has a funny way of pulling the rug out from under you when you least expect it. But il ..read more
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A Moment in Time
Animal Human Health Connection
by Carlyn
9M ago
I finally made it home! After two years and seven months of socially distancing because of COVID-19, Ken, Grace and I arrived in my hometown of Carpinteria, California, to see family and dear friends. We had a FABULOUS trip filled with laughter, great meals, and gratitude. But something I couldn’t shake burned in the back of my mind. New Mexico, our adopted state of four years, was on fire; the worst wildfires the state has ever seen. Headlines informed us that flames headed toward Santa Fe, where we live. I watched online as my neighbors posted apocalyptic-looking pictures featuring a sizzli ..read more
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Whatever the Question, Love is the Answer
Animal Human Health Connection
by Carlyn
10M ago
“Whatever the question, Love is the Answer.” – Dr. Wayne DyerTwenty Years – Romantic Love Recently Ken and I celebrated our twenty-year wedding anniversary. Prior to meeting Ken, I had a less than stellar track record at love. After every break-up, I came away feeling that true love was a myth and that it could never last. Time and a wonderful man taught me otherwise. The morning after our wedding, my mother passed away. The night before, as she drifted in and out of consciousness, Mom whispered the same four words over and over again, “Are they married yet?” When my sister finally told her th ..read more
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The Power in the Paws
Animal Human Health Connection
by Carlyn
1y ago
 Do you pay attention when your body is whispering or do you wait until it shouts? On the surface, life looked great. Ken and I were thriving with a newfound connection through our thirty-day challenge – which is now well on its way towards ninety days. Grace and I were enjoying our daily hikes and excursions to the dog park. And I was super busy getting my marketing and publicity plan together for my upcoming memoir, JUNKYARD DOG, A Rescue Story. But something felt a little off. As I washed the evening dishes, I noticed a trickle of unease, then promptly ignored it. While Grace and I sh ..read more
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