#99 It ain't a parlor game!
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by Nicole Birkholzer
2d ago
The dog wanted to show me his favorite place: I saw a lake, nature, and pine trees. The dog expressed how much he loved the scent of pine needles.  The dog's person was not impressed. He said, “I don’t know what the dog was talking about.” Next, the man asked me what his dog's favorite spot in the house was. I saw the dog in the bedroom, covered by something that made the space dark and cozy.  Maybe he likes to be under the bed, I wondered. The human said, "Nope."  It turned out the dog was happiest under a blanket on the bed.  That was close enough for me.  But, more ..read more
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#98 Through the eyes of a therapy horse
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by Nicole Birkholzer
2w ago
Are you breathing with our therapy horses? Breathing? You might think right now. We don't have time for that. The parents will complain if the student is not on horseback within the first five minutes.  I get it.  Twenty-five years ago, I ran a traditional program: We quickly got the rider on the horse to maximize the time on horseback. I changed the program when I realized that horses were often little more than vehicles for getting the job done.  We integrated more bonding time and more opportunities for the riders to get to know the horse by seeing the world through the horse ..read more
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#97 Let's all get along
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by Nicole Birkholzer
3w ago
It's important to understand that animals, just like humans, may not necessarily like each other. We don't always get along with every person we meet, even if we share the same workplace, school, or family. This is also true for horses, who are often brought together in small spaces without much choice. Each horse has its own history, experiences, and needs that must be met in a domestic setting. Sometimes, these needs are complex and cannot be easily met. The same can be said for our pets. In this episode, we will explore how to ensure everyone gets along. Show notes available here:  htt ..read more
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#96 When should I be concerned about diarrhea?
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by Nicole Birkholzer
1M ago
As pet owners, we face various challenges and questions about our furry friends. Some of these questions may include when to take our dogs to the vet for diarrhea, what causes watery poop in horses, and how to deal with the bellies of anxious or sensitive animals. We all have seen the headlines on social media:  :: Diarrhea can be particularly dangerous for puppies, elderly dogs, and immunocompromised animals.  :: Diarrhea can result in the loss of electrolytes and dehydration.  With so many questions and uncertainties, it can be overwhelming to know what to do and when to do it ..read more
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# 95 When We Know Better, We Do Better!
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by Nicole Birkholzer
1M ago
Do you deeply care about your animal and their well-being? Do you constantly check the weather, scour for life-saving supplements, research the perfect blanket, or only plan vacations when the right house sitter is available? I understand where you're coming from. Been there, done it. However, there is another side to this story. We must accept that we are not always in control of other beings' journeys, which can help us find peace and understanding. In this episode, we'll delve into this topic further and explore how to learn to let go and trust the natural course of things. Show notes avail ..read more
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#94 Resolving Workplace Conflict
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by Nicole Birkholzer
2M ago
How do you facilitate a workplace conflict when the clients are equines? Two herd members, Dutch and Tango, were unhappy about the donkey's presence in their program. They considered him a distraction from their real work. However, Pedro, the donkey, felt he could serve as a greeter, easing people into the program. When I suggested assigning Pedro as a purposeful herd member to greet people and create a bridge into deeper work, neither horse was excited about that option. Listen in to see how to resolve workplace conflict. Show notes available here: https://www.mindful-connections.com/post/94 ..read more
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#93 How Animals Curb Our Internal Chatter
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by Nicole Birkholzer
2M ago
I wondered why I was so tight. I could feel every muscle in my body pulling in one direction or another. When I walked, my Achilles felt tight; when I sat, my hip flexors felt tight; when I turned my head, my neck felt tight. Was this what it meant to get old? Then I felt Scout's wet nose touching my hand. Scout, our dog, had been lying on the other end of the sofa but had now crept along to engage me in some petting. I reached up to his neck and started to massage it. He licked my arm in response. Then I got sidetracked watching the show, and moments later, Scout nudged me, reminding me that ..read more
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#92 Mind-Full vs. Mindful
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by Nicole Birkholzer
2M ago
  See the visual I used as the icon for this podcast episode? Take a look at it. You see a woman taking a walk with her animals. While they are all on the same path, seeing the same things, the woman is distracted by her thoughts instead of being in the moment, experiencing nature and the company of the animals. The woman is physically there but not present.  It is an excellent reminder that you might be standing, sitting, or walking next to your animal in physical proximity; a leash or lead rope might physically connect you, yet you might not be present and in the moment at all. &nb ..read more
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#91 Pendulum - Your Path To Animal Communication
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by Nicole Birkholzer
3M ago
My pendulum is an extension of me. It is my direct line to the Universal knowledge available to me. By using my pendulum, I can get quick yes and no answers from an animal.  Do you want a pet sitter? Yes? No? Stay at the kennel? Yes? No?  Are you anxious because of the new puppy? Yes? No? Do you want a flower essence to help your anxiety? Yes? No? See what I mean?  Just for all those reasons it is worth learning how to dowse.  But let’s not forget that you can also learn how to communicate with your animals to solve problems and challenges when you use the pendulum.  C ..read more
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#90 A Tibetan Dog On Death + Dying
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by Nicole Birkholzer
3M ago
Five days after the dog’s passing, we had a phone call. During the call, the dog helped us understand death and dying in new ways. As we talked about The Tibetan Terrier’s transition out of his body back to full consciousness, we wondered how much it had mattered to him that his people were present during the transition. I will share his answer from my notes during that call. I wrote it down verbatim. “This transition one does on one's own. But it is comforting to know the presence of those who carry pure love for one are present.” Next, I asked the dog, “So, did you transition from life to pu ..read more
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