Thursday, November 27, 2014

NorthStar Pet: Thanksgiving Wishes!

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision of for tomorrow. Melody Beattie

On the road today, so puppies and kitties can be cared for and happy, and their families can enjoy the holiday. 

On this day of celebration and gratitude, I have much to celebrate and much to be grateful for.

Sincere best wishes for a safe, happy Thanksgiving holiday and weekend!

- Linda.

Thanks to The Master Shift for the beautiful art to go with Melody Beattie's beautiful words.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

NorthStar Pet: Click/Tap, Help

Citizens for Humane Action is a finalist for a $75k donation from DSW's Shoe Lovers Care.

You can help and it takes less than 30 seconds! Visit the Shoe Lovers Care site, click on CHA Animal Shelter, click or tap on Vote (it's above the video in the right corner).

It's that simple!

You can vote once a day through November 25th.

Learn more:

Citizens for Humane Action

DSW's Shoe Lovers Care

Thursday, November 13, 2014

NorthStar Pet: Embracing Winter!

Dogs and snow!!

Rafi has an awesome good time!

Thanks to Rafi and his humans for sharing this!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

NorthStar Pet: The Accidental Teacher

Patience. Kindness. Dignity. Contentment. Good Temper. 

Krista Winbigler's wonderful tribute to our relationships with dogs is a great read and just a click or tap away.

The Five Virtues of the Dog Lover

Photograph courtesy of Krista Winbigler on Instagram.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

NorthStar Pet: No Clock Watchers Here

Animals, not operating via clocks - just humans!

So, just a reminder to give your pets a chance
 to get used to the change in your schedule 
now that clocks have fallen back.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

NorthStar Pet: Halloween Mashup

There are nights when the wolves are silent
and only the moon howls. George Carlin

What a fun, Halloween-esque set of photographs 
(and mad Photoshop skills) from artist Sarah DeRemer.

Thanks to Mashable and artist Sarah DeRemer.  

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

NorthStar Pet: Cat's Paw

Earth Porm (a really cool website, by the way)
offers this great, fun pictorial of cats who just can't resist!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

NorthStar Pet: Sing Me a Love Song!

Doogie loves music. Especially this ballad
from his human, Shane K.

Thanks, Shane for sharing this sweet video.

Monday, September 22, 2014

NorthStar Pet: One More Reason to Be Safe

Awesome message from Budweiser:
Always remember and never forget... 
Friends are Waiting.

And... when you do stay with
 a friend to stay safe... call your pet sitter!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

NorthStar Pet: Progress, Dogs, and Simple Truths

As writer and teacher Joseph Deumer says: There are some simple truths inside the world's complexity, and the dogs know what they are.

Progress by Cesar Millan 
September 21, 2014

Greetings from Germany! I’m on the road again with my Cesar Millan LIVE tour, and one thing that always strikes me about Europe is the combination of the old and the new. I can be looking at a gleaming, modern skyscraper in the heart of a city, then turn around and see an ancient cathedral or castle.

It’s a reminder that one of the key words defining humanity is progress. We don’t always progress forward, but our species is always changing — think about how a lot of us update our phones every two years or constantly have to learn new skills for work.

But there’s one thing that does not change...

How dogs work. Or, more specifically, dog psychology. If you went back to the fifteenth century and grabbed a human from that castle, then dropped him in the middle of modern Berlin, he would barely understand anything that he saw or heard. But do the same thing to a dog, and she’d barely notice the difference.

This is why dogs adapt so quickly when they’re rescued or adopted into a new human pack. By living in the moment, what was novel soon becomes routine. Humans can do the same thing. It just takes a lot longer.

You’ve probably read the story of how Daddy helped me adopt Junior. Once Daddy made his decision, Junior followed him away from his mother and littermates and never looked back.

Humans have a habit of looking back and of holding on — especially to pre-conceived notions and ideas. Since a lot of people have the idea that dog psychology works exactly the same as human psychology, it’s very hard for them to understand that the two species look at the world in entirely different ways. I’ve worked with PhDs and CEOs who were brilliant in their fields, but then could not understand why it never works to treat a dog like a five year-old child.

Ironically, five year-old children do understand how to relate to dogs because, unlike the intellectual PhDs and CEOs, children are very instinctual. They relate to animals because they are very direct in communicating their emotions through their energy and body language.

Any parent can tell you when their five year-old isn’t feeling well or did something wrong in the other room. Dogs are the same way. They don’t lie. If they try to, just like human children, they’re not very good at it.

I mentioned before that dog psychology does not change and has not changed for the thousands of years that they’ve been our companions. What does change, though, is our understanding of it. And the more we learn, the simpler it is to understand.

People have tried to complicate dog psychology with elaborate theories and, while they have made breakthroughs in determining certain ways dogs think and what they are and are not capable of doing, nothing about the psychology of dogs has changed.

As I like to say, life is simple. We make it complicated.

Dogs don’t need to build castles, cathedrals, or cities and they don’t need to develop complex languages, cultures or political systems. Everything a dog needs to communicate is in its energy and body language, and everything a dog needs to know it perceives through its senses — nose, eyes, ears — in the moment.

Human intellect has achieved great things, but dogs have an enormous lesson to teach us. Listen to your instincts, especially when communicating with the animal world. That “voice” you hear calling back is Nature, and it’s the best voice to listen to.

Stay calm, and keep it simple!

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Friday, September 19, 2014