Smudge that Stuff


A friend recently inquired about my sooty smudge pot.  smudgeUpon explanation I was surprised to learn she’d never heard of smudging.  Hmpf!  I smudge weekly and absolutely notice a difference in the energy of my body, our space, and even a shift in the dogs.  I’ve experienced  a headache disappear about  15 minutes after smudging the nape of my neck where I believe lots of unwanted stuff can easily attach.  What about the animals?  Oh yes, I smudge them too!  While they don’t particularly like smoke, they become adjusted to the process, along with a little sneezing.  I smudge all four dogs after smudging the house and myself.  They watch me intently, listen to my verbal release of anything not working in the greatest and highest good, and follow me room to room supporting the process completely.  My practice for them is to trace my burning sage or Palo Santo wood from their crown chakra down their neck, front legs/paws, down their body toward their tail, down the back legs/paws, down the low back, and finally along their tails.  To me, this is an energy out or grounding practice for them versus working tail to head which would be less grounding.

I was going to compose a brief on how to smudge but my friend Rachael Whalley of Healing for Good Girls beat me to it.  Take a look at her smudge practice, quite similar to mine.  Happy 2014 folks, now go smudge that stuff!  Read more.


Animal Communication Sessions at Sam’s – March availability!

Holy smokes (speaking of smudging)!  The January slots for 20 minutes animal communication sessions filled fast so a March date has been added. Saturday, March 15 I’ll be hosting 20 minute in-person sessions between 11am – 4pm.  You can bring your animal companion or just a photo, whatever works for you. The cost is $40 and 20% of the proceeds will be donated to Old Dog Haven.  For more details and registration click HERE.    

Sam's Cats & Dogs

*For those signed up in January, please start crafting your list of questions allowing us to make the most of your time.  I’ll be emailing you a personal reminder Sunday, January 12th. Count on it!






Landfill Dogs

18_JOHNSTONE_ice_frosting2_82263These are not just cute pictures of dogs. These are dogs who have been homeless for at least two weeks, and now face euthanasia if they do not find a home. Each week for 18 months (late 2012–early 2014) Shannon Johnstone brings one dog from the county animal shelter and photographs him/her at the local landfill.

The landfill site is used for two reasons. First, this is where the dogs will end up if they do not find a home. Their bodies will be buried deep in the landfill among our trash. These photographs offer the last opportunity for the dogs to find homes.

The second reason for the landfill location is because the county animal shelter falls under the same management as the landfill. This government structure reflects a societal value; homeless cats and dogs are just another waste stream. However, this landscape offers a metaphor of hope. It is a place of trash that has been transformed into a place of beauty. Johnstone hopes the viewer also sees the beauty in these homeless, unloved creatures.

As part of this photographic process, each dog receives a car ride, a walk, treats, and about 2 hours of much needed individual attention. Her goal is to offer an individual face to the souls that are lost because of animal overpopulation, and to give the animals one last chance. This project will continue for one year, so that we can see the landscape change, but the constant stream of dogs remains the same.

Follow her on Facebook and check out her website to share, educate and save lives.


Enter to win a free Photo Session with Julie Austin!

Western Washington’s Best Pet Photographer is running a contest and giving away a free one hour photo sessionOrnate winter border along with an 8×12 print! All you have to do is sign up to receive her periodic newsletters.

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Great news… Archbishop Desmond Tutu Takes a Stand on Animal Welfare

When a Nobel Peace Prize winner takes a stand I’m sure hoping people listen!  We need more of this in the world.  Read more!  Archbishop-Desmond-Tutu-002


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