June 27, 2017

Living and Working with Crystals: Creativity Crystals, Part 4

creediteOne of the most exciting use of crystals is for enhancing your creativity. Find out how this works in Part 4 of a series.

Living and Working with Crystals: Creativity Crystals

 

Crystals for Clearing and Healing, Part 3

kyaniteIn Part 3 of a series on working and healing with crystals I explore crystals for healing and clearing. This article was first published at The Wellness Universe.

 

Living and Working with Crystals Part 3

Grounding and Protection Crystals: Living and Working with Crystals, Part 2

columbiteCrystals aren’t tools, they are partners in our lives and our work. That means we have to be very careful when choosing our partners to work with. While it’s useful to begin by just experiencing a crystal at a trusted store or mineral show, it also helps to know a bit about them.

In this article on grounding and protection crystals, I discuss some of my personal crystals, including my favorite grounding and protection crystal, columbite.

For the article first published in The Wellness Universe, see Living and Working with Crystals, Part 2.

© 2017 Robyn M Fritz

Living and Working with Crystals: High-Vibration Crystals, Part 1

Murphy communicating with the Big Guy in the WoodsIn this four-part series on living and working with crystals, I discuss and show crystals that are useful for grounding and protection, healing, and creativity. But first, I discuss high-vibration crystals—what they are, how you might work with them, and what that can mean for you at home and at work.

You can find the original series at The Wellness Universe. Part 1 on high-vibration crystals discusses these powerful crystals.

The crystal shown here is a Lemurian crystal I call the Big Guy in the Woods. This is my dog, Murphy, experiencing a healing with the crystal.

© 2017 Robyn M Fritz

Space clearing for Your Business, part 4

elements-of-a-clear-spaceIn the last article of the series I show how a business space clearing really works.

Find this article at The Wellness Universe, part 4 on space clearing.

Space clearing isn’t just for ghostbusting, although that can be useful. (Besides, ghosts just need a hand up, not a swat.) To boost your business, to keep employees and clients satisfied, to generally feel well at work (and at home), consider a space clearing. It really does make a difference.

Space Clearing for Your Business Part 1

Ville Magazine: Pets and People Issue, March 2017

Ville cover largeI’m the animal communicator in the “Pet Talk” column in this Seattle magazine’s Pets and People issue, March 2017. You can read the entire magazine online or find it at various locations around Seattle.

Publisher Charity Mainville devotes her magazine to Seattle events and issues. This month she features Seattle movers and shakers with dogs available for adoption. Check it out!

And thanks for the honor of being included.

 

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© 2017 Robyn M Fritz

David Frei on Purebred and Mixed-Breed Dogs

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As an animal communicator and writer about the human-animal bond, I frequently meet people who are adamant about the breeding of the dogs they live with, or think about living with. To them all I say go for your heart match. Choose a dog that calls to your soul—after you take a good hard look at your lifestyle.

Meaning, if you’re a couch potato, don’t get a Dalmatian, or any one of a number of dog breeds that require extensive exercise. You won’t be happy, and neither will your dog. I always suggest going to the American Kennel Club site and researching the different breeds. Talk to a good breeder—you should know by reputation, by the questions they ask, and answer, whether they are. They will help you determine if their breed is right for you.

If you choose to go to a shelter, I’ll make two suggestions: don’t adopt from a shelter that has a mandatory spay/neuter policy in place, and don’t adopt if they haven’t examined each dog, temperament-tested it, given an educated guess at the breeding if it’s a mix, and posted all that information for prospective adopters.

Why? We know more about early spay/neuter than we did forty years ago, and we know it leads to unhealthy and potentially aggressive dogs. So don’t do it. If enough people say “no” to this policy, then the shelters will change their position, and leave that decision for the families. Where it belongs. They’ll only change it if they lose money, which means not adopting from them until a healthy pet policy is in place: no spaying and neutering.

As for a close examination of the dogs available for adopting, that is just common sense. I think the biggest problem we have in the so-called “dog overpopulation” problem isn’t that too many dogs are born but that people give up on the dogs they adopt, whether from the shelter or a breeder, because they can’t handle them.

If you think I’m being cranky (I don’t care, really), then watch this video I filmed at the 2017 Seattle Kennel Club Dog Show where The Dog Guy, David Frei, answers a question about choosing between a purebred or mixed-breed dog. Frei was the long-time voice of the Westminster Dog Show and now hosts dog shows on NBC, including the upcoming Beverly Hills Dog Show on Easter Sunday night (April 16).

Frei is the ultimate diplomat and common-sense dog person (and agreed to the posting of this video). He says the best dog in the world is the one sitting on the couch with you. Of course he’s right. But in just a few minutes he talks about the differences between purebreds and mixed-breeds. Valuable minutes if you love dogs, want to live with one, and know other people who feel the same way. So go watch it already.

©2017 Robyn M Fritz

All Things Dog: 2017 Seattle Kennel Club Dog Show

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Ollie the Cavalier

Images from the 2017 Seattle Kennel Club Dog Show—all about people and dogs and … dog sports! It’s the human-animal bond in action.

Some dogs need help getting around: the pet carrier is every bit as useful as it looks!

Herding dogs demonstrating how they work with ducks, who are showing how easy it is to show the dogs they are doing just fine.

Flyball was a new sport demonstrated. It’s for dogs of all sizes (and abilities). They race the course, jump on the platform to grab the ball, and then race back. It’s a competition (as a dog would say, it’s a ball, let’s go!). And it’s quite safe: the jumps are scaled for the smallest dog in the two-team competition. Here the highlight was a champion flyballer: a fifteen-year-old Papillon, the tiny dog with flying ears.

Agility takes a dog through numerous obstacles at top speed (defined as whatever speed the dog choose to go at). It takes time and patience but builds a strong team.

A dog show is a place where people who love dogs can meet people just like them—and learn about breeds they might be interested in. Remember to research before buying a dog, purebred or mixed-breed. Purebred breeders will be up front with you: does your athletic ability match the dog’s? How skilled are you at handling a dog? What will you and your dog do together?

© 2017 Robyn M Fritz

Celebrating Our Deceased Animals

MurphyIn Loving Memory

Murphy Brown Fritz

July 28, 1998 – March 8, 2012

“Dogs don’t make our lives better, they make them bigger.” from a commercial during the Westminster Dog Show.

Every member of our animal family makes a difference in our life. They bring us joy and frustration, humility and grace. With luck and perseverance, we do the same for them. That’s the human-animal bond in action.

Animals are not our healers and teachers, they are not gurus, they are family and friends. Those of us who live with them know we are not making it up—they are souls who have chosen animal bodies to do their work. They are equal to us, conscious, have jobs to do, free choice, and opinions. And, my goodness, did Murphy have opinions!

And this quote says it all: she made my life bigger because she had the patience and sense of humor to wait for me to catch up to her. Everything I do today, from trying to be a better person to helping people in their intuitive and spiritual lives—it all started in 1998 with this amazing soul in a dog body. I did not see it coming. All I knew was that I was buying a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy. But the minute I walked through the door and our eyes met, we both did a double-take as I heard a voice in my head say, “Oh, it’s you!” And that was before I ever heard of animal communication.

M-S Family Cam 7Murphy was another incarnation of a soul that has been with me all this lifetime, and in many others. Her brother, Alki, was the same soul, and that soul is back again as little Oliver Alki.

Five years on I still miss her so much it hurts. But I wouldn’t trade the life I had with her for anything.

She inspired my creative and intuitive life. And she still says that, somehow, I inspired her.

Today she remains in the afterlife, working in the form of a golden human woman, continuing to work between portals to usher in a new multi-dimensional reality, where we all step up to create fellowship and harmony across the planet and the universe.

Our animals sometimes choose remarkable jobs, work we didn’t even know existed. All their jobs are important, to them, to us, to a loving world.

Because I can’t hug her today, please hug your animals for me. For us. For a loving world. For peace. For humans and animals forming multi-species families. For the fun times, the happy times, the hard ones, the letting-go ones.

I love you, Murphy. And yes, I do remember I promised to bury your ashes on the first nice day of spring. I just didn’t say what year.

Until we meet again at the Interstellar Café. And thanks, Dad, for taking care of her. And thank you, Murphy, for taking care of him. And Alki. And … the universe.

© 2017 Robyn M Fritz 

It’s in the Breed: Checking out Dogs at the 2017 Seattle Kennel Club Dog Show

DSC00565Live with a dog or want to? Do yourself, and the dog, a huge favor and find out what’s in it. Purebred or mixed-breed, there’s hundreds of years of genetics involved that can make or break a family. In short, there’s a lot going on in your dog.

I know. As someone who lives with dogs, writes about the human-animal bond, and works as an animal communicator, I know that most of the enchantment and heartbreak of living with dogs comes down to their breeding.

Yes, you want a healthy dog, no question. And no, I don’t care where you go to get one (I do, but I won’t get into that now). What I want, and I know you want, is to get a dog that suits your lifestyle. Well, guess what? Your dog wants the same thing. And needs it, to stay in the happy home you’re creating for it.

DSC00569As you know, for hundreds of years the dogs we live with now did work we bred them to do, from herding cattle and sheep to guarding the castle, killing rats, and especially, of course, being loyal companions. Purebred or mixed breed, there can be a lot going on in there.

For example, back in 1998 I was researching breeds. It had been 12 years since I had a dog, my beloved English Cocker Spaniel, Maggie. But the dogs I was looking at didn’t feel right to me, just … not right for me anymore. I wanted a smaller, easier dog, and considered the Norfolk and Norwich terriers. I talked to a few people who had them, who rightly warned me that terriers were a handful no matter their size and needed more exercise than I could provide, and so terriers got eliminated.

Then I did what I’m going to suggest you do: I checked out the American Kennel Club (AKC) registry, and just read about the different breeds. If you’ve ever watched a dog show on TV (or gone to a show, like this weekend’s Seattle Kennel Club Dog Show), you know the dogs are shown by breed first and group second. So dogs fall into toys, hounds, herding, working, sporting, terriers, and non-sporting (miscellaneous, dogs who don’t fit other categories).

Within those categories are dogs who are bred for certain functions. Dogs like Dalmatians are bred to run all day, others like the working group’s Bernese Mountain Dogs were used in the Swiss Alps as farm dogs. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, like my dog, Ollie, are toy dogs, bred to be companions first, and indifferent birding dogs second (the lords of the manor used them to flush birds, who knows why, with all that hair).

So what’s the problem? There isn’t one, if you do your homework. Sadly, too many people don’t.

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Ollie the Cavalier

I ended up with a Cavalier because of size and temperament. I’m handicapped, and couldn’t go as far as an English Cocker needs, let alone many of the other breeds. In other words, I did my research to find a dog I could live with who could also live with me. Three dogs later, we’re doing just fine.

Other dogs are not. I know someone who adopted a shelter dog who clearly had herding blood in its background. This dog did what came naturally to herding dogs, who were bred to nip at the heels of cattle and sheep to keep them moving in the right direction. This dog nipped at its owners’ feet, scaring them since they were older and had stairs. They followed their veterinarian’s advice and euthanized him.

Tragic, shocking and unnecessary, if that’s the whole story. First, they should have gone to a shelter who could better guess what was in the dog’s breeding and advise them on what to expect; and second, they should have returned him to the shelter in hopes he could find another home. My opinion. Probably yours, too.

I also know plenty of people who bought dogs they thought were cute but did not fit their lifestyle. Hounds who were left home unattended all day and became sullen and snappish. Big breeds like Shepherds and Labradors and Golden Retrievers who lost their homes because they grew up untrained and couldn’t be managed (some of these breeds are puppy-like for three years or more, meaning early and prolonged training is essential). A friend who went to the shelter and brought home a large breed dog who destroyed her furniture, but who called me crying, asking what to do, and worked with a trainer I recommended (eight years later they are still a happy pair).

So how do you decide?

Check out the AKC site, as suggested. And head off this weekend to the dog show. Watch the dogs in the ring, attend the Meet the Breed groups both days, to learn about breeds that intrigue you, and visit the many booths that breed clubs staff to let you meet a dog and ask questions. These are people who love dogs, know their dogs, and want for you and the dog you choose (and who chooses you) to live happily ever after.

And have fun!

© 2017 Robyn M Fritz