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Finding Gobi

Update – help refuge animals in China & buy a soft plush GOBI

Gobi toys and Books on Etsy

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Magical – if there was only one word I could use to describe this adventure set out so articulately and heartfeltly by Dion Leonard, this is it.

I won a copy of the book “Finding Gobi” through a Channel 7 “Sunday Night” competition, and was over the moon to receive my book last week, together with a compliments slip from the Seven Network:  Congratulations!  We hope you enjoy reading about Gobi as much as you loved watching her on our show.  With compliments from Sunday Night.

To win this prize, my entry in the competition mentioned my considering that I have an indefinable connection to animals ( see “Animals connecting to Celine” ) …. What I was trying to say is that there is sometimes a magical and beautiful relationship or connection between non-human animals and human beings.  Yes, I’ve heard that animals know human nature or people’s personalities instinctively, like they will know definitely if you are either an “animal lover” or an “animal hater” but Gobi’s and Dion’s story goes beyond that.

I have witnessed my own animal spiritual ally, Shandy cat, whom spent 16 years with me, being with me definitely on a mission.  That mission I am pretty sure, was to keep my partner & I together, because we had this charming, handsome, character of a cat to tend to and to love, and to give and receive companionship.  Shandy literally was the glue that stuck us together.

I can’t wait to watch the film of “Finding Gobi” as long as, of course, no animals are hurt or killed during the making of the film.

I loved Dion’s excellent literary prowess in his writing and his candid capture of his child-hood and glimpses into character building experiences which were like jig-saw puzzles that fit into his entire life.  Here I witnessed, through words on a page, a man whom not only has incredible physical fortitude and the iron will to compete and to win, but whom is compassionate and honest and intelligent.  Above all, without giving away too much for those who have not yet read the book, something was outstanding to me – about Dion’s approach to Life.

MAKE A DECISION

Dion Leonard is someone who knows about choices – there are many roads to China, as the saying goes, and sometimes there are clouds of uncertainty flurrying around a particular choice in front of you, BUT that is what life is about in its finest details –  CHOICES.

Gobi chose to follow Dion and to become his life-time spiritual ally ( woohoo ), and ..

Dion chose to find Gobi … and in an un-swerving manner … not to let down a cute little spirited dog whom raced across the Gobi desert with him …. as Dion points out …. to teach him things about himself and the teaching is never ending.

We have heard talk about past beings we know who have reincarnated to help us, and about spirit guides in some sort of energy form visiting us or coming into our lives, to help us.  I believe in these things, but whether or not it applies to the story of Dion and Gobi, matters not.

Gobi is a special little dog whom showed someone to open up more, to reinforce the message of inter-dependence and being inter-connected, whom is a model of courage and strength under fire, and has unconditional love for Dion and his family.  This story truly is a testament to the fact that non-human animals are not commodities or lesser beings.  They have souls.

I can vouch for the fact, that when our Shandy cat (who was abandoned as a kitten outside our house on New Year’s Eve, 2000) was a few weeks old, we were standing indoors looking out at the back yard.  I looked down at this sweet little kitten and he looked up at me, with a shining face and he smiled at me, the most loving smile of unconditional love that I have ever seen.   I know about the look of love and appreciation that Gobi gave Dion as they ran through the Gobi Desert.

Our animal companions are not “dumb animals” far from it.  They are stoic and brave, go for what they want, let others know what they want, they can be very loving and some are amazingly caring and intelligent and help their human companions …. in various ways …. such as Gobi did.

http://www.findinggobi.com/

Click on the News Yahoo link in Dion’s post below .. to watch Sunday Night’s documentary.

Here is a direct link to Part 2 :

https://au.news.yahoo.com/sunday-night/video/watch/35888945/finding-gobi-part-2/#page1

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Collective Hearts save abandoned Pup

Jakk puppy

A deformed puppy was abandoned in a Skip or a Dumpster in Western Australia recently, out the back of a “Hungry Jacks” restaurant.  Luckily for this little fellow, whom has been named Jakk, an employee heard his cries and took it upon herself to look in the bin, where she rescued this cute pup.

Jakk may have “swimmers syndrome” – one of his front legs is crooked and the other has a paw with only a few toes.  WA Pet Project took him on, and Jakk’s temporary carer Edith has said she has no hard feelings against whoever dumped him, who MAY be backyard breeders.  For a lovely photo of Jakk and more on this story, click on the Link below.

https://www.communitynews.com.au/news/Dumpster-puppy-Jakk-getting-shot-at-life-thanks-to-WA-Pet-Project/7685166

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Best Dog Birthday Surprise

Beautiful Dog gets 1,000 coloured balls for his Birthday!

Smart machine feeds Strays – highlights abandoned Turkey pets

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To raise awareness, a Turkish company, Pudgeon, has designed an innovative vending machine that not only helps feed these stray animals but takes care of recycling, too. When you feed the machine a plastic bottle, it disperses food and water for stray cats and dogs.

Hopefully this concept will get the outside world as well as the authorities in Turkey doing something to humanely decrease the plethora of stray animals roaming Turkey streets.

Read more  HERE

Easter Puppies, Chicks & Bunny

Shih-Tzu cares for Kitten

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Goldie, a five year old female Shih-Tzu somehow became lost, or was abandoned. Despite her own troubles, she adopted and took up the care of a five week old defenceless kitten. In 2013 Anderson County Animal Control Officer Michelle Smith got a call about a whimpering dog, and discovered at the bottom of a ravine of a South Carolina Home Depot a healthy Shih Tzu nursing a kitten.
Smith took the unlikely duo to local animal shelter Anderson County PAWS where the animals were placed in an enclosure together.

Today, Goldie the dog and Kate the kitten are happy and healthy in their new home, and their unlikely friendship has touched many lives, including that of the animal control officer who found them.
“Good things happen all the time, but ‘great’ happens seldom,” Michelle said. “This is enough to keep me going the next six or eight months. This is one example of why I love my job.”

I think it is cute how the animal friends are similiar in coloration and pattern. They are both blackish / brownish and white. Maybe the kitten looked a bit like one of Goldie’s pups might look like. Anyhow, it goes to confirm something that MY CAT TAUGHT ME – that all sentient (living) animals have an instinct or need to look after something else living.

SEE MORE PHOTOS OF GOLDIE AND KATE BY CLICKING ON THE LINKS BELOW

 http://www.buzzfeed.com/summeranne/dog-finds-a-tiny-kitten-risks-everything-to-save-her

Your Recommended Daily Dose of Puppies

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One day I’ll get myself a puppy friend.  It might very well be a French Bull-dog because I have fallen in love with this one above.  He is sooooooo cute and cuddly looking.  Click on the link above, to see more photos of the gorgeous Norbert.   So sweeeet.

The Daily Puppy website is a fantabulous resource for your daily dose of pups of all breeds, and follow ups of pups that have become adults.  It reads like a Newspaper, and you can submit photos and articles of your own treasured and adorable Puppies.

I follow it by a Widget on my Peace site.   If you have your own website, you can get the Javascript code to paste in the Widget showing a number of new little puppies each day or so.  Just click on the “Get My Widget” under “Puppy Up Your Blog”, although you will have to pay a little bit for it on an annual basis.

Enjoy!

Vintage Dalmation Dog Brooch

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Here is my beautiful 3-D Dalmation Dog brooch I bought from Elaine’s Antiques & Collectibles   in April 2013.

The eyes and nose are done in shiny black enamel, while most of the goldtone body is covered with pave crystal clear rhinestones.

Black rhinestones represent the spots. All stones are clear and present, and the clasp opens easily and fastens securely.  This piece measures 2 1/8″ tall and 2″ in diameter, at its widest point. This unsigned brooch is in very good condition.   This piece always gets attention whenever I wear it.

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