In Remembrance of My Sweet Takala

Today is the anniversary of the passing of my sweet angel Takala. She was a beautiful tall skinny greyhound; I used to call her my “skinny little model girl” – she always sashayed and trotted with her head held up high. She had great confidence and so much grace.


She was a brood mama and had given birth to 13 puppies long before I got her. She came to me in a desperate situation. She had been living in Florida when it was discovered that she was the mother of a greyhound who was living here in Austin. The owner of that dog made arrangements to reunite mother and son and somehow got Takala here to Austin to live with them. Takala never really settled into that household: there were two young and very loud, very rambunctious kids running around the house screaming all the time and that just made Takala a nervous wreck. The couple ended up getting a divorce and the woman left, leaving all her dogs with friends. Takala went to stay with my friend Bobbie, but the day after she arrived, Bobbie’s house flooded and she called me in a panic, needing me to take some of her dogs for a time while they stayed in a hotel waiting for their house to dry out and their floors to be redone. They ended up in the hotel for nearly 2 months and by that time Takala had really settled in to my place. After all, she had been uprooted from Florida, moved across country and into a house with a bunch of screaming kids and then rehomed again, only to be jerked out of a flooding house to flee to yet another home, my house. Being at my house for 2 months, she had adjusted, settled and bonded with my four greyhounds – and me.

When my friend came to get her dogs, I said, “Do I have to give Takala back? She’s all settled in here and I already love her.” Her response: “Oh Thank God! Because I hadn’t yet told my husband that we were getting another dog.” So it worked out perfectly. Takala then came to be my dog.  That was back in August of 2002. She was 9 years old.

Takala at Christmas parade

Takala at the Chuy’s Christmas Parade – Nov 2002

Takala was such a gentle soul. So sweet and docile. She had such innocence about her. I always told her that I imagined she must’ve been a fabulous mama dog to all her puppies. She was a welcome addition to my pack and fit in famously. Walking five greyhound around the neighborhood, we became known as the “Six-Pack” – very fitting considering that I used to own a bar…and the fact that we were always a little off-balance when we walked together!

Takala had a most voracious appetite. She never ceased to amaze me how much she could eat…and how much she liked to eat. And she was SO SKINNY! Seriously skinny. You could see her hip bones and her rib bones. And she ate like a horse! I think people thought I never fed this girl, she was so thin. But she just had one of those fast metabolisms…a metabolism that I would give my left lung for!

Takala was fairly healthy but at nine, she had developed a heart condition. We kept that well under control with medication. Sadly she was diagnosed with bone cancer in July of 2005. She was the first dog to which I had to say goodbye. And I was really out of my comfort zone. I had no idea what to expect. I was worried that I wouldn’t know when it was time, time to let go. The vet told me that I would know, that she would stop eating and it would be apparent.

Well, she never stopped eating. The bone cancer was progressing and she was getting more painful. I kept waiting for her to stop eating. But no matter how bad she felt, she was always excited for her meals.

I finally realized that lack of eating wasn’t going to be the indicator for me to know when to say goodbye. It was her level of discomfort that would be the determining factor. I actually had made the phone call to schedule the euthanasia twice but ended up cancelling because Takala would rally an hour or so after I had already placed the call. I’d call back and say, “Cancel the euthanasia! She’s rallied and I don’t think she wants to go yet.” In hindsight, I think she was rallying FOR ME, because she knew what a hard time I was having making the decision. But when it got to the point that she needed to be cooled down with ice packs because her temperature was spiking due to the fact that she simply couldn’t get comfortable, I knew it was time to let her go.

spending the night together

I called my vet the morning of November 10th, 2005. She said she could be at my house by 6:30 that evening. It was our last day together. I had spent several nights sleeping on the floor with her, trying to comfort her and lull her to sleep so she could get a momentary relief from the throbbing pain of the osteosarcoma. This day I also spent down on the floor with her, saying all the things I wanted to say to her. I started laughing about how she always made me giggle over how much she loved to eat. So I thought I’d give her a special send-off treat: I left her that afternoon to go to McDonald’s. I pulled up to the drive-thru and placed an order for five double-meat cheeseburgers. I came home with the bag of burgers, got on the floor with her and began breaking pieces of the hamburger off and feeding them to her. She gobbled down one burger, two burgers, then a third…then another one and, Oh my God, she ate all FIVE burgers. Five DOUBLE-MEAT CHEESEBURGERS! When the last of the burgers was gone, she was still sniffing around the floor and nudging the bag so I thought, “Well, let’s see if she wants some dessert,” and I went and got her a little dish of ice cream, which she greedily lapped up. That was around 2:30 or 3:00 in the afternoon.

At 5:00, it was time for me to feed the rest of my crew and I went ahead and mixed up a bowl of kibble with a scoop of canned food for Takala, just in case, figuring she surely wouldn’t want to eat so soon after devouring five McDonald’s burgers. But yep, she jumped up for her dinner! She ate most of that too. That girl soooooo loved to eat!!!

sound asleep, no pain

Just a short while later, my skinny little model girl was gone. I think she was happy with her final day here and her belly full of delight. I miss that precious girl with the peppy bouncy attitude who used to prance past me with her pretty little head held high. I miss loving on her and stroking her neck, which had the softest fur you could ever feel. I miss her innocent eyes and her inquisitive expressions. I miss cuddling with her. She comes to visit me every now and then in my dreams. Oh how I love those visits!

You are dearly missed, sweet Takala. Though our time together was short, it was long on love. Until we meet again, just know you are always in my heart.


Your mama

Remembering Finnegan (Oct 19, 2005 – June 13, 2011)

fawn greyhound lying in the grass

Three years ago today my boy Finnegan made his transition to the big Rainbow Bridge in the sky. We had such a short time together, eight months only. When I adopted him, even before the adoption was finalized, I took him in to get a dental cleaning but during the examination, my vet told me that we wouldn’t be doing the dental that day because his lymph nodes were swollen. She didn’t like the feel of them and decided to do a needle aspiration. A few minutes later she came back into the exam room and told me the news: Finnegan had Lymphoma.

She was as devastated as I was. She told me that I might want to consider not adopting him because she didn’t think my heart could take losing yet another dog. I had just lost three in less than a year, two within six weeks of each other. It had been a grief-stricken year and she was concerned that one more loss might be more than I could bear. She said she really wanted to see me get a dog that I would have for years. As it was, Finnegan’s prognosis was one to three months.

But I refused to even consider getting another dog. I went ahead with the adoption so Finnegan would go out of this world being a family member and part of a loving home. We went on to treat the Lymphoma with steroids. Whenever he had a flare up his lymph nodes would swell and I’d take him to my vet; she’d give him a power shot of steroids, send me home with a prescription and a word of warning to get prepared because the end could be very soon. But we’d go home and I’d treat him with the prescriptions plus Fish Oil supplements and the swelling would go down and he’d return to normal within a day or two. And then we’d have a few more months of remission, until the next flare-up.

Instead of the one to three month prognosis, Finnegan and I had a fabulous eight months together. He had an amazing spirit! He was a young boy of five years and he had playful energy. He loved to play with the ball and the Frisbee in the yard. He’d toss the ball up in the air and catch it in his mouth, throw it down, make it bounce, catch it in his mouth then run laps of glee. I’d toss the Frisbee and he’d retrieve, run around with it, chew on it for a while and then bring it back for me to toss again. Inside, he loved his stuffy toys. Watching him play, no one would’ve ever guessed he was sick. He had a zest for life and he didn’t want to leave.


I’m convinced that Fish Oil had a lot to do with the extra months we had together. My vet informed me that some studies had shown that fish oil had an effect on suppressing or slowing the growth of the lymphoma cancer cells. So I loaded him up on Fish Oil every day. Instead of giving him the recommended two to four capsules each day, I was giving him twelve to eighteen capsules every day. He loved them. I usually put them in his food but he’d take them right out of my hand and eat them like treats. He recovered from several flare-ups, against all veterinarian expectation, and I really do believe the Omega 3 Fish Oil capsules played a big role in those recoveries. That, and maybe the fact that he was loved so very much.

I miss you sweet Finnegan! You are forever in my heart. Until we meet again, may you be tossing balls and running on clouds. Remembering you today, and always.

FINNEGAN (aka Biker Boy):  October 19, 2005 – June 13, 2011

Asia Voight’s Animal Communication Training Course

I’m helping to promote this fabulous ANIMAL COMMUNICATION COURSE, which starts next Wednesday, May 14th:

Asia Voight, America’s foremost animal communication expert, is introducing her new 7-week training program: the E-Method: The Easiest and Most Effective Way to Communicate with Your Animals.

You will discover in this step-by-step animal communication training:

  • How to feel your own energy blueprint. (Learning this one step will take the guess work out of “was that me or them,” when communicating with your pets.)
  • How to sense layers of energy that are filled with information so your sick or injured animals can tell you where it hurts. (This is essential in helping to guide your animal’s health care practitioner.)
  • How communicating with nature will open and shift self-imposed intuitive limits. (Help you communicate with “wild” animals.)
  • How to sense and clear chakras within yourself and with your animal companions. (Closed chakras will stop the flow of communication with and from your animals and everything else. Learn how to open them.)
  • Unique methods to access your intuition so you can stop losing sleep and money being in the “dark” with your pets.
  • Five-part, step-by-step method in energetically communicating with your animals and moving into a state of oneness!
  • Quiet your mind and ground your body. (This “plugs” you into the energy!)
  • Feel the spark of intuitive connection between you and your pets. (Feel the LOVE.)
  • Step out of your normal routine, open and expand your world. (Experience freedom!)
  • Receive support from other like-minded animal lovers. (You never have to feel odd or alone in wanting to talk to animals.)
  • Learn how to feel the energy message your beloved pet has for you. (There could be a life-saving gift there for both of you.)
  • All of this includes 14 videos, Lessons Plans, Guided Meditations, 15 hours of LIVE calls with me and In-person workshops

To sign up and get more information, go to:

For your BEST success, you need an ideal training program. This course combines these ESSENTIAL elements:

  • Professionally engineered mp3 guided meditations, to help you be ONE with the animals
  • A complete step-by-step system for communicating with animals, with PROVEN techniques that work
  • Ongoing support with an EXPERIENCED and CAPABLE teacher by your side
  • Visual, “how-to” teaching VIDEOS—so you can SEE what to do, step-by-step, captions on essential tips
  • Mindset training—because you’ve got to THINK and FEEL like an animal intuitive to become one
  • Weekly LIVE phone conversations, all recorded—so you can ask questions and get the answers you need on a regular basis. Listen from the comfort of your own home from your phone or computer.
  • Written out lessons, in easy-to-absorb sections
  • Networking and support from a global community of animal lovers—so you can create valuable connections and stop feeling like an outcast
  • All training information held for you on a password protected website, no losing your lesson plans

Here’s everything available in the E-Method Courses:

Weekly E-Method Video Trainings: 

Each week you will receive a minimum of TWO new digital videos assisting you in taking the next step to opening your intuitive animal language abilities. Topics are divided into easy segments, helping ensure that you can practice each lesson as you follow the training.

LIVE Weekly E-Method Calls:

Once a week you’ll be LIVE on the phone with me. Listen from the comfort of your own home from your phone or computer. (Computer listening available for free to anyone in or outside of the United States.) Detailed time for review of the lesson plans and Q & A. This will be your chance to receive valuable direction and get expert feedback at no extra charge.

All E-Method training calls are recorded and audios will be available within 24 hours for listening online or downloading. All calls are transcribed and PDF transcripts become available for download one week after each call.

E-Method Guided Meditations:

Throughout the seven week training, guided meditations will be added to aid in your deep experience of opening to pet communication, energy healing and clearing away blocks. This will bring in pure Light allowing you to fill your soul for complete healthy, well-being and inter-species communication.

E-Method On-line Forum:

Meet other animal lovers and like-minded people from around the world. End isolation and the tendency for intuitives to become “lone-wolves.” Share inspirations, insights, conversations with your pets, and receive loads of support.

7 Week E-Method Training Course, (valued at $950) 

All classes are Wednesdays from 6pm – 8pm CST:

5/14, 5/21, 5/28, 6/4, 6/11, 6/18, 6/25

All calls will be recorded.

SALE Price $397

if enrolled by May 13 ($615.00 after) –

Payment plan available (3 monthly payments of $140)

Course Includes:

  • 20 lesson plans received in seven weekly classes
  • 14 videos with captions highlighting important points
  • Digital call recordings
  • Guided Meditations
  • Weekly group calls with Asia to answer questions and clarify the lessons, a total of 15 hours
  • Special small groups during the course, with Asia assisting for feedback and validation in working with each other’s pets, a total of 2 hours
  • On-line Private Forum
  • Transcripts of all large group training calls
  • Learn from case studies, including recordings of actual readings with clients.*s
  • BONUS: Special added lesson: Divine Future ($95 Value!)
  • BONUS: Ignite Your Light: A Workshop for Positive Transformation ($395 Value!)
  • BONUS: One ticket for a chance to win a day at Asia’s home for the Accelerate training program ($500 Value!)

To sign up and get more information, go to

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Tell me what you think about this opportunity. I think it’s a great deal!

G is for Greyhounds






Graciously and gregariously grateful

Grateful playful grey

Rockin’ the relaxation!


Yearns to be loved


from Angels Singing at Etsy market

from Angels Singing at Etsy market

Outrageously adorable

Unwavering loyalty

three greyhounds

Noble & majestic

Divinely devoted

art deco art - greyhound

art deco greyhound

So good for the soul!

Oh Happy GreySPEAKING OF A HAPPY GREY, CHECK THIS OUT: a greyhound playing in the snow…wearing his Batman pajamas! I love when they play like this!!!




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D is for Dog

DI don’t think it’s a coincidence that Dog is God spelled backward. To me, communing with dogs is the closest one can get to God because it is here where you will find pure and absolute unconditional love.©

I think people like to think that they can love one another unconditionally but I don’t believe it’s possible. Only dogs and God are truly capable of unconditional love.

For the love of dogs,                                                                                             all those who tug at our hearts and consistently crack us up…                       Enjoy this funny dog blooper video:

And “Happy — the Puppy & Doggie” version by Pharell Williams:

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