Living a Good Life and Dying a Good Death—Lessons from a Chicken

February 17, 2013 Christine McDonald Animal ConnectionsAnimals in transition

Joe Joe and Friends

As I went out  to care for the chickens a few weeks ago, I noticed one of the chickens slowing down and withdrawing from the rest of the flock. The younger hens would run excitedly out to the grassy area to eat the day’s chicken scraps, but she would linger behind in the covered area near the hen house. She […]

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Facing our Fears with the Heart of a Crocodile

December 31, 2012 Christine McDonald Animal ConnectionsMystical Animals

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The year is coming to a close and there are endings and beginnings to celebrate and mourn. 2012 has had its share of challenges for me and most everyone I know. The recent shootings in Connecticut and Oregon have saddened all of us and cast a shadow on the holiday season. Sadly, we live in a […]

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Giving Thanks to Animals

November 19, 2012 Christine McDonald Animal ConnectionsEmotions and Animals

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It is fishing and hunting season throughout much of North America. Hunters are dressed in their camouflage, geared up for cool weather and prepared to fill their permits and freezers. November is also the month we give thanks and share the bounty of food, and good friends and family. There are numerous Native American stories […]

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The Compassion Doorway

October 20, 2012 Christine McDonald Animal ConnectionsEmotions and Animals

It has been awhile since my last posting and am glad to say I am in a place to share more about our relationship with animals. I have been going through many shifts in my awareness and interesting enough what I want to share in this post is about our animal nature. A few weeks ago […]

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How Your Dog Sees You

October 16, 2012 Christine McDonald Animal ConnectionsDogs and Cats

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Have you ever wondered how your dog really sees you? Not as caretaker or companion, or teacher or whatever but the under the skin view. Most animals, including dogs see more than just the clothes we wear or the car we drive or whatever image we want the world to see. They see our subtle energetic bodies […]

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Healing our Karmas with the Aid of Animals in Spirit

October 11, 2012 Christine McDonald Animal ConnectionsEmotions and AnimalsHorses

Introduction: this story is part of my own healing journey and transformation with the help of animal friends. I share it with the hope it will help others see a bigger picture that may unfold as we care and love for our animal companions. In their love and dedication they can help us through difficult times. They can […]

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The Transition of Smokie the Cat

September 28, 2012 Christine McDonald Animal ConnectionsAnimals in transition

Smokie

Smokie came to live with us when the children were young and wanting and needing to care for a cat. My husband brought her home. A coworker had rescued her from two Rottweiler dogs playing with a black kitten in the back of a pickup truck. He actually rescued her from the jaws of one […]

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In Wildness is the Preservation of the World

September 27, 2012 Christine McDonald Animal ConnectionsWild Animals

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Writing by Thoreau The wilderness my father and grandfather knew in the early 1900’s is no longer the wilderness we know today. Montana still retains much of its wild nature in National Parks, Wilderness Areas and National Forest but it has changed. It makes me sad to think of how much transformation has occurred in […]

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The Dharma of Animals

September 11, 2012 Christine McDonald Animal ConnectionsEmotions and Animals

Amy and Joey

Animals like humans have a dharma or a purpose in life. It warms my heart to tell the story of Joey and his dharma with our family as he walked into our life about 15 years ago. I remember it well. It was a beautiful fall day for a walk. The maple trees were just […]

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Feral Cats—Another Perspective

August 22, 2012 Christine McDonald Animal ConnectionsDogs and Cats

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Your local humane society likely has many cats looking for a good home. Many of them have been abandoned and left to fend for themselves. If they do not find good homes they often become feral or wild cats or have offspring that are feral. There are more cats now than any other time in history and […]

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