Emotions and Animals

An Apology to Horses

November 2, 2013 Christine McDonald Emotions and AnimalsHorses

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An Apology to Horses 11/3/13 There was Joey, Bunny, Jake and Gunnar. These horses all had something for my family to learn.  We still have Gunnar who is now a 13 year old Quarter horse gelding. Gunnar means” warrior” and he might have been a good horse going to war or riding into some unknown […]

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More on Empathy

March 10, 2013 Christine McDonald Animal ConnectionsEmotions and Animals

Cow and calf

Spring, the season of renewal and growth is upon us. If you live in a rural area or drive by farms or ranches, you may be noticing newborn calves or lambs. If you’re questioning what it feels like to be really joyful watch one of those youngsters race around a field or pasture. You cannot help […]

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A Poem About Forgiveness

February 24, 2013 Christine McDonald Animal ConnectionsEmotions and Animals

(I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.) It all turns out in the end. Like the wash The colors don’t all run together. My will keeps it all in order. Sorts through the dirty laundry Separates the light from the dark, Because I can. Is forgiving my sister as […]

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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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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 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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What Makes You Vulnerable Makes You Beautiful

August 12, 2012 Christine McDonald Animal ConnectionsEmotions and Animals

Sophie, our family dog, is lying quietly on the floor. She just turned eleven years old. Despite being in good health her hips are weakening and there is more effort in getting up and moving around. She is sleeping more and needing to slow down. Sophie is becoming more vulnerable to the aging process. Brene […]

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