The Lucky Alpinist Dog who got stranded

The Alpinist Dog Who Got Lucky After Being Stranded and Freezing for 24 Hours

There is an unspoken pact between humans and dogs: collaborate, cohabitate, and support each other. Many of us have opened their hearts and souls to understand this intuitively. Some are not there yet. But that’s not so important: what matters the most is not which side of awareness you are on, but the depth and meaning of connections you have made – and if they include an army of dogs, even better. 

For one curious dog that decided to follow humans on a mountain expedition, this pact included copious amounts of luck, one that not many other dogs have had when facing extreme weather conditions.

A group of three climbers from the AK8 club started their journey on day one. Was the white dog getting bored on this first day, so much that it decided to try its mountaineering skills in weather that is challenging even for experienced trekkers and Alpinists who have spent many hours on the mountain? We can never tell, at least until we learn how to understand dogs and talk their language perfectly. 

For now, we know that the dog decided to join a group of mountain climbers who were doing regular training. The dog followed their footsteps on day one. But much to their surprise, they’ve found him stuck on the high rocks when they returned to finish the training on day two. So, a training session turned into a saving mission as they invested a lot of effort to get and get down the scared, freezing dog that couldn’t find his own way down through the steep climb. 

Check out for yourself what these amazing team did to rescue the stranded dog that was freezing for 24 hours, both literally and figuratively, because it was too curious, adventure-stricken, and human-bonded. Thanks to that important bond, Lucky (not necessarily his real name) was brought back to safety. 

All credit for the photo and video materials goes to Maja Muhic and Metodi Cilimanov, who were also a part of the rescue mission

We see so many dogs helping people that it is nice to see examples of humans that randomly help dogs, too.  And maybe Lucky is destined to become an Alpinist or at least learn how to find his way around mountains better so that he doesn’t get into trouble again.  

Christmas Dog Adoption: Pawsome Enthusiasts’ Efforts to Find Homes for Stray Dogs

In a modest but heartwarming photo exhibition, the passionate volunteers from Pawsome Enthusiasts yet another time tried to find forever homes for homeless dogs in Skopje. 

Heartwarming Stray Dog Photos

As you may already know, there are always more dogs that are trying to find their owners than owners willing to take dogs.

Therefore, any adoption that results in a beautiful story of a human-dog bond warms people’s hearts. It is even more so touching during the holidays when we are all a bit more generous and full of gratitude.

It is a bright shining star among the grey dire everyday events we hear about on the news, instilling hope and optimism in people’s souls, which are never enough around Christmas and New Year’s Eve. For some people and many dogs, this holiday time is the toughest. It’s winter. It can get pretty cold and lonely.

Since most charities and volunteering organizations push forward their plans at this time of the year, dogs often come last. Nevertheless, there is a tiny fraction of the hooman population that is wholeheartedly dedicated to helping dogs. 

We Just Can’t Have Enough of a Noble Cause

What’s so special about this particular photo exhibition is that it included professionally made images. Social media is overflowing with pictures of pedigree dogs and stray dogs who have found their owners. So, why not follow the common trail of success and entice prospective owners with some expert-made pics?

These are stray dog images that have been put on a stand and taken at the exhibition itself. Therefore, some of the picture quality may be lost. But what we could get is the special attention given to each dog when on a pedestal. A single dog gets lost in a legion on thousands on the web or in dog shelters. Yet, when put on a display in front of a dog-loving audience, each dog becomes a character, a persona, and a glorious life waiting to be lived until the very happy end.

A Story Waiting to Be Told

There is a story behind each of these images. It would have been nice to have the dog’s personal story attached to the images. However, given the hours these volunteers invest in saving hundreds from stray dogs from the streets, each small step matters. This blog is an attempt to contribute to their story and help them live happier lives.

Visitors had the chance to ask questions about possible adoption, contribute to the dog rescue Christmas fund (usually an endless pit), and acquire small presents for themselves or their friends and family. Cup and glass coasters, mouse pads, filigree brooches – all lovely things that could be a nice holiday gift for someone. There was coffee and refreshments for a tiny donation fee. All in all, an event that goes well with the Christmas spirit.

Stray dogs for adoption – collective image. Credit for original images made by pro photographers goes to Pawsome Enthusiasts. Display image credits: Stories about Dogs and People

Some of the dogs that were on display are already adopted and some are still waiting for adoption. Perhaps we cannot yet have the final say about the success of this adoption event. After all, dog adoption is not an easy decision and should not be taken lightly. Hopefully, many dogs have been joined with owners. 

Having said that, when it comes to the benefit of stray dogs, all the glory goes to owners who adopt and don’t shop. But to each their own – if you decide to get a pedigree dog from a breeder, it’s a choice you have can make in full right. However, if you hesitate between adopting a stray dog from a shelter or a street dog, at least consider going for one without a pedigree. The rewards you will reap are limitless.    

Dog EQ: white Labrador dog carrying a stick

Dog EQ: Your Dog Can Read Your Face, Much Better Than You Think

As much as we love to consider us an advanced species, certain behaviors display contrasting evidence. We don’t need so much evidence besides the current state of the affairs in the world. It shows that humans are sometimes incredibly emotionally stupid.

But are dogs as susceptible to common EQ frailties typical for humans? Maybe it’s up to their upbringing or their species characteristics, but dog EQ is remarkably well developed. 

Dogs are emotionally intelligent, showing signs of emotional intelligence via behavioral or somatic outward indicators. 

Dogs Are 2.5 Years Old but Act as Centenarians 

Dogs use their dog EQ to read and understand your facial expressions and adjust their behavior. By looking at how dogs behave around humans and other dogs, we should humbly admit emotional intelligence defeat at least to the emotional gradient referencing dogs. 

Dogs feel basic emotions, including fear, anger, disgust, sadness, happiness, and surprise. All basic six emotions are inherent to humans, too. 

However, the specter of the dog’s emotional quotient doesn’t include higher-level emotions, for example, pride, shame, and guilt. The level of emotional maturity at dogs corresponds to that one of a 2-and-a-half-year-old toddler. 

But their interactional maturity and relational capacity often outperform even the most emotionally stable and intelligent humans.  

If the last three emotions contain an element of social comparison and evaluation, then how come dogs are so socially intelligent and loyal in human interaction than humans themselves? Perhaps that is exactly the reason. Humans compare, measure, and judge.

Do Complex Emotions Make Us Unhappy?

If you have a bit of an insight into your own emotions, you will acknowledge that judging and comparing yourself to others is the root of unhappiness. In that sense, dogs are substantially better-heeled than humans. 

A neurotic desire for improvement and achievement is not something dogs do by themselves. Unless trained to accomplish, dogs are simple creatures, focused on play, work (sniffing, searching, digging, for instance), and affection, which they either give or like to receive.

Even when acting on stimuli, dogs are not on a constant neurotic quest for improvement. 

It is no wonder that YouTube comments sections below popular dog channels frequently include white envy comments about the dog’s cool: “I wish I was as happy as Buggy, Piper, or Laurel” or whatever the concrete dog’s name is.

Emotions Are Not Exclusive to Humans

According to research, dog emotions are heterospecific. Heterospecific emotions are associated with a particular species, on this occasion canines, but are also used to relate to other species. This definition, which means dogs feel stuff when they interact with other animals and humans. 

To clarify previous inconsistent results, researchers in this study, C.A.Müller, Kira Schmitt, Anjuli L.A.Barber, and Ludwig Huber, experimented with training stimuli and facial expressions. They wanted to distinguish between local cues, domestication, memory, and human interaction as instigators or nurture factors of dog emotions. 

As it turned out, dog EQ is heterospecific, a finding which corresponds with other conventional knowledge about dogs. For instance, it is a commonly known fact that dogs use emotional expressions to recognize a prey-predator situation when interacting with other species. 

Dogs in this experiment presented an ability to read their owner’s faces as a result of a domestication process that builds emotional memories. However, some of the dogs included in the study bonded more closely with their owners and felt more deeply. Whether this is a result of a specific fondness borne out of a deeper and longer connection, it remains to be seen, as further research is needed. 

In addition, the researchers suggested that dog EQ may also be a result of emotional contagion, a phenomenon that develops in human social networks, too. 

One thing is certain: dogs are capable of love, and on their scale, that is the ultimate emotion. 

Don’t all spiritual leaders advocate love? And aren’t dogs better equipped to provide emotional support than humans?

Therefore, dogs just might be more emotionally intelligent than humans, although we rarely give them the credit for it.   

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The Inconceivable Truth: A gutsy memoir about defining and surviving childless womanhood in the 21st century book review

“The Inconceivable Truth: A Gutsy Memoir about Defining and Surviving Childless Womanhood in the 21st Century” by Nicki Fenthum (Book Review)

There was a moment in time when I didn’t quite understand why people decide to share their stories in so many personal details. I thought – why would someone want to expose to the bare bones to random strangers? Then it dawned on me – they are not doing it for themselves or, rather, they are not doing it only for themselves. They are doing it for the benefit of others.

That said, having and raising children is a deeply personal story. No one can truly live the life of another and feel it in the same way. That is why it is difficult to share on such a touchy subject. At the same time, challenges with pregnancy, fertility, and offspring are common for many parents.

Precisely because almost no one likes to meddle into people’s intimate affairs, we rarely see the real struggle and joy behind becoming or not becoming a parent.

This book is something else.

Nicki Fenthum offers the gift of an amazing personal story told with candor and shared with bravery. Although people interested in having children might have the greatest benefit from “The Inconceivable Truth: A Gutsy Memoir about Defining and Surviving Childless Womanhood in the 21st Century,” I believe aspiring mothers-to-be would get the most nutritious meat and potatoes from this book.

I don’t want to tell you much about Nicki’s story because I would produce spoilers. And although this is not a fiction book but a memoir, I think the impact of the message will be lost if you know the turn of events upfront.  

Why do you need to read this book? Above all, because it will give you a first-person experience of female fertility, a highly personal and intimate issue about which many mothers and fathers don’t like sharing much.

Having difficulties with conceiving can be traumatic. Sometimes, overt sharing can increase rather than heal the trauma. Here we see a different approach – someone who bares it all – the light and the dark stuff. 

Nicki Fenthum opens ups to the world not only from her role of a mother, but also as a wholesome human being that is a lover, a creator, a friend, a wife, a businesswoman, and, first and foremost, a vulnerable human soul with an inspirational will for life.

She touches the highs and the lows of human existence and approaches each life challenge with an incredible zest for life – she has the same unwavering ambition for her personal, as well as for her professional life.

The author speaks with honesty about her desire for control, violent traits, and dark emotional places. She reveals her strengths and weaknesses, and her passions and ambition.

You will get to learn about the effect of the city you live in on your physical health. Get ready for a lot of priceless details about what it is like to struggle with motherhood after you reach the age of forty.

There are plenty of things that your doctors might not tell you. And Nicki will tell you about all of them in full, in a beautiful exploration of what it means to live in the grey areas of life and what motherhood is all about.

The issue of children is complex – we all know it is personal yet it touches upon the social matrix.

This book might help you find your stance about children in the brevity of a lifetime when facing multiple conflicting opinions and advice from family, friends, and doctors.

It is a truly admiring memoir with a great example of how to use retrospection and self-reflection to gain valuable life lessons.    

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Love with no Masks

How to Love Someone, Body and Soul (or Love, Shortly)

Yes. It’s that time of the year again and Christmas movies are on the repertoire.

A great time to talk about love, actually… shortly

When we first meet a new person, our eyes see their body. We see the body as an indicator of that person’s worth and attractiveness. We don’t do this only with the bodies of other people. We do it to ourselves, too. Instead of being grateful for the body we have as a container for consciousness, we only care about how we look in a particular piece of clothing.

The physical aspects which create the initial attraction are primarily associated with unmet psychological needs and unconscious biological reproductive instincts. Some of them are not even real attraction based on a deeper truth that exceeds the way someone looks.

Masks Falling at Christmas

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The mind creates many illusions about what is currently trending and popular. It is skilled to use the unmet needs and the unconscious reproductive instincts to manipulate us.

When we remove these silly surface masks, we get a deeper insight into others, as well as into ourselves, at the same time. This is how we unearth our passion, our awe with life and true internal beauty. This beauty can shine a bright light on any shape and any body.

How Love Makes us Whole

When we are in true internal harmony, we are only interested in whole persons. Whole persons own an individual true power. When we meet such a person, we are able to see clearly through the facade. We discover those whose life music is on the same level with our own soul journey.

Functional relationships have affinity and compatibility between the core values of the two lovers. The truth of these relationships is in the authentic “Me” and “You”, which ignite an inspirational spark of positive creativity that releases, heals and transforms.  

By growing toward a brighter vision, without losing ourselves into the illusion of the shape, we can see everything contained within us, and not only the bits that take us back to our unmet childhood needs – the sorely missed motherly love or the need for recognition and approval from the father. We are able to see clearly how is this connected to how we attract or repel people.

Evolving our DNA through the Way We Love

We have a part of our mom and a part of our dad united in us. Instead of staying lost in the unconscious needs, desires, drives and projections, and seeing only bodies, we can start finding greater meaning and depth in the people that come into our lives. Such people help us grow up to our full potential. They stand next to us during life’s ups and downs.  

DNA Molecular Structure

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There are deeper needs and wishes that have to do with what we aspire to than with what we have accumulated via cultural, biological and social programming.

When we expand our spiritual awareness out of our bodies, we bolster our biological conditioning written in the DNA and we build up our bodies with a different focus and different priorities. Our drive moves toward an essential goal and includes a broader scope of what we really are – a chunk of the cosmic unity brought to life through our bodies.

 

 

Dutch Sex Ed model

8 Reasons Why the Dutch Sex-Ed Model is Best in the World

Can you imagine sending your 14-year-old daughter to school in which the teacher in one of her classes asks one of the following questions:

“How will you respond if your boyfriend refuses to put a condom on?”

“What do your friends think about condoms”?

“Write down their possible answers, and then check with your friends if you got their answers right.”

How is this visualization exercise going so far? Does it make you uncomfortable? Are you okay with it?

These conversations are a part of the regular sex-ed curriculum in the Netherlands. Dutch people have regularly been reported to have the lowest teenage pregnancy rate in the world and in Europe.

Contrary to what can be assumed, Dutch teenagers don’t get into sexual intercourse any earlier than their peers from other countries. 

dutch sex ed model condoms

Image by Bruno Glätsch from Pixabay

Why Sex Education in Holland Is Remarkably Different than Other Countries?

Here are the eight top reasons why this is happening:

1. The sex-ed program is supported by the Dutch government.

Facing a realistic AIDS threat in the late eighties, the Dutch Foundation for STD Control, in consultation with churches, health practitioners and organizations for family planning, developed a participatory package binding the teachers to become more explicit.

2. It helps students decide about their personal sexual health.

Instead of a mandatory set of rules, the model offers the students developing a set of skills by which they will be able to make their own decisions.

3. It is based on the fact that it is better to get sex ed than deny reality.

Dutch people understood the inevitability of such education and included a certain program even in the mid-seventies. Although there isn’t a compulsory subject matter in class, almost all schools include sexual education in biology classes, and primary schools give due attention to sexuality and contraception.

4. The Dutch sex education model is all-inclusive.

It encompasses not only biological aspects of reproduction, but also values and attitudes, as well as communication and negotiation skills. Some schools use the basic package while others support it with video materials and printed magazines.

5. The program is followed by a mass public campaign.

If the sex-ed lessons were limited only to classrooms, results would be partial. This is why the program included a campaign with popular public persons.

6. Accent on privacy protection.

Confidentiality, guaranteed anonymity, and a non-judgemental approach are the basic pillars of the Dutch health system.

7. Pragmatic parental approach with a focus on children’s personal responsibility.

Dutch parents know that their children are going to have sex. They are ready to speak to them about this and prepare them to take responsibility for their behavior. The teachers attend training – it doesn’t mean that it is easy for them to talk to the students about these topics.

8. Awareness about the fact that talking about sex doesn’t mean giving their children “the wrong idea”.

The model critics are silenced when they read the stats about the sexual health and pregnancy rates for Dutch teenagers as compared to those around the world, and see the success of similar Dutch-based sex ed models.

While any education model can be improved as we grow and learn like humans in an evolving society, it is certain that we have plenty to learn from the Dutch sex-ed example.

A Red Ribbon Letter to a Young Woman on Her Journey to Adulthood

Read this letter to a young woman you know in your life or to the young woman that still lives within you, even if you are a fully grown adult. Continue reading

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Questioning the Limits of Human Fertility

When it comes to creations of various kinds, nothing is as generous, as fertile and as persistent as nature. If you want to picture nature’s fertility, think of the acacia and the linden trees in spring and early summer.

In a very similar way, our female bodies, minds and souls are full of creative potential even before we are born. All women are creators by nature. Our biological bodies directly contribute to nature’s creativity.

Creativity is not restricted only to biology. We carry not only more than enough egg cells to bear and raise new lives for as long as we live, but also a limitless well of ideas. If we start to really think about it, we can hardly cope with the scope of the number of all eggs that live in our ovaries and the ideas that come to our minds.

How Much Do We Know About the Miracle of Human Conception

The meeting of the egg and the sperm cell is one of the greatest miracles in the whole universe. When the fertilization and conception take place, miniature pieces of living material are driven by an innate, self-propellant force that takes them to the final formation – growth of a human being.

Watching this creation as it takes place can only be compared to the beauty of a solar eclipse or a volcanic eruption. Yet, because it happens on a micro level, which is also a very intimate and a very personal experience, we are not able to see this beauty in full, unless we use cameras. (Un)fortunately, there is no live transmission of this show. And, probably, that is for the best and how things should be.

When we are 5-month fetuses in our mother’s womb, we have 6 to 7 million eggs. At birth, that potential is down to one to two million. In puberty, we reach to 400 thousand eggs, and when we live to get to 36 years old, the number drops down to around 35,000. Despite the dramatic decrease, this number is still huge. We have tens of thousands of more eggs than we can even bring to life.

Breaking the Fertility Standstill with Revolutionary Research

We don’t give enough credit to the nature and its power of regeneration. It was always thought that we are unable to produce additional eggs to the already inborn capacity. This definite number of eggs was thought to be the end of our fertility potential.

The theory of limited fertility is at the core of all clinical research undertaken in the area in the last fifty years.

In 2004, this univocal approach has been broken by a controversial research example. Dr. Jonathan Tilly, associated with academic giants such as Harvard, Stanford and Rutgers universities, set a new way of thinking. He astonished the world by stating that no one has ever tried to count the natural loss of egg cells which occurs as a result of ovulation or overall cell mortality. When he tried to estimate this loss, he discovered that the number of the actual remaining cells does not match the hypothetical number calculated according to the existing theories. He assumed that this number must somehow regenerate.

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Photo credit: Foter.com

The research included stem cells of female mice. The respective discovery pointed out to newly produced egg cells when the stem cells were placed in the mice ovaries. A similar attempt was later made with Japanese women who wanted to make a sex change. Under the influence of a specific protein which is a product of these cells, only stem cells give the aforementioned results when placed next to ovarian tissue. The final products were oocytes – precursors of ovarian egg cells.

Is it possible to think that we can manage to extract ovarian tissue from the female body and produce new eggs out of it? Without raising hopes too high, it is worth thinking that this optimistic idea will give some hope to trespass the currently set limits on human fertility, especially for people that are facing fertility challenges.

We carry a huge power of creation. If we learn to channel this potential, we will strengthen our skills for any type of creation, regardless of whether it is an idea or a baby. And, as far as we may be with limited powers for baby creation, we are always able to do something with our creative ideas.

Photo Credit: Luke Peterson Photography / Foter / CC BY

 

how to perform the healing practice of the mother's heritage

How to Perform the Healing Practice of the Mother’s Heritage

Pause for a moment. Take a look back into your life and the life of your mother. Go as far back as into the histories of all women related to you, all the way you can go to picture each woman’s foremother. As you travel back into your imagination, you mentally, emotionally, and spiritually connect with the line of all females in your mother line.

Every woman from the same mother line is a foremother to the daughters that follow in the next generations.

In your family mother line, you will find your mother, your grandmother, and your grand-grandmother.

All Foremothers Have Something in Common

If you look back and forth, you will find all women who are mothers, daughters, and grandmothers at the same time and have left a mark in the same linear bloodline. This line can sometimes cross over in multiple directions, spreading to all females in a family.

Marks can last for years, decades, and even centuries after that very moment in the life of a daughter who reminisces about her ancestral motherly bloodline.

All mother lines traverse all the way back to the primordial conception, the Big Bang, the seed of all creation. This journey into the past is not always easy to visualize and experience.

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Image by Sabine van Erp from Pixabay

Yet, as a woman, if you stand still and relate well to your body you are most likely to feel it deep down in your bones.

Healing Your Ancestral Mother Line

If you call all women from your bloodline to join this moment in time and space that we share now, you will be able to understand the meaning of the mother’s heritage until the very first moment of origin born by the Mother of All Mothers – Mother Earth.

Invite them one by one as far back as you can remember their names or as long as you keep track of a family story about a woman in the past. This summoning exercise can be triggering, but also a healing practice with longlasting consequences.

Its effects are all more powerful if you have some women from your family in your physical space. But it is effective even if you do the recollection by yourself.

Often, when women who do this exercise truly feel this presence of all women in their ancestral bloodline, they start crying. Becoming conscious of the deep sorrow and the strong anger accumulated from generations behind is not an easy experience.

It is not at all a breeze to reach this point of consciousness.

You have to get to the deepest core of your being to feel what it means to be a foremother. Experiencing our connection with nature and reaching to the depth of the Earth’s essence is paramount for healing. The Earth’s essence is the place where all life has been brought into existence.

Earth in the mother's heritage

Image by Jonny Lindner from Pixabay

It is not unusual to start sobbing when you go deep down in this experience. It happens to most women.

Each tear you shed can help you heal the pain accumulated from eons behind. That pain is not always yours. It can be from someone from your family’s past.

How to Connect with Your Foremothers Now

If you are doing this and are overwhelmed by strong emotions, don’t think that you are alone.

Summon your foremothers into the present moment. You don’t need to know their names. Just invite all female ancestors to share their presence with you in your heart, mind, body, and spirit.

Ask them from the heart, and they will come ready and set to heal you, like you will, in turn, heal them, as well.

Droplets of their blood still run through your heart and your veins. And maybe you need to do the first step to heal the ancestral mother line by healing your trauma.

The first healing step for you will be to cry out all tears that your grandmother or grand-grandmother didn’t manage to shed in their lifetimes.

Shedding the tears of past trauma, hurt, and unfulfilled lives of our foremothers will lift off the burden of the mother’s heritage from our back.

When we are free from these tears and we stop carrying them on our back, we can start developing skills and talents that lie dormant.

(Bethany Webster from “Womb of Light” does excellent work on this. There is plenty on her website to learn more about the mother wound. Her book on the inner mother will be ready in June 2020. I look forward to reading it).

Since you are already here, reading these lines, you probably have enough love in your life to dissolve all trauma blockages unconsciously inherited from your line of foremothers.

This exercise is not a task you must do. It is usually an intuitive call that comes at the right moment of each woman’s life who is ready to start healing the damage done over centuries.

Visualize your female ancestors sending you blessings and how you celebrate the healing taking place at this very moment together.

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pink gorilla

The Pink Gorilla at the Back of My Garden

This morning I went out in the back garden to pick up some basil for my pasta.

And – there she was. The pinkest gorilla I have ever seen! How do I know she was a lady? Pretty easy – she gave an arrogant look at my messy hair. Just like she knows better!

She was picking up flowers, not at all surprised or frightened to see me.

She was more annoyed that I came to disturb her in the careful flower arrangement she was making. Little by little, my roses and lilies were vanishing in front of my nose. I have never seen something so pink in my life!

“Gosh, she must really love pink!” – I thought.

But I didn’t quite get where she found all that pink dye on her fur. It was a glittery disco-pink which didn’t go well with her deep brown eyes and her olive skin. I wondered who the hairdresser behind this horror look was.

I am sorry I didn’t have the time to ask her. Just as I turned my back on her, she jumped over the fence and disappeared.

You won’t believe what I found next to my favorite rose bush:

A twenty dollar bill!

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