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blogger dogkissesHello.  I’m your blogger, Michelle, and dogkisses is my personal blog.

I named this blog “dogkisses,” after my sweet dog, Ruthie Mae.

Ruthie gives the slightest little kiss on my arm when I reach into a bag of dog food. 

The little kisses remind me of snowflakes landing and melting my heart.  

I’ve written about several subjects in this blog.  I’ve always enjoyed writing and have long hoped to write non-fiction stories about my life.

People have told me for about thirty years, “You should write about your life.”

I’ve always enjoyed talking with people, telling stories and listening to others tell theirs.  I’ve also lived through situations that upon reflection, seem far more than ordinary and much more like fate.

I’ve always loved dogs.  My dad raised Beagles.  I thought they were called, “Rabbit Beagles,” for most of my life.  Jack, who was very cute and a good hunter, was his last dog.  His tombstone has a carving of a man with his hunting dog and gun.

 

After living with chronic health conditions for many years, I have a deeper appreciation of a dog’s unconditional love and companionship. 

Dogs are good medicine. 

I understand better now why my dad loved his dogs.  He liked sitting in the woods, listening to them howl.  He liked the end, when Jack got a rabbit, but most of the time, he came home empty-handed.

“It ain’t as much about getting a rabbit, as it is about me having time to myself,” he told me.  “I like hearing ’em go after one.”  He smiled a lot when he talked about his dogs. 

I’m blessed with my mother, whose not far from eighty and as high-spirited as ever.  She a Taurus.  They’re Bulls 😉

I’m also blessed to be a Mother!  I have a grown son and am a proud Mom. 

My best friend is a dog.  She’s my friend, but also a medical support animal.  She might be the sweetest dog in the world!  She’s my tender-heart.  Her name is Ruthie.  Ruthie Mae to be exact.

Ruthie is a hunting dog too.  She hunts squirrels, although I don’t let her, but she would and she has.  She once killed a big rat and when we found a black snake in our house, she wanted to kill that too. 

Mostly, Ruthie Mae hunts insects.

No spider or bug gets by Ruthie Mae!  Ever!  She must hear them, because I’ve seen her jump up in the dark of the night, and go find whatever insect had decided to crawl on our floor.  I find her right in front of them, with her eyes glaring at them, so I know exactly where they are.

We recently moved, so thank goodness, Ruthie no longer spends her nights hunting insects indoors!

Sweet Ruthie Here!

Sweet Ruthie Here!

Ruthie, like all dogs, is a teacher. 

Mostly, Ruthie teaches me about being gentle.  Ruthie is a true tender-heart. 

Dogs have a lot to offer and when I listen, I can hear their wisdom.  They know how to live.

Oh He's A Cutie!

Tiny likes Yogurt!

In January, 2013, we parted with our dear friend, Tiny, the very handsome fellow in the image (left). 

Tiny was my son’s dog, so he was my grand-dog 🙂

He was the best friend in the world to my son.  He could communicate with me when my son needed me.  He was an amazing animal.

Tiny lived twelve years!  That’s a good long life for a big dog, and Tiny boy was a big dog, sort of.

We love you Tiny!

Thanks for visiting this page and if you feel like taking a stroll through my blog, dogkisses, feel free to leave me your thoughts.  Your emails are never published.

You may also visit my photo-nature blog, Green Healing Notes (http://greenhealinggirl.wordpress.com/) where I share the beauty I see.

ladybug on morning dew

My Lucky Little Lady

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56 responses to this post.

  1. Hello dogkisses – thank you for the like on my blog. I am so very sorry you have suffered so much with FMS. I was diagnosed in 1998 so I can very much relate to your struggles. It’s been a difficult journey, but I can honestly say that God has been faithful every step of the way. I had to get to the point where I could be completely honest with God and myself to be able to find unconditional hope. To give my heart a voice with all the doubts, questions and fear that were locked away. To be willing to look a things I’d believed all my life and let God show me whether those things were actually true or not; some things were; some things were not and I needed to let go of those things. It’s been amazing how the answers and the journey has unfolded. That’s what I am trying to share through my blog so that others such as yourself that face chronic pain and chronic challenges can be encouraged with hope. Life can be better. I’m living proof. May God bless you with healing and hope.

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    • hope4theheart, Hello!

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. And, I very much enjoyed my visit to your blog.

      Thanks for sharing with me this part of your journey. I just read a post this morning about living in fear, or letting go and having faith that God will take care of us. (I hesitated to write ‘take care’ of us, but I have a little faith. Maybe more…) sigh… It is hard to let go of all the pain, esp., lately as it is strong every day and all night too. There is so much sadness and strife in my life these days, but what a better time to let go, you know?

      I’ll try to remember to visit more often. I need to hear from other people, esp., lately, that things can and will get better. Thank you for that in this hopeful message.

      My heart is open, and like a teacher used to say to me, my “mind is ripe.”
      Peace and Blessings to you also!
      Michelle.

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  2. Hi Michelle, I wanted to respond to your comments on my “A difficult story to tell” thread, but for some reason I cannot. Can I email you? I couldn’t find your email address. Thanks, Chris

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  3. I just stumbled across your blog as I was looking for butterflies and dogs and it looks like you love both as much as I do. I will definitely be visiting again, a lovely site you have here 🙂

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    • Hi Lisa and Stell, So glad you found my blog and when I have time I will come see you 🙂

      Dogs and Butterflies! What a great combo I think.

      Take care and hope to see you in the blogosphere soon!
      Michelle.

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  4. Its great as your other content : D, regards for posting . “A single day is enough to make us a little larger.” by Paul Klee.

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  5. Posted by Androgoth on May 11, 2012 at 4:33 AM

    How delightful my friend…

    Androgoth Xx

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  6. Chronic pain – ohhh I can soooo relate – along with many other symptoms. In one of my blogs I share some of my story and most recently about physical and emotional pain. I can’t take medications for any of my symptoms, so I have to find other ways to manage it. Thanks for sharing your story.

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    • Hi Fergiemoto,

      I change this page from time to time and sometimes I wonder when and where my “story” begins, or what story I’m trying to share. Emotional pain is hard to deal with, so I really want to read what you’ve written about that. I’m sure physical pain is related to my mental and emotional health. Lately, when stress gets worse, so does my pain. I have high hopes that this year will be better! I’m eating more whole foods, and this does make a difference in my energy levels and also, my mental health. Thanks for taking the time to leave me a comment and I look forward to visiting your blog again.

      With many well wishes,
      Michelle.

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      • Hi Michelle,
        Here is where I share part of my journey and treatments. It took a long time and a lot of struggles before finding professionals who really listened and could give me some answers. Many well wishes to you as well!
        http://fergiemoto.wordpress.com/

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        • Hi Fergiemoto,

          Thank You! I really appreciate you leaving the link, and I read some last night. I enjoyed reading about the tools to work with emotions. I am coming back 😉 as I was way too tired to comment or continue reading last night. My mom is recovering from surgery as I write, and my sisters are with her now at the hospital. I will go back soon, but I have exhausted myself worrying, to be honest. I am praying she recovers quickly and that her temp is normal when I call back.

          Peace and Blessings,
          Michelle.

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  7. Dear Michelle,

    See http://learningfromdogs.com/2011/12/22/the-versatile-blogger-award/ hopefully, self-explanatory!

    More background information here http://versatilebloggeraward.wordpress.com/about/

    Best wishes and thanks for your efforts,

    Paul

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    • Hi Paul! How wonderful to see your beautiful avatar (gravatar?) on my page and, of course, to hear from you. Will visit your site, hopefully this evening after I finish some Christmas letters. Thank you so much for thinking of me, esp., since I’ve been so busy these past several months. I’ve been thinking of you lately and have missed reading your blog. Thanks again. Best wishes to you too! Michelle.

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  8. Hi Michelle.. Hows things..??? Ive been thinking about you.. loads and hope you are both doing well..
    I just want to send you an award. The Versatile Blogger Award… I know you havent time right now.. But thats ok.. I just wanted you to know you were on my list of Great Blogs I visit.. the award is here
    http://suedreamwalker.wordpress.com/2011/10/21/versatile-blogger-award/
    on my Blog.. and just know that ALL things WILL work themselves out my lovely friend.. and you are both gaining so much strength from all of this.. I feel it in my bones
    Hugs… Sue~Dreamwalker

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    • Hi Dreamwalker! You send your messages at such important times. If only I had the time and energy to express how so. Thank You! My son is doing very well. Aho!

      I am having a time of pain with muscle spasms sooo bad! Found mold all over everything in my bedrooms, so must pack up my things. Such a huge time of change.

      Thank you for the award!!! Another blogger also gave this award to me recently. I hope to properly accept it soon. I’ve tried to write in my blog, but there is so much to say, well, I literally have writer’s block b/c of it. Or whatever you call it when you have too much to say. Kind of like having too much to do and not knowing where to start. (exactly like that!).

      Hoping all is well with you my friend. Thank you again. Hugs2u2… xoxoxo Michelle.

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      • Hi Michelle… sorry to hear about the Muscle Spasms arrrgh know so well how they were both legs at a time some nights… But i find if I drink plenty of water now and vit C helps too..
        As for the Writers Block..some times I get like that… and think what the heck can I post.. so I post about what I know… and it doesnt have to be long either.. or a Video that inspires …
        just take one day at a time Michelle.. and remember to breathe… deep.. sending you a few more drum-beats and Aho back..

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        • Thank you Dreamwalker! I finally stopped cleaning and packing and had a bit of good dark chocolate. Yum… (I’m taking Vit-C and some good minerals too. It’s helping).

          Yes, I should post a little something. I’d like to. I hope to take the time soon.

          Thanks again for your encouragement and inspiration too. I appreciate those drum-beats! Aho.

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  9. Posted by Spirit Walker on May 23, 2011 at 4:31 PM

    Hi Dogkisses,

    You said my blog had been deleted. Not so. I’m there nearly everyday. The URL is: http://mysticwanderings.wordpress.com/ Sorry, there was no other way to reach you, so I came here. Peace and blessings.

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    • Hello Spirit Walker,

      My sincere apology. When I click your address, greycatt1, it says blog has been deleted. I was obviously confused about the name of your blog. I went on the next day to look again and found you at the site you listed, “mysticwanderings” –forgive me. I have a very tired brain and when I did find your site again, I was too tired to comment and didn’t think about what I’d said in my earlier reply.

      I’m glad you commented to clear this up. Thank you! Also, I’m very glad that your blog was never deleted!

      Peace and blessings to you also Spirit Walker,
      In gratitude,
      Michelle, a.k.a. dogkisses.

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  10. Hi Michelle, just sending you a few thoughts and hope your day is a better one.. Love Dreamwalker.. Im still sending and I Drummed you a vibe or three.. 🙂

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    • Hi Dreamwalker,

      Thank you. I’m still hanging in there. My son and I both enjoyed your videos the other night. We love the Cherokee song. He could sit for hours watching. I tried to get him to leave you a comment but he’s never done that so it probably seems strange to him. I know it did to me before I had a blog. I can honestly speak for him and say he likes your blog as much as I do. Thank you for your many healing gifts and friendship.

      Love, Michelle –and my son too.

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      • Hi Michelle, just sending you a few thoughts again my friend.. I would be delighted if your Son left me a comment.. Sending you a Big Hug… It only has to be Hello! :-).. Wishing you lots of Healing thoughts… love Dreamwalker xx

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        • Hello Dreamwalker! Thank you my friend. So glad to see this comment.
          I’ll tell my son. He’s here visiting for a little while.
          Hugs to you too,
          Michelle.

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  11. I’m so glad I found your blog! I love animals-especially dogs. I have a house full of rescues and wouldn’t have it any other way. I read your comment on Mo’s blog and thought I’d pop over. I would love to add your link to my blog, if it’s ok with you.

    Thanks,
    Sheila

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    • Hi Sheila,

      Thanks for popping over! Speaking of animals, I was just trying to add a gallery of mine, but can’t seem to figure it out today, even though I’ve done it before. My brain is tired.

      Thank you for asking to add my blog as a link, which is fine and I am honored 🙂 (I peeked at your blog and also saw your gravatar’s link to “Graceful Agony,” another great blog).

      Off to rest my tired brain… maybe soon you’ll see some good pics of my furry friends, but then I guess we all think our dogs or other pets are the cutest of all. One thing for sure is their pics don’t need much editing. So beautiful just as they are.

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  12. I love having your gravatar on my comments at the moment. (I was going to write ATM, but thought it sounded like I charge $ to comment!) Maybe it’s because the newest member of our family is a shelter dog who just completed Obedience School last week where they kept all of the students “distracted” with peanut butter-filled Kongs. On some days, I swear that my dogs keep me sane. 🙂

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    • Hi Jan,

      My gravatar is my little princess with silky fur. She is mighty pretty isn’t she?

      I’m a firm believer in a dog’s ability to keep us sane, at least those of us who love and appreciate what a dog has to offer.

      Peanut-butter! That’s what I need to do right now –go freeze some in a Kong. A great dog toy! That also keeps me sane when the sweet princess won’t stop bothering the older dog like she’s doing right now.

      Now, that will be a penny a word. Wait, who pays, me or you? 🙂

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  13. Posted by David Gillaspie on January 3, 2011 at 2:39 PM

    The idea of blogging and letter writing seems close. In one you have strangers reading and understanding your blog ideas; in the other you have people close to you ignore and reject letters. For a writer, the space between the two is huge, and an example of what to expect in day to day conversation.

    And none of it is enough to to say “I give up.”

    The ‘Lovely Blog Award’ is well deserved.

    David.

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    • (reply edited October 2012 by blog author)

      Hello David! Thanks for your visit and comment.

      I’ve re-read your insightful note several times (almost two years later as I edit this reply!), and each time I attempt to understand, “the space between the two is huge, and an example of what to expect in day to day conversation.”

      This is a most perplexing statement for my little brain 🙂

      dogkisses

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  14. Wow, what a lovely end to the year to have your comment on Learning from Dogs and then come and find your own great writings. Really hope we can share some stuff over the coming new year.

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    • Hi Paul! I must say your gravatar just put a smile on my face. A big one. My cheek muscles feel funny. I need to smile more often I guess 🙂 Yes, I am glad to have come across your blog and look forward to “learningfromdogs” in the New Year!

      I hope you have a nice New Year’s eve and of course, A Happy New Year to you!

      dogkisses.

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  15. All the Best,Dogkisses
    Wonderful blog…Thank you..love the Photos also!
    Peace, Love and Joy ,to you and yours
    Laz

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  16. Posted by myfoggybrain411 on April 6, 2010 at 9:52 AM

    Hi there! I was on my Twitter account for two seconds when I found a follower who I thought you might want to connect with… I hardly have time to go on Twitter these days with my job taking up so much time, but I thought of you.

    Not sure if you have heard of this but looks really interesting:

    Here’s the twitter person to follow and contact: http://twitter.com/whenmedicine

    Hope you are doing well!

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    • Hi– thanks for these links. I will most certainly check them out. Thanks for thinking of me! You are really so kind. I left a note on your blog. I hope you are doing well also and I look forward to checking out the links. Thanks again.

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  17. Hi sweetie! I’m not sure if my replies to your comments get to you so I thought I’d reply here. If you go to the bottom of my website you’ll find a link to Lena. Her stuff is great and free! Also, are you on Facebook? If you’d like to correspond outside of the websites go there and you’ll find me! Talk soon!

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    • Hi Rose– I responded on your blog. I hope my having a blog on Google doesn’t confuse people. I may or may not keep it. This blog is for sure my favorite and will be where I continue to write essays. I’m glad we connected and I also had you confused with a different person. Glad to get my names straight. I hate brain fog!

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  18. Magic bikes rock! I had a bike in China I named “Hong Long” (Red Dragon). We went on many adventures together!

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  19. Posted by Cheryl Ann on November 6, 2009 at 1:01 AM

    Again, wonderful. Thank you for sharing.
    Lot’s of Love, C-

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  20. You got it right! 🙂

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