(Main photo: Freddy, looking for a furever home at the Niagara Falls Humane Society)
I try to live a mindful life. My enthusiastic morning greeting from my little dog starts my day with warmth and humour. On the drive to work today I opened my sunroof and felt the fresh air. I counted 8 robins, hooray! I drove past Heartland Forest, such a peaceful, pretty spot, even this time of year. I used the quiet time in the car to breathe and mentally prepare myself for a busy, stressful day ahead, and appreciated the peaceful alone time.
In my office I appreciate the soft sound of my little water fountain, gifted to me by a friend who worried about my stress level. I look at the photos on the walls, and the walls themselves, bright orange and Hershey chocolate brown, my bowls of stones, the candles, the peaceful music, the fragrant Scentsy warmer. I’ve created a pretty nest for myself in a noisy, stinky, stressful environment. It is a gift in my day having this refuge. It helps me to be more productive, more creative, and more effective in what I do. Below Bailey at the Niagara Falls Humane Society looking for someone to love:
I have to try to live mindfully. Animals do it as naturally as breathing. As Miss Molly sees me coming she keels over so I can rub her belly. She stretches and purrs and enjoys every second of my attention. Then she ambles off to find the next good thing in her day. I think of my little guy at home. He enjoys every bite of every treat, every lap snuggle, every moment lying in his little patch of sunshine. When we’re on a walk he notices every little thing, nothing escapes his notice and interest. Then when we’re back home, he revels in having his harness off, a long drink of water, and his cosy nest. Below Louise is hoping you’ll come by and visit her at The Adoption Centre – Niagara Square)
We need to be learning from the animals in our world. They can be our gurus. They know how to live in the moment, how to really savour joy and pleasure, and also how to be unguardedly honest. Watch and learn, folks. They’re a lot smarter than we are. Below: Handsome Dexter is hoping for a new home as he waits at the NFHS.
Check our website, www.nfhs.ca, to view all our adoptable animal profiles. The website will also tell you all about what’s happening at the shelter. Join us for dinner the first Thursday of every month, we always serve something homemade and delicious. And Trivia Night is coming up on April 22, check the website for details. Book a table, its great fun and one of our most important fundraisers.
Join us for a night of laughs at the Kasbah on April 2nd at 8pm. This live comedy show will be featuring Levi Mann, Marc Calaguiro with Marc Trinidad as our headliner. David Green from Live on Queen with David Green will be our host with the most. Tickets are $20 .00 and include dinner. We will have a raffle for some great prizes as well as a 50/50 draw. Tickets can be purchased at the main shelter, adoption centre or by contacting Shannon at 905-356-4404 ext 234 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are looking for some volunteers and we have some very unique volunteer opportunities available. Our volunteer coordinator, Linda, is hosting a volunteer recruitment event at the cat Adoption Centre for the next two weekends. If you’re considering helping out, go see her, please! It will be held on March 11th from 10-4, the 12th from 10-4, and the 13th from 1-4, and again on March 18th from 10-4, the 19th from 10-4, and the 20th from 1-4.We will have a booth set up with information on how you can help the animals in your community in an admirable and meaningful manner. All it takes is a few hours of your time to truly make a positive impact on the lives of the animals in our care. For more information, please e-mail Linda Turner at email@example.com. We look forward to meeting you!
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Cathy Fugler, Communications Director, NFHS