When I was a child, growing up in northern Westchester County, we would romp through the woods, lay in the high grasses, roll down the hills, and wander through the brush all day long, and never see a single tick. Today, you can barely walk from the house to the mailbox without finding one or two clinging to your clothing. Searching the dogs after every walk has become a routine that everyone performs by habit now. It’s a routine, of course, which is pretty much fruitless, as a Black-legged Tick nymph is so small it’s almost impossible to spot on a dog … or a human.
dogs were able to find the virus with a 96% accuracy — far higher than any of the medical tests. It’s been known for some time that dogs can smell diseases such as cancer, and detect blood sugar changes in people with diabetes. But can our pets actually smell pain?
Have you had pets who could sense where you were hurting? I’m sure I’m not the only one whose pets have been such a comfort. Please feel free to let me know in the comments on the website, or on Facebook, all about your special animal healers.
I hope, however, that you can still listen for the birdsong. Stand in the crisp, clear, cold, with your eyes closed, for just a moment, and open your heart. Hear the distant trill, the chirrup, and the warble, and know from the depths of your soul that you are hearing the promise of spring.
My holiday wish for all of you is that you find, every single day, something special that fills your heart with gratitude. May it be something wonderful that, no matter how dire things seem around you, or how worrisome the world looks at this given moment, the joy of your thanksgiving overflows and fills your life with light and hope.
Twenty Twenty. To say that this year has been a challenge would be a major understatement. We entered the year thinking “20/20” would mean perfect vision. What we have found instead has been far from crystal clarity. And yet, we are here, facing its close, and still somehow holding on to hope that the next year will be better.