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April Update

Sleepy Ryder, thinking of all the friends who love him.
Sleepy Ryder, thinking of all the friends who love him.

I have had a few people email recently to ask if I’m still living on planet Earth. My apologies for not having sent out a Creature Thoughts in a while, and for the website/blog having been so quiet. Life in general has been keeping me on the sidelines — or perhaps it has pushed what used to be life in general to the sidelines. Either way works.

I’m once again dealing with a health issue in a beloved pet. Ryder is going through vet visits and tests to confirm what we hope is an easily-remedied problem. So far, that looks promising, but there are a lot of details that need to be tended to in order to rule out anything serious. The good thing is that he seems to feel well, is eating, happy, playing, and content.

Once again, as with Kai, friends from various walks of life, including the wonderfully supportive Saluki community, have come together with support (both financial and emotional). We will get through this. My gratitude is overwhelming.

In the meantime, my own health has taken a bit of a turn that is having to be checked out. It is one of those “it’s probably nothing” things that, as with Ryder, simply needs the “not quite so nothing” possibilities ruled out. But, it means doctor appointments for me, as well.

At the moment, therefore, my schedule is very much up in the air. As a result, I would like to request that everyone consider e-mail, rather than live, appointments if at all possible. E-mail, I can fit in whenever I have downtime between vet and doctor visits. I’ve had to reschedule too many phone appointments at the last minute lately, and that is not fair to my clients and their animal family members.

Thank you for understanding. I hope things will settle down soon, so I can get back to sending out real Creature Thoughts newsletters. Again, I apologize for the long lapse!


(New clients still require referral from an existing client whose account is in good standing. Thank you for understanding.)

A New Year

Happy New Year to all!

This is just a brief note to let everyone know that some changes have taken effect.

My rates have gone up a bit, to $45 for the base half-hour rate, with $1.50/minute beyond that. Other prices, such as the pre-paid pack special (see the Important Info page for details) will change accordingly.

I am going to diligently try to be more more proactive about billing, and about notifying past-due accounts. In addition, there will be no more exceptions to these guidelines … or, to be grammatically accurate, the guidelines have now become rules. Again, the details are on the above linked page.

New clients must be referred to me by an existing client whose account is in good standing. This may or may not be a permanent restriction; I haven’t quite decided yet.

I wish everyone a wonder-filled 2016. May we all keep Peace in our visions, and Love in our hearts.




Ryder Joins The Family (& an update)

First, the mundane: As of 12/26/15, all “normal” operations will resume, with one minor exception. New clients will still have to be referred by a current client whose account is up to date (I must be able to verify this referral). Other than that, I am able to pretty much function as normal (well, as normal as I’ve ever been, anyway).

As of January 1st, my rates will be changing. The base rate will be $45/half hour minimum, and the per-minute rate will then be $1.50.

In addition, my resolution here on in is to be much more diligent about billing past accounts, and firm (this means rock-solid) on my policy to place overdue accounts on “pre-pay only status”. This information is reflected on my Important Info Page. Please read it before scheduling an appointment, thank you.

Now For The Interesting News

Ryder121715-5Through sorrow comes peace. I have had another painful and heart-breaking loss in my life. On December 13th, my dear friend, Lin, passed away. Lin battled a horrific cancer for three years, never giving in to it. Eventually, however, her body grew frail and could no longer contain her strong spirit. I will miss her presence in my life terribly. Lin was a force of good for so many. She was always the first person to step up to the plate when anyone (dog or human) in the Saluki community had a need. Lin and I worked on many charity auctions together, strove together to raise support for Saluki health research, and were part of the initial discussion committee which led to the formation of STOLA — the Saluki Tree of Life Alliance, Inc (our breed’s national rescue group).

I was asked if I would bring her 8 year old Saluki, Ryder, into my home and family. Of course, I was honored and blessed to do so. On Wednesday the 16th, Joe and I drove halfway to Ontario to meet friends Janice and Sandy (Lin’s sister in law, who flew all the way from Wales to Ontario to care for her and the dogs), who were taking the east-bound run to deliver Ryder to us.

He is doing well, though it’s very obvious that he misses his mum. I miss her, too. We’ll be okay, we are bonding and sharing and supporting one another.

I have lost the dog of my heart. Ryder has lost his heart-human and the only mum he has ever known. Two lost souls are come together, to help one another to heal. I have no doubt that our angels, Lin and Kai, have arranged this journey for us.

Welcome, Ryder, good boy. You are loved.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a healthy, happy and prosperous 2016.