How would you describe your dog’s personality? Is it similar to yours?

YOUR DOG’S PERSONALITY

Linda has been reading a fascinating book that she wants to recommend. It’s THROUGH A DOG’S EYES by Jennifer Arnold (Spiegel & Grau, 2010). Jennifer is founder and executive director of Canine Assistants, a service-dog school in Milton, Georgia. www.canineassistants.com. Below is Linda’s review.

What I love about THROUGH A DOG’S EYES is how it presents so many fascinating bits of information about why dogs do what they do and how the world looks to them. I first saw Jennifer on a PBS special and was impressed with her techniques for matching dogs with people who have disabilities.

While Allen and I wrote ANGEL DOGS WITH A MISSION, I learned a lot about the beginnings of training dogs to serve people with mobility impairments. The book had two great stories in it based on interviews we did with the amazing Bonnie Bergin (Bergin Institute of Canine Studies) and Kerrill Knaus-Hardy.

These two women and their first dog Abdul were responsible for training the first service dogs, other than those who were helping people with visual impairments. Jennifer and Bonnie have both continued this valuable work, and the two are colleagues in this field of endeavor.

One of the most interesting parts of Jennifer’s book is the chapter on dogs’ personalities. She explains that the best matches between people and dogs occur when the two have similar personalities. Her organization figures out personality profiles for dogs by using the Canine Behavior Type Index (CBTI) developed by Kenneth Dagley, a trainer, and Dr. Jaqueline Perkins, a veterinarian, from the GOOD DOG Behaviour Clinics in Australia.

Jennifer also recommends an interesting, free test you can try, described as the “first scientific dog personality test.” After you understand your dog’s personality, you can understand how best to relate to him or her. www.petconnectgame.com.

How would you describe your dog’s personality? Is it similar to yours?

Allen and Linda Anderson
Angel Animals Network — Where Pets Are Family
www.angelanimals.net

NATIVE AMERICANS AND MYSTICAL HORSES

NATIVE AMERICANS AND MYSTICAL HORSES

Native American ability to connect with animals spiritually inspires with its awesome simplicity. Native Americans weave strands of all life together in a tapestry that does not easily unravel.

Perhaps one of the most lasting impressions of how thoroughly and courageously humans and animals can blend their spirits and hearts came when Native Americans began their centuries-long relationship with horses.

Horses evolved on the American continent about a million years ago into Equus caballus, an ancient ancestor to the modern day horse. Archeological evidence suggests that horses migrated across land bridges to Europe and Asia. Ten thousand years ago, Equus went extinct in the western world but found its way into the deserts of the Middle East, the mountains of the Far East, and the jungles of Africa.

According to the Native American Newsletter “Buffalo Trails,” before horses were reintroduced to the Americas, there were rare sightings of a few of their ancestors. These became known as the Curlie Horse. The Sioux revered the Curlie Horse as mysterious or mystical.

Ultimately Native Americans fell in love with Equus, domesticating horses and coming to rely on them for hunting, warfare, and moving from place to place over the vast plains of the Midwest and South. Historians believe that the Comanches first recognized how important horses could be to their survival and put them to the greatest use.

Paintings survive that show Native American warriors dressed for battle with their war ponies painted the same patterns and colors as their own faces and bodies. The horse and the man were as one, a formidable force adorned identically with symbols such as zigzag lines to represent lightning and circles around the eyes to improve both the horse’s and human’s vision.

Native Americans found strength in horses and connected with them at deeply spiritual levels. It appears to have been destiny for them to take their relationships with horses beyond that of using animals merely as “beasts of burden” into one in which human and horse spirits joined as one.

What is your relationship with horses?

Allen and Linda Anderson
Angel Animals Network — Where Pets Are Family
www.angelanimals.net

JANE GOODALL

When women love animals and are determined to express this love, they are invincible in their pursuit. A classic example is scientist, author, and inspirational speaker Jane Goodall. Her love for chimps in the forests of Gombe catapulted her into becoming a respected spokesperson for the protection of endangered species and animal welfare causes.

The pristine forests offered Jane an exquisite peace and tranquility. In a passage from her book REASON FOR HOPE (Warner Books 1999), she writes about what close contact with animals means to her.

“On an open grassy ridge the chimps climbed into a massive mbula tree, where Fifi, replete from the morning’s feasting, made a large comfortable nest high above me. She dozed through a midday siesta, little Fanni asleep in her arms, Frodo and Freud playing nearby. How healing it was to be back at Gombe again, and by myself with the chimpanzees and their forest. I had left the busy, materialistic world so full of greed and selfishness and, for a little while, could feel myself, as in the early days, a part of nature.”

Women turn to animals for comfort, playtime, serenity, unconditional love, and a number of other spiritual qualities they can’t find as readily from any other source. They nourish and rescue animals and receive similar blessings in return from them.

What are animals in your home or in nature giving you the freedom to experience?

Allen and Linda Anderson
Angel Animals Network – Where Pets Are Family
www.angelanimals.net

INSPIRATIONAL WRITING AND PUBLISHING SIX-WEEK CLASS

INSPIRATIONAL WRITING AND PUBLISHING SIX-WEEK CLASS

Instructor: Linda Anderson
Age Group: Adult
Day: Wednesdays
Date: March 16 – April 20
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

In this spiritually hungry world, people long to be comforted and inspired. Self-help, New Thought, religious books, daily meditations, memoirs, and personal true story anthologies top the bestseller lists. In this class, you’ll learn the forms, elements, and markets for inspirational writing and read samples from masterful writers. You’ll get tips for moving from self-expression to service by writing about your life’s experiences in ways that help others.

We’ll also talk about a system for framing chapters in a book-length work or for organizing an article. This class offers nurturing feedback and suggestions for rewriting, polishing, and getting published. It includes individual review of your assignments or book in progress. For intermediate and advanced writers and beginning writers who want to explore the inspirational genres.

30% Lecture; 25% Writing Exercises; 25% Sharing of Student Writing; 20% Review of Master Works

Instructor: Linda Anderson
Age Group: Adult
Location: Hopkins Center for the Arts, Hopkins, Minnesota
Day: Wednesdays
Date: March 16 – April 20
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Level: Open to All Levels

Register in person at Open Book, online www.loft.org/classes-at-the-loft/register-now, by phone at 612-379-8999, by fax at 612-215-2576, or mail registration to The Loft Literary Center, Att: Education, Open Book, Suit 200, 1011 Washington Ave. So., Minneapolis, MN 55414. Registration fee (seat): $186.00