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Thursday, December 31, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
I think this is going to be my new Christmas tradition. Pillows by the sparkly tree, who could ask for anything more?
We have a tree at Delta Family Counseling (our office) too, but it is small and doesn't smell real. I don't like that one and stay away from it. I think Tara tried to trick our clients into thinking it is a real tree...I hope they know the difference! I wonder if other people have trees that aren't real? Do they sparkle just as much?
I wonder what other traditions people have for Christmas? One other tradition I know of is that we get to open Santa's presents on Christmas morning...that sure is a nice man to leave them for us! Bode, Blackey, and I asked for new soft toys. I think the boys really want those big "Bo-bo's", but I like the soft pretty toys that I can snuggle with.
Sweet dreams for Christmas!
Monday, December 21, 2009
This week we want to introduce you to Rosie:
Friday, December 18, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Starting this week we have chosen Copper. More information can be found at: http://www.gulfcoasthumanesociety.org/.
The notes show that Copper is a cheerful little fellow. He loves everybody, loves to go for long walks, and get cuddles. He is a beagle/hound mix who is approximately 1 yr and 9 months old. He is housetrained and neutered. If you are thinking of adding to your family, consider Copper or one of his many friends at the shelter! (The shelter just told us to be sure to note that Copper doesn't do well with small children!)
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
We have so many family members that we can thank for protecting our country and many others out there!
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Here is a quote we want to leave you with on this day of remembering:
This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave. ~Elmer Davis
Abbey and Bode
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Saturday, October 31, 2009
*Chocolate in all forms—especially dark or baking chocolate—can be very dangerous for dogs and cats. Symptoms of significant chocolate ingestion may include vomiting, diarrhea, hyperactivity, increased thirst, urination and heart rate—and even seizures.
*Candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can be poisonous to dogs. Even small amounts of xylitol sweetener can cause a sudden drop in blood sugar, which leads to depression, lack of coordination and seizures. In cases of significantly low blood sugar, liver failure has been known to occur.
*Ingesting tin foil and cellophane candy wrappers can pose a choking hazard or cause intestinal blockage.
Enjoy the festivities! Abbey and Bode
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Hopefully all of you enjoy your jobs as much as Abbey, Tara, and I do! If you don't, please reconsider what you do and find something that you value! Every job, no matter how big or small, can impact someone and you can provide that smile that someone has been looking for!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Thursday, October 22, 2009
We receive a lot of referrals for SW FL kids that are victims or witnesses to crimes and the numbers seem to be growing. We love working with these children and helping them play through the trauma they experienced to grow and be healthy adults. Trauma can be tough for everyone.
The latest news of the little girl from Orange Park, FL being found murdered is disturbing. Why would someone pick on an innocent child? What about the guy in Charlotte county accused of sexual abuse to an 18 month old?
What do you do to help children? Hiding in our beds doesn't help, but it does help to regroup and think! We are going to continue to advocate and bring awareness to protecting children!
Finding your need and meeting it is critical in self care! You only go to a doctor that you feel comfortable with, so why go to a therapist you don't?
We just recently learned how to help people find the right counselor! Do you know what to look for? First is get some word-of-mouth recommendations. Next find out if that counselor is a generalist or do they specialize in what you need. For example, we specialize in play therapy and pet-assisted therapy with children. Tara only takes continuing education for her work with kids!!
Next, interview them! At Delta Family Counseling, we call the interview an intake. This is where one of the therapists meets with you to be sure it is a good fit for both parties and the goals of counseling can be met.
There are many levels of therapists with very different backgrounds! Find out more about if a social worker, marriage and family therapist, mental health counselor, psychologist, or psychiatrist is best for you! Let us know if you need any help!
Abbey and Bode
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Did you know dogs shouldn't eat chocolate? Tara called the vet, but because I am so big, they just laughed and said they hoped I enjoyed it! Apparently at my size it takes one pound of chocolate to cause problems...although I doubt I will ever get any more!!
Chocolate is my new favorite food, what is yours?
Going to run around the yard and then off to bed!
Check out this article that our friend, Theresa, with NASW shared: http://twi.cc/vxSq
We are both rescued from shelters and think that shelter dogs have a lot to offer! What do you think?
Off to work with lots of kids at Delta Family Counseling today!
Abbey and Bode
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
I sat on this couch for much of the session because I just wanted my bunny to myself! Do you have times where you know something is yours and you need to keep it in reach? Why am I so attached to my bunny? It is a work bunny but I did not want to work anymore when she kept taking it from me. Tara said the bunny is my security blanket...what does that mean? Do you have one?
I need a nap.....
Monday, September 28, 2009
I am wondering if everyone likes them all the time? Today we were in session and our client constantly was looking in the mirror. He checked he faces and identified his feelings he was showing...."happy face", "made face", "scared' and more.
I noticed my ears and tail change places when I look in the mirror....I am not sure where I am going with this, but I am fascinated.
I am going to nap and ponder this mirror thing....
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Friday, September 4, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
Out to Play!
Playing together to save lives...
Out to Play is made up of friends and family of Delta Family Counseling, LLC. Please join us in walking and raising money to save a life! Canine friends encouraged to participate as well!
Join us and 0ur team in supporting CARES! You can walk with us, help us raise money, or do both for the 3rd Annual Survivors Stepping Out Walk on November 21st.
Every 17 minutes someone dies by suicide. It is the third leading cause of death for young people. You are the friend, relative, neighbor, co-worker, or acquaintance that could save a life.
Your support is needed so that CARES can continue to offer services FREE to the community and keep the only Suicide Prevention Resource Center open in SW Florida!
Come and play with us at Veteran's Park in Cape Coral on November 21st!
Click here to donate or join our team: http://www.active.com/donate/careswalk/outtoplay
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Celebrating someone's life is the most important part of a death. We are saddened by the loss, but need to remember the good times. When it is a tragic death, such as a suicide, we have many questions and do not clearly understand what is happening. This can happen to with natural death.
We, our family, has experienced many deaths lately and are focusing on the good. Just this month, Geoff''s "Pa" (grandpa) died; Steve (a friend of CARES and the service they are getting ready to go to; and our friend Jessica's mom a couple of days ago. Earlier this summer, we lost our canine friend Murphy and miss him dearly.
We remember our play dates with Murphy. We wish we could still have them, but know there was a reason he only had 4 years on Earth with Colleen and the rest of us.
As Geoff and Tara leave to celebrate Steve's life at this memorial service, we challenge you to reflect on those you love that have died and try and identify your favorite memory of that person or dog.
Sending love to everyone...
Abbey and Bode
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Thanks so much for voting for us!
Monday, July 20, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Nathan got adopted yesterday by a high school friend of Tara's. He was renamed Kennedy and we know will have a great life with his new forever family! Blackey is sad that he still doesn't have a forever family but claims us as his own! He can stay here as long as he needs to, even if that is forever!
Tara has doctor's appointments this week and something called an MRI. She still has trouble with her knees and can't walk us, so we all hope this gets better soon!
Hopefully everyone has a calm week like we are hoping for!
Abbey and Bode
Monday, July 13, 2009
What a week this will be!
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
With summer being in full swing, we want to remind everyone that it is fun to be with friends and family! There are so many things you can do during the summer months and many celebrations to be had!
Enjoy the rest of your summer!
Monday, June 29, 2009
Sorry for the delay, however Tara and Geoff went away and took the computer so we couldn't type! It is so great to have them back. We have had a rough day...Bode got a fever last night and we tried to cool him off, but it wouldn't go away. He is leaving the vet now with a confirmed fever, but not able to identify the cause! Tara is in bed too with both her knees giving out and waiting for the x-ray results to come back. Blackey, Geoff and I are doing great and we hope this week gets better with everyone feeling better....Bode doesn't want me to share it, but here is a picture of him with the cool washcloths on to help reduce his fever!
Friday, June 19, 2009
We love having friends over and taking over the beds in the house! The above picture is Abbey, Blackey, Bode, Baxter, and Rascal after running in the yard! We love to play hard and then rest together. It is so important to have forever friends that you can always be with and feel safe around!
Do you have forever friends? At Delta Family Counseling (our office) we have lots of friends that we hope are forever going to remember our play therapy work together. We also have friends we have made in our class and at networking events. Being called a dog is so not fitting, we really think we are human!
Have a fun, safe weekend filled with love and friends!
Abbey and Bode
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Our workshop that we co-teach with Tara is "Lessons from Therapy Dogs....Life can be RUFF!". We talk about our work with the kids and how much we have taught Tara about the therapeutic profession. Topics such as compassion fatigue, setting limits, self care, and more are the focus. We think it's funny that we know all this and all the humans forget...maybe it's all that schooling that causes you to forget!
We love to share this information with people and remind them that they have to come first and be mentally healthy to work with their clients!
Tara is teaching this workshop again in August at the NOVA conference in Arizona, but it is too far and hard for us to travel that far...we hope to get another one close by that we can schedule!
Until next time....
Abbey and Bode
Monday, June 8, 2009
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Time has flown since our last post and we have been so busy. Do you ever feel like you can't catch up with time? We have so much going on and can only assume you all do to!
Where should we start? The biggest thing is that Blackey is back. For those of you that haven't been following our blog, Blackey was the first foster we took in. He is a great friend! We think some bad things happened to him at his adopted home, so we are glad to have him back and show him safety.
We have also been helping Geoff settle into his new job as CARES Program Director. There are many clients to see, so we are very busy helping others!
We are teaching a class in Orlando in three weeks and will share about that in our next post!
We will try to blog more often and apologize for the delay!
Abbey and Bode
Monday, April 20, 2009
As we all know, a lot of people have lost their jobs or had their hours or pay cut because of this economic crisis. The sad part is that more and more families are forced to turn their pets into shelters because they simply cannot afford them any more. DOGSWELL® has decided it is time to give back!
Beginning April 15th, DOGSWELL® will be launching The DOGSWELL® Bow-Wow Bailout.DOGSWELL® is committed to providing up to 10,000 free bags of DOGSWELL® dry foodfor dogs, one per household, to those that have lost their job, taken a pay cut or had their hours cut due to this economic downturn. We are doing everything we can to ensure that more pets stay in their homes. We will also be attaching a coupon to each bag sent out for use at a local independent pet retailer so they can replenish their supply at a deep discount.
The details . . .The DOGSWELL® Bow-Wow Bailout will last from April 15th through May 15th. Applicants must fill out a redemption form. This form can be found at www.dogswell.com, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 888.559.8833. Redemption forms can be submitted via email - email@example.com, fax - 877.730.7877, or mail - DOGSWELL®, Attn: Bow-Wow Bailout, 1964 Westwood Blvd. Ste. 350, Los Angeles, CA 90025.
We are really excited to give something back and thank you for helping us spread the word!For complete Terms and Conditions, please see our website www.DOGSWELL.com.If you have any questions, please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org or callDOGSWELL® at 888.559.8833.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Remember your canines today and don't let us get to the candy or food--it could hurt us--no matter how hard we beg! Tara and Geoff always have special treats that we can have so we don't feel so left out! Bode's favorite's are "ice-cookies" and Abbey love pieces of Bode's food:) For those that don't know, "ice-cookies" are pieces of ice out of the door dispenser!
Enjoy the special day and remember the reason for celebrating!
Abbey and Bode!
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
It is so great to spend birthday's with those you love. We had a lot of ups and downs yesterday though, too. Zoe left and we didn't get to say good-bye to her. I think I am having the hardest time with this. I loved having someone my size to play with and we wrestled and ran and napped together! I definitely am missing her and pouted some of the day.
Tara took her to the vet and she never came back! The lady at the vet fell in love with her and asked to adopt her, at least that is what I heard the humans saying. I loved her too, but there was a lot of dog in our house with the three of us and our sizes. I wish I could see her, play, and say good-bye. It is always hard to say good-bye!
Oh boy, it is hard to have days with good and bad things in them! Onward to today...
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Our favorite exercise is the Thank You Circle! No matter what profession you are in, you never hear thank you enough. This goes for family life too. There are many times we take for granted what is going on and don't remember that a simple thank you can go so far!
Thank you to all who read this and thank you to those that let us teach you!
Abbey and Bode
Thursday, March 26, 2009
We think we are ready! Have you ever had to speak or present? Maybe it will be scary, but we think it will be nothing but fun.
Wish us luck, our presentation is called: Lessons from Therapy Dogs...Life can be RUFF!
Abbey and Bode
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Zoe is settling right in and sharing our couches and beds with us. Zoe is afraid of many things and we are all working with her to show her what is safe. I think those other dogs really caused some fear in her. Zoe and Bode love to run in the back yard (Tara calls them figure 8's). I like to get out of there way and cuddle with them when they are done!
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Sunday, March 1, 2009
I am wondering what everyone else thinks about celebrations--do you have a favorite or a least favorite? I think birthdays are my favorite because we get special treats with yogurt frosting on them--yum!
Now I am really excited for my birthday!
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Abbey and I forgot to announce that the same day I got my head wrapped up from my boo-boo, we found Blackey (our first foster) a forever home! He was so happy and it seems like a great family!
In the two weeks we had him, we really loved him but knew it wasn't forever. We are so proud of Geoff and Tara for finding him a forever home to be loved as much as we are. We are taking a break and then will get our next foster. More news on that when it happens! Blackey was in the shelter 15 months before we got him and then in two short weeks, we were able to successfully place him! We are proud of this quickness, and I think the shelter is too!
Thanks for your support with him and we will let you know who is next so you can help us find that dog a forever home too!
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Today we had a birthday celebration for his 3rd birthday. Actually, we picked this day as his birthday because no one really knows when it is--but don't tell that to Bode! We all, Blackey, Bode, and I, got treats from the Dog Bakery and they were delicious! Bode ate his the fastest and Blackey acted like he had never had one before, which is quite possible!
It was such a good day! We got to run and play, watch the Superbowl...the real one and the puppybowl, and sleep on whatever furniture we wanted! Bode sprawled out on the maser bed and I took a loveseat with Blackey on the outside couch!
What does everyone else do for their Birthday's? Mine is coming up in March...I wonder what is planned for that....
Alright time to finish sleeping through this Superbowl thing!
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
FLORIDA: Pet Smart is voluntarily recalling dog biscuits because of potential salmonella contamination.
Seven varieties of Great Choice dog biscuits are being recalled because they contain peanut paste made at the same facility that's been linked to a salmonella outbreak.
It’s important to note that so far none of the biscuits have tested positive for salmonella.
The recall is being issued as a precaution only.
Salmonella is a bacteria found in raw meats, poultry and eggs. It also can be found in some reptiles, small pets and animal feces. It’s spread by contact between one of these sources and another product or human.
For more information, please contact your doctor, visit CDC website at www.cdc.gov or FDA website at www.fda.gov.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Blackey has been in the shelter for a long time as his owner died. He is very lovable! He is getting along with all 4 of us (Abbey, Bode, Geoff, and Tara). He mastered the doggie door after 2 tries and knows lots of commands! He gets to stay at our house until we find him a good home...if you are interested, please let us know so we can help him become your new friend!
Abbey and I can't wait to help all these other pups find good homes like we have, and share ours until that happens!
We will post more pictures, when we take them!
Abbey and Bode!
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
We got to walk around, a lot! People had places for me to drink water with other dogs and I even got to see some dogs that need a home. There are so many that don't get a good place to live and I wish we could help them all! Any how, the art festival! There was so many yummy smells and I think I ate lots of things I wasn't supposed to--thanks to all who drop while they eat :)
Tara and Geoff got many compliments on how well behaved I am and how well I listen to them. The kettle korn lady said she wanted to have a dog like me at home! I had so much fun!
There were a few times when it was really crowded and my tail went in--I felt like I was going to lose Geoff and Tara (I always forget they hold that leash thing on me). I did good healing and even some vendors stopped to chat. Everyone kept saying, "she is so pretty, what is she?" I wonder what that means...can't I just be an Abbey? Some said I looked like a character from Dr. Seuss...what's that? Tara told my story of rescue and being a lemon beagle...at least the thought I was pretty!
I hope you all had a fun weekend too!