Wolves howl to express themselves, bond and otherwise connect to the energy of Mother Gaia and the cycles of the Moon. Domestic Dogs do the same, they express through their language of barks, snorts, yips, growls and howls, all meaning different things depending on their tone and the situation.
As the weather warms, our best friends encounter many irritations, including fleas and tics, hot spots and such. The itches and the stings, rashes and bug bites are all part of the landscape when one walks so close to the ground! Of course we do what we can to prevent such things, be it collars or chewables or these days even shots. Left to their own resources, dogs will roll in dirt to manage the itches and also tend to one another when in a pack.
As the weather warms we too encounter our own irritations and discomforts. Sometimes due to the heat or humidity that will ultimately come, but more often than not it's the feeling that comes from deep inside as the seasons change and things blossom and bloom all around us. Unlike our dogs, we don't have collars to purchased and comfort us, or chewables to soothe us, rather our only option is to take a deep dive into ourselves and see what we find.
Deep dives can be unsettling and more often than not show us bit and pieces about ourselves we would rather not see, but they are necessary if we are to quell all inner irritations. If we ignore them, they don't go away, although we can fool ourselves into thinking they do. Instead, like those awful parasites, fleas, who lay eggs and multiply rapidly, that which troubles us, lays it's eggs in our consciousness and there it grows itchier and itchier over time!
You would never let your fur baby suffer when you can do something about it, so please be sure you do the same for yourself.
Peace, Love & Wufs
Rev Deb, Chooks & Sam
The moment has happened! After almost two years in the making the official launch of The Temple of Dog took place on March 5th at the Williamson Country Library to a very attentive and intimate audience of special guests. We laughed, we sang, and even shed a tear, and interacted in fun and sacred ways.
It was a loving and lovely exchange between souls who all had a common thread between them and that was the love of dog and indeed the love of animals. Dina Rae and I shared our experience of what it was like developing and creating The Temple of Dog Oracle Deck, illustrating it best by performing a small tug of war between us with a doggie tug toy! However above all our greatest moment was performing our new Beatles parody "All You Need Are Dogs!" which the whole crowd joined in on!
We shared a presentation that detailed what The Temple of Dog is, and what we intend for it to become, which will be posted on this website soon. Dina Rae showed off her instagram reels that featured some of our Temple of Dog Characters, and we even did a compelling tai chi exercise famous for releasing and relieving stress.
We had our guests pull their own cards from the deck and some shared what they got with the group. Everyone there let us know how pertinent their card was and in fact, one person said they couldn't share, because it was just too personal. That, folks, is the power of the deck. At the end of the event we did a very special blessing for all fur babies, present and past, blessing them for everything they bring and have brought into our lives and our hearts. (This is where a few tears were shed.)
All in all it was a great beginning and everyone left with heads high and their tails wagging, metaphorically speaking of course! Thank you to all who were able to be there, and to everyone else who has wished us well on our journey that is The Temple of Dog. If you want to know how you can get your paws on the Deck, or participate in one of the special packages we have put together, please check out our shop.
Peace, love and wufs,
Rev Deb, Chooks & Sam
When was the last time you thought about your dreams? Was it recent enough that you are in touch with them and readily know what your dreams are? Or. . . are you dreams so buried at this point you'd be like the neighborhood dog digging holes in the back yard just trying to remember where you put them?!
Dogs live in the moment, so it is safe to say that they live their dreams. If you have ever watched a dog deep asleep you can see them fully committed to the dream they are having, be it chasing squirrels or sticks, they are all in. And the same goes for the life they live when they are awake. They are fully into whatever it is they are doing in the moment. Nothing feels too hard for them. and they never thing that they don't deserve something.
I invite you to consider my double dog dare! I dare you to rekindle your dreams, whatever state they may be in, and take one step towards them. If your dream seems to huge you don't know what step to take, understand that this might mean that you don't really believe you can it. It's like a dog biting into a gigantic tree branch as if it were a little stick, but being unable to actually carry it, sometimes when you have a vision that is so big you don't know where to start, the size of the vision can keep you stuck! Downsize that vision into smaller chunks until you can take a step forward.
It may take a while to get there, but it you take a little step every day, you will arrive at your destination before you know it. One little step every day will move you farther faster than you can imagine. And no matter what happens, Dog always loves and supports you especially when you love and support yourself and your dreams.
Peace, Love and Wufs,
Rev Deb, Chooks & Sam
Dina Rae and Rev Deb invite you to enjoy this curated experience. May your tails wag with satisfaction and your hearts be warmed by all that you see.