Saturday, November 28, 2009

A Dogs Thanksgiving Story

My old bullmastiff pal, Harvey, was a great talker. From a very early age we worked on building animal and human telepathy. Each of our three dogs at the time were excellent at mind communication, but since Harvey didn't know any better -- having started much younger than the other two -- he became a conversational pro! Months before he crossed the Rainbow Bridge we began a blog together. Before he passed I promised him I would continue to share the character of his words. The following light-hearted story is told from the perspective of a dog.

A terrible thing happened for dogs one Thanksgiving. It can certainly be a terrible thing when your people learn something new -- if you happen to be a dog. My people were being visited by the extended pack. Tree was talking with another people and I overheard the whole aweful story.

There once was a dog who went with her people to visit other people who happened to have a dog too. The dog in this story was very happy to visit the other dog. They ran together and had great fun with toys, but the other dog was much younger and stronger than the dog in our story so it sometimes made our dog very sad; She kept trying though, in the hopes that one day she'd be just as good at something as the younger dog.

Then one night, during the visit, a new thing happened. While getting ready for bed the other people patted the top of the bed -- and the other dog jumped up! Our dog in the story had never seen anything such as this before. Her people always slept alone way up on the bed. The dog in our story was never allowed on the bed. She wanted oh so very much to be just like the other dog! She ventured a little whine and offered her best cute puppy face to her people. To the surprise of the dog in our story her people patted the top of the bed too; She too was going to be allowed on the bed! SHE would finally be just like the other dog in our story! Her bottom side began to wiggle before her feet could even move. The dog in our story was so terribly excited as she jumped onto the bed! She wagged and wagged her tail in joy. She rolled on her side and wagged her tail in happiness. The dog in our story wagged and wagged her happy tail hard.

Suddenly the dog in our story let out a huge YELP! She jumped down to the safety of the floor. She tried to be happy again. She tried to wag her tail, but each effort made her yelp again in pain. Then the dog in our story tried NOT to wag her tail, but it wouldn't hold still, so she cried. Her people jumped out of the bed and rushed her to a doctor. Being very worried, they told the doctor what had happened. The doctor gave the dog in our story medicine to make her feel better and heal. In time, the dog in our story would be just fine. The the doctor then gave a good natured laugh. He explained that he'd never seen a dog get so happy that it wagged too hard; The dog in our story had sprained her tail!

My own people learned that too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. Thanksgiving turkey makes my tail wag because it's so good, but I won't wag too hard unless maybe they remember I'm thankful for leftovers!

-- written November 25, 2006 by Harvest "Harvey" the bullmastiff, with the help of his people Tree Pruitt.

*Please consider visiting the American Bullmastiff Association Rescue to make a small donation or give a loving forever home to a darling in need! :)

copyright Tree Pruitt
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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Buffalo and Calf Holey Stone

 This new large Spiritkeepers Stone comes with an upright brass display stand for one of a kind home decor. It features a unique landscape painting of a mother Native American Bison with morning mist steaming from her mouth while her baby buffalo calf stands by her side. It was inspired by the shapes found within the natural surface, formed by fossils & fossil imprints, so it has a great deal of texture. In some areas, especially the calf, the image seem 3-D! I painted it with washes of color and careful dry brushed layers of acrylic paint.

The type of stone is limestone, known to generate metaphysical energy, and shale created from ancient swamp silt in the Ohio Valley. The presence of fossils is said to increase creativity with the surrounding environment. Being naturally holed, this rock makes a perfect totem animal amulet.

A naturally holed stone, or holey stone, is also known as the Witches Amulet or Witches Dream Shield. It is the most powerful protection amulet for the witch because it IS the presence of the Goddess Herself. The opening in the stone is the Sacred Womb of the Earth. When strung with a red string or ribbon & placed over the bed it acts as a shield against bad dreams, much like the Native American dream catcher. A holey stone may also be used for Full Moon magic by gazing at the moon through the hole.

Buffalo and Calf Holey Stone Spiritkeepers #sk021
- 8 1/2" long
- 6 3/4" at tallest points
- 1/4" to nearly 1" thickness varies
- included brass stand is 3 1/2" high w/ rubber covered feet to protect surfaces

Each Spiritkeepers™ is unique, individually numbered & signed with the Spiritkeepers™ sigil logo; no fillers or cutting ever used on stones. The reverse side shows the sigil, number & natural color of the stone. This piece is intended for indoor or protected outdoor display. Coated with durable clear varathane varnish, so the surface is water washable with cold water and care.
Click here to shop ArtistTree at Tree Pruitt's ArtFire Studio

Painted stone art images & totem animal text, unless otherwise credited, copyright Tree Pruitt.

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