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The Sweet Joy of Pets…

We had a very special visitor at one of our church events recently- Joy, the comfort dog.  She is a specially trained golden retriever who is part of a local ministry sponsored by Lutheran Church Charities and it was such a treat to meet her.

I was amazed at how well trained she was.  She had kids, including really little ones, groping all over her and she was so chill. We had ice cream at the end of class and Joy didn’t react at all (her trainers shared that she never gets treats; only gets her dog food). My angel dog, Shelby, would have been in a frenzy trying to get a “taste” of everyone’s dish.

I know spending the evening with her had a great effect on my mood and maybe this is why I like to feature dogs on my cards. They just make people smile and feel good. I’m following Joy now on Facebook, getting to see how much love she shares with the community by visiting hospitals and airports, and I am enjoying all the positivity she adds to my feed.


Of course, cats shouldn’t be forgotten as they also bring a lot of joy.  After we lost our dog, Shelby, last year we had planned on an extended period with no pets.  But our house just felt empty and lifeless. We welcomed Max and Mia the day after Christmas- kittens we adopted from a local rescue group and they have certainly added a lot of happiness to our lives.  We definitely have to count our family as Team Dog and Team Cat and I love to feature both in my projects.

Mia and Max in their “glamour shots” from the rescue’s website
Shelby…sweet angel dog we loved for twelve years

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