Feel The Love Wednesday Christine Kowal Animal Family The Donkey Christmas Story

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This is the story of The Christmas Donkey and also the story of Mama, Papa and Baby Donkey. The Donkey we speak of as the first Christmas donkey lived in Nazareth and was a long long time ago ancestor of Mama Papa and Baby Donkey.

The pictures are of course of Mama Papa and Baby Donkey they are my friends and neighbours.

This is the handsome Papa Donkey. And his given name is Jack.

This is mama donkey and her given name is Jenny or Jennet.

When I first met Mama and Papa Donkey Baby Donkey was still in his mama’s tummy. But it was not long before he was born.

When Baby Donkey came along he stayed very close to his mother’s side. Mama and Papa Donkey are very protective of Baby Donkey. The three fo them never stray far from one another. Mama and Papa Donkey are always taking care. Baby Donkey is very well loved by his parents.

Mama Papa and Baby Donkey belong to the neighbours but really they belong to God. And Mama and Papa and Baby Donkey have a beautiful history.

Their ancestors long ago carried  Mother Mary with the Baby Jesus inside, with Joseph by their side to Bethlehem where the baby Jesus was born.

The Animals are Gods helpers on Earth. They teach us about unconditional love and peace. After being around Animals people often feel more at peace with themselves. They can feel the love inside of themselves, their truth. their connection to their higher power, God. Thank you God for baby Jesus. And Thank you Jesus for dying on the cross for us and coming back so that we can live forever. Love inside and out.

Papa Donkey

Mama Donkey and Baby Donkey And I, Christine Kowal and The Animals Wish You a Safe and Wonderful Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah and Happy Holidays. Lots of Love

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Life Is A Miracle

‘KoKo Dressed As A Reindeer’ 24″ x 36″oil paint on canvas

The story I told about Zalman and me working at the barn when the escaped hounds arrived is such an Amazing story to me. Because when he came back down to the barn after calling hound rescue. And they were going to be there in about 15 minutes to pick up there dogs.

Zalman was Amazed to see me holding the dogs altogether and he said to me,  “you have a gift you have to learn how to use it out in the world to help others. ”

First, all of the love I had for the Animals was validated as being an important part of the everything, and my gifts that were different from what was considered “the norm” were being validated and the thought of doing what I loved with those I loved, the Animals was kind of mind boggling. And Zalman and Rose  who I had a great deal of love and respect for were validating my gifts.

Love and Respect Yourself first, be yourself in the world and then Love and Respect those you Love, That is what the Animals do.

Someone I loved and respected had just given me that gift of this understanding. Life is full of Miracles if you are able to open yourself there they are and we are experiencing them each and everyday.

“Visiting With Santa” 24″ x 30″ oil paint on canvas

My world was changed from that moment on. I new I could do it. I wasn’t quite sure what it was yet but I new it involved me and the Animals and others/the rest of the world, the Animal loving world. And maybe along the way we’d teach others to understand, We Love You Christine Kowal And The Animals.

 

Talking Without Out-loud Words

‘Sisters’ 11″ x 14″ mixed media on Stonehenge paper

You know when you are thinking of somebody and the phone rings and it is them, that is the two of you sending out a message/thought and then one of you physically picking up the phone and making the call.

You don’t have to talk out loud to your Animal Family member for them to hear you.

You know when you are working or doing something and all of a sudden you think I should give Chester a treat. That is Chester sending you a message that you should think about giving him a treat.

It is best to practice face to face first. So sit down in front of your dog/ cat whom ever you are talking to, in your head say their name first and then ask them if they would like a treat or say something to them. See if you get an answer back a feeling or thought or picture in your head. And keep doing it. As we start communicating more openly with our Animals, they love it. Our hearts open wider and we can speak to our Animals when ever we want. But the conversation needs to be two way if you want open communication. So keep practicing.

Our Animals are constantly sending us messages. Sometimes I will be away from home and working on something and all of a sudden Leo pops into my head. That’s Leo sending me a love message, or sometimes I feel him wondering when I will be home then I just send him a little love message back. Mummy loves you I will be home in three hours/fifteen minutes/ I’m almost there. Whatever the correct answer is.

We are all always communicating with our Animals, often we simply don’t realize that it is communication we think it is our own thoughts. Start responding and see what pops into your head.

And our Animals are love Inside. So if you are having negative thoughts those are not your animals. Those are your own thoughts, time to clean house. What you focus on is what you draw to you. Create a positive story.

Lots of Love Christine and The Animals, We Love Christmas. Christmas Eve at our house is celebrating Christmas with the Animals

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, Happy Holidays. Be Safe.

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The Animals Have Been My Greatest Teachers

‘Winston and Chuchhill’ mixed media on paper -were a commissioned portrait

Interestingly the Animals give me the grace to learn from them. I watch them and I speak to them, I ask them questions and I can hear their answers in my head, or they send me a picture or I can feel what they are saying to me from a nuance, a movement or gesture in their face or in their body.

But mainly and most of all I can feel what they are saying from the heart felt connection that puts both of us here on Earth. All of us God’s Children or how ever you call your higher power. We are all here on Earth together to understand one another, to learn from one another and to learn to love first ourselves and then each other.

‘Baby’ 12″ x 16″ oil paint on canvas – donated to Terra Cotta Hall and Centre

And that is what the  Animals have to teach us how to love one another. If you approach an Animal with love in your heart. You will begin to understand them and feel what they are feeling and what they are thinking and they you.

‘Fluffy White Kitty’ 4′ x 6′ oil paint on canvas – part of The Craven Road Fence Project

If you approach an Animal with fear in your heart. They will feel your fear and uncertainty from you about them and they will put up their shields and go into offence mode or even defence mode depending on how fearful you are feeling.

Because if you are feeling to afraid you are already thinking of an attach plan. And they know it. And they are feeling the need to protect themselves.

If you approach a Person with love in your heart. You will begin to understand them and feel what they are feeling and what they are thinking and they you.

If you approach an Person with fear in your heart. They will feel your fear and uncertainty from you about them and they will put up their shields and go into offence mode or even defence mode depending on how fearful you are feeling. Because if you are feeling to afraid you are already thinking of an attach plan. And they know it. And they are feeling the need to protect themselves.

The Black Trumpeter Swans have taken over a year to feel comfortable with me. Or I will say the male, but he has finally agreed to a wee photo shoot. So here they doing their thing and talking to the New Guinea Singing Dogs.

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Speak Your Truth

 

‘Always Together Forever’ 5′ x 7′ oil on canvas

Wolves don’t take any, you know what, dukey, a new word I just learned when I moved up here, means kaka. All of the Animals need you to speak your truth.

The Animal world requires Truth, if you want them to hear you otherwise they will not listen.

Wolves are especially clear about this. No manipulations, control or leaving out the truth to get your own way. They just turn off and will not respond or will respond, without the love.

‘One Couple Always’ 5′ x 7′ oil on canvas

I Love Wolves and have continued to paint them through out my career as an artist. I have also always had wolves or rather part wolves. My first dog Tanya was half Arctic wolf and half long haired collie.

 

The wolves I met here tell me that chihuahuas are called ‘The Little Wolf’ they are not like regular dogs, but closest to the wolves. So now we have Caleb.

This is a very young Caleb. He is our Chihuahua. I will have to do a new painting of Caleb he turned one in September. He is probably about 4 months here. Very cute Baby Caleb.

‘Baby Caleb’ 9″ x 12″ acrylic paint and mixed media on Stonehenge paper

Speak Your Truth 

 Basic Guidelines to The Pet Generation 

The Pet Generation program is based on love, respect and common sense. Our pets love us absolutely and completely, their world revolves around us. What they want most of all is our love and attention. When your pet is misbehaving it is usually because something is bothering them and they are trying to get your attention.

Fear of the unknown

Now I want you understand that our pets love us absolutely and completely and their greatest fear is that we should stop loving them.

When something changes in our lives and we change our patterns or our lifestyle. What happens is our animals often think that they have done something wrong and that we no longer love them or that they are being punished.

How Our Pets Understand Us – Talk to Your Pet

 When we speak to our animals they understand us and if you have a problem with that idea than you do understand that they most certainly understand the feelings that come from our heart and those feelings carry the message of our words.

 Now I am going to be honest with you, there is nobody that I have worked with that does not talk to their Animals.

What there is is a variety of beliefs to what people believe there pets can comprehend, and I am not here to dispute that, we all have our own belief systems, what I am here to do is to help you solve your pets problems and create a deeper knowledge and understanding between you and your pet.

So we all talk to our pets, and we all believe, or at least anyone that I have met believes that they understand the message that comes from our heart, our love and intention, and our feelings.

We are constantly talking to our animals asking them to do this or that. Our animals need to know why we want them to do something, how important it is to us. It does not matter whether you believe that they understand the feeling and love attached to our words or the words themselves, they understand enough that it makes a difference when we explain why to them. They hear what is in our hearts.

The analogy I use is; when you are working for someone and they are constantly telling you what to do, ordering you around, do this do that, without any kind of an explanation, eventually you start to resent obeying their constant commands.

As opposed to when you are working for someone who when they ask you to do something they explain why you are doing it and what you are all trying to create together. All of a sudden you become a team or family and feel worthy and you strive to accomplish what your boss has asked of you.

That is the difference about explaining why, again whether you believe they are understanding the words or the love, feelings and intentions attached to those words they are understanding the message that is coming from your heart, that you are loving and respecting them and that it is important to you.

One very important thing to remember when talking to your animal family member or explaining why always be absolutely and completely honest, otherwise they stop listening or picking up your feelings.

We as humans like people to see things our way or from our perspective so sometimes we will leave out some facts or manipulate the story or even downright tell a fib. Here is where you lose your pets attention. If you want them to do something and you are explaining why you need to be absolutely and completely honest other wise they don’t hear you, if you are not speaking from the heart you might as well not bother.

Unconditional Love = Love + Respect

‘Leo and Star Having A Glass of Milk’ 3’x 4′ oil on canvas

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Just Say What You Mean

Thank you Marie Forleo And Your Team for Bschool. And All of Your Help And  Lots of Love to Kuma.

The Craven Rd. Fence Project

These are my paintings on the Craven Rd. Fence, part of Toronto’s Beautification project for the city.

One afternoon Zalman and I were down at the barn doing some work with the sheep. I came out of the barn to see what Zalman was yelling about and there running about in a few of the sheep fields were a group of Hounds. He was trying to round them up. “They must have escaped from the Hound rescue,” he said.

Now he managed to get them into one area but he couldn’t get near them. “Wait down here with them, I’ll go up to the house and call the Hound rescue,” (prior to cell phones).

So he went up to the house to make the call. And I got down closer to the ground and started to talk to them. I was telling them not to be scared and everything was going to be okay. They had come to the right place in getting lost. Rose and Zalman loved Animals and we would soon have them safe and sound and back home. They had been very upset when they first arrived and were still somewhat anxious.

But as I spoke they became calmer and as I continued to talk to them with  understanding and love and respect. They could hear me speak to them with absolute truth. I was speaking to them in the way I would want to be spoken to and treated if I was afraid, anxious and upset and lost, and they all began to calm down.

They came to me one by one and by the time Zalman had made his call and gotten back from the house. I was kneeling on the ground holding all of them by their collars in both my hands and everyone was quiet.

And I want it to be clear that Zalman and Rose were incredible with the Animals and I learned so much about love and caring for the Animals from them and about respecting myself.

But what I had done with the hounds is treated them exactly the way I would have wanted to be treated with Love and Respect.

With all of the wonderful people I have worked with over the years. As soon as they add the respect part, everything starts to work and make sense. Because honestly all of the people I have worked with love their Animals. Love and Respect = Unconditional Love.

The Question: How to train a dog to not go to the bathroom in the house and also how to use a pee pad in the house.

Now the dog in this painting is Tripod. I did this painting many years ago, I had just finished school and moved back to Toronto. Tripod’s dad was a photographer and Tripod was a three legged dog. He lost his leg in a car accident when he was a puppy. Tripod always liked to make a statement, thus peeing just outside of the dog run.

How to train a dog to not go to the bathroom in the house

Always start with the talk. So when you want your Animal to do something understand that their bottom line is always love so if you explain exactly what you want and why you want it, with love and respect and understanding you are going to get a lot further with what you are needing from them.

Lets start with something very basic. If you are able to the best thing you can do for your dog to start them out in terms of bathroom training is to take them for walks outside.

Now you can transition this through to pee pad training, or having a special blanket or area in the house that they can go to the bathroom but if you can start by walking them it will be easier and faster.

As a dog walks his/her body naturally is processing everything inside and it is working it’s way out. (Just like with people) And if you start every morning with a  15 to 20 minute walk they will get into the habit and feel the good feeling of peeing outside. Now I would suggest you do this three to four times a day. First thing in the morning before he has time to think about peeing inside. Then again around lunch  and again before bed, if you can fit one in around dinner all the better. I suggest the first walk in the morning and the walk around dinner be the longer ones. The other two can be 10 to 15 minutes . You will start to see that they enjoy going outside. It is also very good to get your dog out after breakfast, but if you have walked earlier than a little time in the backyard should be fine, or what I call a quicky, under or 10 minute walk.

Do this for about two weeks. Now what they are doing is they are starting to enjoy having a specific place/outside to pee and maybe even poop. And try to keep the same route. They will establish regular areas. These areas will be places where other dogs have also peed. That is all good, just remarking and claiming territory. Sometimes poop takes a little longer to get into, but two weeks should work for both.

After the two weeks of walking you introduce the pee pad or blanket. And again first thing you do is sit down with them and have the talk. Explain how much you love them and what you are doing and why you want them to do this. The why is key. When you respect them enough to explain, it makes a difference.

Now you pick your pee pad, or blanket or whatever surface you would like them to use and you put it in a particular place. You can have a couple places if you like The key being pick that place or two places and that is always where the pee pad or blanket goes each and every time. You are establishing their territorial marking space, and it needs to be the same place.

And I am going to add if possible it is always good to take your dog for a walk. But if that is not possible than it is not.

Now the way you establish this as the peeing and pooing place is with complete and absolute diligence. So each and every time you see them peeing somewhere else you go to them say their name first, then say they No, Name you are not allowed to pee/poo here,  and then take them to the designated pee/poo place. And if it is poo then you take a tissue pick the poo up and take it with you over to the place that is the designated area, put it down tell them this is the good place to poo and how good they will be when they poo here.

This is where they are to go to the bathroom. Do not rub their nose in it and do not lift them while they are pooing. You do not want to cause elimination problems due to fear of being moved around or punished. Wait until they are finished then take them to the correct place. But you have to do it each and every time you see them.

Our animals are Very smart and they would like to do things there way so they will try and break you down. So diligence, each and every time is the key here. If they see you seeing them and you do nothing about it, (and just like us they have eyes in the back of their heads.) I.E. They can feel it. That is like 3 steps back wards. And if you come home to it. Do the same thing you do as when you are there. Except first you will take them over to the pee or poo, say their name tell them it is bad to pee/ or poo there and then take them to the designated area, same thing.

Step One – The Talk

Step Two – Walking outside for two weeks, three to four times a day.

Step Three – Set up the area in your house pee pad or blanket and become diligent about every time they go to the bathroom, they go in that area.

And if you cannot walk them then you go from Step 1 to Step 3. However it will take less time if you can walk them and continue to walk them.

 

Let us make Art of that which we Love. Let it be forever and let it be worth everything. The Highest expression of life is Love.

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Christine Kowal Animal Family Feel The Love Wednesday. Overcoming My Fear Of Spider

This story begins long ago. I was one of those kids that used to put milk out for the neighborhood strays in hopes that one would decide to stay.

My brother used to bring home stray baby birds that he would then nurse back to health. And my sister who loved animals was severely allergic so our Animal Family were feathered.

Through the years I have run into quite a few people who as children used to put milk or other things out for the cats or other animals that they loved that lived near to where they lived.

I begin with this because most kids speak to and understand the animals. It is in growing up, going through adolescence, our rights of passage to the next phase of human life that people sometimes forget how to communicate with the natural world.

This is why I begin my story of explanation with a spider. Many humans fear the spider who eats mosquitoes, and other insects that humans find bothersome. The Native Americans would say that Spider is powerful medicine, I would agree.

And the majority of spiders in Ontario where I grew up and have spent most of my life are not poisonous and do not hurt people so there is no reason for me to be afraid of spiders.

However many years ago I found myself with the opportunity of my dreams. Zalman Yanovsky, former guitarist for The Loving Spoonful and his wife Rose Richardson, who is also in spirit offered me an apartment to live in attached to their house in the country with my own studio out in the forest. It was a hobby farm with cats and dogs, peacocks, guinea fowl, sheep chickens/roosters and did I say out in the country And a barn where the big Spiders lived.

I was invited over for dinner where we proceeded to have a wonderful dinner, the animals sat with us and got to lick the plates which made me feel like I had found some of my people. And then Zalman said okay we ‘re going to go down to the barn and I’m going to tell you about the sheep.

I am going to assume they had encountered the spider fear before, because Zalman explained to me how to feed and water and let the sheep in and out . We would be taking turns I would be responsible two days a week for giving them breakfast, water, letting them out and then bringing them back into the barn before night time. And if they went away I was in charge. So how joyful, I think I may have seen a big spider, a big hairy spider and I asked about them.

And Zalman said there are spiders in the barn, they don’t really bother you but in the morning if you come down before the sun has shone down onto their webs in the barn they will be dangling down, so if it is rainy they might be dangling longer than usual. “ We just put a jacket over our head and get to it. Once you start moving around they will disappear. “ARE YOU KIDDING ME’

And Zalman said listen if you really want to do this and live out here you will have to get used to the spiders, you need to go home and think about it. It is a commitment and you will have to get used to the spiders, they do live in the barn.

Actually I was kind of hoping he’d say “ If you see a big spider just come and get me and I’ll get rid of it for you”

Yeah thinking about it, some help I’d be taking care of the animals if every time I saw a spider I had to run and get someone for help, that was most definitely a city girl thought.

Okay this was my dream come true, a Studio out in the country with animals to live amongst and paint. I new Tyrone, my cat was going to love this but I would have to commit to loosing my fear of spiders because I couldn’t live in fear of the barn, that is where the wonderful sheep were and I loved the sheep.

I remember going home that night, and Rose and Zalman insisted I take a few days to think it over, I had until Thursday.

I new I was going to do it, but I remember going home, and pacing, being so excited about a dream come true and also thinking about one of my greatest fears, the spider, I was going to have to learn to deal. I remember thinking if Rose and Zalman can do it I can do it to. That has always been one of my great thoughts: “ If someone else can do it, that means it is doable and I can do it to, my Mother taught me that.

So I paced and thought about the spiders and I thought about all of the other animals and the Beautiful studio out in the country, it’s own separate building in the middle of the forest with a little dirt path and skylight windows that ran down half the wall, a huge space, that would be all mine to paint in, my own studio just to paint in and all of the animals running about and I thought who cares about the spiders.

And Rose and Zalman had a system in place. If it was a rainy day or they came down early they would use the side entrance to the barn a normal door. As soon as you opened the door there was a coat hook and there was a big jacket hanging on one of the pegs that you could then put over your head and go through the other entrance or go through the barn and give the sheep breakfast and let them out.

The three years I lived at the farm changed my life in such a beautiful and incredible way, thank you wise spider.

By the time I left the farm I respected the spiders.

The importance of Spider, although he is an arachnid technically and not called an Animal is that in order to live the life I’d  always dreamed of I had to learn something new. I had to be willing to learn about someone new, and their world and how they felt and who they were. I had to open my heart.

The Animals teach us how to open our hearts

That’s how we start to understand what they are actually saying to us and not overpowering them with our own ideas, thoughts and feelings.

And then the Animals start teaching us how to love and respect ourselves. As we hear them we learn how to hear ourselves and our hearts open.

And here is our Baby Caleb from Feel The Love Wednesday

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