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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Snoring in Slaton Texas

We are in Texas!  Here is Benny in Slaton:

Yep, he is snoring away.  Benny continued to get into the back seat on his own today, is still insisting that he will only eat raw chicken wings, and visited with anyone who said "Hi" to him.  Yesterday and today, for parts of the ride Benny would rest his head on my shoulder while watching the scenery as we drove on our way to Austin.  Benny will arrive at his permanent home tomorrow.  I feel a deep heart wound, that mix of joy and sorrow that all of us who love share.  Benny is a beautiful, loving and kind being.  He is generous with his kisses, happily wags his long tail in what appears to be a circle, and also transmits a depth of peace.  I am grateful to be a part of his life.  Benny's blog will continue and we will all be able to keep participating in his path back to full health.  We will write to you from Austin, Benny's home, tomorrow.
Peaceful sleeping to all,

Saturday, January 29, 2011

In Gallup NM

We arrived in Gallup NM tonight.  What a day of contrasts.  First we were in the Mojave desert, before noon it was a sunny 70 degrees!  Here is Benny on walkabout in the Mojave:
We continued on to Flagstaff AZ where there was snow on the sides of the road and the temps went into the 40's.  Here is a photo of Benny investigating outside of Flagstaff:

Benny is continuing to get more agile (and I am sure we have Kathi to thank for this with her ongoing Reiki sessions) I had the back car door open and was putting away Benny's water when he looks up at his 'seat' and jumps up and onto the back seat!  Another huge step for Benny!  I am continuing with his spray and the 3x's/day three drops of Waoria.  Benny loves raw chicken wings and is not currently interested in eating anything else!
Snoring away,

Friday, January 28, 2011

We made it to Barstow CA

We made it through heavy fog and traffic to arrive this evening in Barstow CA.  Here is a photo of Benny exploring outside of Bakersfield CA:
Benny is an excellent traveler.  His appetite is down today for the first time so I am a bit concerned about that.  He is normally a very good eater.  I have stopped giving him any homeopathic remedies and am continuing with the waiora 3x/day and his spray.  He is asleep in his bed next to me, snoring softly as I write this blog.  A couple of people greeted him today and he was friendly with each person.  That to me is truly inspiring after all he has been through.
We will write to you tomorrow (if we can get computer access) until then Happy road trips,

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Preparing for a road trip

So here is Benny preparing for his road trip:
It looks like we will be heading out tomorrow.  I plan on continuing with the blog, the only reason you will not see it is if I can't get an Internet connection, and once I do get it I will post.  Benny's blog will continue in Texas as well.
Today Benny did his usual routine of sitting in the sun, strolling the yard, and napping!  He is eating an almost totally raw diet now, is getting 2 (instead of 3) sulphur 12 c tabs/day, phosphorus when he bleeds and waiora 3 drops/3x's/day.  Also, since we have realized that in addition to having mange Benny also has a fungal infection his body spray now has 3 drops of waiora and 3 drops of GSE (Grapefruit seed extract) along with the filtered water, colloidal silver and sulphur tabs.
We look forward to sharing our travels with you.
Wishing you all happy trails,

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Today a trot!

Today for the first time Benny trotted for a couple of steps:
Here he is actually picking his feet up.  This was cause for celebration so both Raven and I trotted in place in our excitement.  Today Benny walked around the yard, okay, strolled, three times.  The longest stretch of strolling yet. What a joy to participate in each new accomplishment.  Benny is also healthy enough to travel to his forever home in Texas.  So a number of us are in the process of setting that up.  This is both happy and sad for me and yet all part of Benny's path.  I hope to keep the blog going daily throughout the journey.
Here is a photo of Benny heading to his towel for a well earned nap:
Wishing you all the ability to run up to your loved ones,

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

the bathing experience

Benny does not like to take a bath and yet he goes along with it.  It takes a lot out of him and he naps right after being bathed.  I gave him a bath is how he looked afterwards:

and I think this image accurately reflects how he feels about the whole process:

Not quite the mischievous look of the bone thief!  Benny began eating raw chicken wings today in addition to the raw turkey and cooked chicken and pumpkin mixture. I am continuing with the sulphur 12 c three times/day, the phosphorus 30c used when he bleeds, and finished up his bath with the colloidal silver mix to help with itching.  Benny's appetite is  excellent and he is continuing to gain weight.  He also is beginning to walk, sit and lay down much more easily which is a joy to behold.
Hoping all your baths are soothing and that you get to nap after them'

Monday, January 24, 2011

After mischief a rest

Here are both Benny and Raven tolerantly posing for me while I ask them to look directly into the sun:
So, photography is not really my thing, I am using a borrowed camera, but both Benny and Raven tolerate
me pretty well as I learn!
So after a day of stealing bones yesterday,  today Benny slept more.  I started him on the sulphur again today, 12 c sulphur one tab three times per day.  I also began giving Benny 1 tab phosphorus 30 c anytime he bleeds.  Benny's skin is so fragile that when he scratches himself he bleeds.  I know that Benny is healing quickly and yet I sure wish that I could wave a magic wand and heal his skin overnight. 
Here is another very inspiring story of Santos, a dog with Mange who was saved recently and is being helped like Benny:

Benny loves his letters which I read to him every day.  Benny wishes Monica, Mouse, Edward and Anubis all the best with you older German Shepard adoption and thanks you for your big, big hearts.  "Hi" to Mike and Holly in WA and thank you for your help.  Now Benny would like to also thank Gabbs for the suggestion that he always miss a camera shot to get a bone!  I am not so sure I agree with this, but not my blog!
In deep appreciation to you all,

Sunday, January 23, 2011

The bone theif!

This was meant to be a photo of Benny and Raven, however, Benny is moving quickly out of the photo.  Yes, while Raven is tolerantly waiting for the photo shoot to be over Benny is making a shuffle to Ravens bone (mind you he also has his own)
Here he is shuffling off with her bone:
and now here he is enjoying the catch:

Raven and I watched the whole escapade.  Then Raven calmly picked up Benny's bone and all was well!
On another note, I continued adding raw ground turkey to Benny's diet.  He LOVES it!  The solution that I spray on him to help with the itching is 3.5 cups filtered h20, two 12cc sulphur tabs, and a half cup colloidal silver.  My friend Jan makes the colloidal silver for Benny as her gift to him.
I also make sure that Benny has clean bedding every day and wash the day old bedding in hot water and a very mild detergent.
I am finally able to touch Benny's feet without that hurting him so today, clipped his nails.  Here is a very helpful way to clip a dogs nails as shared by my friend Cindy.  Give the dog a long warm bath and the nails will get soft, then clip the nails in the water.  This really worked for me.
Wishing you a day filled with bones (or whatever your heart desires)

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Benny's diet

Here is Benny napping this afternoon surrounded by bones he has collected from Raven.  Yesterday I began to add raw organic turkey into Benny's diet.  I am working to the point where I have Benny on what is called the BARF diet developed by veterinarian Dr Ian Billinghurst.  BARF stands for Bones and Raw Food diet.  There is alot of information available on the web, here is just one website that provides information  if you are interested in learning more about this way of feeding you dog (or cat):
I have continued to spray Benny with the colloidal silver, sulphur tabs and filtered water solution.  He received a Reiki session from Kathi  ( last night and was able to sleep much more easefully.   Actually since his rough night two days ago I have seen continued improvement  in his ability to sleep.
Today Benny had a second session of emotion code work with Linda after which he slept for about 4 hours . ( .

You can also see in the above photo that Benny is continuing to put on some much needed weight.
Wishing everyone a restful weekend,

Friday, January 21, 2011

Peace be upon us all

Benny and Raven after a peaceful nights sleep:
This is Benny and Raven enjoying the mid afternoon sun.  Benny slept much more peacefully last night.  I truly believe that every ones wishes, hopes and prayers for Benny made the difference.  I remember years ago on PBS there was a program called: "The Secret Life of Plants" and in the show it was scientifically shown that a plant can react to a negative thought.  When we become sensitive to life beyond what we can actually see it becomes clear that we are more than merely physical, we are also energy bodies.  Our energy extends and communicates to others our emotional, mental and psychic states.  How many of us have been in the uncomfortable presence of someone who is transmitting their anger without a word being said. What happens if we think a negative thought?  If a plant can react to a negative thought what else does?  Benny was the recipient of so many positive and healing thoughts last night that he was assisted and helped with being able to sleep.  Yes, he still had pain and needed to shift around, however he only sat up to shift and then, in his careful manner laid back down and slept in his new position.
This implies, to me anyway, that it is important for us to be responsible for our energy-responsible, therefore, for our emotional state and the impact our energy can have on others.  Our non-human friends are such gifts for reflecting back to us what kind of energy we are transmitting.
I can tell you that Benny, Raven and I are all deeply grateful for your peaceful and loving wishes and the healing power they gave.
May Peace be upon us all
Love, Benny

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Rough night

Last night was a rough night for Benny and he has had several of them over the course of the past couple weeks.  They take different forms and yet they are all a part of his detoxing and recovery.  There have been a number of nights where he coughed out a lot of gunk.   Some nights where he just had to get up every couple of hours to go out.   Last night appeared to be more of an emotional release.  He could not get physically comfortable, his body shook at times, he coughed, let out long breaths.  He wasn't able to get comfortable lying down so sat up most of the night.  I sat with him and he frequently rested his head on my knee.  As I sat with him I thought of how all over this beautiful blue green planet earth so many of us, both human and non human were sitting with our loved ones who were ill and praying for them to have comfort.  I thought of the times my partner Michael, friends, and family had sat with me through hard times.  I thought of those of you who have sent your love and blessings to Benny.  How many of us were up together last night, loving without expectation and of all the many forms that love takes.  And I was grateful to be part of this mystery we live in.

Once the sun came out Benny went out to sit in it with Raven.  They walked down to where the sun was shining brightly.  Across the street from them is one of our neighbor dog who barks most of the day.  I think he is anxious.  If anyone walks by or he can see anyone the barking increases in intensity and volume.  Once Benny got down to where the neighbor dog was barking, amazingly, the dog quieted down, stopped barking actually.  They looked at each other from across the way.  Then Benny, Raven, and the neighbor dog from their various seated positions, quietly observed the rhythm of life around them.    

Looking to the left

Looking to the right

Wishing loving comfort to all of you,

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Throw the ball.....just one more time!

Today was a shuffle and throw the ball type of day!  As Benny gets healthier I believe I will have to develop more upper arm strength!  Another first Benny was able to shake his whole body!  From the tip of his nose to the tip of his tail!  Prior to today only his front half shook. After a session of ball throwing (okay, rolling!) Benny did his best to resist napping:
and then, well the inevitable happened:
Today we continued with the same diet of cooked chicken, cooked beef, rice, and pumpkin, no homeopathy, and a Reiki session with Kathi.
Wishing you all a day filled with the magic of rolling balls and (as Bridget wished for me) snuggle energy!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Periods of Peace to Refresh the Soul - Teilchard de Chardin

Today was a day of peaceful resting, sniffing a little, napping in the sun, sitting with eyes closed in the sun and napping some more.  Benny has, prior to today had a hard time sleeping for long periods of time.  His body hurts and so he shifts frequently, i.e., has to sit up, stand up, find a new position and all of these movements are done very slowly and with groans that let me know he is hurting.  This morning Linda did emotion code work with Benny.  Since that time he has begun to actually peacefully rest and sleep for longer periods of time.  He slept for 4 solid hours this afternoon without having to adjust.  What a gift to sleep peacefully....for any of us.    Here is Linda's web site which explains this healing work:   I forgot to mention yesterday that for both yesterday and today I have given Benny no Pulsatilla 30.  So for 2 days now, no homeopathy.  Today I added some cooked beef to Benny's diet in addition to the cooked chicken and lessened the amount of cooked rice and cottage cheese.  Skipped the yogurt today as well. 
Benny shuffled to say hi to one of the neighbors who comes over to visit Benny.  The neighbor was very moved, to the point of tears by the shuffle hello, prior to this he had only seen Benny walking s-l-o-w-l-y!
Benny and Raven sniffing:
Napping in the sun:

Eyes closed  in a sitting position!

Up from one of the naps:

May you all sleep peacefully tonight,

Monday, January 17, 2011

The Benny Shuffle

I am so excited as I write this...Benny shuffled today! Raven has some squeaky balls and we squeaked one for Benny.  He was very interested, put it in his mouth, squeaked it...and then....the ball rolled out of his mouth and about 4 feet down and he shuffled after it!  This is a dog who could barely move when I first picked him up from the vets.  A "rousing" game of catch followed.  Which was followed by:
ending up like:

all of the ball game was after a Reiki session with Kathi.  A number of you asked me about this so I am including her e-mail address here:

Benny is snoring away below my feet as I write up this blog and yet I know he would want to say," big licks",

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Enjoying the sunshine

Today was Benny's most active day so far.  In the above photo he is sitting with his eyes closed enjoying the sun.  He is continuing to walk up and down the stairs on his own since his Reiki session with Kathi.  He also walked around the yard, the whole yard for the first time.  He enjoyed sniffing, sitting in the sun. and some neighbors who as they walked by said "Hi Benny."
Benny's appetite is good and I am still either spraying or bathing him daily in a solution of colloidal silver, filtered water and sulphur tabs.  I give him one pulsatilla 30 tab if he coughs.
Benny walking about.

Sniffing the area.
All for today...Love, naps and sunshine to everyone,

Saturday, January 15, 2011

There is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs.

Today, for the first time Benny walked on his own down the stairs:
This was following and evening Reiki session with Kathy.  What exciting  progress!  Benny is progressing from painfully, slowly, barely being able to take a single step to going down (and then up) the stairs on his own.  Prior to this I carried him up and down. (which he tolerated!)
Last night Benny began to cough so I gave him pulsatilla 30 each time he coughed to break up the congestion.  It is working very well.  I added some yogurt to his food today.  He is still getting cooked chicken, rice, cottage cheese and pumpkin.  I also stopped the sulphur 12 cc today and will let you know when I start it again.
It was balmy here today and after Benny walked down the stairs he went to his favorite tree and took a brief nap in the sun:

Thank you for all your support, encouragement and love.  It was wonderful to share such big news today.

Friday, January 14, 2011

“No day is so bad it can't be fixed with a nap.”-Carrie P Snow

Benny napping
and Raven napping.  Today was a day for long naps.  Benny was very clear about where he wanted to nap.  He came in, looked at my bed (longingly) looked at his crate, looked at me, looked at the bed, and proceeded to walk under my chair, lay down, sigh, and began to snore!  This was his first time not heading right into his crate. 
So here's wishing healing, restful, and rejuvenating naps to; Monica, Edward, Mouse, Anubis, Sarah, Pax, Mr Sweets, Deb, Riley, Jake, Tigger, Tyson, Sadie Louise, Dahvee Rose, Abigail, Libi, Deborah, Leela, Tipper, Cindy...and everyone else too of course!
Love Benny

Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Heart is still strong

Benny sitting by his crate listening to his letters.

Donna mentioned in a letter she wrote to Benny today that, " no matter what horrible things happen to our bodies the heart is still strong and Benny you are a sign of that."
So many of us are signs of that......we grow in compassion even though we have been through horrible things and continue on because we deeply feel the unspeakable suffering of this world.
Today in some other letters I heard about two other dogs, Pax and Mr Sweets who are being rescued and are also very ill.  Please include them in your prayers and loving thoughts.
Both Benny and I appreciate all of your encouragement.  We all need encouragement,  it is a deeply nurturing form of communication, the opposite of criticism.  I am amazed by how each one of us play a part in the large community of planet earth.  If it were not for the caring actions of numerous people Benny (and many many other beings) would not be alive today.  I am grateful to be a part of a large community of people, all of us very different in many aspects (color, religious traditions, countries we live in) who are making a difference by working together cooperatively with compassion and care.  Somehow, each of us insists as individuals, that we overcome our critical orientation towards others (and ourselves) thus enabling us to work together with tolerance for our differences.  I know that for true change to occur none of this can be done gleefully or naively but rather with truthful communication, self understanding and compassionate understanding for others.  It truly takes compassion, cooperation, and love to make a difference.....and would we want anything less?
Much love to you all,

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Looking Good!

Today Benny had a visit with my friend Jan.  Jan met me the first day when I brought Benny home and helped me to get him moved in.  Jan exclaimed, "Wow, his face isn't swollen....he's looking good!"  I had forgotten how swollen Benny's face was when I brought him home.  I had forgotten that his front feet and most of his body were red and swollen with very little hair.
Today Benny has hair in the form of fuzz growing back on his face, back, sides, tail and on his front feet and legs.  He is gaining weight (and fuzz) everyday.  I am continuing with giving him one 12cc sulphur tab 3X's per day along with the colloidal silver, spring water and sulphur tab bath.
Today there are people all around the planet helping each other, helping animals of all types, helping trees and birds.  And today I choose to be grateful, to all of you out there who gave someone who needed it a smile, put trash that wasn't yours in a can, who did what was 'right' without expecting someone else's approval.  I am grateful to all the people who helped Benny and are helping countless other beings.

"Circumstance does not make me, it reveals me."  -William James-

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Strong and friendly heart

Here is one of the messages Benny received:   " Benny, I can feel your courage, feel your strong and friendly heart outshining the bodily pain and cowardly betrayal done to you in the past. May you continue to grow stronger and happier each day, and may you be loved always henceforth. "  from Bob Kalivac Carroll
I read all of your letters to Benny and often end up smiling, laughing or with tears in my eyes.  I have a sense that our most important moments in life are when we Love.  Then not only are we connected to love....but we are love.  To really grow as humans I think occurs when, regardless of the circumstance, we love.  This takes great strength and sacrifice because often it is in the face of obvious 'unlove' that we are tested.  And those challenging moments are where we grow our hearts.  I thank each of you for your messages of love and encouragement...they matter and make a difference.  There are probably plenty of times when you have given a loving message, touch, or smile and it seemed like it made no difference.  It did make a difference, even if you never see any indication, love any time it is given makes a difference.

Here is Benny eating!
Here is an image of one of Benny's very sore legs:

here is an image of Benny's face (a bit overexposed )

 May you be loved and love always henceforth,

Benny...with inspiration and a touch of copying from Bob K. Carroll

Monday, January 10, 2011

the smell of pine cones!

Today Benny was very interested in pine cones.  He is starting to walk a bit faster and as you will see in the following photos is gaining weight and hair.  I am continuing to give him, by hand one 12cc sulphur 3X's per day.  He is eating and drinking well.  I am also continuing to spray him with the mixture of colloidal silver, filtered water and a couple 12cc sulphur tablets. 
I have Benny in his crate in my bedroom.  He is very good about heading right into it when we come back inside.  Last night he came into my room and walked over to my bed. ( My dog Raven sleeps in bed with me.)  Benny looked at the bed then looked at me, looked at the bed again...back at me.  I told him that when he was healthy he would be able to sleep on a bed.  At that point he went into his crate!  He enjoyed hearing from Serendipity yesterday about how good he looks!
 Pine cone sniffing
 The image below is of Raven, my rescue.  She has been showing Benny the way in and out of the house!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

walking and sniffing today

I wasn't able to get a photo today because Benny insisted on walking around!  (Okay, I am not great with a camera either)  Benny is gaining weight and becoming more interested in his environment.  He did quite a bit of sniffing (nose work) today.  After the' walk about' he put himself to bed and is snoring in his crate beside me as I write this e-mail.  I am continuing to give Benny, by hand, one 12 cc sulphur tab 3 times per day and spraying him with a mixture of colloidal silver, filtered water and a couple 12 cc sulphur tabs mixed in.  Benny is eating cooked chicken with white rice, cottage cheese, and a touch of pumpkin.  Thank you for your kind words, I read them to Benny...he especially liked hearing from the other dog, also named Benny, who also had mange and was rescued and is now happy and well.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Wagging Tails

Here Benny is responding to his name being called!   You can't see it but anytime someone calls his name he looks at them and wags his tail.  Benny's appetite is very good and he is hydrated and drinking well.  I am adding cottage cheese and pumpkin to his diet.  Today Benny was interested in his environment and wanted to look around and explore more.  I think that Benny is a Shar-Pei mix.
It looks like after his bath yesterday in the colloidal silver, sulphur tablets and filtered water mix that his feet are much less red.  I'll take some photos of his feet tomorrow.
Thank you everyone for your comments....I read them aloud to Benny and we both feel supported.  He is grateful to everyone who has helped him by sending their love, hard earned money, and prayers and he wants you to know that he is going to get well.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Benny leaving the Vets

Benny is home! I picked up Benny from the Vets today where he had touched everyone's heart who saw him. While leaving he wagged his tail at anyone who gave him attention. I gave him some water and some food (Wellness grain free chicken)and off we went for our 2.5 hour drive home (he slept the whole way). As I pulled into the driveway he woke up and waited to get out.  My friend, Jan, met me there and she spent time with Benny giving him healing energy while I brought his stuff inside.  We carefully helped him out, he peed and in we went.
He ate some more food with 1 tablet of carcinosin 200cc and drank more water.  Next I gave Benny a tepid bath of filtered water, colloidal silver and a couple of sulphur tablets mixed in.
He is quietly snoring in his crate next to my chair right now.
Before bed he will get a bit more food with one 12 c sulphur tablet.
I am deeply touched by how loving Benny is to everyone he has met today.  Love has great strength.  I find it inspiring that, regardless of the circumstance Benny is in, he still wags his tail.