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    My silent retreat with Maydel

    Last week I took Maydel on a silent, solo retreat just outside Algonquin Park.  I needed to reboot my system and deplaque my heart center.  (We all need to do this... btw).  

    Our cabin had no water, no electricity... just a fire stove.  It was also so deep in the forest that I really wished Maydel could have pulled the sled carrying all our food, clothes, and water for the week.  She was happy to follow behind me while I trail blazed through 4 feet of powder.

    My agenda was really simple... just unplug.  Don’t hurry.  Eat simple. Meditate. Read. Enjoy nature.  Slow down.  Reconnect.  See what comes up.

    Maydel’s purpose was to guard the cabin, sniff deer poo ad nauseum, and try to sneak into my bed.  She was so happy being in nature, with her master, relating to one another the way nature intended.

    Maydel and I became so connected... it was so beautiful.  For several days straight I said nothing to her.  I just sensed her love for me... she just sensed me my love for her.  Her behaviour has picked up a notch since we came home... she’s so responsive to me.  I’m kind of amazed.... But not really, our dogs want our focussed attention.  They want to learn.  They want us to actually connect with them.

    When we allow ourselves time away... away from work, away from family... away from everything, something miraculous happens.   Metaphysical dust begins to settle.  We begin to see more clearly.  

    Even though nothing tangible happens... when we get home everyone around us notices something extra.

    Our attention becomes recharged.  Our level of present moment awareness is potent.  We begin undoing karmic knots.  We relate to humans with more compassion.   We can actually be calm and assertive to our dogs... and they LOVE it.




    Great Traits of the Humans Who Work Here

    I’m growing more sensitive to the changes that manifest when the season changes...In life, and in business.  

    I’ve become a huge believer in the law of attraction... which is why I wasn’t quick to replace Cheryl (our tenured groomer with dreadlocks... she left in December to grow roots and start a family in Hamilton).  I trusted that the universe would send me her replacement, and I trusted that I didn’t need to be in a rush.    

    Over the last few weeks our business has attracted some exceptional humans who want to work here as a groomer.   I asked myself... what makes them exceptional?

    This morning I found myself hyper aware of the qualities that I look for in the humans that I hire.  Since these are the people who look after our dogs, I thought it would be a cool thing to share... So here is my list of qualities...

    • Ability to sense all beings in the room simultaneously.
    • Ability to sense what’s going on in other beings nervous systems.
    • Empathy. Kindness.  Compassion.
    • Awareness of their posture, their hands and their gaze WRT animals.
    • Low levels of re-activity
    • High levels of present moment awareness
    • Ability to listen and act according to their instincts

    Smack - Awesome kibble and treat.  

    Here at Woof & Shloof, we don't have a lot of space for retail products, so what we do carry is carefully curated to bring you the best in food, treats, toys, and accessories for your dog.
    This is the first installation in what we're hoping will become a monthly feature of what we're especially loving (and so are our dogs!). This month, "Smack" is in the spotlight.
    Handmade in Canada, "Smack" is a dehydrated raw kibble that comes in three varieties for your dog to enjoy. Caribbean-Salmon Fusion, Very Berry Chicken, and Chunky Chicken can be fed as small treats to reinforce training, or as a complete meal.
    Whole, raw ingredients are used, and you can pronounce (and eat!) everything in the ingredient list. To top it off, all three varieties are completely grain-free, making it an ideal snack or meal for a wide range of diets. Nothing synthetic inside, either!
    We'd love for you to stop by with your pooch to try a bite or two of this amazing new food, we know they'll be asking for more "Smack" if you do!