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- Creating one Mindful Connection at a Time -

Through stories from the field (and lessons from the heart) I’ll share practical ways to
 return to the present moment — in the pasture, in the barn, and in our everyday lives.
Here's to . . .  active listening + mindful communication!

Blog Post List

Cat Nurse 

Posted by Nicole Birkholzer Friday, April 24, 2015 8:05:00 AM
In case you haven’t read about Radamedes, the black kitty turned nurse’ who works full-time at a polish veterinary clinic … you have to take a look. He is amazing.

Radamedes came to the clinic with a respiratory infection and the staff didn’t think he would survive. ... read more


The Magic In Your Eyes 

Posted by Nicole Birkholzer Thursday, April 23, 2015 9:08:00 AM
You might be aware of a recent article in the New York Times that reported:  Japanese researchers found that dogs who trained a long gaze on their owners had elevated levels of oxytocin ... read more

Matters Of The Heart 

Posted by Nicole Birkholzer Wednesday, April 22, 2015 4:18:00 AM Categories: #1 S Be in the now #2 S Gather information 2. P Ask for what you need 4. P Be student & teacher
I sat down on a muck bucket in the middle of the pasture, Charisma, the dun mare, stood off to the right about 20 feet ahead, her two herd mates were off to the left, about forty feet away. I asked Charisma silently in my mind “What is going on with this herd? Why are you guys at odds with one another?” ... read more

Whisker Fatigue? 

Posted by Nicole Birkholzer Tuesday, April 21, 2015 8:26:00 AM Categories: #2 S Gather information #3 S Hypothesize #4 S Take action 3. P See it through the other's eyes 4. P Be student & teacher
Watching our three cats eat I also noticed that they preferred certain bowl over others, and so I eventually concluded … they don’t like it when their whiskers touch the side of the food or water bowl.


I gave them a larger water bowl and made sure their kibbles are always above the rim.

Last week my friend Stephanie Sanders, publisher of Massachusetts Horse, forwarded me the scientific back up ... ... read more


The Final Kicker 

We had picked up Casey, our new puppy up on a Saturday. The days following her arrival, I spent observing, analyzing and re-evaluating the situation, hoping to find a mindful way to integrate the new family member. Things hadn’t progressed much. On Thursday afternoon I let Casey out into the backyard to go to the bathroom. Encouraged by my voice saying “good girl’ when Casey did her business, my three horses came trotting out of the field looking for where I was. ... read more

What The Cats Had To Say … 

My cats knew right away that the puppy we had adopted was not a good match for our family.

Flitzer, my black cat and usually the greeter, was so overwhelmed by Casey’s energy.
He hid in the attic for most of the day, and when he did come out with me to feed the horses he sprayed the grasses around the house clearly marking his territory.

Sicily, our black and white kitty, turned into a cartoon cat ... read more


Breathing Together 

Posted by Nicole Birkholzer Wednesday, April 15, 2015 9:05:00 AM Categories: #1 S Be in the now 4. P Be student & teacher 5. P Keep promises
It was good to re-connect with the horses yesterday.


While Casey, the dog we’d adopted, was living with us the horses barely saw us.

We couldn’t leave Casey alone in the house because she would chew the corner of the coffee table or nibble on our laptop power cords. We didn’t want to leave her in her crate because she had lived in it for many months as a young puppy. Putting  her in the backyard worked sometimes. But, it rained a lot during that week ... read more


Bear Sighting 

Posted by Nicole Birkholzer Tuesday, April 14, 2015 8:10:00 AM Categories: #1 S Be in the now #2 S Gather information 4. P Be student & teacher
Though I was going to share how exactly my cats and horses told me that Casey wasn't a good fit for our family, a bear sighting last night has me still excited and therefore takes precedence for today.

Last night I went to my regular Monday evening writing group 'Writing it up in the Garden'  with Nerissa Nields .Nerissa is a writer, author and also one of the singer/songwriters of the band  "The Nields".

The moment I walked into Nerissa's house I heard her call from the kitchen "Bears in the backyard". 

WHAAAAT?  ... read more



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