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High Coo – August 3 – Animal Chaplaincy

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As many of you know, I love to walk dogs, especially shelter dogs who are awaiting their “furever” homes. Unfortunately, some of the older, “less cute”, dogs may wait a long time before they’re adopted. These dogs are so sweet and so appreciative of whatever attention they receive. They do make wonderful companions.

All dogs, adopted or not, eventually die. They and their human companions may struggle in their final days of life. This struggle can be honored and supported by chaplains.

This month I am preparing to begin my interspecies/interspiritual animal chaplaincy training program. It begins in September and ends next June 2023. (For more information on the program see: https://www.compassionconsortium.org/)

Here’s today’s haiku: Animal Chaplaincy

Watching a loved one

suffer is never easy.

Help them if you can.

I will share more about this topic and training in the months to come but first, below is a picture of the most recent dog to inspire my participation.

Etta Pearl, a blind, deaf Min-Pin Doxie

High Coo – August 1 – DOGust 1st


Today is the universal birthday for all shelter dogs. Unfortunately, some dogs find themselves placed in a rescue shelter with no information available about their past, their birthdate or even their name. And yet, these sentient beings still have hope that someday they will help create a new interspecies family with the very fortunate human who chooses them.

I am fortunate to be a weekly volunteer for a canine rescue shelter in St. Louis, Missouri. Our interspecies family currently includes two adopted rescued dogs. We don’t know their actual birthday so we will celebrate it today 🙂

Today’s haiku for DOGust 1st.


love is a very rare joy –

adopt shelter dogs

For more information about this holiday see https://nationaltoday.com/dogust-universal-birthday-for-shelter-dogs/

For more information about Stray Rescue of St. Louis see https://www.strayrescue.org/