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Happy Monday! Here are some interesting dog facts from the AKC…enjoy!

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Have a beautiful day everyone! Love, love, love…

Here are some interesting dog facts from the AKC, for your learning and enjoyment!

We realize we may be biased, but here at the AKC we never get tired of learning more about dogs, whether it’s a new study on canine behavior, a statistic from the AKC’s database, or even just cool facts about a dog’s impressive physical and mental abilities. You may know some of these already, and others may be more of a “wait, really?” situation, but we think you’ll find all of them entertaining. (Did we mention we’re biased?)

1. The Labrador Retriever has been on the AKC’s top 10 most popular breeds list for 25 consecutive years—longer than any other breed.
2. A dog’s nose print is unique, much like a person’s fingerprint.
3. Forty-five percent of U.S. dogs sleep in their owner’s bed.
4. Speaking of sleeping … all dogs dream, but puppies and senior dogs dream more frequently than adult dogs.
5. Seventy percent of people sign their dog’s name on their holiday cards.
6. A dog’s sense of smell is legendary, but did you know that his nose has as many as 300 million receptors? In comparison, a human nose has about 5 million.
7.  Tin Tin, the famous German Shepherd, was nominated for an Academy Award.
8. The shape of a dog’s face suggests its longevity: A long face means a longer life.
9. Dog eyes have a part called the tapetum lucidum, allowing night vision.
10. The name Collie means “black.” (Collies once tended black-faced sheep.)
11. Yawning is contagious—even for dogs. Research shows that the sound of a human yawn can trigger one from your dog. And it’s four times as likely to happen when it’s the yawn of a person he knows.
12. The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is the only breed named for a fictional person—a character in the novel Guy Mannering, by Sir Walter Scott.
13. Dogs curl up in a ball when sleeping to protect their organs—a hold over from their days in the wild, when they were vulnerable to predator attacks.
14. The Basenji is not technically “barkless,” as many people think. They can yodel.
15. The Australian Shepherd is not actually from Australia—they are an American breed.And

16. The Labrador Retriever is originally from Newfoundland.
17. Human blood pressure goes down when petting a dog. And so does the dog’s.
18. There are over 75 million pet dogs in the U.S.—more than in any other country.
19. A person who hunts with a Beagle is known as a “Beagler.”
20. Dogs are not colorblind. They also see blue and yellow.
21. All puppies are born deaf.
22. Dalmatians are born completely white, and develop their spots as they get older.
23. Dogs have about 1,700 taste buds. (We humans have between 2,000–10,000.)
24. When dogs kick backward after they go to the bathroom it’s not to cover it up, but to mark their territory, using the scent glands in their feet.
25. A recent study shows that dogs are among a small group of animals who show voluntary unselfish kindness towards others without any reward. This is one fact dog lovers have always known!

Please join me in preparing to plant the garden of love, love, love…

I have managed to stay out of the depths of despair for several days now and I could not be more happy about that!

I find that after a few good days, I start to worry a bit, that a bad day is coming around the bend for me…and maybe it is,

I have just decided not to worry about it and to program for good days…my body, my soul, my relationships…they all desperately need some good days to plant their seeds here and grow the most beautiful garden…

I have the soil in my pots and the seeds all laid out…and I’ve researched the best garden habitats and structures and lighting and watering and feeding schedules…and I am ready to plant my garden of love, love, love…

My first planting will be love and I am just going to sprinkle that shit everywhere in my garden…everything else’s, I will plant mixed in with my love seeds…my idea is that planting love first, and everywhere…we will get the best coverage, of our most needed and important commodity…love, love,love…

These are the very best seeds, as they are from everywhere…I asked people to contribute seeds of their favorite love annuals and perennials, to use as starter for my love garden….I want everyone that I love to have their love seeds in my love garden!

I am not a gardener really. I mean, I watched my grandmother and my mother plant and grow things and I helped my Dad with his garden and Tamara with her garden. I planted a salsa garden once and some of my favorite spices once or twice…I always feared that I would kill my plants, by doing it wrong…and so I didn’t plant, and they didn’t die…easy fucking peasy…but not really…

Avoidance has been a pretty reliable safety mechanism in my tool box and I have pulled that jagged and serrated blade out many a time, when no other to would do the job…I’ll not be using this tool in my love garden…

I have been told and realized myself, that the only way to really do anything at all, is to jump right in, heart first…Maybe that is why I love the movie, “Superstar” so much…the message is simple and just that, you’ve got to just jump in!

I don’t think jumping in has been my issue so much, in many things…I jump in…and many times, without looking closely…without any real assessment of my situation, I have jumped in, headfirst, into an empty fucking pool, many many times…

I have to remind myself that water is life..in all things…water hydrates my cells and grows my hair and nourishes my body, my mind and my soul..and I must learn to respect water more…to be emerged in its healing and floating peacefully atop its security and endlessness…waster is my friend, and the friend of my love garden…

I have been composting this soul and this soil for my entire life…turning and nurturing….learning the breakdown process, where all things break down to be spread around, to build up and grow something else…and this soil is nutrient rich and ready…ready to build and to be born anew…

I will tell you this…I am fucking ready!!! I am so ready!! I have assessed my situation this time and the water is perfect and plenty deep enough, to jump in, even headfirst if I want to…safely…

I am realizing that there are a lot of things that I have really wanted to do throughout my life…things that I have not done, because of debilitating fear…and I am not afraid anymore, of anything…

I will not allow fear, to debilitate me and my life and to stunt my growth anymore…as I have in the past…

I can usually pick a fear out of he proverbial sky and I can work my ass off and I will overcome it…This is how I got my motorcycle license…this is how I enrolled in and graduated from Massage School…this is how I started my hug campaign…this is how I walked up to the casket at the mortuary, to make myself know that it was, really my Mom in that box and that she really was gone…

I am not talking about this kind of fear…the fear that I am eradicating at a ridiculously alarming rate….is the fear of rejection…the fear of what you think of me…the fear of your opinion and your judgement…And because there is absolutely no room for that in my life anymore…nope, no room at all,this will not be anywhere near my love garden…ever…

Earlier this week, when I drove down to get my haircut…I walked through this fear…and it wasn’t easy…and I have had nothing but the highest and most wonderful and beautiful compliments…mostly stating the same thing…welcome home…you look great…you look happy…you look like you…I love your eyes…I love your smile…

I have NEVER had such a supportive and positive reaction to honoring and being Coral…maybe because I haven’t really ever been able to be Coral, until now…

So, now, off I go, heartfoward, to smile and love and plant and nurture and grow my love garden…with my Musical Medicine in the background and Baby Taos by my side…we are off to plant some love seeds….and we will sprinkle that shit everywhere!!!!