Rescue of the Week: Ribsey’s Refugees

 

Rescue of the Week welcomes

Ribsey’s Refugees! 

 ribsey's refugees

http://www.ribseysrefugees.org/

I had the pleasure of interviewing Linda McCoy of Ribsey’s Refugees on her wonderful organization.  Here’s what I discovered……

What do you focus on?

Pit Bulls and Black dogs

Ribsey!

 

Who are you?  What kind of work do you do?  Do you work with animals to begin with?

I have a free range boarding facility for large breed dogs, so, I work with dogs already. 

http://www.happyhoundhotel.com/ in Sammamish, Washington.

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What animal inspired you to start your rescue?

My dog Ribsey is the inspiration for the name. After being down South after Hurricane Katrina, when all I saw were Pit Bulls, and saw how misunderstood they were, that was what really got me going. I’ve always had a ‘thing’ for black dogs too. And, I’ve always loved the Labs. My comment is Pit Bulls are Labs with an edge. And, I’ve always been someone who fights for the underdog (no pun intended).

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What challenges do you face?

Having very limited space and not enough qualified people to help with the dogs. I do most of it myself.

 

What is particular or specific about your rescue?

We specialize in socializing dogs, and helping them learn to be dogs.
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http://www.ribseysrefugees.org/

EDITOR’S NOTE:

Let me just say that Linda McCoy is being very modest.  Her ability to help an emotionally shattered dog to become a family dog is beyond anything I have seen.  I personally have the best dang dog on the planet from Ribsey’s Refugees – my beloved Isabella!  

Isabella was one of her black dogs that is not only part of my life, she is part of the teaching curriculum for Communication with all Life University.  She holds down the couch like nobody on the planet and she is the main greeter for weekend workshops.  She is also the main bag search dog – just to make sure you don’t have any unwanted sandwiches!  I can’t tell you how many times a day – in my mind, I thank Linda for all she does for the animal kingdom!  Look at my darling Isabella below!

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If you would like to be part of Joan Ranquet’s – Random Thoughts of An Animal Communicator’s Rescue of the Week interview, please e-mail Joan @ joanranquet@joanranquet.com.

Blessings to you and your animal companions!  Joan

www.joanranquet.com

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A Journey with a Friend

The story below was recently written and shared by Ruth Nielsen.  It is about her Bernese Mountain dog friend Winter.  When she e-mailed this out, I asked for her permission to reprint as it is such a wonderful reminder of being present with our animals and aware at that last juncture. 

The other irony and twist with this story is that about 10 years ago, Winter – the dog subject of the story is how Ruth and I met.  

We met because Winter refused to pull a cart and Ruth had been showing her other dog to great acclaim. We discovered Winter had an ‘incident’ prior to all of this that was triggered by all of the cart apparatus.  As a result, Winter would just shut down.  She called me into their lives to find out why! 

While he didn’t have to ever show again with the cart, we helped him get over it just for him – part by communication, part by her continued de-sensitizing, part by continued training and mostly because he’s a rockstar!! 

It took them a long time but he ultimately earned the top draft/carting title.  He went on to also enjoy other disciplines and hikes and companionship.  He was a lot tougher than Ruth ever thought!

As fate would have it – it was well worth every effort to help him oh so many years ago get past his hesitance with the cart.  It turns out with his degenerative disease that he would indeed need wheels.  He so proudly raced up mountain tops and city streets as if this was what he was born to do – to continue to thrive.  Now the great story of Winter is winding down – and Ruth has a lot to say about this:

 A Journey with a Friend

My friend and I are coming to the end of a long journey.  We have traveled together for years, but this part of our journey is something new.  We haven’t been down this path before and even though I can’t see the end of the path, I know that for my friend the journey will soon be over.   He is old and tired, and can no longer walk without my help.    We have been together for such a long time and shared so many adventures along the way that my heart aches knowing that we are nearing the end of our time together.  Still, I don’t want to make my friend unhappy, so I try to think only about the present – my friend is still with me and I am grateful for his company.  

As we travel on in companionable silence, I wonder what my friend is thinking.   Does he want to stop? Is the path too hard?   Should we quit now and say our goodbyes without going any further?   I know that I can choose to say goodbye at any point along the path, but I find that I can’t ask him to quit and say goodbye just yet – not after everything we’ve been through together – so we continue on our way.   My friend accepts my help with grace as I resort to carrying him over some rough parts of the path.   His silent dignity makes it easier for me to help him, even though I can’t stop thinking about the many times on our travels when he would run ahead of me, full of energy, and then stop to wait for me to catch up.   Now he leans all his weight against me and I know his once strong legs will not support him anymore.

We stop to rest and sit by the side of a beautiful flowing river.   My friend falls asleep with his head in my lap, and I stroke his head softly, thinking of our years together and all that we have shared.  Occasionally other travelers walk by.  Some stop to talk, and ask about my friend.   They tell me I must be a very special friend to help him along this difficult path.  I can only smile in return.  How could I not help my friend after everything we have done together, and everything he has done for me?  Some people shake their heads and I know they think I am foolish for carrying my friend along the path.  Perhaps I should have said goodbye to him long ago, before the path got so very difficult. 

My friend wakes, and I see in his old eyes nothing but the love we have shared in our companionship over the years.  He doesn’t speak, but sings softly, a tune that reminds me of other days, when we climbed mountains together and explored wild places, and slept side by side under the stars.   I listen to his song and I know it comes from the heart.  It is a song of a journey shared between friends who are traveling their last road together.  

I help my friend to rise, and now all his weight is on me.  I will carry him, I will stop to rest when I need to, and I will listen to his song as we slowly follow the river.  When the song is over, then perhaps it will be time to say goodbye.  But not yet, my friend.  I will wait for you to tell me you have traveled far enough.  I can carry you until then ~  

Written with much love for my 12 ½ year old Winter-boy who is still singing to me  –

Ruth Nielsen, Seattle, WA with Winter, Tonka and baby-boy Frost

What’s in a name and other random thoughts of an Animal Communicator

What’s in a (Pet’s) name?

Does the name add value or hinder your animal Companion?  

From Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, 1594: JULIET:
     What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
      By any other name would smell as sweet;
      So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call’d,
      Retain that dear perfection which he owes
      Without that title.    

 

How did you name your pet? Was the name inherited? Did you create a barn name? Do you have a series of nicknames for the different looks, behaviors or coy activity of your dog, cat or bird? 

I have seen a name make or break a personality. I have seen a new name completely turn an animal around. One potentially great thing when getting an animal from a shelter is that it is a brand new day in that animal’s life – why not start with a new name? 

The dog I adopted, Isabella (on the left in the pink chair) – had a different name with the rescue group – they called her Sarah.  I thought Isabella (both the name and the dog in front of me) was a very beautiful match.  The name is very Queen like (okay I’m all about BIG girly names) and that was fitting to bring out the personality that I knew was in there for this shy, nearly feral dog.  She was SO introverted and was happier with her head in a corner than out in public with others (except me and Olivia – my other dog).  Queen Isabella sponsored the Columbus voyage – the discovery of America – so who better to name her after than a Queen who was a patron of THE discovery voyage of our home as well as a patron of the arts and scholars? She has turned into quite the discovery dog indeed. 

Olivia (on the right in the pink chair) is a great story. My ex husband (he was my husband at the time) and I were living in Denver. I wanted a dog, his kids wanted a dog. We were redoing a bathroom in the house and he ran off to Home Depot. He came back and said he met the most well behaved Border Collie in the store and that her people said she had puppies (not full bred) at home. He had taken their phone number…..we made a call and off we went up I-70 to Evergreen, a mountain town.  In fact this was probably the first week of December and there was definitely crusted snow in all around. 

On the drive up the freeway I casually mentioned that I will name the dog Olivia. Without seeing her, I knew my puppy was in that litter. 

We arrived at this warm mountain like cabin in the woods. The woman graciously greeted us at the door and she went to the back door and one by one called the puppies in. All super great names by my book and then I heard it……..”Olivia, come in.” 

‘Olivia’ ran in with the rest of the balls of fur and sat on my feet. I also had to think that a ½ Border Collie that was cute, excited and mellow was the best of the gang.  SOLD. 

I have more stories – not only of my own animals – but of watching animals really be able to blossom because someone took the time to either change their name or to stop calling them a name that was limiting their potential.  More of that to come……………. 

Last year I had a contest on “What’s in a name” and my Communication with all Life University helped me judge it.  My newsletter has the first story and there will be more in my newsletter as well as posted here on the blog.  I’d love to hear your story!  

Blessings, Joan 

Joan Ranquet 

Animal Communicator, Author, Speaker  

www.joanranquet.com  

www.contacttalkradio.com host of PET TALK LIVE every Wed. at 4:00 pm pst  

Founder of Communication with all Life University certification program  

For the best supplements for all life – (humans, animals & soil):  www.dynamitemarketing.com/joanranquet  

Upcoming classes: Beginning & Advanced Animal Communication classes coming up – plus special EARLY BIRD specials extended.  

DENVER – September 17 – 19  

SEATTLE AREA – October 15 – 17  

BOYNTON BEACH – November 6th 2010 The Crystal Garden  

ORLANDO AREA – November 12 – 14  

For more info or to register – joanranquet@joanranquet.com or contact Shannon at smyers@myersmarketing.com.

Communication with All Life University Graduation, Dr. Steven Farmer and other random thoughts of an Animal Communicator

Big fun was had by all!

Barely a week ago was the graduation dinner for the first year of Communication with all Life University. It was quite a year.  We spent the last 3 days of it working from early until late. Our finals were at Little Bit Therapeutic riding center. There, my students talked to a couple of horses in the program and dogs that the staff brought from home.  It was an awesome day. Bittersweet – Awesome for them.  For me? Also amazing – and I have to let them blossom on their own – time to let go – how spring like!!!!

In the time that they were here, we reviewed the last year in terms of each of the student’s accomplishments as well as how they utilized their electives (of body work or energy work).  We examined how to set up and market their Animal Communicator practice/business.  Of course, that blueprint has been in place for some time through the various assignments.  We had intuitive moments and business building as well as structure creating and brainstorming on how to build the day/week/career they want.  Many stayed on for Animal Alchemy – the others flew out that had taken it last year – what a 10 day period!

The growth and commitment of everyone has been astounding.  I’m so moved.  I am amazed at how much these people wanted to stretch and how far they came by being willing.  We have had so many laughs and plenty of tears.  

Our excursions have always been fun (I love a good field trip whether we are at the Seattle campus or the Orlando campus!)  Our field trips have been as wide-ranging as Snoqualmie Falls to a Trapeze Act during dinner to an Orb tour to the Pike Place Market Ghost tour to a Magic show in Orlando, Fairy hikes, trail rides outside of Orlando, the cow milking package to the Space Needle.  Not to mention, wonderful dinners!  Hopefully next Orlando trip is an airboat ride and next October here is a sea plane over the city.

Aside from the use of the electives, they all expressed something they learned and tried from the various Animal Education Teleseminars.  Or what they gained (or didn’t) from the various assignments.

They have raised the bar for me in terms of what to expect from students. For the most part when I said jump – they didn’t question, they telepathically asked “how high”?  And then they elegantly followed through.  I couldn’t have asked for a better, more diverse and wonderful group.   Oh did I drive them crazy sometimes!

I also have great help from Shannon the Lead Mare and Dean of Students.  Additionally, the dorm couldn’t have been a wackier place at TYD Farm (Thank you Virginia).  And thank you Geri for your serene dorm in Geneva, Fl.

Thank you Shannon, Pam, Diane, Sarah and Veronica for making me become a better teacher!

Listen to the grads on Pet Talk Live with me yesterday (March 24th 2010): http://feeds.feedburner.com/joanranquet.  They did great kitten readings! Always, the kittens can be found on www.youtube.com/joanranquet.

If you are interested in upcoming events ( Animal Communication April 9, 10th & 11th) check out: www.joanranquet.com/events. And of course for readings: www.joanranquet.com/readings.  Fabulous dog/cat/horse/soil/alpaca/car products: www.dynamitemarketing.com/joanranquet.com.

And of course my new RADIO SHOW – PET TALK LIVE! Tomorrow is Dr. Steven Farmer – woohoo!!!   March 31st 2010  Have you ever wondered about your Power Animals and what it all means? Do you know who your Animal Spirit Guides are? Are you finding Earth’s magic in the everyday realm? If these are questions in your stratosphere, you may want to join me when I interview Dr. Steven Farmer – Author of “Earth Magic” and much more.  We will have the usual readings for my personal kittens, the Rescue of the week and I’m happy to do readings for you on this very special show. Even better – talk to Dr. Steven Farmer!   

Blessings, Joan

p.s. are we friends on Facebook? Do we follow each other on Twitter? 

Jumping rope with dogs and cats and other random acts of an Animal Communicator

This is just a typical morning of trying to jump rope to disco music with dogs and cats that like to play! 

YouTube – joanranquet’s Channel#p/a/u/0/veOKiGuQxY0.

Hope your mornings are as exciting ~ Joan

www.joanranquet.com

Denver, a love story and other Random thoughts of an Animal Communicator

Denver, I have missed you.

What a great trip.  It started out with the Misha May Foundation benefit on Thursday night and some familiar faces but many faces that I didn’t know – all eager to learn the basics of Animal Communication. We made some money for that organization.

Then, on to the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo……and that was great.  I had a lecture each day and a book signing.  Again, more and more familiar faces.  People showed up that I had been to their house, to their barn; they had taken a class before – all showing up to learn more.  It was all a great reminder of how much I loved my clients, their animals and the other practitioners I worked and played well with in Denver. 

There was one day that I left the Horse Expo at around 3:00 to go to the Metaphysical Fair. The way the light was hitting the Rockies with the fresh snow is truly the most breathtaking view of those mountains I have ever seen.

The last night I was in town, I taught at the Shining Lotus and it benefited the Harrison Memorial Animal Hospital – an amazing operation that helps with surgeries for animals if the people can’t afford it as well as helping with spay and neuters for the shelters.

I had a couple of days of meeting client’s animals in person (that I have only communicated with on the phone up until now) as well as some new folks.   I got to talk to a cat in a high rise and I also got to watch that particular Border Collie mix, Foster do laundry. He very proudly and smugly pulled things out of the dryer.  I have a Border Collie mix that would love to learn something necessary like that!  There may be some new training techniques in order.  I couldn’t wait to get home for a variety of reasons, that being one of them.

The last day was a wonderful setting up in the Rockies, walking through sunny snow fields to get to the horses I was talking to and then on down to the familiar barn I’ve talked to so many horses at before – some new and old clients. I nearly drove off the road a million times just taking in the view on my way back down the mountain.

Along the way up the windy roads to Evergreen I remember picking out a little bundle that 8 years later is the most amazing dog I’ve ever known, my own Olivia.

I was reminded of how much I love the beauty there, the people and the lifestyle.  It was so welcoming and is calling me back within the next 6 – 8 weeks – and I can’t wait to go back!! I also have great friends and wonderful memories of those friends.

One woman in the audience at the Horse Expo told me she met me at a book signing two years ago and that I’m not blogging enough – so here you go!!

Denver, I’ve missed you – but I’ll be back. Soon. 

Pet Talk Live, 4:00 pm PST  www.contacttalkradio.com

Founder of Communication with all Life University, Author, Speaker, Animal Communicator

For more info: www.joanranquet.com.

Sadie The Scottish Terrier Wins Westminster Dog Show; Protesters Disrupt Events (PHOTOS)

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Once again that Sadie that I blogged about before won tonight. Not much of a surprise – she is something else……

Sexy Sadie ~ well done!

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p.s. The winnings are in for the what’s in a name contest. There were so many submissions and then my University students did the judging and there were too many varied picks. So we have several runner ups!  I’m heading to Florida early in the a.m. and will have lots of fun events.

Your dog wants a treat. Now! Animal communicator to hold seminar in Missoula

Your dog wants a treat. Now! Animal communicator to hold seminar in Florence.  Some say Florence, some say Missoula – I don’t know where it is that I’m teaching this weekend – but I do know we have an awesome group!! There is still room for a couple more.  And I do know my ticket says Missoula ~ I’m really looking forward to this workshop. 

Kate is part of Communication with all Life University and she has put together this class.  Some of the people that are coming – have worked with me before in either my Bozeman Mt. classes or when I used to come up and teach at Traumhof (before I lived here) or perhaps even Walla Walla. And some will be fresh. Always fun!

If you didn’t see my post yesterday about the new year – I want to remind you to scroll down for the “What’s in a name contest….” details below.  And if you’re not on my mailing list – please join as I will be updating there as well. Go to: www.joanranquet.com. The contest could win you a weekend class in either Seattle or Orlando – so please send me your story.  I’m already getting submissions and it hasn’t even gone out in my newsletter!

In Transit, literally and the film – as always, other random thoughts of an Animal Communicator

Isabella said goodnight to 2009 a while ago!

Happy New Year!  It is a time of opportunity, fun and amazing transformation.  Last year feels like it had all the awkward growing pains for what is going to set sail this new decade. 

I have had my own personal transformation. . . in the last 8 weeks, I lost my 90 year old father.  He was such an inspiration to many and while I know that he is with my mom and many other great animal companions, relatives and friends, it is still fresh and painful.  I so hear the pain in my clients voice as they call either about an animal that they recently lost or about to lose.

For some reason the holidays accentuate that, whether it is that we love memories around this type of year so the loss feels greater than say a random day in June or the mere fact that it is literally the darkest time of the year.  No matter as to the origin of the pain, the pain is there and deserves attention – being brought to the light.

I’m also writing because on the otherside of the holidays, here in the new year, I don’t remember a time I felt more hopeful.  There are so many exciting things in the wings that I will slowly reveal as they come to fruition. 

For me – it is also a time of tranformation in my career. In the worst economy, I started Communication with all Life University and in March – I have my first graduating class.  I’m blogging – I don’t even text regularly, yet I love this.  Lots of other things are transforming before my eyes that are so positive, so amazing……the reason I’m writing this is I know it is for you as well.  Sometimes we just can’t see it.

I found a video from my past – I used to be an actress for those that don’t know my history or haven’t read my book, “Communication with all Life”.  I’m actually posting it because talk about a transformation!!  The video below is just a fun reminder of the world I came from – acting!! I loved acting, I loved the whole world of it. I educated myself in the best possible situations, I knew all the right people and yet………well the video is great – it was my dream to act and yet I followed another big passion – animals and I don’t look back (except to view various productions I was in):

Dailymotion – In transit, par Cédric Klapisch – une vidéo Cinéma.

Then this life of being an Animal Communicator totally took over my life!! I’m happy to say that this is definitely the work I’m supposed to be doing. I have been busy since about the day I said I’d do it…..unlike life in my acting world. I will say I was always getting some sort of play, little film, etc. I always joked with my Dad that I finally got a steady job when I became a pet psychic.  

Clearly I didn’t love the acting world enough to endure the actor’s lifestyle. Or there was a better divine plan for me.  Either way – this work, this life has brought us together even if just through these words on a screen.  My wish for you is that you follow your dream and find your divine plan!

Now my work and my lifestyle are congruant. I love that. On the days that I’m home doing phone sessions, I’m here with my own animals. If I go away from my home to talk to an animal – funny how that works, I’m with animals!

I know I’m very lucky and I want to take this time to thank all of my clients and students and even readers who are what make this life possible.

I have  a few more things to add:

1. January 3rd http://www.blogtalkradio.com/positively-incorrect – 5:00 pm PST. CALL IN! Scott Cluthe Radio Show please call in!!  

2. I’m teaching a weekend workshop in Missoula Mt. January 8-10th for details go to: www.joanranquet.com/events or contact Kate Templeman @ (406) 273-3151 or e-mail her @ keltonfarm@gmail.com.

3.  I have a big contest that is below – “What’s in a name…..” if you have a story as to how you chose a name – or the name chose your animal companion – let us know.  Me, and my University students will be picking out the winners and the contest winner details are here:

Each person that enters gets a free Animal Education Teleseminar of your choice ($20.00 value). The first place winner gets a free weekend Animal Communication Seminar in either Orlando in Feb. or Seattle in April ($350.00 value- travel expenses not included). Second place winner gets 10 Animal Education Teleseminar calls ($200 value).  Third place winner gets either an Animal Communication Workshop Teleseminar  with me OR 5 Animal Education Teleseminar calls hosted by me with amazing guests – or download of previous amazing calls (valued at $100.00).  The contest winners will be announced January 25th.  May the best name win! Enter your pet’s name and how or why they got their name and send to joanranquet@joanranquet.com

Remember to always check my schedule for when I could be in YOUR town teaching an Animal Communication mini class www.joanranquet.com/events.

Enjoy, Joan

Joan Ranquet

Animal Communicator, Author, Speaker and founder of Communication with all life University (animal communication certification program).  www.joanranquet.com, www.dynamitemarketing.com/joanranquet

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