All of the animals who live here at Great Oaks Farm are rescues and have come here in different ways.
This is my best friend Rhody. Rhody lived his whole life with me from the time he was 5 months old until age 11 when he was overcome by cancer just a couple of months ago.
What was so special about Rhody was our connection. I could always understand him.
Here is the best story about Rhody. The day after Christmas 8 years ago, he and I were driving home from visiting family. In 2004, on the day I buried my husband my brother was murdered and I had to learn a new way of living. I made a decision to consciously direct my life. I wanted to be able to take care of myself. I had come to realize just how short life can be and I wanted my time here to be quality time. I had my mind, my attitude and my imagination. I could choose how I looked at my life and imagine the life I wanted to create so I began living positively in earnest.
One of the things I did for practice was, when driving, I listened to two things only: “Secrets of the Millionaire Mind” by Harv Eker and “The Secret” audio book by Rhonda Byrnes, thereby exposing me to the teachings of the master belief shifters currently living on the planet. I practiced everything I was learning about changing my beliefs and my mindset.
I was grateful every day for my dreams as if they were already manifested. Even though my current reality was not a match, I held pictures of that reality in my mind and positive thoughts and visions of being a millionaire.
Really? A millionaire? With the meager reality I was living? There’s the rub. I had to believe that first it was possible – yes, of course, anything is possible to those that believe. Second, it was okay to have a big dream – yes, many of the people I was calling teacher said you must have a big dream! And third, take time everyday to focus on the life you really want so you have a goal to go towards and a vision to hold. You can’t get what you want if you don’t know what you want or your focus is on what you don’t want.
It is important to imagine what you want, need or desire every day to get in and stay in the flow of positive thinking and positive focus. When I am what I call “in the flow,” I feel like anything can happen. I believe everything is possible. After all, if it is possible for one it is possible for anyone.
I was really growing into a positive and happy person. Driving home, I was looking for the least expensive gas I could find and kept searching as I was driving, finally ending up at a tiny gas station. Being alert has its rewards. While there, I saw a big poster – ‘Holiday Millionaire Raffle. Would you like to be a millionaire?’
Why, yes! Yes, I would! Anything that had the word ‘millionaire’ in it got my attention. One of my affirmations was and still is,
When I have inspired thought, I act on it.
The moment came when I had the inspired thought to buy a ticket. I did not ask for, or pray to win the lottery, although you may. And, I had never before bought lottery tickets! This was a twenty-dollar ticket, so this would be a real stretch for me. And, of course, you can't win unless you play.
Now here's where Rhody comes in.
As I silently wondered, “Should I buy one of those tickets?” Rhody started barking very excitedly and was jumping around in the vehicle. I thought he had to go to the bathroom, so I quickly took him for a little walk. I thought it strange that he didn’t even pee, he was just looking around. When he was back in the vehicle and I was ready to get in, I saw the sign again and I thought to myself, “Gee, before I leave I wonder if I should I get one of those tickets?” And, just as I had this thought, my dog started his barking again and jumping around in the window—and when I looked at him he was looking intensely right at me! Hmm. I had a moment as I mentally tallied the balance in my checking account, as my history and old beliefs flooded me with lack thoughts. And then, in the blink of an eye, I shifted. After all, the sign on my dashboard was, “When I have inspired thought, I act on it.” And, since my dog had never done this before, I smiled and thought, “There’s my sign!”
When the attendant asked me how many tickets I wanted,
with a smile I said to him, “Just one, and make it a winning one!” We laughed. In this particular game I could not choose the number I received because it was a statewide raffle and you got the next available number. I told myself that no matter the result this was a Christmas present to me. I kissed the ticket, held it in the air, gave thanks for winning and then tucked the ticket in my visor over the driver's seat and forgot about it.
I had paid attention to the signs.
Well, the drawing came and went.
A week after the drawing had taken place I finally remembered to look. There were twelve draws for a million dollars each as well as other money prizes. I started at the beginning looking at the winning numbers. On the twelfth and final draw for a million dollars I was startled. Those numbers look familiar. Could it be? I hadn’t looked at the ticket since I got it and it was still in the visor of my car. I printed out the numbers, ran to the car and painstakingly went over each and every single number to match it with what I had printed out. My mind did not believe it. And then it clicked! I shouted to the world,
“I JUST WON A MILLION DOLLARS!!!!!”
and proceeded to dance around the yard for 15 minutes repeating Oh, my God, over and over. Can you imagine how I felt? What would you do?
You can read the whole story in my book, Shift Happens: How I won a Million Dollars with the Law of Attraction in which I give you a game plan on how to manifest your own dreams. It's available on Amazon.com. Because what you believe is what happens. Oh, and listen to your dog!
This is my forever friend, Montana, mowing the grass for me. He was about to be put down when I quickly swooped in and rescued him. One day I was looking out at my field and thought I would love to see a horse out there, even though I don't ride he could mow and I could give a rescue a home. And I thought IF I got a horse I sure would like it to be a Tennessee Walking horse. After daydreaming a while I went off to work at my acupuncture office. When my client was getting on the table she casually asked me if I knew anyone who would like a horse. Really?!!
I nonchalantly asked what kind of horse he was and yep, you guessed it, she said a Tennessee Walker. So there you are! That was 7 years ago. Now that our other horse has left, Montana has free range of 7 acres and has a new friend, an egret that comes everyday and spends the whole day with him. The newest thing is that around his regular dinnertime every day he stands on the bricks in front of my deck at the front door and KNOCKS on the deck with his hoof! Its time to eat you see. If I open the door and say "what?" his ears move back and forth as he stares at me and communicates his message. If I don't open the door he waits a couple of minutes and knocks again. I giggle every time. Especially the day I opened the door to see the egret sitting on Montana's back as he waits for his dinner.
This is my forever friend, my sweet Bear. Bear was my bother's dog. He found him over 2 miles in the woods and was all by himself and only 6 weeks old! He looked just like a bear cub! Upon my brother's death I adopted Bear and he has been living with me since he was 2 and is now 14 years old. We used to run through the woods and roll in the grass with Rhody. We would take rides to the magic window in town for treats, what you and I know as a drivethru. He only knew that we pulled up to a window and it opened and food came out like magic. Bear is now blind and spends his days next to me as I work on my computer.
I decided Montana needed a friend so I started asking around for a rescue and was led to a 2 year old bay paint who was living totally alone in a small pasture. This young horse badly needed a friend, too, so he came to live with us.
He grew into a handsome guy as he matured and would be the first to give a big whinny when I pulled up to the gate upon returning home from somewhere. He was so expressive. I loved watching Blaze and Montana run and play in the field and I would laugh as he played king of the mountain laying in a big pile of hay. What a curious horse. He would play with anything and make toys out of the feed buckets carrying them and flipping them in to the air. He loved attention and he was never spooked by anything.
I'm saying was because about a month ago Blaze became a forever friend to a woman who fell in love with him. Blaze needed more attention than I could give him and needed to be trained. He hadn't been ridden ever but loved to be touched. He's young, 5 and half and full of life. I had to think what was best for him. Although we miss him, I am so pleased to say he adapted very quickly and her trainer had him under saddle in a few day and in a week was riding him. Wow. I knew he would thrive with that kind of attention. He is going to be a great companion for her and she plans to ride him across the country. That should be quite the adventure for him.