Tuesday, June 2, 2009


I saw this video and thought it was great. I have a huge fear of failure. Even thinking about it now as I type gives me a sick feeling in my stomach. But of course I fail, more often than I would like. Sometimes it takes me a while, but if I can take a step back and try to learn something from that experience it makes the failure less painful because there was something positive that came out of it.

If we can all look at failure as a positive versus a negative I think we could all accomplish more in our lives. It is a learning and growing experience, a stepping stone to something better, a way to push ourselves to do things we never dreamed of. I hope to learn to be more forgiving of my own mistakes and become more determined.

Enjoy :)

Friday, May 1, 2009

We are famous!

Our first official act as Therapy Animals was to go to the North Ogden City Council Meeting and thank them for changing the city ordinance. North Ogden will only allow two registered dogs in each home. But they will now allow 4 dogs if they are therapy animals. Here is the vid they did for us.

And here is the link to the story: http://www.standard.net/live/news/171288/

FYI - in the story Tara Orrin is me, they got my name wrong :(

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Thomas Jefferson - way ahead of his time

Here are some quotes from Thomas Jefferson. I don't know much about him, but he seems to be ahead of his time.

When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we
shall become as corrupt as Europe ..
Thomas Jefferson

The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are
willing to work and give to those who would not.
Thomas Jefferson

It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A
principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.
Thomas Jefferson

I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government
from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of
Thomas Jefferson

My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too
much government.
Thomas Jefferson

No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.
Thomas Jefferson

The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear
arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in
Thomas Jefferson

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of
patriots and tyrants.
Thomas Jefferson

To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which
he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.
Thomas Jefferson

Very Interesting Quote :
In light of the present financial crisis, it's interesting to read what
Thomas Jefferson said in 1802:
'I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties
than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to
control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation,
the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive
the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the
continent their fathers conquered.'

Monday, March 2, 2009

Intermountain Therapy Animals

Well the newfies are official. This weekend they both passed their certified therapy animal tests. They both passed with flying colors and have a very proud mama.

We still have some orientation to go through, but in the next month or so we will be able to go out.

Here are a couple vids about ITA. For those of you from the valley you might have heard about this first person.

(Check out the newfies - that is not either of my newfies, but it is fun for me to see other people who are crazy enought to have them besides me.)

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Vote For Bayley

Everyone click on this link and vote for Bayley to be on the next Bissell box.

Here are some more pics of the newfies.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

McDonalds Ban

Ok so you all know how McDonalds makes me ralph, but check this out. This was sent to me by a friend of mine who lives in Texas and goes to Texas A&M. The professor at the bottom is real you can look him up on the TAMU directory.

"I'm sure those of you who aren't in the cattle business don't understand the issues here. But to those of us whose living depends on the cattle market, selling cattle, raising the best beef possible... This is frustrating.

This will keep us from ever stopping there again, even for a drink.

The original message is from the Texas Cattle Feeders Association

American cattle producers are very passionate about this.

McDonald's claims that there is not enough beef in the USA to support their restaurants. Well, we know that is not so. Our opinion is they are looking to save money at our expense. The sad thing of it is that the people of the USA are the ones who made McDonald's successful in the first place, but we are not good enough to provide beef.

We personally are no longer eating at McDonald's, which I am sure does not make an impact, but if we pass this around maybe there will be an impact felt.

Please pass it on. Just to add a note:

All Americans that sell cows at a livestock auction barn had to sign a paper stating that we do NOT EVER feed our cows any part of another cow. South Americans are not required to do this as of yet.

McDonald's has announced that they are going to start importing much of their beef from South America . The problem is that South Americans aren't under the same regulations as American beef producers, and the regulations they have are loosely controlled.

They can spray numerous pesticides on their pastures that have been banned here at home because of residues found in the beef. They can also use various hormones and growth regulators that we can't. The American public needs to be aware of this problem and that they may be putting themselves at risk from now on by eating at good old McDonald's.

American ranchers raise the highest quality beef in the world and this is what Americans deserve to eat. Not beef from countries where quality is loosely controlled. Therefore, I am proposing a boycott of
McDonald's until they see the light.

I'm sorry but everything is not always about the bottom line, and when it comes to jeopardizing my family's health, that is where I draw the line.

I am sending this note to about thirty people. If each of you send it to at least ten more (30 x 10 = 300) ... and those 300 send it to at l east ten more (300 x 10 = 3,000) ... and so on, by the time the message reaches the sixth generation of people, we will have reached over THREE MILLION consumers!

I'll bet you didn't think you and I had that much potential, did you? Acting together we can make a difference. If this makes sense to you, please pass this message on.

David W. Forrest, Ph.D , PAS, Dipl.

ACAP Department of Animal Science
Texas A&M University
Phone (979) 845-3560
Fax (979) 862-3399
2471 TAMU College Station, TX 77843-2471 "

Yikes! McDonalds is gross but regardless - Buy American