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the soul of a heart dog.


Your Wish Is My Command.


–by Anna Cooke


Whether we realize it or not, we do have the power to make wishes come true - for ourselves and for other beings. In our subconscious mind, lying dormant for many of us, is our personal genie in a bottle. The story of Aladdin’s Lamp is the perfect analogy for how the mind works. The subconscious mind is the greater part of the mind that runs on autopilot, accepting the data it’s fed, like the wish we might ask of it. It also keeps the body's systems operating smoothly. Quantum physicists and spiritualists agree that the conscious/subconscious mind is directly connected to the super conscious mind of the infinite or the spirit. Holding a clear, descriptive picture of what we really want allows the “genie” in our subconscious mind to start working on helping us make that wish come true. *****


Mattie, an Australian Shepherd, had been Jan Sebald’s


constant companion for nearly 13 years. Jan was preparing her heart, soul and mind for Mattie’s imminent passing. She could tell Mattie was tired and losing her will to live. The night before Mattie was to be euthanized, Jan stroked her soft fur, and let her know it was all going to be okay. She had one last request of Mattie. If she had the power to do so, she asked her to please send another Aussie as beautiful, sweet, and smart as she was. Mattie died on January 8, 2014.


***** Intention is the mental process that keeps our atten-


tion fixed on goals. Desire is the feeling process that helps determine what it is we truly want, in our heart of hearts. The two processes work together. Another thing about the subconscious - it is not judgmental. Jan works as the volunteer coordinator at Pinellas


County Animal Services. The day after Mattie died, Jan thought it best to keep busy, and headed to work, rather than take some personal time off. She works with adop- tions, so it’s a happy place. She doesn’t really see the dogs coming in, the owner surrenders. A staff member let Jan know that an Aussie had just come, not as a typical owner surrender. The gentleman who turned in the dog was going into hospice and had no family who would take care of his beloved dog, named Tori. Jan immediately went to the kennel to check on the dog. She could not believe her eyes. Tori was the spitting image of Mattie. “I’ll take her,” said Jan.


Jan Sebald and Tori, her six-year-old Australian Shepherd is now the Ambassadog at Pinellas County Animal Services. Photograph by Anna Cooke.


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