Bali Part 5: Bali Tips & Final Thoughts

My Bali tips are simple, I think? Based on my own experience, I hope they help. My biggest Bali tip is to read, reader and read – there is so much great info online that really helped me out. OK, let’s start with food. Where to begin? First off, I am not a picky eater. The food in Indonesia is OK, by that I mean all the good food is really there for tourists (not traditional Indonesian fare). Nalu bowls are amazing, fresh fruit on the island cannot be beat. The vegan food scene is super tasty. However, authentic Indonesian food isn’t as memorable. It isn’t bad, it just lacks variety. It’s kind of a blend of Chinese, Thai and Indian. Duck is a specialty in Bali, and it’s the only Indonesian word I learned – Bebek. I ate some, it was delicious. Suckling pig is another common dish, it was good too.

Maybe it’s the spices used for most Indonesian dishes – a mix of garlic, red chili peppers, nutmeg, ginger, turmeric and cumin seem to take every dish over. Not bad, I just got tired of it on day three. Andrea (a foodie like me) was over it day one and we ate at this little Italian place several times in our little village in Ubud our first week. It was funny. They also had lots of lizards on the walls, so screaming occurred (Andrea, not me). One of our best meals was at KuDeTa in Seminyak, just a five-minute walk from our villa. It was right on the beach, amazing chill ambiance and the food was more mainstream with a slight Indonesian flare. So yes, one of my first Bali tips is to eat, eat it all!

Bali Tips No, this isn’t America – and that is O.K.

Have I mentioned the money in Indonesia is CRAZY cool? The denominations are really high, so $100 USD is about $1.5 million rupia. Yes, million! I was finally a millionaire! The only problem was we had all these $2,000 and $3,000 bills that basically were less than a penny and we would give these out as tips and even the kind people of Bali would give us a look like, really? We adjusted and finally got the hang of it, towards the end of our trip. So one of my Bali tips is to study the currency a bit before you go.

Don’t Sweat the small stuff

What kind of vacation would it be without some postcard drama? Andrea and I spent a nice chunk of time writing postcards to all our friends and family back in America, about 15 each. The plan was to mail them on our last day and our driver, confused as to why we wanted to mail anything, agreed to stop by a Post on the way to the airport. Mail just isn’t the same in Bali as it is for us in the good ‘ol USA. They don’t use the mail much. We went by one Post and it was closed, for no reason. The sign said open, but the door was locked. Driving to another Post. it looked pretty legit. People were going in and out of the building and there was a big red box that read POST. Feeling good, I dropped our postcards in and we were on our way. Needless to say, nobody has gotten one postcard. They may be in the Monkey Forest, who knows. It’s the thought that counts. Hey, if lost postcards are the “worst” thing to happen in my Bali tips – that’s a darn good trip!

Final Thoughts & Tips

Bali has a special energy, no doubt. Sure, part of me wanted to come back feeling completely different – more Zen if you will. To be a new man. What I got was much more. I don’t need to be a new man, I’m happy with who I am and I appreciate my life. What I came home with was incredible memories of a fun vacation, a nice tan, a few new friends and plenty of unique Christmas gifts for friends and family. My photos and little wooden masks hanging in my house remind me of this trip every day.

Bali Tips:

  1. Relax – if you’re a planner like me, schedule time to do nothing. Be open – try some healing, visit art galleries, wander around a temple, try new things. Get a (legit) massage (or 2, 3, 4) – they are really inexpensive and usually include acupressure. Try the vegan food – it’s healthy and tastes great. Nalu Bowls are AMAZING – wish I could have for breakfast every single day (basically a smoothie bowl with fresh fruit on top)
  2. Take good bug repellant – I think this is why we had little issues with mosquitos. Beware of Bali Belly (don’t drink tap water, wash your hands often) but don’t let it hinder you.
  3. Only take Blue Bird taxis with the words BLUE BIRD written on the car (not just an image of a blue bird – lots of copy cats out there, we got into one and the guy tried to charge us way too much and then wouldn’t let us out – but we hopped out at the next stop light).
  4. Negotiate while shopping – it’s the culture. Never take the first price, they expect you to go down in price at least 3-4 times (this doesn’t apply in restaurants and Western style shops).
  5. Use AirBnB for accommodations – get the feeling of really living there. You can spend a day at a luxury hotel (day pass is usually super cheap).
  6. Flights – Man oh man, fly business or first class if you can swing it – the flight is too long for any human to fly coach. Yes, I’m spoiled, I know. I flew coach there and thought I would lose my mind. I splurged and used all my miles to fly first class home on Cathay Pacific and felt like royalty. If you fly from the US, try to stop in Tokyo – it’s a shorter flight from America and breaks up the flight more evenly
  7. Respect the culture – do your homework, it is’t too daunting. Be safe – we had no issues with crime (besides the one wayward taxi driver) – its a popular tourist destination so there will be some trying to take advantage. Locals will try to (quite blatantly) sell you pharmaceutical pills like valium and xanax on the busy streets at night – just ignore them Indonesia has a ZERO drug policy (and recently executed some Australians for drug trafficking)

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Bali Part 4: Seminyak Beach – Nusa Dua – Tanah Lot Temple

Seminyak, Bali

Villa in Seminyak, Bali

Time to relax. We headed to Seminyak Beach for our final week. It was much more our speed. It’s funny, several people we met in Ubud didn’t understand why we would go to Seminyak after Ubud. I guess they felt it was like going to Cabo after a meditation retreat. Not quite. Yes, Seminyak and Kuta Beach are kind of the Cabo for Australians, but we liked it.

Our villa (Heaven on Earth) was just right, AirBnB delivered again. Another two bedroom, two bath (no outdoor bath this time). Our own private swimming pool was practically in the living room. Great place to lounge. Great location, a short walk to the beach one way or to the busy shopping district the other way. Short cab ride to more beaches, shops and restaurants. Our first night was my birthday, we went to a fancy sushi spot called Starfish Bloo in The W Hotel on the beach. It did not disappoint, table practically on the beach, great food with a view. Check.

Stuff to Do

One day we hopped in a cab to Nusa Dua, the ritzy beach filled with luxury hotels. I read online you could pay the equivalent of $12 USD for a day pass at most of these places, giving you pool and beach access. We arrived at the beautiful Mandarin Oriental (which just turned into a Hilton last month) perched on cliffs overlooking a breathtaking deep blue Indian Ocean. The beach and pool were nice, but felt like Miami, Hawaii or the Caribbean. These resorts are secluded from the real Bali. Although it was gorgeous, I was glad we weren’t staying here – the flight was too long to not experience a truly different culture.

TIP: MakE Memories

One of the highlights of our trip was meeting a fellow traveler named Nick. Meeting people while traveling can be pretty cool. I still have a few good friends from my 2015 trip to Peru. I feel so…continental? Anyway, Nick and I both work in marketing and had similar politics and interests – needless to say we had a lot to talk about. We became the three amigos that day, Nick, Andrea and I. Lounging at the beach, entertaining ourselves with the hawkers selling kites and sarongs. He encouraged us to go see the sunset at a nearby temple called Tanah Lot, famous for its sunsets.

Another crazy cab ride ensued. This time our driver was a tall thin boisterous man from China. He liked to laugh, curse and drive FAST, like he was in a video game. He was a good guy though, he kindly waited for us while we did our sunset temple tourist thing. Tanah Lot did not disappoint. I got some great pictures, but they don’t even do the place justice. Nick and Andrea got some kind of blessing and saw a holy sea snake. We finished the night with a simple dinner at an outdoor steakhouse. It was pretty western as in American/Australian. Then it was over, Nick was off to Ubud the next day so we said our goodbyes. But thanks to social media and the tumultuous politics of our countries, we still stay in touch.

Seminyak Photos

 

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To be continued…up next: Bali Basics & Tips

 

Bali Part 3: Temples and Stuff

Bali TemplesOne of our days in Ubud was spent touring various temples and our guide was a real-life Balinese princess. Cok Ratih was a gracious host. She told us a lot about Balinese culture, Hinduism, the royal family and caste system. We spent the most time at a temple called Pura Tirta Empul (water temple). I had seen pictures of people in sarongs going into the pools of water and dipping their heads under the various fountains, some kind of cleansing ritual.

The Experience Begins

I didn’t know if I would actually do it myself, until I found myself in my swim trunks wrapping a sarong around my waist. We were guided through a traditional ceremony, going under each fountain, taking slightly different actions under each. Washing our face two times under one, three under another. That kind of thing. I felt truly American during this process, as I was more concerned about how much the large river rocks were bruising the soles of my feet and if any cute Australians were looking at my shirtless body. I wasn’t present, but I went through the motions. I’m glad I did. Did I feel like a new man after? No. But I’m not sure that was the point. I’m always looking for a quick fix. The irony is my healing always seems to be delayed. The Universe doesn’t give me things quickly, which is probably a good thing.

Time Flies

As I said earlier, Ubud was a busy time for us. While we did some really healing things, it was pretty draining. I wanted a day to just do nothing, but that was not to be in Ubud. I don’t regret any of it. We ate amazing healthy food, took great pictures, visited beautiful sacred temples, had massages, did breathwork meditation (highly recommended), got an astrodharma horoscope reading on my birthday, visited monkeys in Monkey Forest, drank bitter tasting coffee made of beans pooped out by a ferret looking creature called a luwak (true story). I highly recommend Bali Soul Adventures and wouldn’t have changed a thing, Tom and his team were superb (especially if you want to do the healing stuff – it helps to work with people who know the landscape).

Will I Return?

Yes. However, when I go back to Bali, I’ll be sure to build in more free time. Temples are amazing but would have liked to space out my visits. Did I have a life-changing experience with all my healing work in Ubud? Yes and no. No I didn’t have some white light euphoric experience and decide to quit my corporate job and make beaded necklaces on the beach, which does sound kind of nice sometimes. I did grow as a person. Travel does that. It forces your mind to think in ways it usually doesn’t have to, whether your open to it or not. I came home and appreciated the life I have. My dogs, friends, family, job, home, car and my overall life routine.

Have you been on a dream trip? Do you have a dream trip planned?

To be continued…up next: Seminyak Beach

Bali Part 2: Ubud and Lizards

The screaming didn’t stop the whole week in Ubud, but Andrea was a good sport. She quickly accepted the fact that we were merely guests in the lizards home. Lizards and geckos are quite common in Bali. The screaming did continue. The villa was amazing (thank you AirBnB), really peaceful yet close to town, tucked away off a quaint village road to Monkey Forest, boasting two bedrooms, two indoor/outdoor bathrooms and a private swimming pool. Let’s talk about these indoor/outdoor bathrooms for a second. It sounds like a cool idea, and at first they are. Then you get up to pee at 3 a.m. and realize…you aren’t alone. Interesting sounds abound late at night. The mosquitos in Bali weren’t nearly as bad as I thought they’d be, but maybe that’s because I grew up in Florida. We also weren’t there during rainy season, but some of the blog posts I read made it sound like swarms attack you anytime you’re outdoors. Maybe we got lucky and had good repellant. Do some research before you go.

Ubud, Bali

Healing Ubud

Ubud wasn’t quite what I thought it would be. I didn’t hate it. I didn’t fall in love with it either. I’d read it changed a lot in the past ten years. I guess I imagined the beautiful hilly rice terraces would be seen everywhere, like in all the pictures you see if you Google “Ubud, Bali”. In fact, we never did see the famed rice terraces, apparently it’s about 20 minutes from Ubud and kind of a tourist “thing”. We didn’t have time for that. Our first week in Ubud was jam packed. Being the ambitious Americans we are, we wanted to get lots of ‘healing’ in.

Sedona Sidebar

Years before this trip to Bali, I went to Sedona, Arizona on a Soul Adventure. Yup, it’s true. I just ended a rather torturous job and my soul was in need of healing. I heard Sedona was a healing place, and just a quick plane ride away from Dallas. Google lead me to a company called Sedona Soul Adventures. They work with you to build out a personal itinerary to meet various healers, I highly recommend the service because they know all the best people.  All in a 2-3 day period, sign me up! I know, we were talking about Bali and now we’re in Sedona, we’ll get back there. While I was in Sedona I met with some pretty cool people. A psychotherapist shaman, Vedic (Hindu) Astrologist, sound healer, an empath artist and a few others I’m not sure how to designate? Intuitive healers, sure, that works. It was all very therapeutic – now I can see I wasn’t quite ready for some of it. Clarity can be a bitch.

I share this Sedona sidetrack because it also led me to Bali. Sedona Soul Adventures took yearly trips to Bali to do the same kind of thing. The timing never lined up for me, but when Bali became more of a reality for me, I made contact with Bali Soul Adventures. I booked a call with Tom so we could start on my itinerary….

Ubud, BaliTherapeutic Adventure begins

Like my Sedona experience, Tom talked to me for about an hour to get a feel for where I was in my life and what I wanted to achieve on this trip. From that, he set up a busy few days in Ubud for me to get my healing on. OK, maybe this was my Eat, Pray, Love moment. My friend Dre signed up as well, so we both had morning and afternoon sessions with various healers in Ubud that first week. Our first session was with a traditional Balinese healer called a Balian. Now this I did read up on, and I still didn’t know what to expect. From what I read online and saw in that now infamous Julia Roberts movie, I was either going to sit with a strange old man and have a confusing conversation or lay on a mat and get my feet poked with sticks. Neither happened. Well, maybe some did.

The Experience

Our healer was a kind middle-aged Balian who came to our villa. He had me lay on the floor, I closed my eyes and he went to work saying prayers in a language I couldn’t understand – no touching or poking. Towards the end he did touch the sole of my right foot and it was very tender, I flinched. He smiled and said, “ahh” and moved back up to my skull and chest to do more work – never really touching me – more like waving his hands right above me. He then went and touched the same spot and I didn’t feel a thing. I thought that was pretty cool. I did feel much lighter and calm. Afterwards he told me I was healthy, my heart was good. My only problem was in my head. “Your head always going going, slow down,” he said. This would become a common theme for me in Bali.

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To be continued…up next: Ubud temples and stuff

Ubud Photos

Bali Part 1: Travel Dream Becomes Reality

Travel - Bali 2016I love to travel and was lucky enough to take a historic (for me) trip to Bali, Indonesia this year. The last week of August and first week of September, to be exact (friends forgive me for taking so long to post). Since I had a milestone birthday this year, I figured it was as good a time as any to get my Eat, Pray, Love on. For the record, I wanted to visit Bali before all the hoopla of the Eat, Pray, Love book and movie. Years ago in L.A., I met an older gent, a seasoned traveler who lived a fairly stressful life as a corporate lawyer, or maybe it was finance? At any rate, he told me his absolute favorite trip was to Bali, Indonesia.

I’d heard if Bali but didn’t quite know where it was on a map. He told me it was the most peaceful place on earth and that there was a special energy there. After spending a month or so in Ubud, a jungle area in the middle of the island surrounded by beautiful rice terraces, he said he was a new man. Renting a small one-room hut/cottage slightly raised a few feet above ground (for about $8 USD per day), each day was the same. Wake up, meditate, read, talk with locals, eat some fresh fruit. Then do some writing before venturing into town where many artists had set up shop. He’d ride a bike down to the market, buy a fish and have them clean and cook it. Then maybe take a nap or head to the beach and surf. It was a solo trip for him, a time to disconnect and recharge. He met lots of different people and never felt alone, telling me lots of Australians went there, it’s kind of like their Hawaii. I was intrigued.

Travel - Bali, IndonesiaAt this time in my life, the only thing I could think to ask was where he kept all his personal belongings when he was away from his hut (which had no doors). When he told me he left it all inside and never had any problems, I was shocked. He said it just wasn’t the kind of place people thought about committing crimes and stealing. A seed was planted, I must travel to Bali one day.

Years past and I’d occasionally mention my desire to visit “the island of the Gods” and I started to hear things like “oh, so you can have your Eat, Pray, Love moment” and to that I’d reply, huh? I learned about the book but never read it. Then the movie came out starring Julia Roberts and I figured, ok I’ll watch it. It was ok, not life changing for me. But I learned the popularity of the book and film had changed Bali, especially Ubud. No longer a secret spot for creative hearts, it was now bustling with yoga studios, galleries, vegan cafes and several unauthorized Ralph Lauren stores. None of this deterred me, a visit to Bali was my destiny.

Time to Pack

Travel - Bali 2016I obsessively planned the trip for months. Scouring blogs and Trip Advisor for travel tips, I began to build my itinerary. Choosing AirBnB for my lodging, since I’d had a great experience with it Peru a year earlier, was another win. I absolutely love AirBnB. Staying in a local home or apartment really makes it feel like you live there. I also love hotels, they just provide a completely different travel experience. I was able to swing a decent airfare on Cathay Pacific out of L.A. using some of my American Airlines points. The U.S. doesn’t have any direct flights to Bali, most go through Hong Kong, Tai Pei, Tokyo, Seoul, Singapore or Bangkok. Any way you slice it, it’s a 14-20 hour journey. Yes, that’s hours. Way too long to be on a plane, but I knew my destination would be worth it.

Quick Bali Flight Tip

I recommend stopping in Tokyo rather than Hong Kong (like I did), it’s a shorter distance from the US and breaks up the flight better. I recruited my friend Andrea (of Project Dre L.A.) to travel with me. She was a wonderful travel companion, we didn’t fight once during the two weeks. That said, she’s really an L.A. girl, which became evident during our first lizard sighting in our Ubud villa

To be continued…up next: Ubud and Lizards

Bali Dreaming 

I recently went to Bali, Indonesia for 10 days. Amazing experience. Lots to share. Wanna know something weird? I couldn’t remember one single dream I had while in Bali…and I tried to remember them. Since I’ve been home I have had some pretty vivid dreams though. I won’t get into them here because, lets face it, dreams can be weird. Powerful symbolism sits in our dreams, any decent dream interpreter will tell you that. So why couldn’t I remember any of my dreams in Bali? Maybe it was the jet lag. Maybe the island simply stole my dreams. Why? I’ll never know.

Back to Real Life

Adjusting back to “western life” was exhausting. Bali was a place that allowed me to truly disconnect. I miss it, but happy to be home. I like the USA. I love my dogs and missed them while I was away. Good news is they had a blast while I was gone. I board them at a Doggy daycare so they can play all day. When I picked them up, it was as if only a few days had passed. Maybe that’s what it seemed like to them? It must be so nice to live in the moment. Dogs have a lot to teach us.

Bali Dreams
Ok kids, I’m off to dreamland…more to come soon!

A hui hou kakou

Kailua Beach 015Every single day here is perfect. It’s been a few years since my visit, but at least that’s what I still imagine. Everywhere you look is a photograph. I’m glad we made this grand group of islands a state. A friend I met in Peru pointed out the fact that the United States is so diverse, you never really need to leave. We have it all. Well, I guess that depends who you ask. I think we have it all (but I still like the option of being able to leave). But I digress. Let us get back to these white sandy beaches in Hawaii.

Hawaii Diamond Head 013The water was various shades of blue.  It felt like I’d never seen these colors before. OK, I’m sure I had but maybe not in such large quantities. I’d love to take a month, rent a beach house and just BE here. Dogs ran free on the beach. People snorkeled in the surf. The smell of BBQ and exotic flowers were a constant. Yup, I was a spoiled American on vacation in Hawaii. I only went a few days and was just on the island of Oahu, which many Hawaii purists (or snobs) will say it’s not the real Hawaii since its so built up. Bologna, I say. It was Hawaii enough for me. That said, I want to visit the other islands one day. I need a good months vacation here. It’s good to want things. I bet AirBnB has some deals. Now to just get a month off work, hmmm. I don’t see it happening anytime soon, but one day.

A hui hou kakou Hawaii…A hui hou kakou (until we meet again). 

Have you been to Hawaii? What were your thoughts?

The Oscar Awards – Inspiration?

Oscar AwardsWhat did you thing of the Oscar Awards this year? I wasn’t a big fan. Happy to see Leo (finally) won, he is a talented actor. However, I felt like the overall theme of the show was “making fun of the lack of diversity issue”.  A few jokes here and there is one thing, but it was too much of a common thread. One ay there will be some kind of evolution of the Oscars, most young people I know don’t care about it and rarely know the movies up for Best Picture. It’s been this way for awhile. Admittedly, I didn’t even see many of the films up for awards this year. I did see Spotlight and didn’t think it was bad by any means, I just left feel like I’d seen a documentary, not an entertaining movie.

Inspiration?

Hollywood and the entrainment industry is important to our culture and has the ability to tell amazing stories and truly change the world. Not everyone will always be pleased. I’m optimistic we, as a human race, will figure it all out and provide more balance. Our world is changing, we have to keep up.

Now for some uplifting Oscar quotes…

Oscar Awards

 

Oscar Awards Oscar Awards

Fourteen

Screen Shot 2016-02-28 at 5.47.48 PMI have a lot going on in my head today. The number 14 is looping around because it’s my 14th sober birthday today. Good stuff. Seems like a long time, yet not a long time. It flew by. I have done a lot of cool stuff in the last 14 years. Visited Australia, Thailand, Mexico, Peru and most of the greatest cities in the U.S. Adopted three (two of which I still have) amazing dogs. Grown in my career. Moved states. The list goes on. I’m proud of what I’ve achieved. I’m also excited about what’s to come.

I have been googling 14 and various strange things come up. The most interesting to me was Angel Numbers. I’m not really familiar with this practice, but I like what they said about 14...

Number 14 is a blend of the energies of the number 1 and number 4. Number 1 denotes initiative, new projects, attainment, success and fulfilment.  Number 4 resonates with working steadily towards goals and aspirations, truth and integrity, practicality, system and order. Number 14 is a number of balance, harmony, temperance and prudence. It also relates to self-initiation, unity, justice and independence and signifies enthusiasm coupled with determination.
Angel Number 14 is a message from the angels asking that you keep your focus, positive affirmations and intentions on manifesting your goals and aspirationsAngel Number 14 can be a sign from your angels that they are there to assist you with manifesting your true desires.
Screen Shot 2016-02-28 at 5.48.19 PMAngel Number 14 is a message that if you act with caution and wisdom you will be successful in business, money matters and life in general.  Begin worthwhile projects that will bring long-term benefits and future success.
Angel Number 14 encourages progressive change, renewal and growth, and tells you to share your knowledge and wisdom with others. It also tells you that what you put your efforts towards will reap rewards in the future.
The message of the Angel Number 14 can also be ‘careful what you wish for ….’

Check-In with Eli and Aubry

10860857_780132702055413_4964573435350580356_oI had a recent check-in with my dogs, Eli and Aubry. What’s a check-in mean exactly? Well, I had my animal communicator talk with them, to see how they’re doing, of course. Animal communicator? What the heck is that and why do you have one? First things first – as you may remember from my previous post on this very topic, an animal communicator isn’t a ‘psychic’ (although there are pet psychics). An animal communicator is someone with the ability to connect with animals and, well, communicate with them. Mine is named Marty Meyer and she is wonderful. I have used her for years.

Yes I was skeptical at first, but she is spot on with their personalities and little quirks that nobody but me would know about. She’s also never met them or seen them. We do it all by phone. I know what you’re thinking, go ahead and think it. I love using Marty and her abilities to find out what’s going on with my two favorite guys. I mean, they can’t speak to me so I can only know so much about them. Marty is able to connect with them on another level. She communicates with them through feelings and images, not actual speaking (because dogs can’t speak like humans, duh). Anyway, I could go on and on, but I’d rather share the update. Spoiler alter, my two little princes are happy campers and love me very much (it’s always nice to have more validation – as if the greeting I get upon each homecoming from work weren’t enough).

Eli says:

  • Screen Shot 2016-02-24 at 10.35.18 PMHe tries to be a good dog all the time and feels he is very dependable
  • He loves the new house and yard
  • The yard is really nice and has shady spots he likes to lay in
  • He feels like I am happier in the new house
  • His back does ache sometimes but its an old injury he got while playing – its old news
  • He loves his walks and would like to be off-leash – he feels strongly he could be trusted off-leash (sorry buddy, ain’t gonna happen)
  • He has lots of enthusiasm about going on walks (a good sign his back doesn’t bother him that much)
  • He likes walks more than Aubry (truth)
  • He likes that I’m home more and don’t have to travel as much (I actually travel more but now keep them home with a pet sitter instead of boarding – sounds like he likes that)
  • Overall he is very healthy and happy and feels I am devoted to him and Aubry – he appreciates the love he receives
  • He would like longer daily walks but understands sometimes it can’t happen
  • He is very perceptive and picks up on energy easily

Aubry says:

  • 12592468_946569945411687_1523102338129429176_nComes across as a puppy who just wants to play
  • Loves to play and loves his toys – he would like more new toys
  • His paws do itch – they started when we moved – he did not like the move, it stressed him out – he was abandoned before I adopted him and moving brought back those memories
  • He loves the yard and doggy door he can go in and out lots of times through the day
  • He knows I will always take care of him
  • He has sensitivity on the lower left side of his mouth (planning to have vet take a closer look)
  • He likes the walks, but just to smell things, not walking long distances
  • He gets very happy when I come home
  • He is happy we don’t encounter many big dogs on our walks – seemed nervous about big dogs
  • He does not like grooming or baths at all – he feels he looks good in his ‘natural state’
  • He loves me and loves and admires Eli a great deal, he thinks Eli is really smart and feels bad when they don’t get along sometimes because its usually his fault for being selfish

Have you ever used an animal communicator? Tell us about it.

To learn more about Marty, check out her book called, “Same Dog Twice” and her website.