Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Wonderful news about the Salukis

[Don't forget to sign up with the new format of my bi-monthly newsletter
if you haven't already done so, as the old format will soon no longer be
active and I will be uninstalling the software that runs it. If you
wish to continue receiving my updates, specials, and newsletter, it is
important that you make the switch. I'm sending this to both addresses
to update those who have not yet switched over to the new server as well
as those who have. I apologize to those who might receive two copies.

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form or send an email to .]


Thanks to all who have sent prayers, support and donations to help the
Salukis rescued from the animal abuse situation in Virginia. There is
great news. The trial is over and the defendant plead guilty, the dogs
have been released into STOLA's care, and they are now on their way to
new and loving foster homes. They can still use your kind thoughts that
all goes well as they are rehabilitated and placed, but the hardest leg
of the journey is over for these lovely souls.

Please visit to read more.

There is also an auction in progress at to support the rescue group,
if anyone is interested.



Gayle Nastasi
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Thursday, October 06, 2005

Reminder, and something new and exciting!

Something exciting has come up, and since a large number of my list
members haven't yet had the chance to switch to the new server, I
thought I would load up the old one again, cross my fingers, and let
everyone know the good news.

Well known animal communicator Penelope Smith has been working *very*
hard the past couple weeks setting up a very special prayer and healing
circle, the Animal Communicators Coalition for Animal Welfare. Please
visit the ACCAW central web page at
and read all about this very special group. The page is
self-explanatory, so I won't take up too much of your time here, but I'm
very excited about ACCAW and I'm sure many of you will be as well. I
have also added a new page, menu button, and links from my main animal
communication website at for everyone's use.

Also, please don't forget to visit and sign up for
the new server for this newsletter list. My little newsletter is my
main means of communication with all of you, and you'd be greatly missed
if I inadvertently left you behind! :-)

In addition to signing up via the website, you can also subscribe by
sending an email to and
following the instructions you receive in response.

"See you there!"



Gayle Nastasi
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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Very Important Note: changes in Newsletter List structure

Dear friends,

Due to recent instabilities in my home computer setup, I've
*reluctantly* come to a necessary decision about this list. Currently,
the list has resided on my own computer, run by a small professional
list software application. I've done this to avoid the ads and other
annoyances of services such as Yahoo Groups and to keep the list private
for your sakes.

However, my old computer continues to grow older by the day, and I'm
having more, and more frequent, problems with it. Therefore, I'll be
moving the newsletter list to YahooGroups so that it can continue in a
relatively (I hope) stable environment and I'll be able to contact you
via the web interface there if this computer should suddenly decide it's
not going to wake up some morning.

On mulling over the various ways to do this, I had several possibilities
in mind. I've decided that the easiest way for everyone would be to
send you the sign-up address

and the web interface page

and ask that everyone who wishes to continue receiving my newsletters
simply either send an email to the former (it can be a blank email as
long as the address is correct), or take their web browser to the latter
and subscribe.

In order to try to keep the list as secure and protected as possible
from spammers, I've set it up so that all new members have to be
approved by me. That way there won't be any "reproductive enhancement
product salesmen" stopping by. :-/ Therefore, depending on how you
choose to subscribe (the latter is recommended, as that way you have a
chance to associate your current, if you have one, Yahoo ID -- or apply
for a new one if not -- and use the photos, chat and calendar, etc,
features, should we decide they're desirable), you'll recieve welcome
files and instructions on how to proceed. If you subscribe via the web,
include a note in the comments field of the form that says something
like "current member", just in case I don't recognize your email
address. If you use the email method, you should receive a note from
the moderator (me) that you can simply reply to and do the same. That
way I'll know you're you, and be able to approve you right away.

I'm really sorry for any inconvenience this change might cause. It's
just gotten to the point that I'm concerned over the real possibility of
having no news list at all unless I do something "soon". Making the
switch in this way gives everyone a choice as to whether they wish to
continue receiving the newsletters, while putting the majority of the
work (approving everyone) on my shoulders. I really do hope that all of
you will decide to continue, and if you have any confusion or questions
about the process, please email me at

The "old list" is going to disappear, probably tomorrow, to give it a
chance to process this message and make sure everyone has received their
copy. I'll be re-routing the old address to my main account rather than
the "list" to catch any new subscription requests and error messages
that might come in, but the actual processing software will be taken

The list will remain as it is otherwise, just an announcement/news list,
and will not be a "discussion" list ... so it will not be adding to your
email burden in any way once the changes are in place.

Again, my apologies for any inconvenience, and I do hope sincerely that
you all will stay with me.


Sunday, October 02, 2005

Gazehound's Animal Communication News, October 2005

*October 2005

Keeping in touch with the animals....
and the people who love them

HALLOWEEN: Fun Times and Hazards

October is a great time of year. The world is drawing toward rest,
leaves changing and dying as the trees go into their winter quiet. The
veil between the spirit world and the physical world thins, a fact that
has generated traditions throughout the ages that many cultures enjoy.
In our society, Halloween has become a holiday enjoyed by children of
all ages, a time of fun and frolic ... and sometimes mischief.

While the kids are enjoying costumes and candy, our pets are also
affected by the celebrations. Our animal friends love to be part of the
family events, but Halloween is a time of year that we have to keep an
extra careful eye on them. Although most of our neighborhood youngters
... and sometimes not-so-young-sters ... have good intentions and are
only out to enjoy the night, there is always that small faction one has
to watch out for. Everyone remembers hearing stories of animals being
mistreated on Halloween; black cats in particular seem to be targets.
Therefore, Halloween is one holiday when we might be better off
including our pets from a safe place, and keeping a special watch over them.

Pranksters are, of course, the most obvious hazard. Bring the animals
indoors well before darkness falls on Halloween night, and it may be
wise to extend the caution several days before and after. If you
normally leave the dogs outside in a fenced yard while you're at work,
this time of year is one where you probably should rethink the practice.
If you're hosting trick or treaters, and the door will be opening and
closing frequently during the evening's haunts, it probably would be
best to put dogs and cats into a bedroom or other back room that can be
closed securely. No one would want their cat or dog to dart out into
the night and become lost (or worse).

Even friendly children may be a risk to an equally friendly animal.
While taking my own kids trick or treating, many's the time I've seen a
happy cat following strange children around a neighborhood just for the
fun of it. While both kids and cat were having a great time, the less
friendly element was still out there. There were also an unusual number
of cars roaming the streets, their drivers watching out for groups of
children, and not for the little cat that might dart under the wheels.

If you think you might like to walk the dog among the trick or treaters,
make sure the dog is friendly, unflappable, well socialized, and on a
very secure collar and leash. Strange things are about on Halloween
night, and not things we can expect a dog or cat to truly understand.
Even a normally unperturbable dog is liable to panic at the sight of
ghosts, goblins and Barney the Dinosaurs coming at him out of the dark.
Heck, *I* would panic at the sight of Barney the Dinosaur coming at me
out of the dark! The last thing a dog owner needs is a law suit because
his normally friendly dog became frightened enough to nip Barney!

Halloween is one time when an owner will be served well by the ability
to "get into his pet's head" and sense the emotions there. Try to stay
tuned to your animal friend's feelings. Don't just assume that the dog
or cat will be fine because he's always been friendly ... you're asking
your animal companion to face some pretty strange circumstances. If you
sense that your dog is at all nervous, it's safest to turn around, take
him home, and tuck him into a secure and safe place for the evening.

Another hazard many of us might not think about on Halloween is the
candy itself. Your dog or cat is going to be aware that goodies are
being handed out, and the temptation to try those goodies for themselves
may be very real. Keep candy out of reach of your pet, in a covered,
and "uncoverable", container when it's not being supervised. Remember
that single verifiable way that humans may be "superior" to the other
animals we share our planet with: we seem to be the only ones for whom
chocolate is not poisonous! No one wants to end their Halloween
holidays with a trip to the emergency vet because their beloved friend
ingested a pound of tootsie rolls.

At Halloween, as at any time where events might not be the ordinary
routine, try putting yourself into your animal friends' point of view,
to imagine how things might appear to and affect them. Extra special
times often require extra special precautions to make sure everyone has
a happy, and safe, holiday.

[With thanks to Sherlock, Katie, Kayce and their mom Dede for the
suggestion for this article. Have a subject you would like to see
covered in the e-news? Let me know!]



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website at If there is anything you would
like to see, or see more of, on the website or in any of the blogs, or
in this newsletter, feel free to email me at
and let me know!

Salukis update: Special thanks to everyone who has sent support and
donations to the rescue Salukis. The dogs are continuing to improve,
and updates can be followed at this web address: . In addition, the STOLA rescue
group has begun their regular fall Ebay auction, found at , to raise funds to support
their rescue operations, in case anyone would like to stop by, browse
the items listed (there will be several hundred items listed over the
next few months), and participate.


... "Everybody Does It" ....

When I asked Pree what she would like to share in her Talk To Me section
this month, she roused from her nap and responded "Everybody does it".
I asked her what she meant by that, and she replied that it's not that
humans don't telepathically connect with their animals, not for the most
part, anyway. Everyone does, everyone who loves an animal has the
connection there already. The animals realize this. The problem is
that humans don't trust themselves to "hear", combined with the fact
that human-people have such a weird obsession with the possibility that
they might be wrong. She suggests that people start practicing with
little things, things that won't lead to dire results if they act upon a
mistranslation of what they're sensing. Trust the little "feelings" you
get, and the "feelings" will gradually grow larger, and you'll be able
to receive information from your animals with more confidence.

When I ask if she has a suggestion as to how we humans can increase this
self-confidence, she replied, "Try to be more like your cats!" and then
returned to her interrupted nap.

An uninterrupted nap doesn't sound like a bad idea right now ... I think
I'll go be more like my cat. 'Night, all!


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