Hello Kitty!

Welcome to my little corner of the blogosphere. Here I explore the realm of the human-animal connection, with a decidedly feline-centric ambience. Even the title, Lifelines, encompasses the kitties!

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rescue-dogNever stop asking questions. Never stop standing up. Never back down. Advocate for those who love us unconditionally–in spite of ourselves.

Find out more in this article from the Christian Science Monitor




The Healing Power of Horses

I found this touching video on another animal healing blog, Healing Your Pets, and yes, I cried. These horses are not just standing around–they KNOW what they’re doing and that they’re doing something sacred and loving for the humans. As author, Jason, writes, “Liz Mitten Ryan runs the retreats and says that this herd of horses chose to be born into this work to help show the healing effects horses can have with humans.” They ‘chose to be born into this work’!

Having experienced the healing presence of horses first-hand, I am a believer! You can read about my experience here: https://lindalifelines.wordpress.com/2011/07/14/magic-at-epona-ridge/

Healing Your Pets

Some of you that have horses who have stopped to listen and just BE with their horse may well be aware of how your equines have the ability to heal us humans in a very unique way. I’m a firm believer we can heal animals and that all animals can be healers themselves. They have some way of tapping into the healing energies that surround us and directing it when it’s needed. This is a wonderful video that shows how horses can heal people in a very reiki kind of way.

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I believe one of my cats, Dahlia, has been trying to communicate with me.

I don’t mean with a repertoire of different meows and vocalizations.

I don’t even mean telepathically, sending me words, feelings, or pictograms.

What I mean is, I think she has been trying to communicate with me through my laptop keyboard!

Last December, I went out for an hour or so to run errands, and left my laptop open on the kitchen table.

When I returned, there was a Windows utility dialog open that I have never seen before, eight instances of Windows Explorer, and this Internet Explorer screen below:

dahlia's search

Now, I know “9” is an important number because of that Beatles song, you know the one, where they repeat “Number 9…number 9…number 9…” over and over again.

I think she was trying to show me the answer to the mystery of that number, but her only mistake was putting two periods instead of one between the name “999999999h99” and “com”.

Damn it, if only she had opposable thumbs.

The weird thing is, now that I think about it, she would’ve had to have gotten the cursor into the web address field and then hit Enter after “typing” to get this screen to appear…how did she know to do that?

Today, almost two months later, I went out again for about an hour on errands (why is it always when I am gone for about an hour and running errands?), and once again, left my laptop open.

Once again, when I get back I see this on the screen:


I clicked over to another open tab and I see this same long string in the Bing search field!:

dahlia and Bing

Why would she “type”


into Bing?! Has she learned nothing from me these last six years?! We are a Google household!

Once again, since I don’t use Bing to search, I would not have left the cursor in that field, so somehow she got it into the field, entered the mysterious search string, and then hit Enter!

Well, I have my work cut out for me in deciphering that text string. WHAT is she trying to tell me?! What is she searching for? What is the key to unlock that code?

Maybe some things in life are never meant to be answered, to be resolved, to be tied up in a fancy little bow. Maybe some things are meant to remain a mystery, unsolved, and unanswered.

Perhaps if I leave my laptop open tonight with a blank Word doc, we may continue this unfolding dialog…


Lifelines Center Layout

I just found this draft post from April 2011. I was going to share my vision for a unique cat sanctuary called “Lifelines Center.” Alas, my career in animal welfare/humane education, nor this shelter, did not come to pass, as 1) working with animals in need like that is too emotionally-laden for me, and 2) I never would have been able to pull off this “ambitious” vision for a cat sanctuary!

Today, I’d like to share some of the vision board slides I made back then. It was amazing to see how much thought and documentation I had put into this dream! I put this out there into the world for anyone who has the means to bring some of these visions into reality!

In honor of Jasmine Kitty.




In honor of February, the month celebrating Love, here’s a dose of some puppy luv and then some! Enjoy!


A Chain of Love

I haven’t posted any of my own musings for awhile and I do miss it, but I had to share this sweet story here about a man, a rescue dog, and a hummingbird.

The man sweetly summed up the scenario, “I rescue this dog, he rescues the bird, the bird rescues all of us…in a weird sense!”

March of the Penguin

From a story in The Independent UK in March 2016, this sweet tale is worth sharing again…

Today’s most heartwarming story is brought to you from a beach in Brazil. It’s the story of a South American Magellanic penguin who swims 5,000 miles each year to be reunited with the man who saved his life.


Retired bricklayer and part-time fisherman, Joao Pereira de Souza, 71, who lives in an island village just outside Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, found the tiny penguin, covered in oil and close to death, lying on rocks on his local beach in 2011.

Joao cleaned the oil off the penguin’s feathers and fed him a daily diet of fish to build his strength. He named him Dindim.

After a week, he tried to release the penguin back into the sea. But, the bird wouldn’t leave. “He stayed with me for 11 months and then, just after he changed his coat with new feathers, he disappeared,” Joao recalls.

And, just a few months later, Dindim was back. He spotted the fisherman on the beach one day and followed him home.


For the past five years, Dindim has spent eight months of the year with Joao and is believed to spend the rest of the time breeding off the coast of Argentina and Chile.

It’s thought he swims up to 5,000 miles each year to be reunited with the man who saved his life.

“I love the penguin like it’s my own child and I believe the penguin loves me,” Joao told Globo TV. “No one else is allowed to touch him. He pecks them if they do. He lays on my lap, lets me give him showers, allows me to feed him sardines and to pick him up.”


“Everyone said he wouldn’t return, but he has been coming back to visit me for the past four years. He arrives in June and leaves to go home in February and every year he becomes more affectionate as he appears even happier to see me.”

Biologist Professor Joao Paulo Krajewski, who interviewed the fisherman for Globo TV, told The Independent, “I have never seen anything like this before. I think the penguin believes Joao is part of his family and probably a penguin as well. When he sees him, he wags his tail like a dog and honks with delight.”


And, just like that, the world seems a kinder place again.