"Horses Dream Of Being Trained The Way A Donkey Demands To Be Trained" Melody Johnson

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Blog Of The Year Award 2012

I am honored to receive this Award from All Things Boys – Thank you again!  I am a bit overwhelmed as blogging started out after surviving a life threatening motor vehicle accident while riding as a passenger.

How Blogging Has Helped Me

Blogging helped me fill my time, stay connected to the people in our most fragile world

Blogging has given me a sense of purpose

with the extremely long isolated days and nights (pain) turned into

 weeks than months and finally years

Almost three years of physical therapy rehabilitation learning how to walk and adapt to chronic nagging pain caused by the broken ribs that did not heal correctly along with three long surgically installed screws in my pelvis. I suffer from horrific back pain, rib pain, neuropathy in my feet, ankles and deep aching pain in my right hip where the screws were surgically drilled into my pelvis.  Pain is something I write about to help others and share why training equine in a natural way without pain and resistance is the very best way.

Please remember to trust Jesus Christ each and every day and make him your Lord & Savior as he is truly the light of our most fragile world.

Here is instructions for the Blog Of The Year 2012  

As you can see there is one gold star with the possibility of six in total.

The ‘rules’ for this award are simple:

1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award

2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.

3 Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award – http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/our-awards/blog-of-the-year-2012-award/   and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)

4 Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them

5 You can now also join our Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience

6 As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…

6 stars image

Yes – that’s right – there are stars to collect!

Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different!

When you begin you will receive the ‘1 star’ award – and every time you are given the award by another blog – you can add another star!

There are a total of 6 stars to collect.

Which means that you can check out your favourite blogs – and even if they have already been given the award by someone else – you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!

My Nominations 

Elephant Advocacy Blog

Rayya  The Vet

Main Writers

David Kanigan 

Memory Bears By Bonnie 

Morning Bray Farm

News Ferret

Long Life Cats and Dogs

Everyone has a story

Weeping Into Dancing

An alphabet of gratitude 

Blessed With A Star On The Head


I read so many blogs each month too many to share that are amazing.  I truly pray my pain and suffering has in some way touched you and will help you to be the best you can be, treat humans and animals in our world the way you want to be treated.

GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!





Ten Commandments Award


My friend Bird Everyone Has A Story just gave me the Ten Commandments Award.  As a child of Jesus Christ and a Warrior for Jesus Christ (I even have the scars to prove it), I am going to add a few things.  

The Ten Commandments are from GOD, the great I AM, he is the alfa omega and the beginning and end in Jesus Christ precious name. I promise to do my best as I am not a preacher nor have I had any formal christian education.  Here is a free bible app for your smart phone or computer.  A video with a little humor of the ten commandments  enjoy!

Select Looking for a bible that explains the bible in great detail for the world we live in today.  When I think of the Ten Commandments I think of Moses and the bible.  I think if more people memorized and followed the Ten Commandments our world would be a more loving place to live.

Ten Commandments from the Bible

The Ten Commandments Exodus 20:3-17. :

1. You shall have no other gods before Me.

 2. You shall not make unto thee any graven image.

3. You shall not take the name of the Lord God in vain.

4. Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.

5. Honor your father and your mother.

6. You shall not murder.

7. You shall not commit adultery.

8. You shall not steal.

9. You shall not bear false witness.

10. You shall not covet.

The rules for this award are that you must answer the following ten questions and nominate ten blogs that you think deserve the award.

1. Describe yourself in seven words.

Property of Jesus Christ, intelligent, teacher, passionate, extroverted, introverted, honest

2. What keeps you up at night?

Pain from the large Screws surgically inserted in my pelvis they are really long from hip bone to hip bone 3 of them

3. Whom would you like to be?

I would like to be pain-free

4. What are you wearing now?

Jeans and a tee-shirt

5. What scares you?

Riding in a vehicle as a passenger

6. What are the best and worst things about blogging?

The best thing about blogging is being able to make friends over the internet after the semi truck accident as I have become very isolated, I enjoy people and miss people who are positive and have a passion for life.  Blogging gives me the opportunity to travel into friends lives all over the world without leaving my home.  Sitting, standing and walking is very difficult for me.

The worst thing about blogging – Nothing, I absolutely love blogging

7. What was the last website you looked at?
http://www.donkeywhisperer.com – I love to see who is needing help with their Donkeys, horses and mules 

8. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?

I would be healthy and strong and have no large screws in my pelvis.  My back would no longer hurt, my feet would not be going numb pain free oh how I pray to be pain free one day.  

9. Slankets, yes or no?
Slankets are called Snuggies here, and I’m going to have to say no.   In the cold damp times of the year fall thru winter I am wearing lots of warm comfortable clothes and I use electric blankets, electric mattress pad and electric clothing. 

10. Tell us something about the person who nominated you.

Bird at  http://birdmartin.wordpress.com/ (Everyone has a story) writes about a variety of subjects, she is a brave person who shares her life with humor and honesty to help others find Jesus Christ.  She is a mature Christian woman, and is always ready to give an answer for our Lord. She is a survivor of a fallen world we all live in and a Warrior For Jesus Christ :-)  Thank you, Bird, for the Ten Commandment Award.

Bonus Question:  What is your testimony for Jesus Christ?

I gave my life to Jesus in my early forties after being diagnoised with a rare spinal cord tumor here is a link explaining that part of my testimony most recently my testimony for Jesus reads more like a love story as I could  have never ever survived the amount of pain and suffering the semi truck motor vehicle accident left me with if Jesus was not holding my right hand.

Nominations for Ten Commandments Award:

1. CBN – Call for free Prayer they have the best prayer warriors I call them and it’s free – @ CBN Prayer

2.  Joyce Meyer – @ Joyce Meyer 

3.  Joel Osteen –  @ Joel Osteen 

4. Max McClean – Audio bible * This is what I listened to when I was not strong enough to lift my bible from the eight broken ribs, collapsed lung and kidney grade v tear.  I was just to weake, listening to the bible being read in Pslams is very peaceful when trying to rest and sleep.  The mind needs positive information when it is suffering at it’s worst time.

5. Max Lucodo – Max Lucado 

6. Billy Graham – Billy Grahm

Bloggers I have nominated for this Award:

Regina – Imagesbyregnia.info





http://faithfulnibbles.wordpress.com/ – http://faithfulnibbles.wordpress.com/2012/06/29/the-ten-commandments-award/

GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!




Pacific Northwest Ocean and Sunshine


The weather in  Wester Washington State has been in the 70’s and 60’s for two weeks now and I am here to say “Cold and Wet Does Not Play Well With Screws In My Pelvis”, I am walking better without rain and cold.  Still I work hard to keep moving and not over do it. Living with three large screws in my pelvis is a challenge to say the least. 

I graduated from Physical Therapy for the 2nd time a few weeks ago and by no means am I finished with being a gym rat, I will have to continue the grueling exercises the rest of my life.  Why?  The core muscles must stay strong or I will regress quickly and go backward into back spasms and lose muscle causing great pain and suffering.  I continue to suffer from chronic pain, numbness feet, hip pain, back pain, shoulder pain, rib pop out-of-place needing chiropractor adjustments. 

After two years of not being able to do any 5th wheeling, or much of anything I was able to go back to my most favorite place in the entire world the ocean.  The ocean is a place of great healing for me, I just can’t take the cold and dampness so after the day is over I retreated to the 5th wheel with my legs propped up getting the pressure off my pelvis. 

GOD is amazing and I am forever grateful to GOD for giving me and my husband the strength to endure and push past the worst pain imaginable and the long distance perseverance it has taken us to get to this point.  Never give up!

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GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!


Look Where Your’e Going


Today was a milestone for me as my physical therapist told me I am strong enough to graduate from physical therapy, I have been in Physical therapy for almost two years, this car accident has been one of the most challenging things I have ever had to do in my life.  Surviving a semi truck accident is indeed a miracle from GOD; walking and not living in a wheel chair is indeed a miracle from GOD, having the strength and courage to persevere day after day when the pain does not go away is a miracle from GOD.  GOD has placed a gift in my mind “Look Where You Are Going” and never ever give up.  The photo above is me and my horse Lily before the semi truck accident, I love this photo it is a great memory.

Now the hard work begins as I must continue to do all the exercises on my own.   No more physical therapist providing me with new exercises, I must be the physical therapist for my body now, I must push myself when I am tired to keep going to the gym, my core must stay strong or pain and suffering will return in insane amounts. 

When I lift weights to keep my core strong I wear my ariat horse riding gloves to remember what my goals are and “look where I am going” as each day is indeed a gift from GOD. I like to touch things and see things to keep motivated “look where I’m going”  just like the cross I wear around my neck to call out to Jesus.  

No doubt we must always remember where we are going in life in order to get where we want to go.   I found this excellent article Look Where you’re Going explaining how horse, donkey and mule people must look where they are going in order to mirror with their four-legged ride.  Enjoy!

GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!



Why Do Donkeys Hate Dogs?

Donkeys naturally have deep-rooted self-preservation skills.  What are predators for the donkey? Coyotes, wolves, cougars, bear and yes our precious pet dogs.  If we think about it the dog resembles the wolves and coyote the donkey does not know the difference until they are trained and understand their life is not in jeopardy. Our farm dogs are never able to get into the same space the donkey is living in. Our fences prevent accidents. When the donkeys come out our dogs are trained to stay in one place until called.  Next we show the donkey we are the leader over the dog and the donkey without abuse. A leader is a leader 100% of the time. 

Need help training your donkey?

Select Donkey Whisperer Farm.

Donkeys can learn to tolerate a dog but it takes a really good trainer utilizing outstanding leadership with the dog and the donkey.  The dog must never be authorized to chase, bite, nip the donkey. One kick is all it takes to kill the dog. Make sure your dog and donkey understand you are the leader with no abuse ever.

Safety tip:

Place hot wire beneath the paddock fence to ensure no dog or predator can get in by crawling under the fence.


Safety is the most important concern when working with equine (donkeys, horses and mules) and our beloved dogs.  

GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!



This Is What It Feels Like


If you’re having a hard day, week, month or year try to look outside yourself and see how others live as most people have it harder in life than we do! 

Here is a song I just found that describes what I am saying “This Is What It Feels Like To Be Held” Enjoy.

When life starts to get me depressed I cry tears it’s good to cry as tears are healing, GOD created us to cry as a way to release and cleanse.  I cry wipe my tears, blow my nose and move forward, get up in my mind and never give up.  I talk to GOD, pray, read Psalms in the bible or whatever verse GOD sends me to. 

I am very careful to scan what comes into my mind, ears and eyes selecting what I read, watch on t.v. and view on the internet.  I listen to Christian radio as I need to hear positive affirmations I do not want any negative information as the mind is the battlefield and we must be careful what we are absorbing. 

How To Get Your Mind Off Your Problems:


Read the bible

Write down all your blessings

Get some physical exercise – If you can’t exercise due to poor health go to the pool and float

Surf the net for inspirational blogs, video and photos here is a couple inspirational videos: 

Everything Rides On hope

Amberley Snider – Overcoming obstacles

If the semi truck accident had not happened I seriously doubt I would have become the in-depth blogger I am today.  Yes I wanted to share our relationship with Jesus Christ and all the blessings GOD has given us.  Sharing the pain and suffering to help others while it is raw and real created the blog/posts you read today. 

Blogging has been very healing for me as I have so much spare time on my hands.  Everything rides on hope I call it faith in Jesus Christ I just can’t imagine how I could have managed all the pain and suffering without God holding my right hand and my husband strength, love and support.  I am so very grateful to have my GOD sent husband he is indeed my very best human friend.

GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!




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