April 23:  So, on this “Feast of The Divine Mercy” it is stated that all who partake of this devotion sincerely and whole-heartedly may receive a Plenary Indulgence. Some squirrels were wondering this exactly is a Plenary Indulgence, so I went to my Dad’s reference books and found the following:

This is how an indulgence is defined in the Code of Canon Law (can. 992) and in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (n. 1471): "An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains under certain prescribed conditions through the action of the Church which, as the minister of redemption, dispenses and applies with authority the treasury of the satisfactions of Christ and the saints."

In general, the gaining of indulgences requires certain prescribed conditions and the performance of certain prescribed works. To gain indulgences, whether plenary or partial, it is necessary that the faithful be in the state of grace at least at the time the indulgenced work is completed.  Also a plenary indulgence can be gained only once a day.  If you want to know more you could go to’

So those squirrels think I’m so smart but after all, I am a Sheltie! And I have the coolest Dad in the whole world!

April 16 (Easter):  Well now that Spring has sprung and the weather is absolutely awesome, those pesky rabbits are chiding with the squirrels testing my Sheltie speed and quickness! So there’s just one thing I want to know and that’s where in the world did the Easter Bunny come from?  Everyone knows that rabbits and squirrels don’t lay eggs?!! Well I did some Sheltie research and this is what I came up with:

The first Easter Bunny legend was documented in the 1500s. By 1680, the first story about a rabbit laying eggs and hiding them in a garden was published. These legends were brought to the United States in the 1700s, when German immigrants settled in Pennsylvania Dutch country, according to the Center for Children's Literature and Culture.  The tradition of making nests for the rabbit to lay its eggs in soon followed. Eventually, nests became decorated baskets and colorful eggs were swapped for candy, treats and other small gifts.  So, while you're scarfing down chocolate bunnies and marshmallow chicks this Easter Sunday, you can share the fun of sweets and hunts, but you can tell all your friends that this really has little to do with the real celebration of Easter!  And we all know how special Easter really is!!! 

April 9:  I think it’s coming, I think it’s coming!!  SPRING!!!! Yeah I know the calendar said “Spring” back on March 20,  but finally it’s beginning to look a little more Springy!  There’s been a ton of Robins flying around the back yard and after a whole long cold winter …..  THE SQUIRRELS ARE FINALLY BACK!!!!  I think they’re running out of all the nuts they collected last summer and last Fall and now scurrying all over the back yard and garden digging up their stored away treasures. I think they are really excited to see me again too as I run through the yard and remind them that I’m still the Canine Queen of 422 E. 10th Street and like chasing them up their trees! I know it’s good exercise for them – well, and for me too!

With the coming of Spring and warmer temperatures, fresh air, the hopeful buds start coming from the trees and all, it’s a good reminder of what Easter is all about; New Life! That’s what is so exciting about getting ready this Lenten Season so we can really experience and appreciate the Paschal Mystery and the New Life of Christ’s Resurrection.  My Dad says that is what the faith is really all about, so it must be something to be pretty excited about.

I hope you’re all excited too, not just about Spring, but the celebration of Easter which is so close.  I know this week in particular we need to remember the prayers, fasting and almsgiving thing….  But in one short week, it is back to the treats!!  

April 2:  If Shelties had thumbs and those other fingers like my Dad has, just think of all the things we could do!  I mean we could open doors, open the boxes that have my treats in them, and so much more.  I’m not sure what God was thinking when he made Shelties with just paws.  However, my Dad is lucky having 5 fingers in each hand.  So, I’m thinking he’d be putting those 5 fingers to good use if he’d pray the


1. Your thumb is nearest you.  So begin your prayers by praying for those closest to you.  They are the easiest to remember.  To pray for our loved ones is, as C. S. Lewis once said, a 'sweet duty.'

2. The next finger is the pointing finger.  Pray for those who teach, instruct and heal.  This includes teachers, doctors, and ministers.  They need support and wisdom in pointing others in the right direction.  Keep them in your prayers.

3. The next finger is the tallest finger.  It reminds us of our leaders.  Pray for the president, leaders in business and industry, and administrators. These people shape our nation and guide public opinion.  They need God's guidance.

4. The fourth finger is our ring finger.  Surprising to many is the fact that this is our weakest finger, as any piano teacher will testify.  It should remind us to pray for those who are weak, in trouble or in pain.  They need your prayers day and night.  You cannot pray too much for them.

5. And lastly comes our little finger, the smallest finger of all, which is where we should place ourselves in relation to God and others.  As the Bible says, 'The least shall be the greatest among you.'  Your pinkie should remind you to pray for yourself.  By the time you have prayed for the other four groups, your own needs will be put into proper perspective and you will be able to pray for yourself more  effectively.

Now if my paws would just work that way…..   “just saying”!!!!!!!