Summerlands written by Sarah Hartwell

SUMMERLANDS written by Sarah Hartwell (reposted with permission)

Just the other side of death’s curtain are the Summerlands. All the pets who have died go through this curtain and though they can still watch us, we can’t see them. Sometimes the curtain is thin in places and we catch a glimpse of our lost companion waiting on the other side. Sometimes the curtain twitches as they look through at us and we can feel them or feel a sudden draft as the curtain falls back into place.

The Summerlands exist in the long, lazy late afternoons of an eternal golden summer of remembered childhood; the time when everything seems most alive and sweetest smelling. Our animals are young again and turned to perfect health. There is always space and time to play and love, places to be with others and places to be alone together.

When our time comes, the curtain is lifted from our eyes and we can see the Summerlands ourselves. Waiting there for us are the animals and people we loved in life and we can see them clearly at last. The has come for us to move away from the curtain and renew these interrupted friendships. Sometimes we can’t help but take a peek through the curtain just to see how our own loved ones are doing before they come to join us.

(Inter)National Holistic Pet Care Day – August 30th

QuotesYesterday I spent some time going through a lot of pet “days” and themed “months” to put in my calendar so I would be reminded of them for social media marketing purposes.

Found out today (August 30) is a relatively unknown “day” (which I’ll run as a week-long campaign next year since I’m now more aware of this ‘holiday’ existing) – National Holistic Pet Care Day.

Initially, this started in the USA like the majority of the pet “days” .. I personally am endeavouring to my part to take this day international .. especially to here in Australia.

It’s sorely needed in Australia (imo).  I’m a big advocate of holistic veterinary medicine – the type that mixes traditional with complimentary/alternative.  The type that takes into account the pet as a whole being just like humans because they are: they’re emotional (like us), their diet (now that we’re researching this a lot more these-days) does affect their health (like us) and their lifestyle (exercise, training, etc) of course affects their state of well-being too.

None-the-less, in my research for content to share on Facebook I came across the following (source) and wanted to share it with you:

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893855_656600751038594_666208605_o Dr Stephen Blake: “I emphatically do not believe that I was taught adequately with regard to the vaccine issue. I was taught to believe vaccinations were synonymous with immunization. They are two separate entities.

“I was taught vaccines were safe and it was implied there had been safety studies done on them before they were used on the general public. They are not safe and there have not been any safety studies done on any of them.

“I was taught that if something adverse happens within a few hours after immunization it was related to the vaccines but, if it happened later than that period of time, it had nothing to do with the vaccines. The truth of the matter is vaccines can set up a latent condition that may show up within a few hours or years after immunization.

“I was taught you needed to vaccinate every year to boost animals’ immune systems. There are no studies to show that annual boosters are ever indicated or that there is any science to support annual vaccines to boost an animal’s immune system. I was never taught that mercury and aluminium hydroxide, which are in the vaccines, can cause cancer, are neurotoxins, and can trigger autoimmune disease.

“When I first went into practice, I noticed some animals developed fevers for a few days, became lethargic, lost their appetites, developed ear infections, seizures, pruritus, UTI, musculoskeletal issues, and behaviour issues after vaccination.

“As time went on, I observed that otitis, UTI, autoimmune disease complexes, gingivitis, allergic dermatitis, IBD, asthma, aggression and phobias, convulsions, paralysis, cancer, chronic conjunctivitis, liver disease, kidney disease, cardiac disease, arthritis, anterior cruciate rupture, hip disease, and corneal lesions can be correlated with vaccine damage.

“Pet guardians are being misinformed. There is no scientific evidence that annual vaccines are needed or indicated.

“I feel there is pressure at all levels of veterinary medicine that we are not to say anything negative about vaccines which would alarm the public and make it harder to sell the vaccine concept. There is no informed consent information presented to the pet owner prior to vaccination because they do not want to alarm the owner and make it difficult to promote vaccines. It has been known for over 20 years that rabies vaccines can cause terminal cancer in the feline and I have yet to meet a client who was informed of this scientific fact by their attending veterinarian. This should be made public to all cat owners prior to rabies vaccine so the owner is aware of the low risk of getting rabies compared to the high risk of getting cancer from the rabies vaccine.

“I love the practice of veterinary medicine with an oath to prevent suffering and do no harm. I do not support my profession’s over-use of drugs, chemicals and vaccines as we know them today. I feel my profession needs to be the leader in breaking away from the dangers of these products and show the human medical profession this is not healing. It does cause harm.

“I feel the pharmaceutical industry finances the veterinary schools and the veterinary profession. I feel they are the fox in the hen house that sets policy for the practice of medicine as we know it today in our country.

“The pharmaceutical industry has too much influence in veterinary teaching. Their approach to medicine prevents any other modalities of healing from being available in our veterinary schools. This is done so they have no competition for the pet industry dollars from unpatentable means.

“Conventional veterinary medicine, with its reliance upon vaccines, steroids, NSAIDs and antibiotics is doing more harm than good.

“The main causes of ill health in animals are vaccines as we know them today; drugs that are needed in an emergency situation; use of chemicals to treat fleas, ticks, lice, and heartworm; herbicides, pesticides, radiation, artificial dyes, flavouring, poor quality pet foods, contaminated water, and cleaning chemicals in homes.

“I have a dream. My dream is that alternative veterinary medicine will no longer be 11th hour medicine and that it will be the first choice of medical care for our friends the animals before I leave this world.”



30 Days to Unleash Greatness & Unlock Abundance with Pitbull Mindset – Day 1 (Part 2)

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The gift I was given by the Universe is…

The gift I was given by the Universe is the fact I experienced pet loss at a young age (very young)… and continued to experience it in many different forms throughout my young life and into my adulthood (I seriously thought I was cursed with how many cats tended to either ‘die’ or ‘go missing’ on me!). Whilst I have come to my own peace and understanding (of death) it never gets easier and I still miss a lot of my pets (RIP Bibs!).

The best thing that I like to have people focus on in regards to pet loss isn’t the loss … it’s the transition as such… they’re transitioning from something that is limited (physical form) to something immortal and limitless… they’re with us in our hearts and memories forever. Yes, it’s not the same as having them purr (if a cat) or lick our face (if a dog) however they’re all very aware that their time is limited… and the transition is their own way of allowing us to have room in our lives to share adventures with another unconditional loving soul (if we choose to do so)… as I’ve always allowed myself space to grieve yet always felt the pull to share my life with another furry companion (dog or cat)   eventually…

Yes, I know exactly what I’m in for with Marnie and Garry. It is going to hurt like a motherf-er when one or the other decides “its time”… yet that’s grief.. I’ll go through it … and move on.. and do it all over again and again and again …

I want my heart to break. It won’t ever stop until I personally am no longer of physical form.

#MeetNGreet – Sharing My Story: Success x 2 + 2 Necessary Distractions

You can view the original status update on my profile ( here )


This status is just a friendly reminder to a lot of people that when I decide to pursue something nothing stops me and I will stick to it thru trials and tribulations….
And ultimately due to that… make a ‘success’ (what that means for me personally) of whatever it is I’m pursuing (as I’ve had a few people concerned or ‘groan’ that I’m going off on a tangent again).
SUCCESS #1: I worked in the adult entertainment space since “Sept 11” (yes THAT Sept 11 was my first ever night as a stripper) until the moment I made the scary decision to pursue Gold Coast Pets fulltime…. I was one of the very few sober (yes, sober!) strippers… who could work without drugs or alcohol. Just that fact alone makes me successful to a lot of people… (lol!!) I “stuck” to it.. and stayed in the industry until 2007-2008.
By the way, I was also a “success” because thanks to the adult entertainment industry I learnt about entrepreneurship / business AND it helped release me from “The Dole” (and not go back).
SUCCESS #2: Gold Coast Pets … I commenced this business in 2007-2008 (whilst working as a stripper) … then took the scary leap into solely rely-ing upon it as my main income within 6 months… and within 3-4 years was being approached by people to consider franchising and/or licensing (when most other pet carers were selling their business!) because… get this… I had reached a level where I was a “business owner”. I had systems, processes and people in place so that when I took a week off and didn’t have any contact with my business in that week…. it functioned without me perfectly.
I had a lot of trials and tribulations … blood, sweat and tears… to get it to that point within 3-4 years… I remember saying to myself “I want to dominate the Gold Coast” (lol!!) … and if I had kept going… I would’ve… the only reason I stopped and changed…
I listened to my soul. It wasn’t what I *really* wanted. It was ultimately what other people wanted which I had convinced myself I wanted.
I always started my pet care business with the sole intention to work hands-on with both pets and people. I had lost that connection when people (and the pets) just became dollars, names and pictures.
Then came necessary distraction #1: Lady Vee : StripperLike Confidence. I say necessary as this came about thanks to me finally also “coming out” about my past as an adult entertainer. It also allowed me to re-connect with that side of myself I had lost in my pursuit of “success” for Gold Coast Pets. It gave me back some balance … it gave me my sexy back 😉
…followed by necessary distraction #2: Vanessa – Tribe Connector
as THIS one allowed me to start to connect more globally with people… to really delve into “being me” online…
What does the future hold now ?
Work in the “death” space as an end of life doula or “Friend Of The Dying” specifically around people with elderly pets… is something I’ve been called to do. It’s something that the Universe has been calling me out to do for awhile…
My whole life has prepared me to work in this space… I have never found death taboo. I have always had a special understanding of it since I was a tween/teen. I have very deep compassion and empathy for pet parents of elderly / senior / special needs pets. I have compassion for pet carers and those that work in this space as I totally “get” how much we too grieve at the loss of a pet.
I have some big plans for what I would like to come to fruition… yet I need to start somewhere.
First. I need to look after me. I need to re-connect to my pet care business which has been suffering from neglect the last 2-3 years…
From there… I plan to introduce “friend of the dying” aka “death doula” type of service … eventually opening my own pet transition centre (not a crematorium … a “sacred space” as such for people and their elderly and special needs pets) … eventually also branching out into creating a “retirement home” for elderly / special needs pets… part specialist veterinary service focusing upon palliative, hospice and special needs + part “retirement village” (which will incorporate a “senior & special needs pet friendly” holiday accommodation)
The above won’t happen overnight. It’s going to take me the rest of my life 😉
This is how I want to live out the rest of my own life… working with senior and special needs pets and their people… <3
Believe me. This is it. No more distractions. This is what each previous step and mis-step has been building up for me to pursue.
Thus if you don’t believe me and think I won’t still be doing this a year, 3 or 10 years later. That’s okay. That’s your opinion and I’ll be happy to prove you wrong 😉 😛 because I’m incredibly cheeky.


Project title:
Everything Pets !

Project type:
Independant / LIVE Video

Project length:
First live broadcast: 5 minutes

Second live broadcast: 20 minutes

Shooting Starts:
Saturday 7.10am QLD TIME

Shooting Ends:
Saturday 8am QLD TIME

Filming/Shooting location:     “like” Gold Coast Pets on Facebook or  “follow” Gold Coast Pets Twitter for the latest updates !!

Name of the producer: Vanessa ( mail AT )

Pay rate/Compensation: NONE / NO

Call back dates: NONE ( Shooting is done LIVE!)

Synopsis of the show:

If there is one Periscope live show you watch about Pets… watch this one !!

EVERYTHING PETS is hosted by Pet Lovin’ Entrepreneur – @PetLoveBiz aka Ms Vanessa *smile* It’s a weekly fun and informative show about “Everything Pets!” … pets.. their people.. products… places… and more !

The show is live streamed via Twitter’s Periscope app every Friday 2.30pm PST / Saturday 7.30am QLD for 20 minutes – interact live within the app – or just sit back to watch LIVE at

Would YOU like to get YOU .. Your Pet .. Your Product or Your Service FEATURED to a WORLD WIDE (and local!) Audience ?  PLEASE GET IN TOUCH with Ms Vanessa:  mail AT


The Truth About Being A Pet Lovin’ Entrepreneur – Episode 1

BizPeriShowToday’s episode covered Two of my Truths (for the price of one!! What a bargain!!!)  😛   They both work with each other thus the reason there are two for this “Truth” episode.

Truth 1.

Respecting my boundaries. 

Truth 2.

The “rule” of plenty. 



I received a call today from an local pet owner who needed someone to come “baby sit” her dog for one hour around 1pm.   Received the call around 9.30am.

The inquirer’s story goes that her flatmate lost his key to the house “somewhere around the neighbourhood”.  Due to this, the flatmate was leaving the home unlocked and she was fretting about the welfare of her pet.


Whilst I was booked currently doing doggie daycare in my home for a regular client – I could’ve left and done the job for one hour (not counting travel time) with no harm done to either my own dog and/or the dog doing doggie daycare. Thus I was available and I could’ve taken on the work.


I said no.

I told the lady that her best bet due to the very last minute urgent nature of her request was to keep using Google and keep calling around until someone said yes.

Truth 1.  I respected my boundaries.

This is the only way I’ve been able to keep sane since I commenced my business in 2007.  Her emergency was not my emergency.  Not to mention I have a policy that I require at least 2-3 days notice for ANY new clients.

Naturally, if this was an existing client whom has used my services within the last year I would’ve said yes. I give this courtesy to existing clients only as I am already familiar with the pet/s and home. 

I honestly don’t care how much money you’re throwing at me or how much potential business I “may” loose due to adhering to my policy.

Not to mention, a big lesson I’ve learnt is to train new clients from the start on how YOUR business operates.  If you let them take advantage of you now at the start … don’t be surprised that this client might ALWAYS have last minute urgent requests for you. (It happens more often than not and I’ve had that unfortunate experience myself a few times over the years.)

It’s a boundary I have in my business and I have enough self respect to keep to my boundaries.

Which leads me into Truth 2.  The “rule” of plenty. 

Ever since I started my pet care business in 2007, this is a rule that I’m reminded of time and time again.

I’ve been through some really trying times over those years … and for some of last year (and into the start of this year) my business was even insolvent !    Yet here I am … with rent paid, food in my belly, my pets happy and healthy (and me too generally speaking).


Yes, I said no to this lady. Yes, I may have lost out on possible potential business from her or whomever she referred to me (as whomever assisted her will be her hero as such due to the last minute urgent nature of her booking).

At the same time, she won’t be the last person to need my services.

Look around you.  There is evidence of plenty everywhere.

There is more than enough business for everyone.  I’ve experienced this time and time again that this is a truth and belief for me.