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Animal Ministry

2015 Animal Ministry Educational Presentations

Educational Presentation #1:  Pet Personalities - How they Affect Our Relationships and Training

Thursday, August 13, 2015

6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

This presentation is free although reservations are required as space is limited.

To make reservations, call the Center at 546-4543, ext 310

(Please only RSVP for yourself by leaving your full name after the beep on the RSVP phone line)

Reservations can be made beginning Sunday, July 12, 2015 and end on Saturday, August 8, 2015

Have you ever wondered why a training method that worked so well for your neighbor's dog did not work at all for yours? Or why your new cat exhibits crazy behaviors that your old cat never did?  Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) recognizes that animals and people have five distinctly different personality types that affect how we relate to each other and the world around us.  Making an effort to understand the fears and motivations of the five different personality types can facilitate a more successful path to influence our animals (and our friends) behavior with much less stress to both parties.


2013Dr J cropped 102811 Dr Jona Sun Jordan will be giving the presentation on how to recognize TCVM personaility types and how to adjust your methods of training to account for the different world views we all have - even our animal companions.

Dr. Jordan has been treating small animals at Coddingtown Veterinary Clinic since 1987.  She purchased the clinic in 1992.  She has expanded the scope of the Clinic to offer Holistic Medicine.  The holistic integrative practice combines the best from both western medicine (dentistry, antibiotics, vaccinations, surgery,  in house laboratory, etc.) with eastern medicine (acupunture, herbal formulas, Tui Na, nutriitional therapy) and other alternative methods like raw diets, laser therapy, supplements and stem cell therapy.

Dr. Jordan's experience includes: acuptuncture via the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society; Traditional Chinese Veterinary Herbal Medicine via the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine.  Dr. Jordan has made several trips to Bejing, China; and the  Chi Insitiute in Florida for continued education in both acupuncture and herbal medicine.  Dr. Jordan has achieved certification to perform stem cell therapy and laser therapy.  Another accomplishment of Dr. Jordan is she set up the Veterinary Technician Alternate Route Program at SRJC in 1996.


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In addition to the above presentation, the evening will include a half hour presenation from the PALS (Paws as Loving Supprt) organization. PALS was founded in 2009 dedicated to enhancing quality of life throughout our community by providing "Special PALS for Special Needs."  Their specially trained dogs are placed as:

Service PALS help children with disabililties, including autism and their families to assist with daily needs both in the home and community.

Faility PALS are placed with professionals working with children with special needs.

Social PALS, Therapy PALS, ReadingPALS, and Comfort PALS Teams are certified to volunteer and serve the special needs of the community.

Courthouse PALS provide emotional supoprt and comfort to victims and witnesses of violent crimes before, during and at the conclusion of a trial.


Educational Presentation #2: Canine Body Language

Thursday, August 20, 2015

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

This presentation is free, although reservations are required as space is limited.

To make reservation, call the Center at 546-4543, ext 311

(Please only RSVP for yourself by leaving your full name after the beep on the RSVP phone line)

Reservations can be made beginning Sunday, July 12, 2015 and end on Saturday, August 8, 2015

"Does a wagging tail always mean a happy dog? Does a growl always mean a dog is angry" Actually, no.  During this presenation, Trish King will talk about how dogs communicate and what they might actually be saying through their body language, whether they'rer playing, challenging, or just trying to get some peace and quiet.  Come join us for this video-packed workshop."


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Trish King, CDBC, CPDT-KA has been a professional in the animal world for over 25 years.  As Director of the Behavior & Training Department at the Marin Humane Society, she built a department known throughout the United States for its quality.  Trish established the Canine Behavior Academy at MHS for new or interested trainers.  She currently teaches the Academy of Dog Behavior, hosted by Humane Society Silicon Valley, and teaches workshops and seminars on behavior, canine management, temperament assessment, and handling difficult dogs, among other topics.  In adidiiton, she and her parnter own Canine Behavior Associates, consulting with and helping dogs and their people.

Her extensive knowledge of animal behavior, as well as her sense of humor, have made her a poplular speaker at such venues as the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), The Humane Society of the US (HSUS), American Humane Association (AHA), and California Animal Care Conferences.

Trish authored a critically acclaimed book for dog guardians, "Parenting Your Dog" (TFH PUblications). She has written numerous articles about dog and cat behavior for local and national newspapers and magazines.  She also developed the "Canine Calming Cap," marketed by the Thudershirt Company, to help dogs that are overly anxious or excitable.


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Our Vision Statement

"To inspire, honor, and respect all expressions of life through prayer, pastoral care, and education."


Our vision of prayer and pastoral care is fulfilled through the:

Animal Remembrance Service

Pet Loss Grief Support Workshop

Annual Animal Blessing

Our vision of education is fulfilled through:

Animal related workshops throughout the year

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The Center for Spiritual Living, Santa Rosa has the following opportunties available for people to receive prayer and pastoral care. Each one of these opportunties embraces anyone experiencing an emotional challenge about an animal (e.g. grief, giving up an animal, etc) as well as any other type of loss.

Spiritual Counseling by a Licensed Professional Prayer Practitioner

Grief and Loss Spiritual Support

Telephone Prayer Ministry

On Line Prayer Request

Individuals may also receive prayer support after Sunday morning services in the Grinton chapel.


Resources to help with your animal questions and concerns:

(Please click on the organization's name below to be linked to their website)

County of Sonoma Animal Care and Control - "Creating a balance between the population of domestic animals and responsible homes to care for them within the County of Sonoma."

Forgotten Felines of Sonoma County - "Dedicated to protecting and improving the lives of feral cats through local spay/neuter programs, placement services, community outreach and nation wide education."

Sonoma Humane Society - ensuring every animal receives protection, compassion, love and care.

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In Memoriam - Memories That Matter!

If you would like to submit a digital photo of an animal friend that has made his or her transition this past year please submit them to Rev. Leslie at along with the name of your animal friend and you/your families name. Please include in the email subject line "In Memoriam" photo. The photo will be posted on the animal ministry web page and may be included in a slide show presentation (as digital quality of photo permits) of animal companions at the next Animal Remembrance Service. For consistency we request photos to be close ups of just the animal.

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Seva opportunities in Animal Ministry

Do you love animals?  Do they go everywhere with you - mine do or at least their hair travels with me everywhere I go!  Maybe you live with animals in your home.  We love animals and invite you to come out and play with us at the center's animal ministry events. As you can see on the animal ministry webpage, we offer a wide range of activities for people that love animals.  There are educational workshops, grief support, the annual animal blessing (the only event that well behaved animals are actually invited to attend). Our activites are in the fall months, August - October.

Opportunities to serve in animal ministry include:

1. Hosting at the animal ministry table on Sundays after service.

2. Gathering donations for the fall raffle and selling raffle tickets.

3. Visioning with the animal ministry team.

4. Practitioners bless and pray with animals and their people at the blessing.

5. Greeting people at events.

6. Creating video of animals that have made their transition.

7.  Making copies of the video for interested participants.

8. Operating the sound for the Remembrance Service.

9. Operating the computer that plays the video at the Remembrance Service.

10. Assist at educational workshop events.

If Spirit is nudging you to serve in animal ministry, contact Rev. Leslie at to find out when the next planning meeting is scheduled.

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