Mia Mattsson Mercer

Children and Animal Warrior

About ThatsAmore

Swedish writer to three published books, former column writer for a Swedish spiritual mindfulness Magazine Nära, CEO and Founder of Animals Without Limits since 1999, Animal psychologist, Animal Study Teacher, Lyme Disease fighter, Child and Animal Abuse Warrior that is working in many different countries.

Improve Compassion

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We can improve how we respond to women (all living breathing humans) in distress. 🖤 Those who still suffers and, often, suffering secretly. But also teenagers, I meet often many in distress and anxiety.

It is important we learn their names and stories. It should not take years. Children and teenagers, should only be concerned about homework and whats for dinner. Thats what I told to the Justice department.

That’s Amore!

Be Thankful for all new Instincts

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My Weekly column in Magazine NARA, September 2012 Hope you will enjoy reading. Can children teach us more?

BE THANKFUL FOR ALL NEW INSTINCTS;

Children and dogs are often very lovely together, and they have a lot to teach we adults. They demonstrate how to be in the moment, have compassion and enthusiasm, ingenuity, fantasy and ideas.

Children’s natural way of being and their balance with former street dogs is a beautiful play. The kids are thinking a lot and share their wonderful questions, which in turn allow me to look in my mind for the answers. And if I do not find the answer I seek it further later on.

On weekends, there are many children with their parents visiting us at the Hospice. I love watching kids fall down on their knees to get to the same height as the dogs, or small children standing on their tiptoes to give the bigger dogs a kiss on their head.

I love children’s compassion towards the elderly clients. Meanwhile, I notice how much that has been forgotten within me. Together with my own two children we are now practicing how to be more in the present and work more on our intuition and our thoughts.

When we eat dinner, we frequently thank for our food, to be grateful and at the same time give thanks to the long path before the food ends up on the plates in front of us. I ask Olivia and Max who we should thank: the earth, the rain, the sun, farmers, transportation, stores, dad’s job, mom’s wallet and the cook.

Besides that we have a lot of fun, it’s also stimulating for me. I noticed with myself how hard I have to get started with my imagination.

A few times a week in the evenings, we experiment with silence. We put ourselves down on the floor for about fifteen minutes and then we say nothing. (Here it is hard for me not to fall asleep!)

Then we talk about what thoughts, smells or any concerns that come up. This is also a good start to learn how to meditate, become aware of our thoughts and to learn to “control” them. But it is also a chance for everyone to think through what is moving around inside us.

Sometimes in life we push away thoughts, forget them or we do not want to remember. And over time, it might be difficult to talk about the suppressed thoughts.

Many years ago I met a happy little guy who understood that I could communicate with animals. He knew that it was through the thoughts that communication took place.

We were with my dog Tjojs when the little guy told me he had bought a gift for Tjojs, but he would whisper it to me what it was, or Tjojs could hear it. “You are not allowed to think about it, because then Tjojs will ‘hear’ it!” the little guy said. But he was disappointed. He had thought about the gift to Tjojs, and expected that she would jump excitedly, but she never jumped.

Talking with children is amazing. We hear many deep thoughts and we should be able to learn something from their natural approach to life’s mysteries.

That’s Amore!

Let the Horse Tame your Fear

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No, 🖤 you are not meeting more people that are mentally tired or, depressive. It’s many which have opened up by telling about their pain. And I am speaking for so many others, young and old.
It takes enormous energy to keep functioning while carrying the memory of trauma and the shame of weakness and vulnerability.
❄️ The animals, when healed themselves, has a very secure base where our stress hormones can be tamed. #healinginharmony That’s Amore!
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Beautiful Autumn Colors

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I love autumn colors, and mild weather 🍂🍁

Middle Aged Woman and her Horse

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Amen Sister to that!

Saturday with Madame

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Word-less Healing

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🖤 You never lost me, I only lost myself.

You showed me trust and every day was a new day. No judgement, only encouragement.
You let me take the time I needed since You knew that time doesn’t exist. Despite being abandoned, You never abandoned me.


You who use no words and have no freedom, gave me healing, a belief in myself, a new better version of myself. You gave comfort. You… you gave me my freedom back.
You alone, did what no other humans could do.


It’s time 👑
That’s Amore!

A Lonely Teenager

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❤️‍🩹 no children will be exposed however, some wants to share their story and experiences. We always ask the child/teenagers parent.

We want to share with you what the Animals are contributing to our health and mind and heart.

Martin 13 years old don’t want to ride but he likes to come and walk one of the horses ones in a while.
“I am very alone, got no friends and during the Covid 19 I become more isolated. But too Julia I can talk and tell her about my life. I talk about everything. And I get to practice my German. She makes me calm and my anxiety and sadness lowers dramatically. It’s like I forget I am alone.”

Please keep supporting our program to adults/teenagers and children in need of comfort from AWL Animals

That’s Amore!

People Closes Doors-Horses Opens New Ones

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Hearts in Harmony part II

Harrison has helped writting and filled in the thoughts we do not know about. He has given us his permission to publish it.

2019 I received a message from a young man about 22 years old asking if AWL was doing some kind of therapy work with horses and humans. Or any kind of volunteer program that had to do together with animals. His psychologist and therapist had recommended he try to find a place where he could find emotional support and find peace of mind together with horses.  Harrison visited us over the weekends to walk and care for our Senior rescue horses.  All the horses accepted Harrison with his calmness and carrots but especially Oregon. Oregon, a big palomino, which was 30 years old but acted many times like a five-year-old stallion. He could test you by suddenly taking off, dragging you around. Everyone chuckled at the Oregon show. Oregon also loved when you brushed him, that’s when he started with the love bites. Oregon truly tested your patience and love. Like an American football player, he could push his big heavy head into your stomach. However, with Harrison, he was most of the time calm and quiet. Oregon loved him. 

My job is not to talk to our volunteers, however, if they want I am always there. The main job is for the person to connect with the horses and her/his emotions and feelings. The purpose is that you are alone, in a quiet harmonious atmosphere together with the horse.  You are in the moment, you connect more to your inner thoughts, your heart rate slows down, and your breathing slows down into a deeper rhythm together with the horse and nature.

No iPhones, it stays in the car!

Oregon and Harrison connected quickly and a bond grew between them. I could see Oris waiting for Harrison very hopeful.

Harrison had problems at his workplace, which escalated to other personal matters. It was like the whole world just fell apart. Depression and loneliness grew fast. Harrison was faced with abusive leadership and retaliation for whistleblowing about his toxic leaders. Harrison had been having issues with his personal life to include romantic relationships. Depression, anxiety, a complicated relationship, and new medications had caused him to make a mistake. A mistake that took him months to forgive himself for. A mistake that his command made an unfair, biased, and corrupted decision not based on fact or reality. Feelings, emotions, bullying cannot become justice in a court only made-up facts. 

Animals read the truth in the human’s energy right away. You are accepted if you have an honest, sincere meaning.

Harrison held his head up even though he was dealing with depression, bullying, immaturity, and unprofessional conduct. Harrison ended up being discharged from the Army but continued to visit all the horses especially Oregon until his very last day. Harrison had together with Oregon planned a new future since his thoughts and feelings could be clear. Harrison wanted more than anything to prove to himself more than anyone that he is and was not a monster like he was made out to be. Oregon and Harrison away from dark thoughts and gave him purpose. Harrison sadly had to leave us and went back to America. I received an email that he had started practicum at a veterinarian clinic. And 24 August 2021 he is starting his 2-year college to become a “Certified Veterinary Technician” and eventually a Doctor.

Horses give us courage and directions. Together with them we can go into the silence and hear our desires and goals without no one rolling their eyes back towards us. 

That’s Amore

We are proud over your Harrison

(note from Harrison,”Everyone else for that matter, and the other horses, and Mia as well helped me”

Two Faced Evilness

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Horrible people aren’t horrible all the time, otherwise they would never be able to find victims. —Karin Slaughter—