I know it has been a couple of weeks since
I wrote last, so I wanted to drop you a line
and let you know that I am still kicking.

There are still many sad moments like today
when I passed the dog treats
aisle at the Safeway and I felt those familiar
pangs of "I should buy Maui one of her favorite

...then I "remembered" that there was no dog
at home waiting for me to return from the store.

The good news is that with each passing day, those
sad moments are fewer, the sting less harsh, and
the recovery time much faster. (Thank goodness
for meditation.)

So life is--and I have been getting by those
sad times by thrusting myself into my work. I
have been working with Dr. Dressler, Maui's vet
on a very cool project that I think will help
a lot of dog lovers. Details will be coming soon.
(I promise.)

I am also planning a romantic getaway with Molly
to celebrate our first wedding anniversary in
early September.

Thank you again for your kind emails, letters
and messages. I appreciate them all.

This transition has inspired me in some beautiful
ways which I am now just finding the words to
descibe. Stay tuned for those...

In the meanwhile, please keep supporting one
another in our amazing community here at

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Comment by Katlady2 on November 25, 2008 at 1:32pm
I have been dealing with getting used to a new computer and trying to remember what websites I had bookmarked on the old one for the last several weeks, so I didn't know about Maui passing over the Rainbow Bridge until today. I'm so sorry for your loss. But just remember that she is waiting for you and she is feeling young and healthy again. Congrats on the two newest additions to the family....they are so adorable. And I hope you really enjoyed your getaway in September hon. You both deserved it.
Comment by Helen on September 16, 2008 at 4:42pm
Dear James and Molly,
I hope your getaway was wonderful. I wish you peace, and that as time goes by, the sad moments are fewer and that you will find comfort and rejoice in happy memories of sweet Maui. Helen
Comment by Patti on August 27, 2008 at 3:36pm
I was so glad to hear that you and Molly are doing well and coming along. This will take some time...and I hope you two have an awesome get-away together. As for the "treat aisle"....after almost a year...I still find myself stearing my cart that way every cotton pickin' time I am at the store....I don't know how long that takes to get that urge to go away after so many years....so...yep...we'll all just keep on remembering love.....and I want to Thank you for this beautiful tribute, website, and connection that you have created....without it....think of all of us that would keep heading to that "treat aisle" ...'alone'...more or less...
Comment by Sue McBride on August 27, 2008 at 11:38am
I think so many of us really do feel as you do. Anyone who has lost an animal knows it. I have 4 graves in my back yard, and I have 3 still with me. I love all my animals deeply and it is sooo hard to give one up. But as Mindy says , if they are in that horrible pain, we need to let thim go. I lost my latest one about 2 months ago, and my 3 still look for her. They do not forget, nor do we. James I do hope it gets easier. and I hope you and your wife have a great trip.
Comment by Mindy Whitcher on August 27, 2008 at 6:38am
James, I am so sorry about Maui. We had to put our beloved Bandit, our coyote/shepherd mix to sleep Monday night of this week. We had him from the time he was 5 weeks old and adopted him at our local Shelter here. He had lung cancer diagnosed three weeks ago and it had traveled up his esophagus. He was having a difficult time breathing and was not keeping any food down any longer. He told me it was time. We all took him into the Vet that had taken care of him for 12 years, and we all were holding him when he drifted off. We brought him home to bury him where he would wait for us to come home from work. We have not known such agonizing pain and heartbreak. Right now we are trying to get through each day, and even though logically we know that he is not in pain, our grief is deep and washes over us in waves. I know with time this sharp pain will go away, but we are swimming in it presently. Our other dog does not understand where her buddy is, and is very lonely. We are watching her for depression and spending quality time with her. She has never known a day without her Bandit by her side.
Bandit and Maui probably are sitting side by side watching us as I write this! Take care.
Comment by Heather on August 27, 2008 at 5:26am
Good to see you again and glad to know you are well. I know exactly that feeling of " those favourite treats', but it's good to remember how happy the time spent together.
Comment by Beth on August 27, 2008 at 5:00am
So good to hear you are still there. We have experienced the loss of three babies we loved with all our hearts. The most recent was 3 years ago on September 3. We are surrounded by Maggie's love and playful optimism each and every day. We still speak of her as if she was watching everything we do. We believe she wasn't ready to go, but she was so sick that she couldn't go on in her physical state and chose to watch us in her spiritual state. We know she watches us and laughs at all the funny things, just like she always did. She always had a smile on her face and love in her eyes. We wish the same feelings of peace for you. Thank you so much for starting this great web site and for being the glue that keeps all of us together. And, little Maui, we will never forget you. Keep watching over us, as you do your folks.
Comment by Lorie on August 27, 2008 at 3:54am
Thanks for checking in James. I wanted to share that I lost Tiny, my beloved cat of 8 years last week. It's been a hard time for me as it was so unexpected. Even though she's not in pain anymore, I still question whether or not I made the right decision. I miss her so much and am waiting to see her again. I'm glad that you are planning a getaway for you and Molly. Treasure those special times together. I look forward to hearing more of your thoughts. Thanks again for sharing.

Comment by Geri Freeman on August 27, 2008 at 1:48am
So happy to have you still kicking! Geri

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