A year ago on July 25 my "heart dog" Maui passed away. It was a bittersweet anniversary for me.
Bitter because I still miss her everyday, and sweet because the pain has faded and I feel so much better in my life than I did a year ago.
Time really does heal wounds.
To honor Maui's anniversary, I watched the video Do You Remember Love?, and then I meditated with my nine month old puppy, Kanga.
Here's the video again, in case you haven't seen it in a while:
It strikes me now that when I made it in 2007 I was anticipating how much I would need to remember the message. The pain of losing her was so big, that I needed a multi-media presentation to represent her love and remind me that even though she is gone ... she isn't.
Watching her video made me think of you, of course, those of you who are members of this community, and the hundreds of thousands of people who are on my email list, and the millions who have watched the video Valentine.
What a special group of people dog lovers are, and you are no exception!
Now that I am out of my "death crisis", I am renewing my commitment to spreading the message of dog love. These troubled times call for a "back to basics" approach, and that includes really loving each other the way that our dogs love us.
I have so much to share with you - stories about Kanga my puppy, and about all ofthe wonderful things you are doing on this website, I Remember Love.
I have books to recommend, ideas about dog health (I've learned a lot by working with my vet, Dr. Dressler, on his dog cancer book), and lots of ideas for great ways to connect more deeply to your dog.
(Why not try dog meditation? :-)
Thank you for sticking it out with me this year. I am going to be sending out an email a few times a week from now on with funny stories, news of interest to dog lovers, and tips on how to meditate with your dog and get even closer than you already are.
I'm also interested in doing more services for you, like creating free doggy ecards so you can send them to your friends and family members.
I'll tell you more about my ideas for how to really help in the next couple of weeks.
I'm dealing with a kind of troubling situation with my book on dog meditation - but I'll let you know how it works out when things develop a little more.
Meanwhile, here's a video greeting from me and Kanga ... she's in her puppy teens, but pretty calm in this video: