One Year Anniversary of Maui's Passing

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:

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Comment by Mary Kay on October 17, 2009 at 7:18am
Wonderful see you and Kanga in the video!! She was so cute especially when she laid her little head down.. totally relaxed!! Many blessings James and good luck with a new year of your incredible postings and wonderful videos. You are a blessing!! MK, John and Lydia
Comment by Mary Kay on August 23, 2009 at 11:12am
I had forgotten what a heartwarming video Do you Remember Love was!!!! My Grandma was 102 when she passed a short time ago and she would have loved it!! Welcome to you and Kanga in your video....... life marches on thank god and thru tough times our pets are our "hearts"........... thank you James for all you do and God Bless you because he sure has us with you!! Mary Kay and Lydia
Comment by Lynda on August 11, 2009 at 10:54am
My Dog also know how to get me to go for a walk.I watch my soap opera every day from 1 to 2 ,,As soon as its over he gets up and stares at me till we go out for our walk.He also pretends he has to go out back but when I open the door he sits pretty in front of the pantry.Guess what he wants a cookie..He is a very good buddy for me.
Kanga is so sweet and so is your wife.God blessed you for sure..Take care.Teddy and Lynda..
Comment by Elizabeth Carper on August 10, 2009 at 1:49pm
Thank you for sending the memorial video. It brought tears and heartache all over again for you for the loss of Maui last year. But the video of you and sweet Kanga warmed my heart for you again. I know that Maui is looking down on you and is so happy for you again.
Comment by Laurie on August 9, 2009 at 2:26am
I have about 23 dogs and when one passes they are laid to rest in my garden. There aren't many "real" markers but I keep a diary with a map of my garden and where each of my friends lie, even tho I know exactly where each is. My husband is always asking "can I dig here?" and I'll tell him yes or no, that is where Brownie is or Elvis or one of the many others are. Many times I walk thru the garden and talk to them. It's good I live in the middle of nowhere or someone would see and think I'm nuts. In fact if I didn't live way out here I couldn't have all the abandoned and abused sweeties we pick up off the hiways around here.
I still sometimes cry when I think of each individual one and remember there lives and little quirks and habits, but now it's with missing love than the hard grieving love of recent loss. Does that make sense? So, time does heal, the pain gets softer, but the remembered love stays. My computer doesn't "do" videos very well, but in the freeze frames I get Kanga is so cute! Hope life continues to be good to you and Kanga and your family.
Laurie, Dan and the pack(in no particular order)
Charlotte,Jane,George,Darcy,DaisyMae,Tarbaby,Cisco,and the babies Chika and
Nigel-I always leave someone out!
Comment by Lois Gurnari on August 7, 2009 at 5:27pm
I was so happy to hear from you. Yes it takes time but you have no regrets only good things to look back on. I know when its my Diamond`s time to go I will be devestated. She is like my second skin. I couldn`t love her more if I`d have given birth to her myself. LOL I`m really glad you are back with us. You ,Molly & Kanga. GOD Bless you all & Keep you safe.
Comment by Maltese Mom on August 7, 2009 at 12:19pm
Yes, I too have bittersweet memories of my maltese Rio who passed on June 28, 2008. I know exactly what you are going through. My other maltese Oliver has helped me with my grieving...bless his little heart.

Kanga is such a doll.
Comment by Beth on August 7, 2009 at 11:47am
Our Maggie has been gone since September 3, 2005, and we remember her and cherish her every day. You never forget love. We have Mr. Jiggs, who is 10, and Max, 4, and we love them dearly. Every dog we have had will never leave us, really, and we will be together again someday. Bless you, James, and Molly and Kanga. What a doll! Maui wants you to smile and remember her, forever.

Comment by Lisa Wahlfeld on August 7, 2009 at 10:34am
I can't believe it's been a year already. We lost both of our dogs last year, one in March and the other 6 months later in August. We knew they would go close together, since they were so bonded. Miss them dreadfully. We now took in a 10 year old dog, that was surrendered to the shelter and has separation anxiety, but is a wonderful companion to our family and our blind 2 year old dog.
Comment by James Jacobson on August 7, 2009 at 9:35am
Thank you all for your comments here and the emails you've sent ... I have been reading everything and am keeping you all in my thoughts.

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