Every Valentine's Day since 1992, I have celebrated my dog Maui
(pictured above) with an abundance of gratitude.
That's the day that I brought her home with me when she was a tiny puppy, and that's the day I launched Do You Remember Love?
years later, in 2007.
Maui passed away in the summer of 2008, and I dreaded Valentine's Day 2009. But the day ended up being wonderful. I was still missing Maui, of course.
But I was also so happy to have gotten over much of the pain of her loss; and to walk with a joyful new little Kanga
on the same beach that Maui loved so much. The day ended up feeling more like a celebration than mourning.
The power of Maui's love protected me from too much grief on that day.
This year, as Valentine's Day 2010
rolls closer, I am so grateful to Maui for "keeping my heart open" - as my wife likes to say - for all of those years. And I'm grateful to her for inspiring my book, How to Meditate with Your Dog
, and my little poem/movie Do You Remember Love?
and for the creation of this website, which would not be possible without the love that our dogs show us every day.
Two years ago a member of this community (an intern for my publishing company) designed a t-shirt that says "my dog is my valentine!
I asked her to make a mug version, and she kind of went to town with a book bag and a sweatshirt and a whole mess of other items. If you want to see her designs, you can go to www.DogValentine.com
My Question for You...
Here's a question for you: would you send email valentine's to your friends' dogs?
A couple of years ago I had a valentine system set up, and I was thinking I could set it up again - is it something you'd like to have? Let me know. I want to really celebrate Valentine's Day this year - because my dogs Kanga and Maui ARE my valentines!
Just reply to this post below.