Dogs have a special place in our hearts. They’re loyal, loving and – going against what I often teach – they don’t ask many questions. They follow their instincts and have their own way of letting you know what they need. And of course, they are the best listener you could ask for. Being listened to by your dog, lets you hear yourself more clearly as you express your thoughts aloud. If you listen very carefully, you can even sense what your dog thinks of what you say. Cody gave us a very clear message yesterday that he was ready to leave us. Two weeks ago, he was diagnosed with an aggressive lymphoma, after enjoying a very healthy life. He almost made it to 11 which is a really good age for a boxer dog. Yesterday morning he signaled the end when he turned away from food. We knew this was it. As a voraciously food motivated dog, even the yummiest morsel held no interest. We cried all morning as we drove with him on his final journey to the vet’s office, where he was attended to with deep respect and graceful care. Our house feels empty today, although I can still feel his energy around us. In Cody’s honour I am approaching every conversation today quietly, with curiosity and deep appreciation. Life can change in a day. It’s a reminder of what it truly means to be grateful for the moment.
YOUR TURN: what or who might you be most grateful for today? Who might you thank or acknowledge? Where might you show some appreciation, or share some love? #LiveFully