In Memory of Utah

11392876_10152872908176860_3668522950837520774_nOne of my friends once said that losing a dog was, in some way, harder than losing a loved one. Our dogs love us unconditionally, every day. Our dogs shower us with kisses and tenderness whenever we (or they) need it. They ask for nothing in return, they teach us the gratitude of every moment, the joys of the mundane: sticks and rivers, food and water, warmth and hugs. Most importantly, they teach us to love openly, to give love and to receive it. And even once they’ve left us, they continue to show us how to grow, to move, one tentative puppy step at a time, through the mourning and the grief, through the mud and murky waters, into the clear calmness of remembering and of re-membering. There is an opening that can’t be closed, a widening of the heart that can never be narrowed, a depth of sensitivity and a new understanding. There is an ability to communicate without the burden of words.

22516_10152872908126860_6684168451912576704_nDogs show us how to follow our instincts, trust ourselves, step into our own beauty, and not worry about what others may say. They show us that for every person that doesn’t want to play, there are three others just waiting to share their joy with us. They train us to explore all of our unknowns, to tumble and fall and get right back up again, bruises and all. They show us how to enjoy what we have, to trust the abundance, to find the loveliness that is everywhere, if only we can learn how to see it, smell it, taste it and celebrate it.

So when we say goodbye to our friend, our number one secret-keeper, our protector, our calm, tender, wise boy – it hurts. Badly. And we are reminded that as the pain begins to subside (and it will), we will find solace in the memories, and even more gratitude in the gift of each day.11011011_10152872908296860_8587589940910800863_n

“There is a cycle of love and death that shapes the lives of those who choose to travel in the company of animals. It is a cycle unlike any other. To those who have never lived through its turnings or walked its rocky path, our willingness to give our hearts with full knowledge that they will be broken seems incomprehensible. Only we know how small a price we pay for what we receive; our grief, no matter how powerful it may be, is an insufficient measure of the joy we have been given.” ~Suzanne Clothier

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5 thoughts on “In Memory of Utah

  1. Dearest Myriam and Lisa, So sorry to hear about Utah; she was so sweet, gentle and loving. My sincere condolences go to you. Your writing is beautiful and gives us lots to think about. Much love, Hoda

    Date: Tue, 2 Jun 2015 17:28:53 +0000 To: hoda_nassim@sympatico.ca

  2. Merci du fond du coeur, Myriam, de partager ton texte et tes sentiments. Tu décris si bien le bouleversement créé par la perte d’un loyal “compagnon à quatre pattes”. Et merci surtout de partager la sagesse de l’espoir et de la reconnaissance d’être une meilleure personne suite au privilège d’avoir vécu pendant des années avec une telle créature d’amour à l’état brut et pur. Mes pensées t’accompagnent Amitiés Jo

    “Nous ne sommes pas des êtres humains en cheminement spirituel. Nous sommes des êtres spirituels en cheminement humain” Stephen Covey

    “We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey” Stephen Covey

    Le 2015-06-02 à 13:28, sweet chaotic silence a écrit :

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  3. Merci du fond du coeur, Myriam, de partager ton texte et tes sentiments.
    Tu décris si bien le bouleversement créé par la perte d’un loyal “compagnon à quatre pattes”. Et merci surtout de partager la sagesse de l’espoir et de la reconnaissance d’être une meilleure personne suite au privilège d’avoir vécu pendant des années avec une telle créature d’amour à l’état brut et pur.
    Mes pensées t’accompagnent
    Amitiés
    Jo

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