A faithful friend

Today I want to tell you about my faithful friend, Shannon. He is our golden retriever and is a little over 11 years old. He’s been a great witness to love and loyalty in my life. It’s interesting, thinking back 11 years ago when we contemplated getting a dog, I was the last one who wanted a pet of any kind. The one who wanted the dog the least was the one who would spend the most time with him. Over the years we’ve developed quite a bond, and now he follows me around the house and always wants to be in the same room with me or at least in my general proximity. He loves it when his whole pack is together.

Shannon is in his last months due to cancer. He was diagnosed about 4 months ago and was given 3 to 6 months to live. So we’re right in that time of watching and waiting, staying with him and loving him right up until the end. I’ve been surprised at the depth of my grief. There have been moments when I have been so sad to think about him leaving, and other moments when my heart soars out of gratitude for his friendship and for the light that he’s brought to my life.

You hear people talk about your pet becoming a member of the family, and what a faithful companion they can be. It really is true. He’s a great dog. And he taught me to love dogs, which is something I wasn’t doing very well before I met him.

So this is a simple message for you today: If you have a pet, take an extra moment today to be present to him or her, and to acknowledge with gratitude in your heart what it is they bring to your life, and for their presence in your life.

Thank you Shannon for the extra helpings of laughter, frustration, exercise, and love you’ve brought to me. As I like to tell you often, you’re the greatest dog in all the History of Dogdom. And I hope, Dear Reader, that if you have a dog, you feel the same way about yours.

Let’s notice together the blessings in life. When we pay attention like this, marvelous things happen. Let’s live Everyday Inspired!

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