It has been a year since I had to put my dog, Tea, down and I wrote this post after I put her down on my way to Calgary for a conference. I hope you enjoy it.
I am writing this as I sit at Person Airport, waiting to fly to Calgary and my thoughts go to Tea, my dog. I recently had to put her down and it was one of the hardest decisions I had to make.
I was flipping through my phone looking for a non-specific dog photo and my eyes kept picking out photos of her and it got me thinking of all our adventures together, like the time I held her head as she fell asleep when I brought her home from the kennel. All of our great times, my frustrations, concerns and sleepless nights.
I am grateful to have had her in my life and I believe that we were meant to be in each other’s lives to teach each other something. I’m not exactly sure what I had to contribute to her but here are 22 things where she has contributed to me.
1. Be curious.
2. Stop to smell the roses or roll in the grass or snow.
3. Always say hi even when you are afraid.
4. Smile at Everybody.
5. If you are unsure about something, speak up.
6. Be messy, it’s more fun that way.
7. If you like it, eat it.
8. Be loyal.
9. Every day is a new day, let go of hate and upset.
10. Take naps.
11. Put your head out the wind of your car and feel the wind.
12. Don’t sweat the small stuff.
13. Try something new.
14. It’s always better doing things with friends/ the more the merrier.
15. Leave your neighbours a nice treat once in a while.
16. Take a break in the day to walk around/ exercise daily.
17. If you are afraid, pretend you’re tough and fearless.
18. When you get knocked down, get back up with a smile on your face.
19. When opportunity knocks on your door. Take it and don’t look back.
20. Ask for what you want. Don’t worry about what other people think.
21. Love everyone and everything unconditionally.
22. Always be excited when you meet friends and family members.
I’m sure that many of you have a special place in your heart of where your or someone else’s pet has left an imprint and a message. May this post have you see the simplicity of life through the eyes of your beloved four-legged friend.