My greatest heartbreak came after the end of a 11 year relationship. She came into my life at the cusp of my youth just as I was beginning to shed my sheltered teen years and discover my true self. There were moments of spoiled, rotted, rebelliousness during that decade, and unlovable, bad behavior. But that’s what made her death even more devastating.
Those who had or have a pet know.
Whether dog, cat, bird, or rabbit, our furry families sometimes are the sole beings in our lives who get us. They ask little, but give so much in return. Through their unconditional love and acceptance, they have the power to change our lives.
On every, “Dear Santa” letter, I asked for her. Seventeen years later, when that tiny black, white and brown menace finally came into our lives, I temporarily doubted my decision. But my inability to initially accept her after years of wishing for a dog wasn’t nearly as surprising as the huge impact she had on my mom. One evening while we were mourning her death she said, “Thank you for bringing her into our lives. She opened my heart again to love.”
Pet owners universally understand the profound impact pets have on our lives. But what we may not be aware of is their potential to teach us. Our top post shares what we can learn from them about mindfulness.
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