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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 36 :: trust and a dog

5 Feb


{trust}  

Trust brought me this funny little video today (thanks Justin!). It’s titled “never trust a dog” and it made me laugh out loud. Mostly because we live with a dog like this… who has probably thought about doing this very thing…

Just a little fun from a year of trust…
More tomorrow. 

Lovemore,
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 15 :: snuggly snuggle

15 Jan


{trust}  

We are watching the first This Is Us of the year and through a few tears (as always) we are mostly snuggling. And by that, I mean, Brady is mostly snuggling and taking up the couch.

My rule about no dogs on the couch lasted about three months. Somehow Brady has worked his way up to our level, slowly and one paw at a time. But somewhere inside of me I trust that this is how it is supposed to be. 

So now, we have a fluffy dog bed on the floor that goes unused and we have super furry snuggles on the couch. Which if we are counting dog years it is totally worth it.

Lovemore,
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 267 :: joy is #1

30 Sep

{the best}


Last night I wrote about this paint splash that Justin found on our wall. 


And tonight, I’m sharing what it reminds us of… or who it reminds us of!  It’s #1 Pup, of course. 

 

It seems like such a sign. As if Pup had a hand in helping us find a new home after we said goodbye to him. He couldn’t make the cross-country move with us, but somehow he made it here anyway. His marking splashed across a wall in the bathroom shower. It was just a mistake by the painters, but to us it’s another reason to believe we were meant to be here.

On my plane ride home yesterday I sat next to an 82-year-old man who just buried his wife. He was flying “home” without his love for the first time in 62-years. He told me that was okay because “as long as people are alive who remember her, she will always be around.”

It’s always hard to lose someone, anyone, even a pet. But this just reminds me that we never really lose anyone as long as they are in our hearts. And maybe even reflected on our walls. 
What joy.

More tomorrow… Lovemore,
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 151 :: joyful love

30 May
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I am so overwhelmed with love today. So many beautiful notes and messages from friends about saying goodbye to Pup. You don’t know how much it means to me…

….well maybe you do.

It seems that losing a cherished pet is a universal exercise in grief. And in so many ways a connection from the animal world straight to the heart of the matter.

There is so much in this world that is hard to agree on, but, not when it comes to saying goodbye to those we love. Especially our pets.

That is an exercise in love. And in joy, there is always love.
Thanks for the love. I will repay the favor when and if the day comes.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 106 :: joy of pup

15 Apr
{good dog}


There is not much more I can say about joy than this:

Pup turned 17-years-old today. Seventeen!

It’s hard to remember life before Pup around here. From his humble beginnings in a box by the side of the road to being rescued by Justin and brought on our treks across this country and back again. From living on an island to the edge of the gulf, he has survived hurricanes and skunks (not in that order) and paralysis from a slipped disk. He even forgave us (eventually) for bringing home a big ball of energy named Brady.

Pup has come a long way. He is the king of our jungle. Top dog in our book.

Even as he slows down he maintains his crown. What joy it is to watch him age with grace and a few accidents in between. I suppose that’s the joy of life playing out right before our eyes. When we are young we can jump over fences and bound through trees. But when we are old we can walk slowly and gracefully amongst giants.

Pup will always be larger than life in ours. And today we celebrate seventeen good years. 
Joy truly is a good life with a good dog.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 44 :: joyful day

15 Feb
{normal}

It was a good day. A normal day. And I’m finding there is much joy in that.

Pup returned to his own lovable, walkable, tail wagging, treat seeking self. Which was a joy to behold. 

Sometimes normal can be so good. So joyous. And so worth the wait.

Joy is teaching me to enjoy the everyday normalness that comes in between the moments we remember the most. Every day can be so out of this world if we let it. 

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 150 dog owner kindness

22 Jun

Hello.  

We met a new neighbor today – because she had a dog.

There seems to be a trend among dog owners – they say hello to each other and I think that is pretty kind.

More tomorrow….
Lovemore,
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 216 :: that time when…

12 Aug

Day 216: Relax, don’t do it.

And this is what we call #Friday.
Or… Brady being Brady.
Or… The Big Yawn.
Or… Upward Dog.

Or maybe, bad, distracted, pushover dog master extraordinaire who let it happen to get the photo.
You choose.

Happy Friday. (Yoga done!)

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 137 :: dogged determination

18 May

Day 137: Brady.

I live with a food stalker. His name is Brady. He knows where all the food in the house is at all times. I mean ALL the food at ALL times.

Here is sleeps so cute and cuddly next to Pup. But really, this is all a facade. He is calculating his next sneaky food-swiping move.

Which he promptly orchestrated moments after I took this photo. It was just a bowl of oatmeal. But he devoured it in the 30 seconds I walked away from the kitchen. DEVOURED it. An entire bowl of oatmeal. Dry, bland oats. 

Thanks to Brady, there will be no second batch of oatmeal chocolate power bars. There aren’t enough oats left to mix a bar together for breakfast.

But I think there is much we can learn from our little Brady. Sure, the obvious is to not leave food out on the counter (even said oats). But there is more to observe.


This dog.
He has me thinking a lot about dogged determination. In the pursuit of what we love most. For him it is food. Any food. Even dry, bland, oats.

For you it might be dancing, singing, creating, doing. For me, it is making promises and showing up. And this year, that means yoga.

But there is also this: opportunity. 
Brady knows how to patiently wait for his window of opportunity to open. And when it appears he leaps. There is no second guessing. No hesitation. No over-thinking. There is no self-talk. Brady does not stop to ask, “Should I go for that bowl of oats now? What if she comes back and finds me all head in the bowl paws on the counter? What if I get in trouble?”


Nope. Brady is all action.
He’s a Wait. Watch. Strike. Live with the consequences sort of dog.
And as frustrating as that is at times, I have to say, I respect it.
No, I actually love it. It’s inspiring really.

So, tonight, as I put away the rest of my oatmeal chocolate bar ingredients, I leave you with this. The next time you find yourself waiting and watching, just think of Brady.

And…
Go for it.  

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 122 :: yoga done!

2 May

Day 123: Complete. 

Yoga done. For today at least.
It’s funny, I never would have thought when starting a promise six years ago that it would lead to this. Doing yoga every night.

But so far, so good. No major acrobatic powers, I can not leap buildings in a single bound, I have not lost weight, I have not turned into a chanting guru.

But Pup… he has found a new bed: apparently all you need is a yoga mat and a blanket. Under that blanket on top of that mat is a Pup.

And, so, it proves that everybody starts their yoga journey somewhere.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

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