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

30 May
{grace}

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

{love}
#lovemore

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 150 :: joyful goodbyes

29 May
{Pup}

Joy has been kicking my butt this month. Forcing me to look life in the eyes. First, we said our goodbyes to Aunt Nancy, and today we said our final goodbye to our dear #1 Pup.

Saying goodbye is not joyful.

But it does make me reflect on the good times. And we had so many GOOD TIMES with our Number One Pup. His antics (running away, only to get stuck at the end of a pier with nowhere to go on an island), the cherished moments (road trips crisscrossing the country a few times), the funny stories (trying to lick me when Justin kissed me), his crazy acts of courage (chasing a skunk only to find out it was not a kitty).

Ah… there are so many Pup stories. And today was the grand finale of this chapter in our lives. It included a picnic with a pint of ice cream just for Pup on the beach and many, many treats along the way. There was music. There was his tennis ball. And there was our adorable 17-year-old Pup. 

He has been more than a Pup to us. He has been the glue of our little traveling unit. He has been alpha dog and best buddy and in many ways our first baby, He was the best snuggle in town, and the first one to bark if there was a mail carrier within fifty feet (you know, those intimidating mail carriers!).

Pup has been so much more than a dog. He has been mascot, nurse, big brother and babysitter. He has licked away our wounded tears through my surgical journeys. He was the biggest tattletale too – always running to me to report on Brady’s mischief (eating vegetables off the counter, redecorating the kitchen with tea towels, chewing up toys).

It’s hard to say goodbye to such a good dog. But he has brought us enough joy and so many stories to last for another lifetime to come.

It’s not ironic that joy is the highest vibration in the world and Pup had a #1 on his chest. Pup was the carrier of the message of joy. Whenever he went and however he wagged his tail. Even in his high fives.

There just aren’t enough words to say how much joy this little animal being shared with the world. But I do know this — we were the lucky ones to receive it.

We love you Pup.
Always, and forever.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{Pup}
#lovemore

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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

{high five}
#lovemore

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 46 :: feeling joyful

16 Feb
{snuggles}

It’s been a week. But tonight I am feeling joy. Joyful really with two pups at my side snuggling in while I type. And it has me thinking about the moments in life when joy persists. When it seeps into our soul and stands out in a larger than life sort of way.

Tonight I heard a little voice in my head whisper, “Be Alive! While you are living!” Like a little reminder from beyond.  It sounded a lot like my mother’s voice. And it’s just the sort of sage advice she would tell me.

So tonight, I’m thinking about being alive. 

It’s even more present with Pup these days. Today he walked around the lawn pulling me at the end of his leash with stubborn pride. As if to say, “See, Lady, I’m still in charge around here.”

And he most definitely is.

But he’s also teaching me that joy comes in many forms. Sometimes it’s the chase of a ball and the bark at a squirrel. Other days, it’s the sheer determination to go where you want to go when you want to go there.

And that is the kind of everyday joy that this boy is showing us. To truly be alive while you are living. It’s the fine print of life. And if you think about it, there is nothing more joyful.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{joy}
#lovemore

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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

{everday normal}
#lovemore

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 43 :: a lesson in love

14 Feb
{loving}

I have to admit, it’s been a rough Valentine’s Day around here. What was to be our first Valentine’s Day as a married couple was starting to look like it could be the last day we would have Pup.

His back legs gave out last night right before bed. We watched him all night, and there were moments of touch and go.  Then, miraculously, he made a rebound around noon.

Ironically, it was right as the mailman arrived.

I was on a conference call watching Pup’s every move as he slept at my feet. Brady heard the familiar mail truck sounds outside the door and began to bark his dutiful warning sounds. Right then, Pup perked up and started barking too. Then he ran to the door.

Halalueleah. Bestill my aching heart. Pup has been fine ever since. But it’s a reminder to me about life and love.

Love can hurt so good.

Pup will be seventeen in a few months, and part of me thinks he’s been with us this long because we have loved him so hard. Someday it will come. And we will grieve. But not as much as we have all loved each other.

And that might just be the biggest message joy has to share with me. Love and Joy. Joy and Love. Such a fine pair.

A reflection of what we put into life and what returns to us in spades. 

And in the end, it was the best Valentine’s Day ever.
Happy Valentine’s Day – remember you are loved. 

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{loved}
#lovemore

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 37 :: the joy of living

8 Feb
{and loving}

My promise is giving me a bit of a joyride so far this year. Joy….has me thinking about joyousness, if that’s a word! And what it means to create joyfulness every day.

Today, I found myself puppy sitting a total Angel. She is eleven weeks of puppyness, high energy and cat naps included. We played fetch. And pooped. We ate treats. And pooped. We sat. And pooped. And then napped. And then pooped some more.

It’s a marvel really, to be a puppy. So little and so big at the same time. Above all, it was marvelous to witness the pure energy of being new to this life. The light coming in the window! The smell of new shoes! The absolute and total delight of pooping!

It made me reflect on joy — and the act of both loving and being totally alive. It is truly loving and living at the same time. 

Another lesson in joy.
(and pooping.)

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{joy}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 31 :: the joy of completion

31 Jan
{so crafty}

In the DIY category, I’ve always been more of a painter. A calligrapher. An ink on paper sort of girl. But this year, it seems that yarn is calling my name.

And do you know what is full of heaping amounts of JOY?

Finishing something.
Putting the last bit on a project.
Placing the final ribbon around it.
The pièce de résistance.

For me, on this night, it was this. My first blanket. Pup included!

This project is complete.

They say the journey is what we should enjoy most… enjoy the ride!
But I have to admit, I kind of like marveling at the finished product.

Oh, joy.
More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{enjoy}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 363 :: a kind lesson

29 Dec
{these two}

It’s been a year, 2017. Amidst it all two things have been constant: Pup and Brady.

Sometimes for comic relief, other times for adventure. One thing I am absolutely sure of… there is nothing kinder than the love of a dog and the wag of a tail to the rhythm of joy. Times that by two and you’ve got a pretty kind life.

If there is nothing else in this year to teach me the power of kindness, there are these two dogs. They are cuddled up on their dog bed right now, wrapped around each other and snuggled in for the night.

In this year of Kindness, they have taught me this: Lick it better and shake it off.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{shake it off}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 293 :: 4-letter word friday

20 Oct

Pets. 

On this 4-Letter Word Friday, I am touched by the kindness of pets. Specifically, my two dogs.

Pup, at age 16 (and a half!) is just a daily miracle. His big brown eyes can see straight through a person. His impeccable sense of timing (wake time, breakfast time, nap time and dinner time) is always on point. And he loves to cuddle more than the furry kitties he watches outside the window.

Even Brady, our crazy one, is full of love. I think it’s the love in him that makes him would so tight. His love of food (any type of food), meeting new people, running after the rain and catching flies is done with full-on enthusiasm.

Both keep us on our toes. They sometimes make me wonder who is really in charge here. And yet, I can’t imagine life without these kind creatures.

So this Friday is devoted to pets. pups and dogs.

May they awaken your soul with kindness.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{the kindness of pets}
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