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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 154 :: puppy joy

2 Jun

Nothing can bring out a smile better than a puppy. Serendipitously, we found both today.

My day started by looking out the back sliding door. I was thinking of Pup, and all the times we walked the grass out that door, and how strange everything feels without him around. Then, out of nowhere a little blue hummingbird flew right in front of the window, up to the tree and then disappeared. A hummingbird! I have never seen a hummingbird out the door, or windows, or anywhere on our grounds at all.

“It’s a message from Pup!” I exclaimed and excitedly relayed what I saw to Justin. Then I looked up the symbolic meaning of hummingbirds:

It is not commonly known that the fluttering wings of the hummingbird move in the pattern of an infinity symbol – further solidifying their symbolism of eternity, continuity, and infinity. … The prime message of the hummingbird animal totem is: “The sweetest nectar is within!”

My heart leapt with joy. It was a message from Pup. He was telling us that he is okay, we will always be connected and it’s okay to move on.

So we continued our day. Beginning with a stop at Pet Smart to find Brady a new bed. After losing Pup he’s seemed a little lost. So we are, of course, spoiling him with attention and treats. It only seemed fair that he should get a new bed, just for him.

We headed to Pet Smart. Where there was a whole crop of tiny little puppies. They were adorable and all cuddled up next to each other, so of course, everyone wanted to pick them up.

As I knelt next to the makeshift coup created in the middle of the Pet Smart aisle, about to pick up an adorable and squirmy little puppy I heard a little voice behind me. It was a girl. She wanted to see the puppies. I turned and smiled at her and said, “Do you want to pet the puppies?” She nodded. I moved out of the way.

Then, her dad picked up one of the black, furry pups and placed it in her arms. She was so tiny, the pup almost dwarfed her. But her smile was bigger than both her and the puppy combined.   

I really can’t think of anything more joyous to witness. A little one holding a little one. My heart beat harder and it made me smile right back at her. What joy!

And exactly what that hummingbird’s message was all about: life goes on and the sweetest nectar is within….our hearts.  

More tomorrow…


{heart joy}

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 28 :: puppy joy

28 Jan
{is there anything better}

I met this little angel today… 10 weeks old! She was recently adopted by my friend and this pup couldn’t be cuter if you tied a bow on her head.

Ah… the joy of puppies.

I’m not sure why puppies are so adorable. But I do know this, they fill me with happiness and there couldn’t be anything better on a rainy day.

Puppy joy… now that’s something that someone should bottle. It’s like the secret sauce to a happy life.  Maybe that is mostly because it lasts for a few months, only a few moments in the whole scheme of life.

Maybe that’s another secret to this whole joy promise?
Enjoying the process. No matter what stage you’re in.

More tomorrow…


{puppy joy}

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 197 :: puppies

8 Aug


I thought it would be kind to share cute puppy photos today. Why? Because these make me smile. And laugh out loud. Some are moments of pure chaos. Others are moments of pure bliss. Some are just a strange, crazy moment that we share with a Vizsla pup named Brady.



Did you smile?

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS DAY 7 :: kind of niceness

7 Jan


Today I was kind in a regular-sort-of-day way. Mostly to my doggies.

I am a puppy pushover. The dogs get what they want. If they want something they come to me. They paw at my leg. They whine in my direction. Because I cave. I am probably a dog trainer’s worst nightmare. I can’t help it… they pull at my heartstrings.

Today Brady got what he wanted. A hug. A sit-on-my-lap pawfully sweet hug.

And Pup got what he wanted. A pawfully cute kiss and lots of attention — and too much water.

And that was probably the extent of my intentional kindness today. And, you know what? I am okay with that. I yearned for a dog for half my adult life. I couldn’t convince my ex to be a dog owner. It caused me an overwhelmingly intense sort of sadness. The kind that is hard to explain to others, but you know it deep in your heart. When you’re a dog person you need a dog.

And now I have two. So, yeah, maybe I’m a pushover. But I waited for it and I have earned it. And I do enjoy every second of it. Even the bumpy, barky, messy days.

Which reminds me of another kind of kindness: enjoying what you have. 
Enjoy what you have, kind soul.

More tomorrow.

P.S.  Challenge #1 is still on!  Are you Practicing Respect?
If you choose to accept this challenge, try one of the following acts:
– admire someone with kind words
– point out a particular and appreciated detail with kind words
– use thoughtful words to compliment someone on an achievement


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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 83 :: a little giggle goes a long way

24 Mar

Day 83: Joy.

I was moved to giggles today watching this video from Soul Pancake. It’s amazing what a puppy can do… so little, so unassuming, so f*ing cute.

These puppies were delivered to a nursing home, a daycare and a gym. What do they all have in common? See for yourself:

It makes me realize a few things:
1. A few cute puppies could probably sell almost anything (including dog food)
2. There is nothing more moving than Joy

And now, I’m about to go get some yoga joy on.
Here’s hoping you have some joy in your day too.

More tomorrow.


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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 82 :: downward puppy day

23 Mar

Day 82: Our Pups.

It’s National Puppy Day — and for this Pup who is about to turn 15 it seems like quite the honor. Here’s our Pup a few years ago, standing on the pier of the island that we love.

And here’s a more mature Pup:

And here’s a flashback to our tiny Brady meeting Pup for the first time:

They change. We change. They grow. We grow. But they will always be our Pups.
So in their honor… I do a downward dog!

More tomorrow.

{happy puppies?}

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JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 271 :: puppy love

3 Oct
Bliss of the day: a traveling puppy!
This little guy was on my flight today. Eight weeks old!

Pure. Bernese. Puppy. Bliss.

More tomorrow.

{cuteness overload?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 255 :: a feel good friday

18 Sep

It’s Friday….and it’s late… so what better than a little nudge and a smile?

Top Pick #1 Pup Quiz

Top Pick #2 Carol Burnett (the legend!)

Happy late night watching…. Happy FEEL GOOD Friday!

More tomorrow.
{feel good?}

BLOG – GIFT DAY 314 :: a month of inspiration :: puppies

11 Nov

Today, in my month-long nod to inspiration, I share puppies.
Because I love puppies. Who doesn’t?

Exhibit A: this species on Attack of the Cute

When I first sat down tonight to write about puppies I considered it too soft. And possibly inappropriate on a serious, honorable, reverent day like Veteran’s Day.

But then I realized something. 
I am able to go gaga over puppies because there are far stronger people in this world who take care of the conflicts I can only imagine in my worst nightmares.

So to them I say thank you for your service.
And, among many other things, thank you for allowing me think about puppies.

Because there is something inspiring about puppies. New life. New legs. Everything new for that matter.

They help us see the world in a new light.
And the many new uses for socks too.

If you are ever feeling blue, I challenge you to do what my friend Courtney taught me… put the search word “puppy” into Pinterest.

Then sit back. Relax. Scroll. And smile.
Thank you for the gift of puppies.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore {playmore!}

{what do you go gaga for?}

Day 199: skunks!

18 Jul

I am now accustomed to my morning wake-up call.
It starts with a cold nose. Then a paw. Then a bell.

Whose brilliant idea was it to bell train the puppy?

I think this to myself as I stumble my half-asleep limbs out of bed at 5AM patting down the dresser for glasses, while sneaking a quick look in the mirror to make sure I have something covering my body — before walking out the door, leash in hand.

It’s my morning routine. Every morning. Same thing. Nose. Paw. Bell. Me, glasses, leash, following after.

Last night was no exception.
Except LAST night there was a skunk who showed up for this 5AM party.

I heard him first. Then I saw something move in the hedge. And, then, just as the little beady eyes glistened in the moonlight and I recognized that distinct white stripe, every fiber of my being froze, my mind screamed, “SKUNK!”

However, there was a problem. Brady doesn’t know what a kitty is, let alone a skunk. The puppy still thinks that bugs crawling on the sidewalk are there for his total and utter enjoyment. Ants are like tiny tennis balls, but even better, they have legs and run away.

I turned and bolted up the steps as fast I could, then whiplashed into a hard stop. Brady stood frozen on the lawn looking at me as I were the crazy one.

“Brady, get up here. Get up here!”  I pleaded in the dark, barefoot in my pajamas hanging over the side of the steps, one hand on the leash.

He looked up at me like it was a game.  This is fun!

“Brady! C’mon. Come here. Come HERE!”

Whatever made me try to reason with a 5 month old puppy I do not know.  But I stood there, on my tip toes, tugging at the leash while trying to explain the dire situation — we have a code BLACK WITH WHITE STRIPES.

Here I am, making so much progress with my fear of creepy, crawly things. I have even been walking barefoot in the yard.  BAREFOOT! But my lovemore attitude just has not extended to skunks.  Especially not sneak attack skunks in the middle of the wee morning light.

Then Brady saw it too, waddling over the hedge line. I could see the curiosity in his little puppy dog brown eyes.  “Don’t go over there, please don’t go over there.”

Then, I pulled out my last resort, cure-all tactic.

“Do you want a treat? C’mon! Come here! I’ll get you a treat!”

I’m pretty certain that dogs speak more English than we give them credit for, and I’m pretty confident mine will do anything for food.

But not in this moment of panic. My offering fell on deaf ears.

Finally, as if the spell was broken, Brady ran up the stairs after me and we both bolted inside the door, like it was a game. Brady still having no idea what happened.


Until we meet again.
Unfortunately, it may be sooner than I hope.

The alarm goes off at 5AM.

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