How my Dog Made me feel Vulnerable, Love and Very, Very Alive.

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Jake kiss goodbyeSome of my last moments with Jake.

“When I am very old and no longer enjoy good health, do not make heroic efforts to keep me going, I am not having any fun.  Please see that my trusting life is taken gently. I shall leave this Earth knowing with the last breath I draw that my fate was always safest in your hands”     

Jake was a rescue dog from the SPCA.  When we adopted him, he was blind in one eye, underweight and we found out only recently had shotgun pellets in his hips. He lived a great 10 years with us and we treated him kindly, had wonderful walks in the woods, gave him daily fresh water and nutritious food. He had our other dog as company and a playmate.

I never realized how much I loved Jake until he was no longer with us. My last moments with him were awfully heartbreaking but also very soul cleansing. I am not what you call a lovey dovey or huggy person but Jake’s passing opened my heart and made me realize it’s OK to be vulnerable.

Being vulnerable is a risk we take in life if we want to experience a deep connection. I’ve experienced that with Jake and am grateful for every passing second I’ve had with him.

Jake has taught me not only about love and vulnerability, but about compassion, courage and living a full life.

I hope you all open your heart to all that is around you and live a fuller life for it.

RIP Jake …you were a beautiful soul

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