Comments on: Animals Teach Us How to Age http://colleenmstory.com/animals-teach-us-how-to-age/ Imaginative fiction inspiring you to believe. Tue, 04 Apr 2017 16:41:29 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.10 By: Colleen http://colleenmstory.com/animals-teach-us-how-to-age/#comment-511 Tue, 16 Aug 2016 19:16:58 +0000 http://colleenmstory.com/?p=2297#comment-511 Oh thank you so much, Gillian. It’s not easy, that’s for sure, and so nice to have support from friends. She’ll be hugely missed. :O)

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By: Gillian http://colleenmstory.com/animals-teach-us-how-to-age/#comment-510 Tue, 16 Aug 2016 17:00:08 +0000 http://colleenmstory.com/?p=2297#comment-510 Colleen, I just read your newsletter this morning (August 16) about Morrigan. I am so very sorry you lost her last week. I know how much it hurts. Sending you love and support to heal your grieving heart.

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By: Colleen http://colleenmstory.com/animals-teach-us-how-to-age/#comment-364 Wed, 08 Jun 2016 05:46:40 +0000 http://colleenmstory.com/?p=2297#comment-364 Hi, Gillian! Oh thank you—I sure think so! Poor Bud—I thought one ACL was bad enough! It’s so hard to lose them. I don’t even want to think about it! Amazing the bonds they can form with each other, like with Ben and Maile. Yes, I’m with you—I try not to upset Morrigan with my sad feelings when they come. They are so sensitive to our moods! Yes, it is a lesson so hard to learn, isn’t it? What you say is so true. We can only enjoy the time we have, and it’s never enough.

I’m so glad you have Leo! He sounds like a real blessing. It’s hard to remember now all the ways I tried to keep Morrigan busy when she was a pup. I mentioned putting the treats in the empty milk jug. I got her one of those Kong balls too that you can put treats in, but it was really hard to chew on and she didn’t like that one as much, but maybe Leo would? I did find that she seemed to enjoy the homemade ones better. Anything I could put a treat in she would work at for however long it took to get it out!

Thanks for sharing your story—it’s nice to connect with others who love their animals, especially our amazing German shepherds. :O)

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By: Gillian http://colleenmstory.com/animals-teach-us-how-to-age/#comment-363 Wed, 08 Jun 2016 01:43:46 +0000 http://colleenmstory.com/?p=2297#comment-363 Morrigan is stunningly beautiful! I’d love to know more about your puzzles!

I’m a GSD mom, too. My 1st (Bud) had back surgery at age 3 and ACL surgeries on both back knees by the time he was 6. He reached 13 before his back gave out again, and he could no longer walk.

My 2nd–Gentle Ben– came to me as a senior rescue and started going lame with spinal stenosis 3 years later. My holistic vet did wonders with acupuncture in his final year. Fortunately, the progressive paralysis was not painful, but when he could no longer keep his balance or hold his bowels, I had to say goodbye on April 13th–along with my almost-15-yr-old Aussie-Husky (Maile) whose cancer came back after 3-and-a-half years in remission. Yes, they went together. Paw-to-paw.

It has been devastating to lose them, especially at the same time. But I wanted to share how those last few months I was forced to live in the present moment, for their sake. (I realize this is something you already know.) Initially, I would see something in one of them that made me realize their time was soon coming to an end, and I would start crying, which upset them. Over and over again, I had to remind myself to put aside my sadness about the future and put a smile on my face while I enjoyed every second with them. I remember thinking, “Oh, I get it now–THIS is what I have been trying to learn for decades–to live in the moment, not in the past regrets or in the future worries. And here are my two wonderful dogs who are teaching me to focus on loving on them NOW while they are here, instead of grieving the loss that is yet to come.”

I still cry because I miss them so much. But after 5 weeks of grieving, I was lucky to stumble upon GSD #3 — a gorgeous young rescue GSD named Leonardo (Leo) who was with a rescue group at at Pet Expo. He is about 1 year old, had been picked up off the streets with injuries that indicate being hit by a car. But he is full of energy and needs challenges, which is why I’m curious about your puzzles. :-)

Bless you with many more happy days with Morrigan!

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By: Colleen http://colleenmstory.com/animals-teach-us-how-to-age/#comment-287 Wed, 25 May 2016 00:06:12 +0000 http://colleenmstory.com/?p=2297#comment-287 Me too, Frances! Thank you. :O)

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By: Frances Duroux http://colleenmstory.com/animals-teach-us-how-to-age/#comment-286 Wed, 25 May 2016 00:00:26 +0000 http://colleenmstory.com/?p=2297#comment-286 Fantastic story. Brought tears to my eyes. Animals truly are amazing. Hope she continues to smile and wag her tail for many more years!

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