Love Life . Love Animals
recently i found a lump on my beautiful girl Tichka and in that split second my stomach knotted up, my eyes teared up and my heart felt as if it weighed a thousand pounds. not that i know at that point whether the lump is friend or foe, but the possibility of it being a threat to my beloved ripped me apart. it really got me thinking…and forced me to face the harsh reality that she won’t be with me forever!
that alone is the most heartbreaking reality that every single one of us animal lovers will have to deal with one day.
it’s amazing how much our animal companions fill our lives with pure love and absolute joy. why they have to leave us so soon is the most unfair part of life’s journey.
my dogs and cats make up my immediate family and they are my life. having them around makes me feel whole and reminds me that i have so much love to give. needless to say, i get that love back times four…and enough comic relief to keep me in a constant state of laughter.
i know there are people out there who would say, “…but it’s only an animal.” to any animal lover, those are fightin’ words. as for me, i truly feel sorry for those people. they have not experienced the unconditional love that you receive when you let an animal into your heart. they are definitely missing out on one of life’s great joys.
to quote my beautiful and talented friend, Anouk, “Life without an animal to love is life without sunshine. Love life. Love animals.”
she couldn’t be more right.
my happiest moments are when i am walking with my dogs somewhere in nature on a beautiful day. i feel so alive, so free and also so incredibly inspired. take away all the distractions and hussle and bussle of the city and just breathe the fresh air with my dogs. i love to watch them run, jump, play, chase, explore and just be. the simplicity of it all makes me smile and i feel that overwhelming kind of joy that makes my heart want to burst out of my chest.
it is that honest connection, that unspoken bond that i love to capture in my sessions. they are with us for too short of a time, but they make our lives richer.
Tichka, who is the perfect reflection of me, will be nine years young in the spring. she has so much puppy spirit left in her and i believe in my heart that she will live a long, healthy and happy life. i am positive of that.
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