Dog Days of Summer
Today is a sad day. After a lachrymose two months, I made the difficult decision to euthanize my dog Maddy. The osteosarcoma in her hind leg became overbearing for the rest of her body and her ability to thrive was gone.
She became an affectionate dog in her old age and possessed insatiable wanderlust. Her desire for adventure was as strong as her will to live. I longed for the energetic pep she had a few years ago while chasing squirrels.
My inspiration for this blog was partly due to her. With the loss of my grandma and Maddy’s diagnosis back in June, I hit a new low in my life. Everything else seemed so trivial. Rather than sulk, I decided to be proactive and make challenges for myself. Exercising and setting goals helped alleviate some of the stress. The day my grandma passed away, I ran six miles just to clear my mind.
What’s Your Intention?
I began practicing yoga again to help with the depression. Yogis often ask you to set an intention or dedication for your practice and mine has been for Maddy.
My message is simply this, set an intention no matter what the activity is. I’m sure many people do this but it’s a friendly reminder.
It’s not easy being a pet-owner. They often see you through some of the toughest times in your life. She could be a nuisance at times, but she gave me a purpose, a responsibility and I miss her.
I dedicate my next challenge to Maddy at the Champaign (IL) Park District’s Mini-Tri this weekend.