Love Is…Making Moments

I’ve learned a lot in the process of writing this book, going back and reflecting on what three very special dogs have done for me in my life. It’s almost done, the first draft at least, and I can rest easy knowing that if I get hit by a bus tomorrow there’s enough for a talented editor to work with so that this, at least, will live on. Happy Valentine’s Day, by the way.

Speaking of dying and all of that, though, the one thing that really jumped out at me when I was writing, and just living and working in hospice, is this: Love every moment, even when it’s just hanging out on the couch. Make a moment out of nothing.

This morning, Brody came over to tell me his bowl was empty. I decided, prior to filling it, I would take a picture of his hangdog face and make it a doge meme.

bro1

I fed him, eventually. But not before practicing balance and self control. The cat, being a cat, was excused from practice.

bro2

And because life is short, we even attempted a dog/doc selfie, which never really works because after all, your dog only wants to look at you.

bro3

Which is, really, nothing to complain about.

Love is putting up with me, at least from Brody’s perspective, and man does he put up with a lot. But it’s good, and I’m glad I took 5 minutes to make a moment out of an empty food bowl. I challenge all of you to take just a minute or two today and make your own moment. You’ll be glad you did. :)

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  • Lisa W

    Love all of these, but most especially the one of Brody and you looking at each other. <3 Happy Valentine's Day!

    • http://www.pawcurious.com Dr. V

      Thank you! You too!

  • lnsierra

    a daily routine in our house. been wanting to do a selfie with the cats, but they have me buried and I can’t move my arms. still working on how to make it happen :) they do have their own photo album on my Facebook page & I add to that pretty regularly.

    • http://www.pawcurious.com Dr. V

      Cat selfies would be a +10 difficulty, I think!

  • E.A. Summers

    LOVE this thought and the post and most especially the dog/doc selfie :)!!
    I spent some time today – midafternoon – finding some photos that I wanted to post on my own blog. Titled “Celebrating Love”, they are photos of the dogs and cats I’ve had in my adult life since the inception of my blog nearly 7 years ago.
    As I was doing that, I thought how grateful I am that I started blogging and recording the simple moments of our lives. While I sometimes find it difficult to look at the posts without tearing up…just doing them “creates the moment” and the memory. And I have wonderful and LARGE photos on the walls of my house. For me, it keeps them all close.

    • http://www.pawcurious.com Dr. V

      I love that you do that. It’s nice to remember them every day.

  • Cathy

    Love this.

  • JaneK

    Thank you for the reminder!

  • MaryAnne

    What a lively post. We had a Love moment just this morning.

    • MaryAnne

      That should have read “what a lovely post”. By the way if there was sound you could hear my Neato running in the background. It’s wonderful.

    • http://www.pawcurious.com Dr. V

      LOVE it!! And hoping the Neato serves you well!

  • http://fur-licity.blogspot.com/ Barbara

    What a sad face by the empty dishes! Poor Brody! :-)
    My Daisy is a puppy mill survivor and trembles when strangers come into the house. I’m selling the house at present, so real estate people are coming and going. Daisy has discovered that they each have a treat (I put a bag by the door!) and now goes to inspect each one who comes!

    • http://www.pawcurious.com Dr. V

      That’s a great idea!

  • kgseymour

    Love it. I capture so many of these and it always makes me smile to go back through them.

  • http://www.sitandstandstrollerguide.com/ ShelleyDN

    Brody is so handsome. Thank you for reminding me to capture some love moment with my dogs. One of them is sick with Pyometra and I’m taking good care of her now.

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    • http://www.pawcurious.com Dr. V

      Moderate

      Jessica

    • Lola

      Haha he looks so cute even when he is soaked and covered in mud? or worse :)
      just like my dog but i have a jackabee http://www.jackabeedogblog.com