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Stop and Smell the Rosie
Posted 12-16-2013

A few years ago I was assisting a local yoga event with my teacher Ana Forrest, and I lost someone very special to me while I was with her. As I drove Ana back to her hotel at the end of this evening, she turned to me and gave me a hug, saying in my ear, "I love you, you know that right? Don't ever waste the precious gift that is someone's death. Feel what gifts of Beauty it has to offer you." And then she got out of the car, and I was left to consider the oh-so-many gifts of Beauty the whole experience of losing this person and being with her at the same time held for me. Fast forward to last week, when my beloved dog Rosie passed away. She was a 13-1/2 year-old greyhound, and the best dog ever. A super companion, a sweet girl, a loyal friend. She developed a cough, then had trouble sleeping and breathing, then she stopped eating even her favorite foods: turkey, peanut butter, and Greenies. When we came home one night and suddenly she couldn't get up and had completely stopped eating, we knew that it was time to say goodbye. For some reason that whole afternoon I had felt as if her days were numbered, and instead of finishing up my work I sat on her bed taking doggie selfies with her and chatting about life. There was a look in her eyes that was unlike anything I had ever seen -  it was as if she was asking to say goodbye - like she had just been hanging on to her life for our benefit and now she needed to pass on. We found out at the emergency vet that she was much sicker than a simple cough, and that her lungs were filling up with blood. The vet drained some of the fluid to give us time to say goodbye. As she lay there on the table, our precious girl looking happy, relaxed and ready to leave her body, we said all the things we could to remind her of how loved she was and what an important member of the family she will always be. We scratched her soft ears, and massaged her legs and belly. In her final moments she looked peaceful, and as her Spirit left her body I was simultaneously distraught at the loss and happy she was not suffering any longer.


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