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“This blog contains Cheryl Cornett’s personal stories and experiences with dogs she has come to know and love. Cheryl is a dog trainer in Bradford, NH.”

Making a List…

I finally took Bess’s picture and short bio off the “About Us” page on my Leash & Hand website. It was harder to do than I thought. Originally, I’d planned to replace it with an “in memoriam” paragraph where I’d add that the Secretary position would remain unfilled, but it seemed too maudlin. Bess would hate maudlin! She was a poster child for joy and laughter and love. I deleted the bio while whispering her name. I’ve managed to turn the page; I’ve started a new chapter.

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Balancing the Scales

I’m waiting for results of x-rays and blood tests; Bess had a difficult night. My heart thuds dully in my chest. I’m reciting part of a poem by Thich Nhat Hanh as a mantra in order to calm myself: “Breathing in, I calm my body, Breathing out, I smile.” (I’ve managed three of the four; there is no smile.) I know her time is limited, she’s had several “Hail Mary’s” over the past year. I pray for another and contemplate. Although her beginning lot in life was brutal, our five years together have been filled with hilarity, the unexpected, and never, ever dull!

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