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The Gift of a Golden


My aching heart needed time to heal after the passing of our beloved golden retriever Maggie. I did my best to honour her by keeping memories and photographs within view, and by continuing to walk our favourite routes. After a significant life transition, she had been a beautiful 8 week golden bundle of delight, a Mother’s Day gift. Her presence supported our healing and the redefining of our family. She helped me to ground and walk the earth during the many miles that we traversed together. My daughter and I took the time we needed, considered many options and all canine sizes and shapes before together realizing that another golden girl it had to be. And as we opened to receiving another golden gift, the golden stars began to align. We found the path to a wonderful and reputable breeder, complete with many Scottish connections! We trusted the timing… “We anticipate our next litter of puppies in the spring.” And waited (mostly 😉 patiently for six months until the “Good news!” message arrived. Quick off the mark we visited at 12 days… 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 weeks until sweet Paisley was presented to us just as an early spring ice storm descended upon us. The gift of being housebound for a weekend allowed us to devote all of our time and energy to welcoming our wee golden girl into our family fold. The ache in my heart has softened with having a loving companion and walking partner by my side again. My daughter has a wee sister to attend to and is having a real taste of mothering. Our family circle complete once again. And as much as we treasure the many gifts we continue to receive, it has also heartwarming to witness the many gifts that she is offering others. As we venture out into the world, she openly, eagerly and lovingly welcomes and embraces everyone she meets. Everyone. Of every size, shape, stature, ethnicity, orientation, demeanour… she makes no difference, she happily loves each one up for long as they are willing, for as long as they need. To witness the heart melting smiles, sighs, snuggles and cuddles and acknowledgements of “You have made my day!” fills my heart up even more. What if we offered a measure of this golden girl’s wide eyed open hearted loving to everyone we met? A smile, a nod, a gesture, a warm greeting… “…Why not become the one who lives with a full moon in each eye…” Oh what a wonderful world it would be.

With That Mood Language by Hafiz

Admit something: Everyone you see, you say to them, “Love me.”
Of course you do not do this our loud;
Otherwise, someone would call the cops.
Still though, think about this, this great pull in us to connect.
Why not become the one who lives with a full moon in each eye.
That is always saying, with that sweet moon language,
What every other eye in the world is (longing) to hear.

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