Shadow – The Best Example of Seeing, Hearing and Celebrating Others that I Know

12:23 pm PR in Action

Getting seen, heard, and celebrated means a lot to me, which would explain why I love my dog Shadow.  This golden retriever knows what it is to see, hear, and celebrate everyone who crosses his path, especially me.  Every day starts with the bringing of gifts ranging from socks to stuffed toys to unmentionables he’s found along his travels throughout our house.  His nose rests beside my bed, his tail wags with enthusiasm, and it’s time to wake up to the joy he brings every day.   Shadow is quick to jump on the bed, get “eye to eye” with me, and encourage me to start each day with a smile.  I love this dog.

Shadow joined our family when my son Kyle was seven years old.  These two have grown up together and shared many a joyful moment.  It’s been a joy to behold.  And when I’ve had the ups and downs that are typical as an entrepreneur, Shadow has been loyal, devoted and full of joy, no matter what.

Walking through the neighborhood, Shadow is like my own personal “Chamber of Commerce.”  He greets everyone with a smile and a wagging tail.  He makes friends wherever he goes. This dog knows how to win friends and influence people.   We can all learn a lot from him.

Now, things have changed.  The vet tells us that Shadow has cancer.  My husband, son, and I are faced with some very difficult choices, and we are very sad.   The next few days are going to be very hard, so if you have some love and joy to send our way, we would all receive it gratefully.

You can see a mini video of Shadow’s life by visiting my Facebook page.  Please share a comment if you are so moved.

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7 Responses

  1. Pam Gray Says:

    Nancy, I know how you feel. I have had two dogs with cancer and they were both my love. I miss them to this day. My heart goes out to you.

  2. Judy Dunn Says:

    What an incredibly beautiful dog. Even in the baby pics, he looks so wise. I agree with the Chamber of Commerce ambassador thing. Dogs (and cats) just bring out the best in people, don’t they? So sorry, Nancy. I know how big that hole is in your heart right now. Much love to you.

  3. Alyssa Magnotti Says:

    So sorry to hear about Shadow and what you guys are going through. I know that must be so hard! Praying for you guys!

  4. NancyJ Says:

    Thank you Pam, Judy, and Alyssa,

    We are so grateful for your support. These are tough days for us. We miss Shadow so much already. Day by day, we’ll start to feel better. Day by day.

  5. Anca Martalog,N.D. Says:

    Nancy, grief makes people behave out of their norm, especially kids; over the last 15yrs. in private practice, I’ve helped 100’s through grief with a homeopathic remedy called “Iamara”; it allows you to get on with your life without messing yp too much, which usually happens in these times. Try this remedy or ask about it at your nearest Natural Store; it’s safe for childdren too. Let me know how that works out for you.
    Anca Martalog,N.D.

  6. Gigi Centaro Says:

    Oh my Nancy I know just how you feel. I have a Maine Coon cat, Settimio, who is an absolute joy. He always mmakes me feel good. When I meet God I want him to be just like Settimio. That’s how loving he is. The thought of losing him one day makes me sick. My heart is with you 100%.

  7. Jacque Boyd Says:

    I am so sorry to read that you lost Shadow. What a magnificent guide he was, and I’m sure you miss him so much. My own golden lab Jessie is 16 now and I pray every day for a few more months and years with her. Pets remind us that we have hearts. best to you.

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