For the last nine years, after the publication of my two books For Every Dog An Angel and For Every Cat An Angel, I have had the privilege of connecting with animal lovers all over the world via phone, letters and email. One thing I know for sure….animal lovers are the BEST people! When you reach out to someone who shares their life with a furry, feathered or finned creature you connect on a heart level. It doesn’t matter where you live, what you look like, how much money you make or how old you are, loving an animal bypasses all those essentially unimportant parts of a life and lets you dwell, even for a moment, in the land of feelings.
It can be a frightening place, the land of feelings, especially when it comes to sharing your life with a critter. There will be times you didn’t know you could laugh that hard. There will be times you didn’t think you could love that deeply….or love that deeply, AGAIN….or allow yourself to BE loved that deeply.
And there will be times when your world will fall apart, when a beloved animal becomes lost, ill, or has simply come to the end of their journey with you.
Over the years I’ve smiled with people who’ve called to share funny stories about their animal companions. I have also shed many tears with people who’ve contacted me after the loss of their beloved furry friend. If you’ve ever lost an animal you know that time…just afterwards…when you feel empty and alone, and can’t believe your dog or cat isn’t going to be there to greet you when you get home.
How many conversations have I had with people who still hear their dog’s nails clicking on the kitchen floor, or still feel that furry bundle in bed, long after the critter has left them. I understand, because I’ve experienced it, too.
So let this be a welcoming place to anyone who appreciates the special bond we have with the animals with whom we share this planet!