"It is OK to dream about what you would like to do until it is time to do what you were meant to do."

          I am sitting in my den on this wonderful weekend reflecting on how fortunate I am to live in Canada, worts and all.  Last week I heard a speech which, in general, was a message that for every event that occurs there is an opposite action:  this is Sir Isaac Newton’s Third Law of Motion:  For every action there is an equal and opposite re-action.  How does this apply to us?  What does a law of motion have to do with animals and pet loss?  Well, for a start, we accept into our hearts and homes incredibly giving animals which, for the most part, bring joy and happiness to all.  But, at the same time, we have to accept that an animal’s life is usually SHORTER in lifespan and that we, in the end, will lose this gift.  Similarly, as a lesser example, many of us are fortunate enough to own a home and some land.  The distaff is that we have to pay all the bills and taxes incumbent with that ownership.  There are thousands of examples:  I am certain that you, the reader, can offer many of your own.  What is the point of this note?  Simply to say that, while our friends and trusted allies are alive and amongst us, offering unconditional love, we should honour their presence and not only be happy, but be thankful that these gifts have come to us.  Make every moment with your animals count as true goodness in our lives.  Then, when it is time to say goodbye and let go, we will have the thoughts and memories that we gave our animal friends as much love and contentment as possible, and we were rewarded with everything that is to celebrate in life.       Brien








This is a wonderful day in the year:  an opportunity to thank all mothers for caring and loving us unconditionally.  In many places this is also known as “Family Sunday” in celebration that mother’s are usually the cement that keep families together.  Yesterday I watched a short video on an Australian Sheep Dog that is part of the “team” at the Cincinnati Zoo.  It cares for new animals such as ocelots, lynx and leopards.  It teaches these infants how to be themselves, how to play; how to be sociable; how to function as individuals.  And then I watched one of my favourite movies:  “HEAVEN IS FOR REAL”.  We may refer to “Heaven” in many ways: many of us believe in an after-life and, hopefully, a better place to be.  There is a line in this movie where the 4 year old boy, Colton, says that he saw Jesus’ horse.  When questioned by his father Colton comments that “there are lots of animals in Heaven (of all kinds).  One of the questions I am usually asked when I speak to people who are grieving is:  “Do you believe in an after-life”;  “do you believe  XXXX has gone to another life”?  I do, as a personal belief.  The point I am trying to make here is that even in a faith-based place like “Valhalla” ANIMALS ARE INCLUDED AND A LARGE PART OF THE POPULATION.  A “wonderful day” to thank mothers-  human and other animal life- for loving, sharing and upholding us throughout our lives.  Much thanks for all mothers.                             BRIEN