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Letter from The Publisher

Sep 28, 2018 04:51PM

Tracy Patterson

As some of you may have realized by now, I am an animal person, and, not having had children, my “fur kids” have held an important role in my life, and in my heart. I have met many kindred human souls, and we’ve often discussed the pets we’ve had over the years and how we still miss so much those we’ve lost. And I’ve come across people who say they simply cannot have another pet because it is just too painful to go through the loss after experiencing such unconditional love, companionship and happiness.

The pet articles in this month’s issue got me thinking about a poem I came across a number of years ago—one that brought tears to my eyes but also relayed what I thought was a wonderful message to those of us who love animals and need the strength to move on after loss. Really, there is nothing more to say…

A Dog’s Last Will & Testament

Before humans die, they write their last will and testament, giving their home and all they have to those they leave behind. If, with my paws, I could do the same, this is what I’d ask…

To a poor and lonely stray, I’d give my happy home; my bowl and cozy bed, soft pillow and all my toys; the lap, which I loved so much; the hand that stroked my fur; and the sweet voice that spoke my name.

I’d will to the sad, scared shelter dog the place I had in my human’s loving heart, of which there seemed no bounds.

So, when I die, please do not say, “I will never have a pet again, for the loss and the pain is more than I can stand.”

Instead, go find an unloved dog, one whose life has held no joy or hope, and give my place to him.

This is the only thing I can give…

The love I left behind.

– Author Unknown

I hope you enjoy this issue of Natural Awakenings. As always, please feel free to contact me with comments, suggestions or questions. This is your magazine—enjoy!

Tracy Patterson



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