Maia April 9, 1999 – June 6, 2013
My friend Rebecca sent me this sad announcement. Her beloved Malamute Maia,14 years old, crossed the Rainbow Bridge today. Rebecca, a fine writer, a wonderful dog owner, and super friend is heartbroken. But she wrote of her love of Maia so beautifully, I asked permission to publish it on my website.
April 9, 1999 – June 6, 2013
Today - a mild sunny afternoon with gentle Idaho mountain breezes bringing bird song through the window – I gave my best friend the last gift of love I could: freedom from suffering and pain. Her spirit now runs again, free of old age and cancer.
There is no death. Only a change of worlds.
Maia was my teacher: showing me how to be brave, kind, joyful, curious and adventurous; to live with integrity and grace; to trust and love unconditionally; and to end one’s days peacefully with acceptance and dignity.
Maia was my guide: when running and walking forest trails, she showed me the wildlife – deer, elk, moose, bear, coyote, fox, cougar, and most memorably, a wolf. Without her alerts, I would have missed most of it; I learned to see through her eyes, ears and nose. Maia knew safe from unsafe and always had my back. She taught me to be goofy and silly and not care who sees, to appreciate the sheer delight of playing in the snow.
Maia broadened and enriched my world: exploring forest trails together without fear of getting lost (I swear she was born with a GPS in her brain); drawing people to us as we strolled through the neighborhood (“What a gorgeous dog!”); inspiring me to create Maian Meadows Dog Camp and become a writer for The Bark magazine; convincing me with her generous heart to bring Meadow and Finn into our lives.
Most of all, for fourteen wonderful years Maia has been my constant companion, loving me uncritically and forgiving me my every mistake. Holding her as she took her last breath, telling her I love her, is more grief than I think I can bear, but I owed her no less after her lifetime’s devotion to me.
Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.
I am so lucky to have had her in my life.
June 6, 2013
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