As another December is upon us, I reflect on the passage of time and the reality of aging. If we are fortunate, we have an opportunity to be present to this process with our feline and canine companions many times in our lives. Although their lives are shorter than ours, they most often are filled with mindfulness, acceptance, presence and unconditional love.
It is my belief that they live to the fullest, and when it is over they are ready to leave. How blessed are we who are privileged to share our lives with them.
Pete Thorne captures the aged dogs in his book of photos, “Old Faithful”. There is wisdom in the eyes of old dogs, and at the same time a glimpse of their puppyhood.