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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

A Bond

It takes time to build a bond of love with a dog. It's especially tricky when your last dog was a heart dog.
Over this past week, it's hit me quite suddenly that Shyla has become part of me. When she looks in my eyes, I utter those magic words, "I love you", without even thinking.
Together, we've fought our demons. Shyla's demons are all the peculiar aspects of normal human life that can terrify her. Mine are many - but she's helped me to begin to heal from losing K. Together, we are emerging from the shadows and finding our way.
When I spotted this view today, it reminded me of hope superimposed on cold reality. I love the juxtaposition of the swelling aspen buds and the snowy mountains. It's like the overlapping of my growing love for Shyla and the gradual healing of my heart from losing my K.
I feel lucky.


  1. Bonds of love like this can never be broken. Not K's and Not Shyla's.
    And what a wonderful action shot of Shyla leaping over that big stick.

  2. Beautiful photos, and you have had and have now bonds that are forever.Healing is not a quick fix, and grief, like an illness, takes time to resolve. Have faith, in yourself, in Shyla, in the days ahead.springtime is on its way,for you, and we are in autumn now, with leaves turning yellow/gold each day. Fond greetings, Jean.

  3. I felt much the same way as I got to know Bunny! I'm glad Shyla is bringing out the best in you!

  4. She is a real beauty and you are helping her develop a wonderful personality.

    I am glad you feel lucky!

    Cheers and hugs,


  5. What a beautiful realization. I am going through much of the same feelings with Bert and Jamie.

    Bert's My Vickie

  6. Today you made momma's heart sing and the WDA howl with joy for you both.

  7. Beautiful post. Truly.

  8. You put it into words so beautifully. Isn't it something how suddenly the realization hits you? I went through something similar with our Azule. All of a sudden, wow, she's so amazing. Rest assured, they all are but there is that little something extra.

  9. Having a good companion like our beloved dogs it make us feel great everyday, they are such a great blessings from God. I'm sure K and Shyla are so blessed to have a friend like you.

  10. Your post really brought out the importance of not cutting oneself off from love when one has lost a great love.Too many people sadly refuse to get another dog, or cat, or horse, after the "one" is gone. You are a shining example of the joy that can return, even if under a different guise.

  11. From across The RB, I can sense K's smile and agreement!

  12. I think each dog has a special place in your heart and we are lucky we can continue to carry them, even when they are no longer with us.

  13. Shyla is one special girl
    Benny & Lily

  14. You inspire us to look at life with a open heart for all that nature has to show us.
    Beautiful pictures.

    xo Cinnamon and Linda

  15. You are right about building the bond after losing a heart dog. The shoes are so big to fill. Wilson had that burden, poor boy. It pretty much took a combo of both boys to fill the void of Dylan.

  16. You're an amazing person - and what you say is true about the healing process.

    Beautiful heart-lifting post.

    Nadine & goldens Neeli & Elle

  17. I've always thought we can have many heart dogs, and all for different reasons.


  18. Well said. Love these pics - and love hearing about Shyla and how your bond with her grows each day. :)

  19. Great about you two....
    Lovely view in the last picture

  20. Hi, I understand exactly what you mean-I didn't think I'd ever get over my Sadie but then Hunter found his way into my heart. Small dogs are so different but they all have unconditional love for us. Thanks for sharing KB!
    Hugs, Noreen

  21. I've seen Shyla's admiration of you grow through your beautiful portraits of her since about the second week. And watching how well she learns all the little tricks you teach her... she wouldn't be so cooperative if your hearts weren't intertwining.

  22. What a beautiful post and sentiment.

    We are traveling a similar path - my Beau was my heart dog. Sometimes I feel bad saying that, like it's a slight to Bella and that she deserves so much more. But it is true - Beau was my once in a lifetime dog.

    I have come to understand however, that that doesn't mean Bella is anything less. She has been an amazing journey, a dog that has taught me more than I ever thought possible - about dogs, about life, about myself.

    I'm happy you've started to find your bond with Shyla. She's beautiful and you are doing so well by her. You may find one day that, despite all her 'problems', maybe in fact because of them, you will end up learning more from having her in your life than you ever imagined.

    to you.

  23. I know the bond will grow bigger and bigger!

  24. Beautifully said KB!

    You two were meant to be together :)

    Lily Belle & Muffin

  25. That bascule shot is phenomenal!


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