Category Archives: In Memory

This category includes remembrances of our beloved animal friends.

The Heavens Are Brighter Tonight

The heavens are a brighter tonight. Pixel’s earthly light has gone to shine above. She left so suddenly and unexpectedly. Not fair for a dog who thrived on order and predictability. She had such a sense of how things ought to be. Had Pixel had her way, I suspect her departure from this earth would have been highly organized, with instructions and advice for those she’d leave behind. Instructions like “Give Landis extra hugs and my share of the treats.” Advice like “Grieve but gently. My life with you was blessed.”

Oh, how my heart aches, for Terri and Wayne, Pixel’s loving, grieving parents, and for Landis, Pixel’s greyhound brother who surely is confused. God knows, I know their shock and pain. Where does that amazing life energy go when our animal friends depart? Tonight, I will look up into the cool, winter sky and know that a brand new star has joined the constellation of dog souls that shine forever bright.

Pixel and her brother, Landis, were adopted through Greyhound Adoption Center. You can learn more adopting retired racing greyhounds at


Missing Lenny

Late 1996 – January 13, 2011

Lenny’s dead.
Life has fled.
Eyes are red.
Tears are flowing.

Soft fur
Won’t stir.
Last breath
Exhaled this morning.

Best friend,
Couldn’t mend.
Had to send
His spirit soaring.

Stay with me,
Sweet Lenny.
Your memory is
My mooring.

(January 13, 2011)

January 12, 2012 РLenny died  January 13, 2011, after sharing over 13 and a half years with me. He arrived in my world as a thin, thirsty, teenage stray on a hot Texas day in July 1997. Though his body is gone, his spirit will live in my heart forever. HE CHANGED MY LIFE. He inspired me to become a clicker trainer and a professional dog trainer and to see dogs, myself, and others in whole new ways. He was my teacher, my sidekick, my assistant, my confidant, my soul dog. Finally, a year later, the sadness has subsided enough that I can share some thoughts about him. Thank you, Lenny. I love you. See you again.