Grief is a tricky thing – it makes you want to pull back from the world, but I’ve found it’s best to do the exact opposite and get out of your own head; reach out to help others. Since the death of my brother, this has been the most effective approach to healing for me. I feel better about humanity and myself when I know that I am putting out positive energy, changing someone’s day for the better, even just making someone smile — it all assists in the endorphin release.
Trying to keep a healthy and happy flow to our family life is my main goal — I’m trying my best (not always succeeding) to infuse our world with a bit of beauty, laughter, unexpected joy. We need it. That’s where our new guy, Leo, comes into the picture. This guy is THE ANTIDOTE TO SADNESS – it is impossible to feel bad when he is in your arms – IMPOSSIBLE. He’s our second rescue. A few years ago we adopted our Terrier mix, Luciana — she is a feisty, whip smart, loving energy in our home. I always suspected that we would make room for another pup in need and this was the right time.
We were very fortunate to work with the wonderful, incredibly helpful and supportive volunteers at Adopt-A-Pet in Illinois. These people are saints – tirelessly working to place homeless pets in good homes and it’s all done through volunteer work. Thank goodness for organizations like theirs – otherwise these animals would be euthanized.