my Mother died, I learned the greatest gift of all - embrace
those you care about. I am never scared to tell people how
much they mean to me, and often. Life is too short to second
guess what we want out of it, or ourselves. I try to dive into
everything with all my heart, because I owe myself that
try to stay as positive as I can whenever life throws me something
(I think) I cannot handle. I have learned to rely on the close
friends I am so lucky to have, and my family that has seen
each other through some of the hardest moments of our lives.
But somehow, I managed to look through all the pain and realize
how lucky I am to be so strong to handle all that I have. On top of this, I have found humor to ease even the hardest days. Being able to laugh at yourself is one of the greatest things you can do, as life it too short to be taken seriously!
lost my mother to cancer 10 years ago, and just last summer
(2006) I lost the most important person in my life to cancer
again - her mother. My Nana, is by far, the most amazing woman
I could ever have the pleasure of knowing. She was my best
friend after my mother died, and meant the absolute world to
me. Her loss is harder in a way I could never come to understand
but she has touched my life in the most profound way. Her kindness,
and her love for her family and friends shown through her love
for life. I am honored to say I was related to her, and even
more honored to have the amazing bond that we had together.
She took a piece of my heart when she left.
felt the dogs were a gift my mother left me to carry me through
life, and to help me find some of the best friends I could
ever ask for. My Nana, however, was the woman that lived it
with me - she was so excited when I was at a show and made
me call her the second I got home. She was one of the first
people I called when Bruno won his first point, and shared
in his win as much as I or even his breeder could. She was
my cheerleader, my confidant, and my best friend. I remember
telling a good friend I couldn't imagine winning at a show
again without having my Nana to call. But as my friend reminded
me, my Nana, out of all people, would want me to go in there
and show my heart out for her. As my career in dogs grows,
and as I near finishing my first champion, I owe so much to
both her and my mother. This sport is more than a simple hobby,
but a link to some of the most important people in my life
(both alive, and passed on). It is a gift that keeps the relationships
of my Mother and my Nana alive.
legacy of both these women is one I feel absolutely honored
to carry on. These women were my heart and soul, and I owe
it to them to love life as much as they taught me to. My Nana
once said that I ran deeper than anyone she had ever known.
That was the greatest compliment I could ever receive in life
and explains so much about me, and how close we were.
page is a tribute to their life, their love, and their beautiful
spirit... I could not imagine a day without their wonderful