• (light-seeker): personally and professionally.

(just one more: leslie and kioda)

Frosted faces and cloudy eyes. Ears that strain a little to hear “come!” but are still in tune with the fridge door opening. Paws that step a little slower and sides that breathe a little heavier. But love- love that is soft tail thumps, and extra fur left behind on your bed. Love that is matching steps to the dog food bowl in the morning. Following you from room to room- checking in, a glance here and there, or a small lick on your hand. Love that is one excited bark when you get home instead of 10. Love that is bad breath but as many kisses as you can get before time runs out. Getting love from an old dog is a hard right of passage, that’s for sure. But you ask anyone-anyone who’s been loved by an old dog- and they’d take all of those cloudy eyes, and slow wags, and bad breath  all over again for one more minute with their old dog. Just one more minute, one more pat, or one more chance to throw that ball. One more muddy paw print across your clean floor. One more kiss with the best bad breath. They’d do it all over again to have  one more “just one more” with that old dog.

Sometimes you’re fortunate enough to know when your lasts will be. They told Leslie that she had 2 months left with her old Kioda dog. They walked every trail together, splashed on every beach, ran every road. They shared every cheeseburger and hit up every drive through. Leslie stretched every single minute. She stretched those 2 months out times 3. And then time got faster and the old dog got slower. An old dog will give you as many ‘one mores’ as you ask for, did you know that? They’ll give you one more lick, one more paw shake, one more tail wag, one more slow walk on the beach. They’ll bring that ball back one more time, however long it takes to get there and back to you. They’ll give you their love over and over and over until you can tell them that was good, that was the last time, that’s what you needed. And then they’ll thank you- for taking all the love they had for you. And for letting them go ♥.

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Dara Pelkey-Field - January 28, 2014 - 1:44 pm

These beautiful photos hit close to home <3

Sheila Wentworth - January 28, 2014 - 5:50 pm

What beautiful pics Leslie!

Amanda Brown - January 28, 2014 - 6:26 pm

Ohhhhh boy… I’m all choked up. I wish I could have had even one ‘just one more’ with my Honey dog before she passed. I will take full advantage of every one I get with Cosmo in his time left, however. This is just so very beautiful <3

Sheila Singer - January 28, 2014 - 7:10 pm

Beautiful – great job!!!

Sandra Watson - January 28, 2014 - 8:34 pm

Beautiful! Brings tears to my eyes!

Jill Renton - January 28, 2014 - 9:41 pm

<3

Barbara Rasmussen - January 29, 2014 - 1:35 am

I have been admiring your work that you share on your web site for a little while now. This collection, your words and the moments you have captured in pictures, is beautiful beyond words. Thank you for sharing. Blessing all, you, Leslie and Kioda.

Jodi Banks - January 31, 2014 - 1:18 am

Danique, your words are just as beautiful and meaningful as your photos are. My tears were flowing before I even got to look at the photos. A couple months ago we put our 9 1/2 year old Golden down. She was my princess, I will always remember her and cherish the memories we had made. Thank You for sharing.

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