I said “good-bye for now” to my best buddy and faithful friend, Lonzo, on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. A 16-year-old, bischon-shiatsu, he lived a great life, sharing his love with many, and teaching me to be a better human being.
A few of Lonzo’s lessons:
1) Appreciate this new moment. Whether away for three days or three minutes, each time I entered the room, Lonzo greeted me with first time enthusiasm. Whatever happened last year, last week, or just a few minutes ago no longer matters. Look at people in a fresh light. Each moment offers a brand-new moment to experience and enjoy.
2) Greet people (and critters). Lonzo offered a friendly tail wag to humans and critters alike. Being seen and greeted by Lonzo brought smiles and joy to many. Seeing and greeting people builds connection. A simple greeting~ smile, “hello,” tail wag, or hug~ goes a long way in creating peace.
3) Listen to your body and rest. While I easily picture Lonzo bouncing through the snow or sniffing his way through Carlos State Park, he just as often could be found snuggled on the couch, in his bed, or on a random blanket. Take care of you. Know when to stop and nap.
I am forever grateful to be Lonzo’s person. Rest in peace, buddy. Thank you for the lessons.