For Erika

For Erika. For her Family. For those she loved. This coming Monday, March 9, 2015 marks the one-year anniversary of the day we lost our beloved husky, Trace, to cancer.  I spent a lot of time on this blog, documenting the two-month long process of his surgery and recovery and ultimately his passing. In the…

Aiki Canine: Balance, Flexibility, and Posture

I begin a series entitled “Aiki Canine” where I attempt to integrate principles of aikido and dog training. Aikido is a Japanese martial art in which I hold shodan rank (black belt) in two different systems. Mainly, I want to see how aiki concepts mix and match with Kevin Behan’s Natural Dog training and other common…

The Power of Spirit

Every Tuesday I lead a faculty/staff meditation session as part of my outreach work for my job. With my aikido experience, personal meditative practice, and clinical specialty in mindfulness-based approaches, I get just as much out of it as the other faculty and staff who attend. We do all sorts of meditation: metta (loving-kindness meditation),…

The Aftermath: Unshakable Peace

Many people believe that we should keep our precious moments to ourselves, that it somehow cheapens the meaning of them when these experiences are shared publicly. I disagree with that notion because for me, as terrible of a writer as I am, there’s something very divine, something very creative about this experience of sharing what…

The Spirit of Trace is Free

It is with the heaviest of heart I announce that my beloved Trace has passed. Yesterday we found that his incision from his surgery had split open and we thought maybe he could get stitched back up. We woke up this morning and he had bled everywhere. So I took him to the vet hospital…

The ‘Trace’ of My Heart: Part X

This will be the final part of this series as we embark on an unknown journey after Trace has gone through surgery and we face the difficult news about his biopsy. I took him back to the surgeon two weeks ago to get his staples out. He’s been home with us since then and has…

The ‘Trace’ of My Heart: Part IX

To take care of a dog after surgery is quite a task. Although, there is a routine you get used to: Wake up, take out the healthy dog Take out the recovering dog Clean up the blood that has drained Take him back to his recovery room Give him the cheese that has his sedative…

The ‘Trace’ of My Heart: Part VIII

After a long weekend, I finally got to bring Trace home yesterday. I was excited and nervous at the same time. When the surgeon brought me back she did a thorough consultation with a treatment plan for Trace. Then they brought him in to see me. People ask how he responded and I’d have to…

The ‘Trace’ of My Heart: Part VII

Well, Trace continues to stay at the hospital. Apparently, he was not a happy camper last night, hates the e-collar, and did not eat at all. Of course, he has no clue what is going on or what happened. The hospital has been absolutely wonderful in the quality of care, their customer service, and flexibility….

The ‘Trace’ of My Heart: Part VI

A short, quick update: Trace made it through the surgery very well and is in recovery overnight. If you are of the praying kind, first and foremost pray for no more recurrence of tumors or cancer as well as a speedy recovery. We also want the biopsy to come back with clean margins and a…