I wrote Pawprints Left by You, a pet loss poem, after my husband and I lost our first “baby”. Kip, a German shepherd was our first parenting experience. You know what I mean. He lived until our first two boys were 3 and 4 years old. They don’t have too many memories from that time, but we certainly do.
His distaste for the UPS man, but his love of ripping open the boxes he delivered. His obsession with frisbees, his fear of the hose and loud noises, and the way he turned his head when you were talking to him. Like he understood everything you were saying- as pictured below!
What struck me the most after Kip was gone, was the silence.
I understood the contradiction of “deafening silence”.
When coping with the loss of a pet, I think the lines, “I still listen for you, and miss you everyday.” ring so true with pet owners and address the loneliness when the pets sounds and warmth no longer fill a home.
No human will ever greet you at the door like a pet. On your worst day, they love you the same.
I have found my words of sympathy have struck a cord with so many grieving the loss of a pet, whether dealing with the death of a dog or a cat. For National Pet Month, I share my words and hope they will bring comfort to those remembering a beloved pet this month.
With Valentine’s Day around the corner, are you looking for great Valentine’s Day gift ideas for your family? Take a look at this 10 ideas from the heart. Isn’t that what it is all about?
10 GREAT Valentine’s Day Gift ideas for Family
Make an “I love you” book. Purchase a blank album or journal. Fill the pages with reasons that person is loved. For example: I love your chocolate cake, or I love it when we watch movies together. Include pictures, drawings or other personal touches to make it special for the recipient.
For gifts such as candles, jewelry, flowers, chocolate etc., add your own special touching message, so they remember the gift came from you. Tie the gift and a meaningful message together. If you give candles, add a note that tells them you light up your life and every time they use the candle to think of how special they are to you. For candy, tell them how they sweeten your life.
Schedule a meal to have together and fill it with love. Heart-shaped pancakes or sandwiches. Think red…strawberries, tomatoes, pomegranate etc… to add lots of color. There are all kinds of websites with yummy, wonderful and attractive Valentines recipes to use as well.
Honor the recipient by having one of their favorite sayings or mottos put on something they will see everyday such as a wall plaque, magnet, coffee mug or frame.
Schedule a time to get together and do a few good deeds for others. A day or week planned with a few special “giving back” deeds, will fill your family members hearts with good feelings.
If older family members need help with their home or with everyday chores, show up at their home for a work day. Nothing says I love you more than the gift of your time.
If you have long-distance family members, nothing says it better than pictures or video. For still shots, take a photograph of children holding a heart, wearing a heart t-shirt etc.For video, kids can sing a song, shout I love you, put on a play..use your imagination!
Don’t buy your Valentine’s Day cards this year- make them- however cute, messy and imperfect they are, your heart will shine through. For an extra touch, frame them as a “work of heart”. When wrapping gifts, use kids artwork or print out a special photograph of the recipient and use it as a gift tag.
Start a Valentine’s Day gift journal that you can record in each year. Note the year and list all the things you are grateful for and all the things you love. Perhaps even a great way to start keeping a daily journal of positive, loving thoughts.
Make a plan to give everyone in your family your sincere attention and interest. Give hugs, really listen, write a little love note and be gracious to each other in the name of family and love. These gifts are free, but have the most value.
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