Duke taught me a thing or two (or ten)!


My life is better because Duke was part of it.

Ten things Duke taught me:

10. Live in the moment. Seize each day and live well. Duke was the master of living in the moment. He was very mindful of everything and everyone around him

9. Napping is important. Duke loved his naps. He took short naps and then a long nap to recover from the short ones. He knew a short snooze in the middle of the day was just the thing to keep you going.

8. Routines are essential. Healthy habits are good for you and the environment. Duke loved the excitement of going out but he really was a creature of habit. He loved his bed, his backyard and his stuffed toys. He was always glad to be home.

7. Be excited about the little things in life! Duke knew how to greet the unexpected visitor (think UPS man or raccoon) as well as a loved one.

6. Be patient. Duke knew the value of patience and the patient dog always got that last crumb!

5. Exercise every day. Walk everywhere! Even when he was hurting, Duke was always ready for a walk, albeit a short one. Miss those walks so much!

4. Go outside and enjoy the fresh air. Even during the summer heat, Duke loved being outside and the best part was coming inside to cool off on the tile floor. Ah, the small things

3. Sun bathe daily, in moderation, of course! A perfect spring day or a sunny fall morning was Duke’s favorite times to be outside. Like Goldilocks he didn’t like it too warm or too cold.

2. Be one-pointed. Give your one-pointed attention to every task, whether cooking, cleaning or looking at your Facebook page! Duke gave his full attention to whatever he was doing whether sniffing a blade of grass or eating his Parmesan-laced dog food.

1. Death is part of life. This was the most important lesson Duke taught me through his own personal example. Even when he suspected the end was near, he had only affection and trust for all of us. We were his family and he was happy to be in our company. His death has left me heart-broken but I admired the way he approached the end of his life with such dignity and grace. He lived his life with honor and died with canine elegance and poise.



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13 responses to “Duke taught me a thing or two (or ten)!

  1. Tina

    Ohhhhh dear Meera…..so perfect and so right on target. Good bye Duke💕🐾🐾

  2. Cindy

    Nicely written…oh, those dogs of ours. What a great time sharing life and life’s lessons! I hope time will ease your heartache, Meera
    …RIP Duke

  3. Hasmita

    Mantrams to Duke and his family!

  4. Oh. Meerachema….. How beautifully you write about Duke. May time help you face the loss of Duke. Perhaps he may be watching you from the netherworld….

    • writermeera

      Thank you Nila. If you ever get a chance you should read my novel, it is a tribute to my mother….and same type of writing, so you might enjoy.

  5. Paula

    Oh dearest Meera, how can I not cry as I read this! Your words are so telling of all the love shared between Duke and his family! You write from your heart and your love for Duke is so deep. Thank you for sharing, thank you for caring, thank you for being my friend!

    • writermeera

      Dear Paula. Thank you for reading and weeping along with me. I would love to see you soon. I’m busy for the next couple of weeks but after that I would love to talk and catch up.

  6. Paula Horn

    Hi dear Meera. I just love reading your posts. You always touch my heart with your words and make the world a better place. Brady was so happy to see you yesterday in his classroom.
    Thanks for sharing Dukes life with us. He was an amazing dog! Makes me truly treasure the animals in my life.

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