A Very Magical Birthday


Brooke on the day we brought her home

Dear Brooke,

Today I celebrate the “birth” of Magical Dogs: the book, the website and the blog. This was done intentionally as a way to honor and remember you on this day~ your birthday.

You always loved celebrating your birthday. Actually you loved celebrating everybody’s birthday and every holiday.  You loved the joy and the laughter and the family being together. And you loved unwrapping your presents. You loved it all.

And I loved you.

I’m not sure I ever told you but back in the 1980’s I wrote “My Life List” (what many today call a ‘bucket list’).  #8 on that List was to “own a dog”.

Checking that off my list wouldn’t happen for many, many years because, I believe, God was waiting for the perfect dog (for me) to come into the world. That happened on February 13, 2002 – the day you were born.

You were the tiniest of the litter (only 6 ounces) and you developed pneumonia in the first weeks of your life.  I remember my first conversation with the woman who had you.  I knew in my heart-of-hearts that you were my girl but she wanted to keep you.  I’m glad she changed her mind because I can’t imagine my life without you.

You were only a little over 6 lbs. on the day you walked into my life – and heart – and slept in my lap the entire drive home.  When we got home you ran around the yard, and the house, and then crawled back into my lap and fell asleep- and I fell hopelessly in love.

I’m not sure I realized the enormity of that love (or how much you impacted me – and my life) until our final week together. In the days, weeks and months after you passed over the Rainbow Bridge, I wrote in my journal to deal with my broken heart. People sent me notes, cards and letters and talked about dogs they had loved and how their dog had changed their life.  As I read their notes and wrote, my heart began to heal and the seed was planted for Magical Dogs.

Just as you slept at my feet during the years I spent writing my first book, you were with me as I wrote Magical Dogs.  I felt you with me every day.  It was my dream and hope to finish the book by your birthday as a way to celebrate and honor you.  And here it is – your birthday – and in your honor and memory I am over-the-moon excited to:

  • Officially launch Magical Dogs:Love and Lessons from Our Canine Companions into the world.  I can’t wait to share your story – our story – and the story of other *magical* dogs with dog lovers everywhere.
  • Launch the Magical Dogs website and this Magical Moments blog – and how perfect that the first post is about you!
  • Announce to the world that a portion of all books purchased through this website (or from me at an event) will be donated to animals in need. My gift to you on your birthday – and going forward – is that together you, Ava and I will be able to bless and help other dogs.
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Happy Birthday, my sweet Brooke.  You have my heart – and all my love – forever.

Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday, Brooke! Thank you for choosing me. Thank you for loving me and changing me and my life.  Thank you for it all.  I love you ~ forever and always.

xo! Mom




6 thoughts on “A Very Magical Birthday

  1. Patti, congratulations! I cannot wait to read the book. Ordering my copy after I finish this. I read your tribute to Brooke and cried. Your book comes just at the time we learned our Kam’s cancer is not responding to treatment and may need to go to more aggressive chemo. A tough decision. Our dogs have always been part of our family…more than just pets. I believe reading about the dogs in your book will help. I hope your journey with Magical Dogs will continue to be a source of happiness for you.

    • Joanne ~ I will surround Kam (and you) with abundant love, light and prayers. I am grateful for your kind words and support and hope that, as you said, reading about these dogs will help. Please keep me posted. Warm hugs always ~ p.

  2. BROOKE, you took my heart…you took my soul…
    you took my love and gave me something no one
    else has ever given to me…your unconditional love
    You are with me everyday of my life and will continue
    to be there forever and ever…
    Happy Birthday
    I will never ever forget you…
    February 13, 2002-March 11, 2014

  3. Heartfelt congratulations, Patti. For those of us who are fortunate enough to love a dog (or any pet) our lives are transformed forever. I’m joyful that you have experienced that love with Brooke and are now experiencing new and different joys with Ava. Dogs in particular open our hearts to every day miracles. Thank you for paying your blessings forward with this book and your website and your commitment to help those in need. As special as Brooke and Ava are to you, methinks they have an absolutely beautiful and amazing mommy. I will order my book shortly and I know it will bless me as it will others.

    • Thank you, Donna, for your congratulations, kind words, support and understanding of me, my book and my mission to pay it forward. Warm hugs and abundant gratitude from one dog mom to another.

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