First Day - Nancy-ShadowGetting seen, heard, and celebrated means a lot to me, which would explain why I love my dog Shadow.  This golden retriever knows what it is to see, hear, and celebrate everyone who crosses his path, especially me.  Every day starts with the bringing of gifts ranging from socks to stuffed toys to unmentionables he's found along his travels throughout our house.  His nose rests beside my bed, his tail wags with enthusiasm, and it's time to wake up to the joy he brings every day.   Shadow is quick to jump on the bed, get “eye to eye” with me, and encourage me to start each day with a smile.  I love this dog.

Shadow joined our family when my son Kyle was seven years old.  These two have grown up together and shared many a joyful moment.  It's been a joy to KJJShadowMD1behold.  And when I've had the ups and downs that are typical as an entrepreneur, Shadow has been loyal, devoted and full of joy, no matter what.

Walking through the neighborhood, Shadow is like my own personal “Chamber of Commerce.”  He greets everyone with a smile and a wagging tail.  He makes friends wherever he goes. This dog knows how to win friends and influence people.   We can all learn a lot from him.

Shadow - All Grown Up - 11-04Now, things have changed.  The vet tells us that Shadow has cancer.  My husband, son, and I are faced with some very difficult choices, and we are very sad.   The next few days are going to be very hard, so if you have some love and joy to send our way, we would all receive it gratefully.

You can see a mini video of Shadow's life by visiting my Facebook page.  Please share a comment if you are so moved.