~ Dr. Rapal
What do our pets teach us!
On January 31 st , 2016, Gracie, my four legged child transitioned into the heavenly world. I went through the normal phase of denial, anger and then just plain grief. Denial – because I just could not accept the fact that there was nothing I could possibly do for Gracie. Anger – because I did everything by the book and how did she end up with cancer. Then Grief and finally acceptance of the truth about our mortality.
Gracie was part of our family for almost 10 years. She was the most graceful, patient and well-behaved dog, unless she was chasing birds or squirrels. I love all animals, but dogs just have a very special place in my heart. The biggest lesson of life to love unconditionally comes from dogs. Gracie, amongst all other dogs, had her own unique way of loving. Her calm spirit, a warm look with her deep brown eyes, and a small delicate kiss – is all I ever needed to know that I am not alone, that I am loved unconditionally, that I am protected and That I am Blessed!
Gracie’s transition really brought life to a halt for me. There was a deep questioning of my own Life Purpose in this brief time period that we live. What will be my contribution to this world and mankind? It was a rediscovery of my own gifts of Courage and Leadership in service to a purposeful living. How can I inspire everyone around me to think Gratitude, Abundance and Well-Being of All? It all starts with small things – giving back to the community that we live in, giving back to the country that we live in and ultimately giving back to the world that we live in. I have expanded my vision to focus on partnering with businesses and organizations that support programs directly helping the underserved in our community.
Gracie continues to be with us, now in an expansive spiritual form – our Guardian Angel. She is a constant reminder to take every moment to Love, to hug the pets that we have and cherish their blessings in our lives. We need to pause for a moment and smile at the messy dog hair on the floor, dug up dirt in the backyard, chewed up paper or missing cookies from the counter – and that innocent look that says,”Oh ooops, I think I messed up”.
So take a moment and hug your four-legged babies, accept a slobbery kiss and wag of tail – and experience the deep opening of your heart to the Unconditional Love that surrounds you.
You are Loved Deeply Gracie!
Animal Aid Unlimited
St Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Volunteer with CARE
On November 12, 2016, my team and I organized a volunteer day in support of Companion Animal Rescue Effort (CARE). We spent a Saturday outside of the dental office, cleaning CARE’s adoption space in San Jose, preparing pet supplies for resale and, best of all, spending time with Jiggy, an adorable and adoptable pup under CARE’s loving supervision.
This volunteer activity was especially important to me as it allowed me to honor my sweet dog Gracie, who passed away last year and inspired in me a renewed commitment to my community.
We invite all of our clients to consider getting involved in a cause that has meaning to them this new year. Our practice will continue to support CARE through regular pet supply drives, advertising adoptable pups, sharing foster family opportunities and, of course, volunteering. We invite you to join us in one or more of these activities in the coming year!
Learn more about CARE at www.carepets.org.