Farewell Maya Bird

Posted on Wednesday, September 14, 2011 in Dan's Posts

The vet came to our house Monday night at around 8:30 when it was clear things weren’t good. As they gave her the shot, her head became heavy in my hand as she passed. I put my face against hers and sobbed as I gave her the final kisses. I felt her soulful presence run cold as she passed. Her spirit that lived inside of me also passed, and it left me feeling void of self. For the last 14 years, I have lived with a part of her inside of me. My part of our bond. When she left us, for the first time in 14 years, I felt what it is like to be without her, and I realized how much a part of me she had become. What a hole inside of me.

I’ve heard it said that a man’s dog often takes on characteristics and personality traits of its human counter part. Many, including myself had seen that in Maya. Now I know with certainty that I also became like my dog, and took on part of her personality as my own. Maya was the greatest teacher and friend I’ve ever had. In my relationship with her, was my greatest joy, and my greatest knowing of what is sacred. Thank you Maya. I will always remember you, and love you.

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  1. Lynn Valeu says:

    Dan, I am so very sorry to hear that Maya has passed on. I know that she has been a solid rock in your life along with your wife. I heard you speak at the Lion’s Forum on Saturday night and I really appreciated you sharing your story with us. I will keep your family in my prayers as you grieve for your family member Maya. God bless you all.

  2. Jody Dotson says:

    Hey Dan,
    I’m just reading this now and my heart goes out to you. I remember the days in Cinci when Maya was still a pup. She was always a great dog and I’m sure she made a fantastic companion for those 14 years. Hugs and best wishes to you. I’ve been following your story and I’m touched by the strength of you and your family.
    Big hugs (and hello to Brian, too),

  3. Lisa says:

    What a lovely tribute to a fine companion! What a gift to have had her for 14 years! It’s never enough, though, I know, I know…my heart goes out to you, even 2 years down the road I am sure she is terribly missed.

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