Friday, July 17, 2009

Maggie is Happy Again

Today, just a few hours ago, my family and I had to put our beloved two year old dog and family member, Maggie, to sleep. She was a beautiful ½ Black Lab and ½ Rottweiler.

Over the past couple of weeks, 100 pounds plus, gorgeous Maggie just hasn’t been acting her normal playful self. Her tail, ordinarily curled up in a “I’m a happy dog” way, drooped straight down with little to no movement at all. She also seemed uncomfortable when b
ending down to drink her water or eat her food. Of course we took her to the veterinarian’s office. As far as the doctor could tell, Maggie had a strained muscle in her girthy neck. He prescribed muscle relaxers and said she should be back to normal within 10 days.

The past few days I mentioned to my family that Maggie seemed sad, lethargic and uncomfortable even with the medicine. When we woke up this morning, Maggie bled from her nose. My husband and brother rushed her to our nearby veterinarian’s office, calling me at home only minutes later. “The news is not good,” my husband said. I told him I would be there immediately.

On my way to the vet’s office, I noticed immediately everything around me was cris
per, more vivid. My senses were hyper aware. The color of the sky was more blue, the leaves and foliage on the trees more green. Everyone I saw, the bicyclists, the runners, the people and their dogs, the woman picking raspberries, seemed more alive, more real.

I pulled into the parking lot and my husband, my brother and Maggie were outside the office. My husband explained that Maggie most likely had a lesion on her brain and that there was no cure. I sat on the sidewalk, held Maggie and cried. I told her that she was going to a wonderful place where she would be greeted by St. Francis and my father
(a man who loved animals passionately throughout his life). Maggie’s big brown eyes stared right into mine. I told her that her tail would soon be back in the air. I told her I loved her.

Maggie, you will always be loved and missed.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

You May Say I'm A Dreamer...

But I'm not the only one. I hope some day you’ll join us, and the world will live as one.

John Lennon introduced these words to the world in 1971~they are as relevant now as they have ever been. Never in my wildest imagination did I think that Yoko Ono would write a brief note to me, Nannette Rogers Kennedy, about anything. Of course, I never thought I'd write to her~but I did~

I'm am in many of you already know from my twitters, facebook updates and emails, about this blessing of having Yoko endorse the petition. To you all, I (along with everyone else at Humanity's Team) am very grateful, more than you can know.

I guess it's important to mention that Yoko has signed the petition and posted the petition to her site On top of that fantastic news, United Press International wrote a story about this Then USA Today ran the story yesterday. If this weren't enough good news, my email box, facebook box, and twitter account have been inundated with requests for more information for different websites, talk radio shows, online magazines, etc. Ultimately, hundreds and hundreds of signatures are continually coming in.

Thank you everyone for supporting this important declaration, and thank you, Yoko Ono for your support in this project and everything you do to increase the world's awareness of our connectedness and desire for peace.

Before I even finished this post, I received word that Yoko has moved the petition to the most prominent place on her site.

Peace to all....