I love dogs! I also love horses! If I had a lizard or a bird, I would love them too! I fell in love with animals at seven years old when I brought home a puppy from the house next door and begged my parents to let me keep her. “Bandit” joined “Purina,” my horse, and some other horses that my family raised in Port Arthur, TX, where I grew up.
I always knew in my heart that animals could communicate. After all, the first book that I fell in love with was Charlotte’s Web. The fact that animals didn’t “talk” back didn’t keep me from talking to them. I talked to Bandit all the time. At 12 years old, I sat in a stall and fed Purina ice cream on the night before horse shows, talked to her about my day, and where we were going the next day and what we were going to do. I don’t know if I heard them talk back, but I felt their love. I understood their personalities. And it never occurred to me that they didn’t understand what I was saying – because they did.
As I got older, I was busy with school and starting a career and I didn’t think so much about talking to animals. I went to law school and practiced law internationally for almost twenty years. Nothing in my education or work experience suggested that animals had a higher consciousness or could talk. I just didn’t think about it one way or the other for about two decades. Until I met Gunny, a beautiful, smart, sassy chocolate Labrador retriever. Nothing in my life was ever the same again.
In 2008, at Gunny’s encouragement, I decided to follow my heart and leave the practice of law to take care of Gunny (who was ailing) and pursue a new passion: water therapy for dogs. I built Gunny’s Rainbow, LLC, which was a healing center and warm water therapy pool for dogs located in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. For a decade, at Gunny’s Rainbow, I helped hundreds of elderly and handicapped dogs rediscover their joy, and I supported their human companions who worked so hard to improve their dogs’ quality of life.
I also wrote a book with Gunny, The Endless Path, to tell the story of our incredible journey together, and how he awakened my true passion – to give animals a voice. Once you understand their extraordinary intelligence and wisdom, you are forever changed. As Gunny says, “we are all connected to the same energy. Life is life. Souls are souls.”
Now, 25 years after meeting Gunny and rehabbing hundreds of dogs, I’ve started a new venture called Dog Lovers Guru. This site aspires to be a place for dog lovers to find high-quality, helpful, and compassionate information about navigating life with their dogs – from puppyhood thru the geriatric years, and all that happens in-between. It is Gunny’s and my goal to fill the gap that exists between vets and experts telling us what they think we should do, and what goes on in the hearts and minds of people and their dogs when we try to implement it. There is no one solution that works for every dog and every person. We want to help you figure out what is best for your dog, based on what he or she is telling you.
I am working on my next book. It’s all about dogs, of course!