In the summer of 2012 my youngest sister Chris had been diagnosed with stage four cancer. Six years earlier a beautiful Mac Nab Border Collie mix named Zoe had crawled into my heart where she had remained nestled even though we had been separated for a number of years. Zoe came back into my life as she was also entering the final stage of her brief stay in the temporal world. I had just moved to a senior community where I was compelled to face my own mortality. The universe provided a beautiful tapestry where three lives woven together created the quintessential lesson in the meaning of life. Unconditional love.
When my sister Chris died, Zoe was then diagnosed with cancer. The tapestry had been very carefully constructed by an artist who understood that one is only given what one is able to handle. Zoe had provided the opportunity for me to help her when I was unable to help my sister Chris. Zoe's diagnoses, along with my sister's death, opened my heart in a way I had never experienced before. In the final weeks of her life, when she was unable to walk on her own, I pulled her through the parks of Sonoma County in a small red wagon.