And so Mondays with Shelby was born, inspired by one of my favorite novels, Tuesdays with Morrie. In the novel, author Mitch Albom spends fourteen Tuesdays with his former Brandeis University sociology professor, Morrie Schwartz, who had been diagnosed with ALS. Morrie teaches Mitch about love, life, communication and happiness.
Even though I’ve only spent a few Mondays with Shelby, this magnificent canine companion has taught me similar lessons. Through the tilt of her head when I give her a kiss, the left ear curled over when I tell her she’s amazing or the way she head butts the soccer ball at the park, she is my Morrie. I look forward to spending more Mondays with Shelby, the pup that brought me back to life.
To all dog-lovers out there, have you turned to pup to help you through a crisis?
Liz Swenton is the director of operations at a Boston-based public relations firm. In her spare time, she enjoys dancing and creative writing. She's an active contributor to the Music Drives Us blog, a nonprofit organization educating others on the importance of music within the community. She was also recently published in a drug-prevention book targeted to teenagers. musicdrivesus.org