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Strong Medicine
An articulate case for dog's healing properties.

Every Tuesday, New York Times editor Dana Jennings writes with honesty, grace and humor about living with advanced prostate cancer for his newspaper’s health blog. I recommend reading his most recent post, Life Lessons from the Family Dog, which is centered around the failing health of a poodle named Bijou de Minuit. Jennings offers simple, clear insights into the gift of dogs in difficult times and draws an interesting parallel between sick people and pups.

I want to quote the final image—inspired by Bijou lapping from a dish—but, like so much in life, it’s better if you read the entire piece (it's short) and arrive there yourself.

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Lisa Wogan lives in Seattle and is the author of, most recently, Dog Park Wisdom. lisawogan.com

Thumbnail: Faber & Faber author photo for Sing Me Back Home: Love, Death, and Country Music by Dana Jennings (May 2008).

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Submitted by Kathy Konetzka-Close | April 1 2009 |

What a beautiful article. I wish Mr. Jennings many good wishes as he battles his cancer and, of course, much love to sweet Bijoux. My mom used to tell us that the more opportunities you give yourself to love, the more opportunities you will have in your lifetime to practice saying “good-bye”. It’s never easy to lose a loved one, no matter what the species, but dogs can teach us so much if we’re only open to the lesson. Thank you, Lisa, for sharing this!

Submitted by Anna Dibble | April 1 2009 |

What an inspirational piece. Besides being about the end of life and death, many of the things he says about his poodle are the key reasons we dog lovers live with dogs. It will never cease to amaze me how non-dog people don't seem to understand how devastating a dog's death is to us who love dogs. Thanks for the link.

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