It's been over 7-weeks now since Maverick, my Heart Dog, passed away and last night I had the most vivid dream about it. We were playing somewhere outside with a large bear of some sort (dreams, I know…lol! Don't worry, it was a friendly bear). In my dream, I literally felt Maverick as though he was his usual tangible furry ball of canine fluff...I bent down and scooped him up in a hug and felt his soft fur, the sweet smell of his ears, and yes, even the pungent odor of his aging teeth...lol. It felt like it was actually happening. I woke up soon after this dream and of course, wished I was still dreaming.
This led to me wonder why, last night, such a crystal clear dream about him surfaced. By far, this was the most intense and real dream I have ever had about him since he passed away in July.
It got me thinking it was likely because I spent lots of time going through his photos yesterday. Since starting this Heart Dog blog recently, I began to experiment making memes to post on Heart Dog Tribute’s Facebook and Instagram pages. Seeing his pictures brought me back to those moments and reminded me of his quirks, resulting in a surge of emotion wishing he were still here with me.
Overall, the intensity of my grief has subsided compared to the weeks leading up to his passing and the first week he was gone. This alone gives me mixed emotions (i.e. on one hand it's a relief to not be so preoccupied with missing him; on the other hand, it's those intense feelings of grief that have been helping me maintain my connection to him).
I suppose the bottom line message of my Maverick dream is an important message for us all about dealing with the grief of losing our canine soulmate: Make a purposeful effort to go through your Heart Dog's pictures, toys, etc. on a regular basis. This will help you to continue feeling connected and allow your grief to naturally dim as you work towards acceptance and peace. If you let yourself get caught up in the busyness of life to distract your emotions, you may find yourself feeling overwhelmed at times by "out-of-the-blue" surges of grief, whether awake or in your dreams.
Granted, even though the pangs of missing him have hit a precipice today, I am grateful for any dream that gives me the opportunity to feel my Heart Dog, Maverick, is still with me.
Have you ever dreamed about your Heart Dog after he or she has passed? What message do you feel your dream was telling you?
How can this blog help you?
This website and blog originated from the experience of learning to let go of my beloved Heart Dog, Maverick. By sharing my story and offering the opportunity for you to share yours, I hope we can all truly celebrate their lives. pay tribute, and heal from the loss of our one true canine companion. I hope this website will also raise awareness of the meaning of a Heart Dog because it is a concept that is not largely understood.