When you read this FAR family, it will be the one month anniversary of us losing our dog Malibu due to we believe complications from diabetes. It was unexpected, her illness, and we are still reeling from it.
I have written before for this blog about the sacrality of dogs in a post entitled “Walking with Gods and Dogs.”
It was my intention this month to do a meditation again on the sacredness of animal companions in our lives, and especially of the loss of their presence and what it means to have had them bless us for the brief time they are able to.
I keep thinking of Mary Oliver’s poem, “Percy Six,” and of the line, “How many summers does a little dog have?” from the book Dog Songs.
We had seven summers with Malibu, the last one during which we went on a three week excursion with the dogs up the coast of California from Long Beach into the Redwoods. I am so glad we took that trip and that she got to run on all the beaches up the coast of California.
How many summers does a little dog have?
I want to explore the spiritual component of animals in our lives, as well as relate the memorial we had for Malibu and how we buried her on our property. How friends helped. How we mourned. How dogs came over and howled with us….
It will have to wait. For now, as Malibu crosses the Rainbow Bridge this month, here are some photos of our beloved family member, Malibu, who we miss dearly.
May all beings be sacred; may all beings be blessed.
Marie Cartier has a Ph.D. in Religion with an emphasis on Women and Religion from Claremont Graduate University. She is the author of the critically acclaimed book Baby, You Are My Religion: Women, Gay Bars, and Theology Before Stonewall (Routledge 2013). She is a senior lecturer in Gender and Women’s Studies and Queer Studies at California State University Northridge, and in Film Studies at Univ. of CA Irvine. She is also a published poet and playwright, accomplished performance artist, scholar, and social change activist. She holds a BA in Communications from the University of New Hampshire; an MA in English/Poetry from Colorado State University; an MFA in Theatre Arts (Playwriting) and an MFA in Film and TV (Screenwriting), both from UCLA; and an MFA in Visual Art (Painting/Sculpture) from Claremont Graduate University. She is co-chair of the Lesbian-Feminisms and Religion session of the national American Academy of Religion and co-chair at the regional level of the Queer Studies in Religion session, founder of the western region Queer Caucus, and a perma-blogger for Feminism and Religion. She is also a first degree black belt in karate, Shorin-Ryu Shi-Do-Kan Kobayashi style, and a 500 hour Yoga Alliance certified Hatha Yoga teacher.