1. Laina

    Those who say that animals are without emotion have never had a Kobe. Nice story to share. It's amazing what can inspire us in life and what makes our spirit sing.

  2. colleenkr

    Dreams can be so powerful, and often unexplainable. A few months ago I had a dream about my Dad (who died in 1996) and it felt like we visited for such a long time. We talked about everything. It was so real, and it gave me a peace that I couldn't describe very effectively. I'm so glad that you were able to find comfort in your memories of Kobe. Sometimes those relationships are indescribable.

  3. Your post brought me to tears. Thank you so much for sharing this! My first dog turned me into a "dog person" too. He will always be in my heart and thoughts, and a small part of me likes to think he lives on through my new dog.

  4. A powerful post. Sad and happy all at once.

    I love how one beautiful, loving dog continues to inspire you to inspire others and show them how to connect more effectively for our students' sake. Through you, Kobe’s really helping us all to find a personal, meaningful way to share our experiences.

    David has summed it up perfectly. Together, you two (and your shared experience) are "leverag[ing] the power of social media to create an avalanche on the so called education reformers, policy makers, and politicians.”

    I know that everyone who's been inspired by you (and Kobe) feels privileged and empowered to make a real difference. Of course he’s still here! He's travelling the world through social media :)

  5. Todd Schweitzer

    Well written George. I have a 5 year old black lab named Cooper. He makes me a better person and reminds me constantly to sit back and enjoy the simple things in life. I fear the day when his end comes, but when it does I will know he will have left happy and loved and spoiled rotten!

    Take care. I still think back to the good old ESS days at the UofS. Good times!


  6. Thank you for the beautiful post. My dad passed away 6 years ago this week and I miss him like crazy. We always had anywhere from 3 o 6 dogs growing up and each one was a great companion. Your Kobe reminds me of the great Enzo in the wonderful book by Garth Stein

  7. Tina

    Thanks for sharing George – you are inspirational in the way that your personal stories connect people everywhere.

  8. Sue King

    Beautiful post!! I just read it as I am sitting in my living room with my wonderful yellow lab, Dakota. I am currently working and living about 2 hrs from home during the week. I had to find an apt where he could stay with me – I just cannot stand to not wake up to him each morning and come home to him after a long day's work. (my husband has asked if we could share him, but instead my husband will be staying with us whenever he can! He knows Dakota is really "mine"). I had a rough several months and I can tell you I am not quite sure I would have handled it as well without this devoted four-legged friend! There are so many reasons I am so connected to him; not sure I could articulate as wonderfully as you did what he means to me and why. Thanks for sharing your story.

  9. Kathy

    Tears in my eyes reading this – a beautiful post George. Pets are very special and there is nothing like that unconditional love they give their owners. Even though it is nearly five years since my faithfully dog 'Tandy' passed away I still miss the greeting I used to get from her when I would return from work.

  10. twhitford

    Thanks for sharing, my friend. An incredible post and more importantly some insight into a man we all look up to and learn from. Your ability to enhance the connectedness many of us feel with you, just became stronger. You are an amazing person and have shown us how it is OK to let people in a little and that to bare our souls doesn't have to be scary, but empowering. Wishing you the best always and looking forward to crossing paths one day. Hopefully with our dogs….

  11. mattywpearce

    Thanks for sharing this- we have a black Labrador named Ruby who is the fifth member of our family.Even as I write this now she is asleep ( snoring) on her bean bag at my feet. It's funny how our four legged companions become so ingrained into your life you can't imagine them not there. You have been blessed with this dream, may it be a constant reminder of the great times you shared with a special friend. Cheers from OZ.

  12. Helen Westermann

    Thank you for sharing Kobe – another stranger in tears who will be passing on that story to stacks of students. & thanks to Selena for pushing another group of language teachers onto Twitter – the story of the dream about Kobe in & of itself made that so worthwhile… H !^_^!

  13. Simon

    Thank you so much for sharing this post George. I am sitting here through another sleepless night having lost our fifth family member less than two months ago. It feels like there is just a giant hole in me where our black lab Piper used to be. Reading your post made me realize that I am not the only one to feel so alone and empty. That losing your energy and drive at school can be a normal thing.

    I never realized how far that little girl had wiggled her way into my heart and my life and how much I would miss her when she was gone. I guess you don't think of these things until they happen. I look forward to being able to draw from the strength she gave me and the unconditional love that I felt. This post gave me hope… to continue dealing with the grief, knowing that there are good things to come on the other side. Your blog inspires me professionally on a regular basis, but this particualr post touched and inspired me personally. Thank you for sharing!

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