Maya and Her Favorite Ball

Maya has a favorite ball. It’s an old soccer ball that once belonged to our children. We discovered many years ago that Maya loved playing fetch with this particular ball. The ball is now worn and deflated, but it is still Maya’s favorite. We store it in the garage in a bin on a shelf. Once in a while, Maya re-discovers her favorite ball and stands by it, whimpering until a human gets it for her. Maya is older and slower now but when she sees her favorite ball she is a puppy again. Her enthusiasm is infectious!

Maya’s Favorite Ball



Maya & The Ginkgo Tree

Maya Under Her Gingko Tree

Maya Under Her Ginkgo Tree

Once upon a time

There was a Ginkgo tree

With fan-shaped leaves

So delicate and green

Then summer ended

Crisp autumn arrived

The Ginkgo turned gold

Its leaves bright and alive

It was one fine day

When Maya stood near

Enjoying the view

And the time of the year

Then without warning

The gold leaves fell down

Descending on Maya

Ginkgo losing its crown

Maya pondered

Deeply in thought

Sir Newton was right

About what he taught

Maya Deep in Thought on the Pond of Leaves

Maya Deep in Thought on the Pond of Leaves

She sat in the pond

Of crispy gold leaves

Counting the days

To snow and the freeze

Because Maya is happy

No matter the time

The weather, the month

To her it’s sublime

Meet Maya

I am finally sitting down to write and introduce you to one of the most beautiful furry girls in the world, our chocolate Labrador Retriever, Maya.

For short we call her,

M A Y A   P A P A Y A    J A M B A L A Y A

Maya’s First London Christmas 2011

Just kidding, although we do call her variations of the above and anything to do with delicious chocolate. Her color is shiny chocolate brown like devils food cake, and her eyes are a yellow honey color. Maya was named after the Maya Indians of Mexico who were the first to make a bitter chocolate concoction out of cacao beans as early as the sixth century A.D.  The word chocolate comes from the Maya word xocoatl, which means bitter water. But there’s nothing bitter about Maya, just the opposite, she is sweetness embodied.

The Day We Brought Maya Home
May 2007

One of my all time favorite pictures, Maya sleeping on my legs.

Maya joined our family in 2007 when we moved from Connecticut to Pennsylvania. She is the third Labrador we raise. Maya is now 5 years old. She passed her AKC (American Kennel Club) CGC (Canine Good Citizen) test at less than 1 year old. She also received her TDI, Therapy Dog International certification at 1½ years old. This allows us to share Maya in different settings like nursing homes or schools. Currently, we are looking to visit a local hospice. She is a happy, gentle, submissive, overly friendly dog who has made many friends along the way.

Maya now resides in London with us. She loves city living because she and I go on some amazing daily walks together. Rain or shine, she inspires me to get out of the house. Maya is allowed to go off-leash in most parks in London. She is even allowed on public transportation. So far she’s only been on the bus.

I’ll share other stories along the way. I don’t want to sound like the bragging mother. I will add, that one of my happiest moments of the day is when we first greet each other in the morning and I say to her, “God gave us another day together”, and she reciprocates with a total body wag and looking for the “gift” to carry in her mouth.  She is a daily reminder of what’s good in this world and she makes me live a more “mindful” existence. Can you tell I love dogs? And not just mine, all dogs. P.S. I like cats too.

Maya Discovers London

Maya smiles for the Camera