Today marks three years since our beloved mutt of 12 years died. I put together this little book (5.5″ x 4.25″) shortly after his death as a tribute to his life and as therapy for me in the grieving process. I printed it myself and put a simple spiral binding on it to share with family and friends. This project’s simple concepts can be applied to other projects to share thoughts, feelings and ideas.
Purpose: When starting a new project one of the first steps is to decide what it is you want to accomplish. In this project I wanted to capture the essence of how Shadow embarrassed life.
Theme: I decided to call them “Shadow’s Laws.” The next thing I did was to think about what he enjoyed in life and how to distill that down to 10 laws.about the way Shadow lived his life. This took awhile but it was a great way for me to remember him and what a good life he had.
Concept: I decided to write this book as from Shadow’s perspective. I thought that seeing the world through his eyes would be an effective way to share what I thought were the most important rules that he had for how to live a happy life. Using the first person perspective in writing can give something a more personal, intimate feel.
Shadow’s Law #1: Life is better when it is shared!
I know what it is like not to have a family. My first family couldn’t keep me so they took me to the Humane Society. I didn’t like it there because I felt all alone. Then my real family came and took me home. Ever since then I want to make sure that I have my family around me. I like to be right in the middle of things. It was so fun when my little brother (a cat) came to make our family bigger.
It is the relationships we build that really matter and make life good.