A Beautiful Tribute To Jesse
This beautiful video of unconditional love is very, very special. It was created, without any help, by Josh who has cerebral palsy. Josh is the son of my book co-author in Vancouver. The background story is given below.A goodbye tribute to Jesse, my Nova Scotia Duck Toller.
I will miss him with all my heart and soul. 2001 - 2011. From Joshua....In its first week online, Josh's video had been viewed 1,300 times!
20 days later nearly 4,500 views had been registered, with many viewers having added loving comments. Its popularity continues to grow, along with the spread of love and kindness.
Click on one of the images below to view Josh's beautiful video at YouTube.NOTE:
(at YouTube, by Josh's mom) Joshua is a special needs young man with cerebral palsy. Jesse, a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
had his life cut short when stricken with canine leukaemia. Jesse was Josh's one true best friend -- he loved Josh unconditionally and vice versa.
When we first got a Toller, we were concerned that this high-energy, excitable breed might not have been the best choice for Josh. But we soon learned that although Jess would jump up and flatten anyone who got in the way of his excitement, with Josh this sensitive and intuitive creature was gentle and loving.
Out of Josh's extreme and distressing sadness, came the surprising ability to put this little tribute together on his own with no direction. It was not only astounding but once again proved that love has no bounds.Video opens in a new window
(There's a second link to this video lower down too)
Note from me (webmaster):
I am including below (with permission) an e-mail I received today from Josh's mother, who also happens to have co-authored eight or more books with me. Cheryl herself is an amazing person, and a true friend of mine even though we have never met in person. We actually 'met' online in the 50-Plus Chatroom more than a decade ago.
Background storyHi Gavin:
I don't know if you've seen Josh's video or not about his beloved Jesse, but I want to ask you a favour ...
The video is something Josh did on his own using his Mac and iMovie. He was busy in his room for two weeks and wouldn't let us see what he was doing. He kept asking me for photos of Jesse and I'd send them along, not really understanding what he needed them for, but thought he just wanted to have them ... because.
When he finished the video, he burned it to a DVD and then showed it to Paul and me on the TV screen. We all sat and bawled our eyes out. The fact Josh could even DO this shocked both Paul and myself. He figured it out himself. Somewhere in his brain is a spark of intelligence that we feel needs to be recognized. Josh is very proud of his tribute to Jesse. His overwhelming sadness at the loss of his dog is worrisome.
So the favour part ... can you tweet this out to your followers. My followers are all web designers and photographers *g* .. yours are more mental health and spiritual kinds of people. Then could you post it to your Facebook friends. I see Angie is really into dogs (love her for it) and animals in general. Would you mind asking her to also post the YouTube link in her Facebook.
Josh checks every day to see if his video has had any visitors and/or comments. It seems important to him that everyone in the world sees it. I don't know if you'll understand, but I also feel it's important.
You don't need to do this if you aren't comfortable doing it. I would understand. But no harm in asking, right?Me:
Of course I'll do it! And I'll even post it at this website.To my site visitors:
If after watching the video, you are moved to add a comment, please do so. I know Josh would really appreciate that. (If you don't have/want a YouTube account for making comments, you can come back here and use the Comments link below to add a comment at this site. Josh's mom will make sure he sees it.
~ GavinVideo opens in a new window
May this expression of love bring you tears of happiness
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