13 Inspiring Lessons from Millie the Dog

13 Inspiring Lessons from Millie the Dog

Guideposts Editor-in-Chief  Edward Grinnan lost his beloved golden retriever, Millie, to cancer. Before Millie became ill, Edward collected these beautiful photos of Millie and paired them with the inspiring lessons she taught him. 

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  • Millie enjoying a Sunday afternoon at Chelsea Riverside Park in Manhattan....

    Smell the Flowers

    Millie enjoying a Sunday afternoon at Chelsea Riverside Park in Manhattan.... 

  • Millie convincing Edward to share his hot dog.

    Sharing is Caring

    Millie convincing Edward to share his hot dog.  

  • Millie enjoying a breeze off the Hudson from her favorite bench at the Chelsea piers

    Enjoy the Breeze

    Millie enjoying a breeze off the Hudson from her favorite bench at the Chelsea piers

  • Millie, Queen of the Westside Dog Run.

    Celebrate Yourself

    Queen of the Westside Dog Run.   

  • Millie enjoying a dip in the dog run pool with an old pal.

    Treasure Your Friends

    Millie enjoying a dip in the dog run pool with an old pal.   

  • Up in the country enjoying the view on the Appalachian Trail near Monterey, Mass.

    Enjoy the View

    Millie up in the country enjoying the view on the Appalachian Trail near Monterey, Mass.   

  • Making a friend along the way.

    Be Open to New Friends

    Millie making a friend along the way.   

  • Millie deciding how to climb Monument Mountain in Great Barrington.

    Follow Your Heart

    So many ways to climb Monument Mountain in Great Barrington. Millie chooses the best way!

  • Millie ready to take Indian Mountain Trail.

    Rest Until You're Ready to Move Again

     "OK, let's take Indian Mountain Trail," says Millie. 

  • Millie waits for Edward to catch up.

    Be Patient

    Millie waits for Edward to catch up. 

  • Millie the Rockstar

    Be a Rockstar

    Regular climbers of Monument Mountain have come to call Inscription Rock near the top "Millie's Rock" since she always takes up a perch on it. 

  • Millie almost to the top!

    Keep Climbing

    Almost to the top! 

  • Edward Grinnan and Millie

    Love Unconditionally

    "Millie, my angel, my inspiration."--Edward Grinnan

  • The book cover for Edward Grinnan's Always by My Side

    Edward's new book, Always by My Side, is a heartwarming celebration of the dogs he has known—especially Millie, the beloved Golden Retriever who taught him what really matters in life.

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