The One: Episode 9 – Dave and Kyla

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On today’s episode of The One, we meet Dave and Kyla, a couple with fierce intelligence and a passion for social justice who will travel to the ends of the earth for each other. Even if Dave doesn’t quite remember meeting Kyla for the first time.

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Kyla and Dave

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The One: Episode 8 – J’lyn and Jim

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In today’s episode of The One, I speak with J’lyn and Jim, two of the most unabashedly romantic people I have ever met. Their love story has been filled with wonderful surprises and grand gestures, as well as small moments that reveal how deep their love runs.

J'lyn and Jim

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The One: Episode 7 – Janelle and TJ

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In this episode of The One Podcast, I talk to Janelle and TJ – a couple who open up about their life and love, as well as how going through one of the biggest transitions a couple can experience has brought them even closer together.

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Janelle and TJ

 

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The One: Episode 6 – Danica and Brandon

Episode 6 of The One introduces you to Danica and Brandon, owners of Variant Edition and the creators of the Doctor Whooch and Yegs and Bacon podcasts.

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Brandon and Danica

 

Brandon and Danica show us that even shy, awkward introverts work better in tandem and can blossom when they find The One.

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The One: Episode 5 – Owen and Bronwyn

Episode 5 of The One features Owen and Bronwyn, a couple who met in junior high band class. They remained in each other’s lived for many years until some white wine sangria spurred their relationship on to a more romantic course.

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They were a delight to talk to and their equally delightful daughter makes a guest appearance throughout the podcast!

The song that Owen and Bronwyn mentioned as their first dance was Morning Light by 100 Mile House.

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The One: Episode 4 – Adam and Rachel

I spend Episode 4 of The One chatting with Adam and Rachel, a couple who bonded instantly over Star Trek and have maintained their relationship with a lot of laughter and a long-standing Wednesday night date.

Adam and Rachel

Adam and Rachel

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The One: Episode 3 – Jeff and Amy

In Episode 3 of The One, I talk with Jeff and Amy who’s commitment to, and support of each other is a role model for anyone wondering what a solid relationship looks like.

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The One: Episode 2 – Jackie and Scott

In this episode of The One, I talk with Jackie and Scott about their 11 year friendship/courtship, how polar opposites can succeed at love, and how one terrible family trip provided them with some of their favourite memories of each other.

Jackie and Scott

Jackie and Scott

 

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The One – a podcast about love: episode 1

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Rebecca and Kyle

In the first episode of my new podcast, The One, I chat with my good friends Becky and Kyle. We talk about how they met as well as some significant firsts in their relationship, Kyle details how he popped the question, and they open up about how they work through problems.

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Rebecca and Kyle

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Maverick; the best cat I could have wished for

 

When Phil and I first started dating 15 years ago, he was extremely vocal about how badly he wanted a dog. He had always had a dog growing up and he missed that companionship.

So naturally, we got a cat.

When we found Maverick, he had just been brought in to the SPCA with several of his brothers and sisters. He was 3 weeks old. As Phil and I wandered through the cat room, not surprisingly, I gravitated toward the kennel full of teensy, tiny balls of fur. I opened the door to pet one, and those sneaky, little kittens seized the opportunity.

Before I could register what was happening there were kittens running wild all over the room.

I yelled at Phil to close the door and then he started gathering them up. But, like a classic comedy, every time he opened the kennel to put one back, 2 more would escape and he would be back on the chase. As he frantically chased the kittens around the room, however, I never moved a muscle.

While every other member of his clan executed their escape plan, Maverick walked out of the kennel and looked right at me. When I picked him up, he burrowed into my neck and there he stayed, purring loudly the whole time.

He chose me.

We adopted that sweet little boy that night and brought him back to Phil’s house. Phil and I had been dating 4 months and that night, when Maverick moved in, so did I. He was the best cat I could have ever wished for.

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My 2 boys - 14 years later

I love how when he wanted to snuggle (which was often), he wouldn’t just knead and lay down, he always needed to be touching us. Maverick would reach out and rest his paw on us, often tenderly stroking our faces the same way we would to his.

I love how Maverick was always waiting at the door for us to come home. It didn’t matter if we were gone 5 minutes or 5 days, we would open the door and there he would be, greeting us, happy that we were home.

sometimes "greeting" looked a lot like "napping"

sometimes “greeting” looked a lot like “napping”

I love how Maverick could get comfortable anywhere, any time and in any position. Like most cats, he loved to sleep, but I was often amazed at where and how he slept. No matter where he settled, he was just unbearably cute.

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maverick

This is probably more “pay attention to me” than “comfortable anywhere”

 

I love how, unlike many cats, Maverick actually liked other animals. This sometimes caused him grief when he would try to befriend other cats who wanted nothing to do with him and would, invariably, send him to the vet – my boy, a lover, not a fighter. His best friend growing up was our pup, Maya, even if that love sometimes looked a lot like annoyance.

When Mav would come home from the vet, Maya would always help him get out of his cone. Maverick would return the favour by knocking food onto the floor for Maya.

When Mav would come home from the vet, Maya would always help him get out of his cone. Maverick would return the favour by knocking food off the counter and on to the floor for Maya.

I love that, like me, Maverick had major shoe fetish. If you came over to our house for a visit, chances are you were leaving with cat hair on your shoes because Maverick would spend the entire time rubbing all over them, often sticking his face right up in them (its possible he loved shoes even more than I do).

I love how open he was with showing us affection.He never played coy or acted aloof, he was all about the loving. And, damn, could he purr! He had the loudest purr, and could keep it up forever (especially if we rubbed his ears). I loved falling asleep with him curled up with us, the sound of his purrs filling the room.

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I love how I could talk to him about anything, whether it was a big problem or just random pleasantries. He never really contributed much to the conversation, but he would listen without judgement and look me with those big, loving eyes. Then he’d head butt me. That was the best.

Two weeks ago, I noticed he had a large lump under Maverick’s chin; it was hard and immovable. He couldn’t close his mouth fully and had been drooling for a couple of months (we just looked at the drool as a minor irritant when he would sleep with us and drool on our pillows) but when I felt the lump I figured something was wrong. When we took him to the vet, she confirmed our worst fears – our baby had cancer. Osteosarcoma – aggressive and unpredictable. The tumour was already big, and it was growing rapidly. We wouldn’t have much more time with him.

Mav has been by our sides for almost our entire relationship – for every celebration and every sadness, he was there to offer a cuddle and a purr and to let us know that he loved us no matter what. So the decision to put him down was hard. Like, really super crazy hard. In the end, he died in my arms with Phil beside us – our little family, whole for one last time.

I miss him, more than I thought possible.

He was the best cat I could have ever wished for.