26 Acts of Kindness - #1

>> Monday, January 28, 2013


I have three very important roommates of the four-legged variety. And being the responsible pet owner I am, I spend a gazillion dollars on them every year.


They are so worth it.
Liberty

Problem is, they’re all geriatrics. The youngest, Liberty, is only (?) twelve. The other cat (Pippin) and dog (Foxy) are both sixteen, give or take. And last year I lost Patches who was about the same age as Liberty.

Through attrition, I’m downsizing my pet world. It’s time. But until the day comes when no tails swish or hungry meows ring out, it’s my responsibility to take care of them all.

Foxy
I’ve vetted with the Care Center  Hospital for Animals for as long as I can remember. It feels like I’ve spent millions and surely there should be an exam room with my name on it: They definitely aren’t the cheapest game in town.

And I don’t care.

Pippin
The two doctors, Ron Lanford and Kristen Knirk, and their staff are wonderful. They’ve stood by and held me as I cried over heart wrenching decisions and put up with hysterical calls in the night. In the process, we’ve become friends and I trust them explicitly. They are no-nonsense and always give all the treatment options available. And respect my decision regardless of their personal feelings.

All Wore Out After Her Ordeal
Recently, Foxy had an emergency event and I fully expected her time with me to be at an end. I delivered her to the Care Center, expecting to say good-bye.

But that didn’t happen.

Dr. Knirk spent a long time explaining that Foxy probably has a tumor that will eventually become fatal.

Just not right now.

I breathed a sigh of relief and asked if I had spun into premature freak-out. Dr. Knirk kindly said, “No, not premature. More of a glimpse of things to come. But she’s fine. Take her home and love her.”

I still left in tears, hugged my girl a bit tighter, and was grateful for trusted friends.




So I made a card and baked some cookies.

A small gesture...

26 Acts of Kindness...

Will you pay it forward?


In honor of Catherine V. Hubbard, Age 6

2 comments:

Sandi Shine Hughes,  January 28, 2013 at 7:34 AM  

Great prompting to remind us to also do the same! Gotta love those vets! They seem to become like family so very quickly.

Rita Garcia February 3, 2013 at 8:55 AM  

Hugging my furry kids a little closer.

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