When Life Gives You Lemons…
“My philosophy when it came to pets was much like that of having children: You got what you got, and you loved them unconditionally regardless of whatever their personalities or flaws turned out to be. ”
― Gwen Cooper
Yesterday I had an appointment to have Frankie spayed and I dropped her off in the morning with a tug in my heart. I knew she wouldn’t be getting spayed that day, my intuition kicked in, and yet I tried to talk myself out of it. Then a few hours later I got the call from the vet, Frankie’s liver is inflamed…they thought she might have liver disease. My world crashed, briefly and my mind started reeling. Why? Why was my sweet little girl sick? Why am I the caretaker of yet another animal with health issues? Then it hit me…why me? Because it has to be me.
With my first dog, Murphy, there were a lot of surgeries. I remember the first time he had to have a knee repaired I was talking with some of my colleagues and one said – completely serious – “Why don’t you just put him down and get a new one?”. I was mortified. I couldn’t believe there are people out there that feel that way. I was reminded of that yesterday by my own thoughts and memories of pain, and love. I knew then that not all humans are built to take care of animals.
Later in the day I was reminded by my friend Audrey, who has also cared for ill pets, that we are so very needed. She told me “we are the reason for their existence and we were meant to save them. Our pets are always meant for us with all their special needs or challenge.” That is the truth.
Our pets deserve to be cared for and loved as unconditionally as they love us. They deserve to be accepted as we would accept children – whether healthy or ill, behaved or naughty, interesting or dull…when you choose a pet, you are offering it a home without terms and limitations.
So yeah…I’ve picked a few lemons, maybe they picked me. One way or another I am the caretaker because I am the only one for them.
Oh, and for those wondering…Frankie is doing okay right now. She does not seem to have liver disease but we’re going to wait and see.