Are you one of the 80%
whose home is also home to a dog or cat? I am. I have had a dog in my life
since I was in college and each one has been extra special. I am one of those
pet owners who celebrates their pets birthdays. One who buys their pets and
their friends’ pets gifts at Christmas. So it is no surprise that at the death
of each dog, I took the loss hard. But when I lost two dogs within two weeks of
each other one summer, the grief was overwhelming.
Our dog Fox was
diagnosed with Mast Cell Tumors. The prognosis was not good but we went with
the surgery and were among the lucky ones. He bounced right back and we had him
for another three years. Then our luck ran out. He became very ill, very
quickly and knowing it was best for him, we let him go. Anyone who has had to
make that decision knows how hard it is. We still had his beautiful and loving
litter mate and thought of getting another dog immediately to keep her company.
Before we could do so, she became ill. She wouldn’t eat and she became
lethargic. Even with all of our love and medical assistance from our vet, she
died two weeks later. I believe she died of a broken heart and I was sure I was
going to also.
There are two points
of view about how soon …
Recently, some of my
acquaintances decided to add a new Birman kitty to their family.
Birman kittens usually
come with a hefty price tag of several hundred dollars and, often, a waiting
list for the few available each year. These drawbacks didn’t deter this family
in the least. They had their hearts set on a Birman cat, no matter how much
they had to pay or how long they had to wait.
As it turned out, they
ended up having to travel several hundred miles to find a breeder for this
particular specie, and, when they did arrive, the owner brought out, not one,
but two of the most adorable little balls of fluff they had ever seen. Of
course, they went home with both of them, and a huge dent in their credit card.
proud Birman owners have never regretted their decision. The tiny kittens have
grown into beautiful year old cats who are a joy to the family. They are lovely
to look at, amusing to watch, and so far, very healthy, lively, and
If you aren’t in a
position to spend hundreds of dollars for your new pet, I have good news for
you. There are dozens of wonderful pets at your local animal shelter waiting to
be adopted into homes just like yours. They may not be the breed you’ve always
dreamed of owning but, I guarantee you, they are just as loving and affectionate
as more expensive animals.
Tens of thousands of