HEART OF GOLD
A HEART OF GOLD (CONTINUED)
I have heard many stories of older dogs or those with health problems who
puppy days simply because they have become old or sick or those people
want another puppy. This breaks my heart. Sadly, a faithful companion who
has loved unconditionally is left to watch the only family he has ever known
walk away forever. Now he is confused, depressed, dejected wondering what
has happened. Those dogs wait every day for their families to return but every
night they go to sleep brokenhearted.
ness those people didn't even know existed. That has happened to our family
time after time. Many precious seniors and dogs with special needs have cho-
instantly. They accept you as you are. They accept their new life and forgive
any and all injustices that have been done to them. We have been adopted by
dogs with diabetes, mobility issues, cancer, dementia, fear and mistrust due
deafness, liver disease, IBD and many other problems. Each of these furry
angels chose us.
Some people think it is strange to adopt an elderly or ill pet, that it is a waste
of time and money as that pet won't be around very long. That may be true. A
pet with special needs may not be with you for many years or even for many
pet the best years of their life, making those last years the happiest they can
p o ssibly be. Even though they may be short, they are priceless.
And when the time comes for that special pet to leave, please don't say that
you will never have another dog because the pain of his passing is too great.
The best way to honor that pet and the life you shared is to save another -
to share your home and your love with a deserving animal. Take the time to
meet the scared, the shy, the ones that don't stand out, the old ones, the blind
ones and the ones missing a limb. Give them the same love you gave to all of
your pets. A special pet is waiting for you - a pet that you need just as much
as he needs you.
Sara Beavin, Pet First Aid & CPR
(pictures on pages 26 and 27,
courtesy of Sara and Frank Beavin - their many special needs pets!)
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