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Eddy and his Buddy
Photo by Mary Ellen "Angel Scribe"©
Ed and Buddy, a 16 year old Lab-Beagle, enjoying
one of their last morning coffee breaks together.
"Pets don't care who we are, what color we are, or how much money we have. They give us unconditional love, and those of us who receive it are truly blessed." Ed continues, "A friend said, 'Buddy has civilized you,' and they were right! Helping my aging dog, in his last few months of life, taught me many things. He also gave my life meaning and purpose."
"A few years ago, a doctor announced that I had to lose weight, but I resisted...until Buddy came to live with me. I live on the 2nd floor of an apartment, and had to carry Buddy up and down the stairs, 5 or 6 times a day, to tend to his needs and business. Carrying Buddy's hefty fifty pound body was like weight lifting, and in no time I lost 40 pounds.
It was not hard helping Buddy, his company and companionship were worth every step.
People suggested, because of his failing health, that I put him down. But why? He and I were happy and enjoying our time together. He loved life, you could see it in his eyes, and especially the way he responded to children. Just because a pet is old, and a slight inconvenience, as long as it is pain free, don't euthanize them.
When Buddy was a puppy he was hit by a car, and had part of his hip removed. He was so active until last year, that no one knew.
Last December Buddy's health took a turn for the worse, and he could no longer stay confined in our apartment all day. When walking became too difficult for him, a friend gave us her old baby buggy.
So Buddy came to work, and I would wheel him to a grassy area, during coffee breaks. The stroller had a food tray, and when it rained, he looked so cute drinking water out of the cup well.
Because a dog sees so much of the world through its nose, the buggy gave him freedom of movement to investigate it again.
Buddy passed away last month, and I deeply miss him. He was truly my Buddy."
Ed suggests, "When a pet is old, slow or losing its eyesight, don't move furniture around. To give your slow pet their mobility back, you can find used baby buggies cheaply at Goodwill. Also, the older a pet gets, the colder they seem to get. I bought Buddy his very own sleeping bag to help keep him warm.
Also, photos are precious reminders of our pets. Mary Ellen "Angel Scribe" took several photographs of Buddy and me and they are my favorite computer's screen saver."
To help step out of the devastating grief of losing a pet there are educational books offering compassion, understanding and guidance; Animals and the After Life by Kim Sheridan's and Saying Goodbye to Your Angel Animals; Finding Comfort After Losing Your Pet by Allen and Linda Anderson.
Also, International lecturer, Penelope Smith, author of Animal Talk, and When Animals Speak recently released her third book. Animals in Spirit by Atria Books, is about animals in transition and how the bond of love is never broken.
Janetta Overholser, President of Humane Society of Cottage Society reports, "Apparently there is a problem with the dog bell toy, Four Paws Pimple Ball.
This is a very important lesson on monitoring our pets, while playing with toys, so the unexpected doesn't happen."
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