Pet Therapy – The Last Of A Long Line

Pet Therapy – The Last of a Long Line

 

Some days life deals you lemons. Heartbreaking ones. The death of a family pet is one of those times.

One of the stark realities of farm living was, for me, how quickly a family pet was dispensed of when it’s luck turned. One fatal car chase, teeth gnashing at the wheels, the dreaded screech of brakes and the dog limping back home. The next day, on return from school, an ominous silence loomed over the yard, only the memories. When looking for the next pet replacement, car chasing was part of the checkoff list. A lot of pets have come and gone since those troubling childhood days. Ponies, llamas, horses, bunnies, lambs and many, many cats and dogs. Often species overlapped and multiplied. With breakfast far more elaborate than a toss of kibble, attention must be paid to who gets along, who nips and who butts in anticipation of the highlight of the day. As time passes we get sensitized to the hurt and the expectation of hurt. But that does not make the loss of an animal companion easier, just more familiar.

The best therapy for some folks when a pet dies is to replace with a new one. Immediately or sooner, with the younger easing the elder into the senior years. Just move those hugs and kisses over to the next bundle of fun. Smother and slobber your loss all over the living fur ball. Remind the endearing hairy mass of the additional obligation to comfort you in loss, thankfully, one which most pets readily take on.

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