Submitted by Lisa Yackel
This year has been a difficult one for many of us financially. It is sad to hear the statistics of families who have had to relinquish their pets to Humane Societies around the country due to finances. In our own hospital, we are seeing clients who have to make decisions on treatment plans in order to accommodate their fragile budgets. It is easy to get down in the dumps when I encounter these challenges and see the stress it places not only on our clients, but also on the staff who. If you havenâ€™t had the pleasure, I hope it gives you pause for thought. You see, I am a firm believer that our pets bring out the best in us and are the best therapy for times when we are feeling a little under the weather-physically or emotionally. advocate for the pet but have tremendous empathy for the client. As I began to think about an appropriate blog, I could not help but wander back in my mind to a writing that has been around for awhile but continues to circulate. If you have previously read it, I hope you enjoy it again or read it with a new perspective
THINGS I LEARNED FROM MY DOG
1. Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
2. Allow the experience of fresh air and wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.
3. When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
4. When itâ€™s in your best interest, practice obedience.
5. Let others know when they have invaded your territory.
6. Take naps and stretch before rising.
7. Run, romp and play daily.
8. Eat with gusto and enthusiasm.
9. Be loyal.
10. Never pretend to be something you are not.
11. If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
12. When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close and nuzzle them gently.
13. Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
14. Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
15. On hot days, drink lots of water and lay under a shade tree.
16. When youâ€™re happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
17. No matter how often you are scolded, donâ€™t buy into the guilt thing and pout, run right back and make friends.
18. Bond with your pack.
19. Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
20. Long after you are gone, remain a memory in your master's dreams.
Happy Thanksgiving! Walk off that big turkey meal with a walk with your dog and family and take the time to realize all the blessings a pet brings to your life.