Happy is as Happy Does

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CoCo demands a treat BEFORE being brushed not after

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Lucy is thinking about maybe going for a walk if the sun is not too bright

Wednesday arrives and with it some nice news about one of my fur family members. All our pets are rescues and in one way or another found us as caregivers.

Our Boxer came to us through the Austin Boxer Rescue organization where my wife was volunteering as a foster mom. Her name is Lucy and she had been struck by a car on the streets of San Antonio. She had been pretty well cared for, but was abandoned. She has taken over our couch and bed for the last two years.

Our Silky Terrier CoCo came to us through the San Antonio Animal shelter. She had also been abandoned and left on her own for about five weeks or so. She has been with us for six years.

The good news is CoCo has had her second cancer surgery in the last twelve months. The reason this is good news; CoCo is a very happy, full of life, dog who deserves all the chances she can get for a full life. Once out of surgery, she is as normal as when she went in. Oh yes, we need to give her some medicine and remind her not to scratch, but for all intents and purposes she is the same.

Why I mention this is, if she were any different and if her quality of life no longer remained high, I would do what every responsible pet lover should do and that is cease the extraordinary measures to keep her alive. I made the decision to wait and see how she was after surgery and I am delighted that she is happy and carefree.

Should the tumors return I will do extraordinary measures until such time as it is no longer a loving act.

Some folks must wonder why people place such a premium on the health and welfare of their pets. There could be criticism by those who think animals are not worthy of our concern. I can understand how they feel, but my position is a living being can teach humans a lesson in mercy, grace, and selfless concern for others. These are all things if kept in mind, humans and animals alike would be better off.

A friend of mine who was dying of cancer said to me before he passed, “the only good thing about this is I won’t have to outlive my pets.” Sometimes I wish we could all have pets that outlived us instead of the other way around.

Happy Hump Day Y’all.

22 comments

  1. I’ve never owned a pet, but I did accidentally/inadvertently cause a dog to get hit by a car a couple of years ago.

    Still haunts me to this day, and my upcoming novel is dedicated to the dog I never knew.

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    1. Understand how that stays with you. You need to let yourself know that sometimes these things happen and you were placed in that situation for a reason. Your haunt has turned into a positive gesture. Look at it this way, a number of folks wouldn’t give it a second thought. You are above most.

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  2. That’s great news. Pets are part of the family.

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    1. The ruling part.

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      1. Like toddlers only easier to potty train.

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  3. What good news, John! Yes, it would be so much better if CoCo didn’t have cancer, but the fact that she comes through her surgeries with flying colors is cause to celebrate. Extraordinary measures are relative, but I thoroughly agree that quality of life is key. We’ve had to put down four cats over the years, and each of those decisions was wrenching. But to see their quality of life start to nose-dive was just as horrible.

    When our cat Elodea was diagnosed with lymphoma, we were devastated, and then more devastated when the vets couldn’t offer us any corrective treatment, just palliative care. We claim that we draw the line at extraordinary measures, but we would have done anything to keep Elodea with us, as long as the measures didn’t make her worse. We didn’t really get the chance anyway. She contracted a respiratory infection and the day of that diagnosis, the vet offered to put her down right then and there. She was one miserable little kitty, just one month shy of her 18th birthday.

    OK, so I’m very happy for you and hope you continue to have many more happy years with both CoCo and Lucy!

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    1. Thanks for sharing Elodea’s story. So hard to say goodbye. So hard to be in charge of that decision. *hugs*

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      1. Thanks, John. The first three had long illnesses and we were fairly prepared (as much as doting pet caregiver could be). But Elodea’s illness caught us by surprise. We had to put her down within a week of the lymphoma diagnosis. She was my husband’s girl 🙂 *hugs* back at ya.

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  4. Both of my furry friends were foundlings. I think they come to us best that way, both open and ready for that attachment. Cute little doggy!

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    1. Thank you so much for the visit and comment. I think rescues make the best friends. CoCo says thanks and wants you to know she agrees with you.

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  5. We had to put poor Rosie to sleep a couple of years ago. My husband got her in England as a puppy as pet for his son. It was such a sad day, but she was dragging herself around on the floor and in the yard and could not stand. Her legs were worn with sores and she had lost all bladder control. The doctor said she was bleeding internally and she had been plagued by arthritis which the meds weren’t helping anymore. I have never seen my husband cry until that day. He quickly replaced her with a rescue dog, Daisy, and she is another loving member of the family.

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    1. It is so tough to do, but Rosie is now a happy dog on the other side of the rainbow bridge. Thanks for sharing

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  6. Oh, that’s such good news about CoCo! I love that she wants a treat before being brushed– ha! “A living being can teach humans a lesson in mercy, grace, and selfless concern for others.” – I completely believe in this. Beautiful post.

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    1. Thank you, your comment is very much appreciated. 🙂

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  7. I can’t even think about something happening to my dog… Sometimes the thought crosses my mind when I’m about to sleep or something and it’s so upsetting I am immediately awake again. Her presence in my life, weird as it might sound, saved me from soooo much loneliness during some really difficult years. And she’s so dumb and annoying, it’s adorable, absolutely adorable.

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    1. I know how you feel. Guess who can’t get used to Standard time. CoCo. She is up and at ’em at 5:30 now. Love her though.

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      1. That’s what backyards are for 😉

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      2. As you can imagine CoCo hates her backyard. Yeah I know…..

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  8. prayingforoneday · ·

    I had Great danes in the family as a kid, when I was all growed up and had my own family we have have Staffordshire Terriers. Charles said they are like kids and dogs are, and easier to potty train 😀
    Good news, some people hate cats and love dogs or the other way around.
    I am a Dog person. Delighted the surgery went well..
    As long as he dog isn’t suffering, then it can live..

    Well done you for being so caring!

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    1. Thank you so much. I really believe people who mistreat animals will eventually mistreat people. Thanks for the comment.

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      1. prayingforoneday · ·

        Yeah I think you are right mate..
        Hitting a dog is like hitting a kid..
        A total liberty…

        As a dog and lover of my 2 daughters…my pleasure..

        Cheers

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  9. Glad everyone is well. Pets are family. I still cannot replace my Jazzmine, and she died five years ago.

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