suspect for many of you that this time of year is a bit
hectic. I know for me that is indeed the case. It seems
there is so much to do during the holidays: decorating
the house (Iím still not done), shopping (ditto!),
planning for gatherings, cooking, and the list goes on.
all there is to do I must always remind myself to take
some time to reflect on all the true blessings I have in
my life, and there are many I know I share with you.
of these blessings is my work. I cannot imagine a better
job than the one I have working with people and their
companions. The human-animal bond is one of the greatest
gifts we have in our lives, and to be able to work in an
environment that displays these special relationships
is, to me, priceless.
you imagine how wonderful it is to be able to help bring
an ailing animal back to health? To be able to be part
of something that brings such happiness to the people
who deeply love these special members of their families
is without compare, and I am so thankful.
all the times are joyous when working with our
companions, as you might imagine. Sometimes, we are
unable to restore a patientís health. There are times
when a decision must be made to let a companion go, but
even in those tragic times, I am reminded of how
tremendous the relationships we have with our companions
is no more unselfish act of true love than to make the
choice to end our companionís life, to sever a bond as
great as any, knowing in your heart that it is best for
the animal. And to be part of this ultimate expression
is yet another special part of being a veterinarian.
the past, I was forced to make that very decision, to
let my dog, Al, go, and I must say, it was the most
difficult decision I have ever made. Having been
involved in so many similar situations with clients and
their companions, I thought I would be prepared ó I
like those of you who have made this decision for your
companions, I agonized. Knowing all along what I needed
to do, I finally looked my dog in the eyes, gave him an
injection, and then, as the tears clouded my eyes, I
kissed him goodbye on my porch.
now it is as vivid a memory as I have.
to those of you who continue to share your lives and
love with your special companions, take a moment during
these busy times to reflect and remember that true
demonstration of unconditional love right there beside
for those of us who have lost our great friends, letís
take the time to reflect on all that our companions
meant to us and all the priceless memories we have
because of them.
Christmas to all, and as I speak for me and my
colleagues, thank you for sharing your companions and
your relationships with them.
about that shopping Ö.