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Our Best Friends?

on April 14, 2015

My dear blog-pal Elspeth’s family is dealing with a crisis; one of their family members is ill and it’s affecting every one. Harley is their 4-legged, furry-coated baby, and from pics of him, he knows how much he’s loved.

We lost our Lil last year, in the middle of the summer. She took heatstroke one afternoon and was unable to recover, despite heroic efforts by my veterinarian neighbor and the staff at the animal hospital. Saying goodbye to our Little Old Lady (she was 13) was one of the hardest things we’ve ever done.

Els’ friends have been praying for Harley’s recovery – as is only fitting; he is family after all; but Andrew over at Adopting James has truly put into words what our pets really mean to us. I got pretty teary-eyed reading his essay, and knew I had to share. I know that everyone whose family includes a member with multiple legs and an abundance of fuzziness with appreciate it as well.

Edited – This is a sad update.  Harley has passed away and he did so in the loving arms of one of his girls.  If anyone is inclined to do so, a prayer for her family would be appreciated.  Harley is sorely missed.

Please enjoy “Our Best Friends?”.

adoptingjames

PfoteThey say dog is man’s best friend. I disagree.

Let me explain.

People have had a strong attachment to animals, particularly dogs, for many years. I don’t know the history of man’s relationship with animals, and I’m not going to pretend to. But let’s just go back to the early 1900’s. Even then, people have had a strong attachment to their animals. Think Old Yeller and even The Grapes of Wrath where even the most stoic group of men mourn over a dead dog on the side of the road.

Why do you think that is?

3690_1I think I may have an idea and you can you can take it with a grain of salt.

I feel like the older I get the more compassionate I feel toward animals. I used to love going to Sea World, but knowing how it is an abuse to one of the smartest…

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16 responses to “Our Best Friends?

  1. Elspeth says:

    Maeve! That was a really nice post. The linked one AND your thoughts.

    You guys have no idea how appreciative I am of your support as we deal with this. Every day Harley hangs on the prognosis gets a little brighter, although it will be a full 6 months before we will be able to truly be out of the woods. Such is the nature of IMHA apparently.

    Again, thanks, friend.

  2. FuzzieWuzzie says:

    There is sno malice in dogs. Matbe a little mischief. That’s why we love them unconditionally.

  3. Sorry to hear of your pet’s troubles, Elspeth. Hope he’s feeling better soon!

  4. FuzzieWuzzie says:

    More video!

  5. Elspeth says:

    Thank you Sunshine and Fuzzy. You’re both kind. We’re in limbo presently, and he’s not out of the woods just yet, but we have a lot of optimism.

    It’s just difficult to see our normally rambunctious dog just so depleted of energy. However the vet (and she is quite possibly the best vet ever!) says that the prolonged rest and extensive sleeping are exactly what he needs in order for his body to recover completely from the illness.

    And so we give him his meds and wait…

  6. FuzzieWuzzie says:

    I don’t know if videos will help directly but, maybe, they’ll help indirectly by making humans cheerful.

  7. Elspeth says:

    Yes, they are very cute. Thanks again Fuzzie.

    Harley is doing well all things considered. Apparently with this particular ailment, if the dog survives 2 weeks, the chance of a full recovery adjusts to 70%. It’s been exactly one week since he was diagnosed, and he is showing a lot of positive signs. More energy (though still far from his normal levels), growing appetite, etc. It’s looking good.

  8. FuzzieWuzzie says:

    I can’t stop!!

  9. Jenny says:

    We just got a dog in the fall, and I can’t believe how incredibly attached to him we’ve already gotten. Thinking of you, Elspeth.

  10. Elspeth says:

    Last update I hope: Blood work done for the dog today. He’s out of the woods- officially. Still has to take meds for the next 2 months, but things are looking up. Appreciate the well wishes you guys!

  11. Joy says:

    Good news, E. I’m so glad to hear it.

  12. Elspeth says:

    I should let y’all know that Harley didn’t make it.We were all pretty broken up, but we’re adjusting to the new normal. We miss him though.

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