Earlier this week a good friend of mine suddenly lost her 11-year-old dog, Zoe (pictured above, in her prime), to heart failure. I’m sure the death of a close mate or relative would have been just as painful for her. It absolutely broke her heart.
It’s funny how pets do this to us. They come into our lives often without notice or significant planning, and before we realise it they have taken over our beds, changed our schedules and turned the house into their playground.
We are suspicious when we can’t hear them, greet them like children and write endless Facebook posts about their daily routines regardless of how inappropriate they are to share. We think about them when we go on holidays, buy them birthday and Christmas presents, and show complete strangers their photos whenever we can.
How did we manage to live without them? Most of us can’t remember what it was like back then, but we certainly feel the pain when they depart for whatever reason.
So, to all the pets that have been a part of our families:
Thank you for making our houses louder, our stories richer and our hearts more humble by the love and joy you have brought to our homes. Our lives are forever changed because you have been a part of it.