Originally Posted by chiadmin;2227929
At some point in our lifetime many of us will have cared for an aging pet that is no longer able to fetch a stick, bound up the stairs or simply climb up onto the sofa to snuggle beside us. [B
This isn’t a sad time; it’s a thoughtful time that allows us to at long last give back to someone who has brought years of joy to our life.[/B]
First off, I want to address the bolded part. I couldn't agree more! My Bella was an old dog for a few years before she passed. She couldn't jump off furniture by herself. She was deaf and couldn't hear me call her. She was nearly blind so that meant many trips up and down the stairs carrying her. It meant cleaning up after her incontinence and reassuring her that it was okay. But I did it with pleasure not only because I loved her but because of the love she had blessed me with all those years.
Older dogs are treasures to be blessed and admired.
As for the article....I read this a few days ago and was so happy to see this. I think it is so important that we not dispose of animals when they simply become more 'work'. We make a commitment to care for them and, much like a commitment we make to a marriage, that means in sickness and health.