Scrumpy and Java have both slowed down quite dramatically and now that the snow has melted, it's quite noticeable. There's no blaming it on cold feet, slippery walkways or sidewalks that haven't been cleared. With this in mind, I have been thinking of that dreaded day when I will be faced with "the decision". You all know what I'm thinking of. Likely I will want to have my girls at home with me when the time comes. I also know that at some point, the focus of care will be on relieving and preventing pain and suffering. Like many things, preparation is the key ... with anything trying to find the right resources when your facing the challenge is not the ideal time.
Some of us are fortunate to live in areas where there are mobile vets. There are also vets that specialize in palliative care. Recently, I met one such vet, Dr. Chris Hickman (http://hickmanmobile.ca/) who offers both. It takes a special person to only deal with end-of-life care but also to support us as we prepare ourselves for the inevitable. Care and compassion for pets and their people is so important at this time. When the time comes, I do hope that you are able to find someone like Dr. Chris. to help you with your decision. For those of you who are coming to camp, the incredible Dr. Chris will be joining us and has been gracious enough to speak to us about what to expect and the care she provides.
The other sure sign of spring is the parade of new puppies and their people as they make their way along their walk. It warms my heart especially when I see them practicing some of the skills they've learned in puppy class. It doesn't matter how busy I am, I always take a moment to stop and watch. If I'm with my gang, I take advantage of the socialization opportunity. It's great for the new pup and for mine as well. Of course, I ensure that it's safe to do so and that the pup isn't overwhelmed.
Until next time, keep well and give your pooches scratch behind the ear for me and my gang!