Pets and Coping…
For those of you with pets, you will understand that a pet (no matter what type) becomes a member of your family. After having lost my precious Wags, a member of our family for almost 19 years, three weeks ago, I am compelled to write about how pets help us cope.
It is not just that they help us cope with illness, but with everything. The unbridled joy that a pet brings into your life cannot be measured. They make us laugh, they calm us down and lower our blood pressure after a bad day, they adore us at our worst and at our best. And we expect it. It is part of the deeply cemented bond that we make with our loving pets. We look as forward to greeting them when we walk in our doors as they do when we come home. How many of us have just had that absolutely horrible day, are feeling very depressed or crying..and our pets know and sense this? We can tell that they know we are upset and are right by our sides to comfort us. And no matter how many times I raised my voice through the years and even swatted her little behind for being unable to resist a good bag of garbage, Ms. Waggins just remained the loving and loyal companion that she was from puppyhood.
As much as our grown children were a part of our family, Wags was also. She brought joy to each of us in ways that will never be forgotten. She put up with toddler abuse, seasonal bandannas or T shirts and of the silly things we pet-owners find cute at one time or another with our pets. Yes, we are comforted that we were able to have her in our lives for almost 19 years. Not many people have that opportunity. Even in her senior years with joint pain, her hearing almost gone, cataracts which had taken control of her eyesight & physical walking so difficult..she obediently sniffed her way in the direction that I left a room, each time that I left and would pace until she could find me again. Yes, we were truly connected at the hip.
As I always did and am sure that you pet-lovers do as well, I had a repertoire of “baby talk” and pet names for my Wags. One of our family favorites was, “Dog of the World” usually said in a sing-song announcement to the world. Wags truly was the dog of our world and my world. She will live on in all of our memories and in our hearts. I hope that she is happily frolicking without pain and with the joy that she brought to our family. We’ll miss you Wags!
Love & Hug your pets!