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Christmas comes early in Maine and a veterinarian reminds our family of the highest professional conduct

Simba was set for her 'appointment' but it was too soon for our hearts and the dog doctor's, too

Author Brooke Southall December 27, 2013 at 4:32 AM
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Simba talked the veterinarian out of it.

Marie Swift

Marie Swift

December 29, 2013 — 6:01 AM

Brooke, Thanks for sharing this very personal story. We have been having a similar, ongoing discussion at my house for about a year now regarding my son’s dog, Chelsea, a small Cairn Terrier who is “advanced geriatric” according to the vet. Life span is 12-15 years. She’ll be 16 in May. Son has long since moved away for college and graduate school, leaving Chelsea in the family’s care (which is not always fun). What to do, what to do. For now, we wait and watch, and feed her brown rice and buttered whole wheat bread – her favorite treats these days. Wishing you, your family and Simba a good holiday together in Maine.

Jason

Jason

December 30, 2013 — 8:50 AM

Thanks for this story Brooke. To Simba as well. And Marie, to Chelsea. You are good caretakers, and they the best of friends, for sure.

Pete Giza

Pete Giza

December 30, 2013 — 10:11 AM

Brooke,

A touching article lightyears away from the din of our industrial lives.

My Polish Lowland Sheepdog Raggz is now 12 1/2 years old. When we brought him home he was one of less than 3000 PONs in the US. The AKC had yet to receive his breed as official doing so just a few years later.

I dread the day I experience what you experienced. Our Raggz has been an integral part of shaping our twin daughters’ lives and appreciation for living things.

At one time we had 50 chickens on our little urban farm that he would herd. Working dogs never stop working. If he wasn’t herding the chickens he was cut-back to-and-fro making sure his human herd stayed within his protective gate.

“The Raggz” doesn’t herd anymore. Advancing age, a bit of arthritis and his busy humans keep him from accomplishing what he was born and bed to do. But he is still a majestic creature. His slowing and tendency to sleep longer now just reminds me of the eventuality that you penned above. And now that the second of twin daughters is soon to also enter married life – well you get the picture.

It’s a tough thing to let go and no amount of preparation makes it easier. Thanks for the time to reflect on something a bit more meaningful.

Pete

Pete Giza | VP Business Development | WealthSite

PS. Please excuse any newly invented words or grammar. I wrote this on my phone;-)

Brooke Southall

Brooke Southall

December 30, 2013 — 5:56 PM

Thank you, everybody for not only showing sympathy, and absorbing a slightly-heavy-at-Christmas story but also telling your own stories. For those who might want an update, Simba is breathing better and finding her appetite late in the day. We simply are letting her dictate what she eats and what she does. Lying on a snowbank with short visits inside seems to suit her best!

Brooke

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