On top of us now being gone a few mornings a week for school and work, we lost our other dog back in June. Pippin has become a sole fur-baby and her dislike of other dogs insures she will remain the only one for the rest of her days. I know it has been a hard adjustment for her as she spends so much time alone.
We try to do our best at nap time and after my daughter goes to bed to give Pippin some attention and snuggles. We try to find special treats for when we are gone. We try to play with her when she does have a short burst of energy. Most of all we try to show her we love her.
I'm grateful for all Pippin's patience. I'm grateful for the way she loves Lydia and tolerates Lydia exploring and cuddling her. I'm grateful for all the years I had with her before kids. I'm grateful she has managed the transition with grace and still greets me at the door when I come home. I'm grateful for all she has taught me about unconditional love and forgiveness. I'm grateful for her acceptance of snuggles on our busy schedule. I'm grateful to try to listen when she is feeling extra needy and give her extra pets. I'm grateful for the way she loves to chase bubbles and her squeaky hippie toy. I'm so grateful for all her quirks and personality that make her special.
I hope that I have many more years with my fur-baby. But I also know that at twelve years old her energy and health has gone downhill a little. She is such a trooper.
Do you have a fur-baby? How do you let your pets know they are special to you? What lessons have they taught you?
May today remind us to love the ones that love us and take care of those without a voice of their own. May we cherish our fur-babies and all the lessons they have to teach us. Have a beautiful day!