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A Few Good Thanks

A Few Good Thanks

This was the finest Thanksgiving I can remember.  I spent it surrounded by my children and several of my best Florida friends.    We ate outdoors overlooking pastures of heaven  here in Florida.  Dogs played, cows mooed, and geese squawked.   The conversation was interesting, the food was superb, and the weather was wonderful.   It really doesn’t get much better.

I owe it all to animals.  Animals have provided so many opportunities for me, that I must give thanks. It is because of animals that I met these great friends and ended up sharing dinner in their company.  Thank you for introducing me to these great people and their pets.

I owe my career to animals.  It is my privilege to care for them when they are hurt or ill.  Through pets, I have met so many wonderful clients and made so many great friends.  I’ve seen family pets grow older as the children grew taller.  I’ve laughed with clients when new puppies and kittens joined their families.  I’ve cried with clients when they had to say their farewells to aged four-legged friends.  I’ve taught students from kindergarten to college about proper animal care.  And I’ve loved every moment. Thank you for letting me be your veterinarian.

My children learned ethics through animals.  My kids learned to feed, groom, and properly care for the many animals that have come and gone in our lives.  There have been birds, ferrets, rabbits, chickens, sheep, dogs, cats, bearded dragons, fish, horses, and rats; am I forgetting any?  Caring for pets has taught my children about empathy, responsibility, and love.  Neither of my sons can say the name of our most beloved dog, “Margaret” without tearing up.  We still miss her.  Thank you for your love and forgiveness.

We know our lives are richer because of animals.  The kids and I have moved from Coast to Coast and back again.  But each move was made easier through the companionship of a pet.  Dog walking became a new social opportunity.  It’s much easier to make new friends with a great dog on the end of the leash to break the social ice.  Thank you for making my shy boys new playmates and me new friends wherever we travel.

And because of pets, I get to write this blog.  An editor trusts me to occasionally write something worthwhile about animal care and animal health.  Life is amazing.  Thank you for reading it.  If you have any topics you would like me to discuss, please leave a comment to let me know.