Today is Mother’s Day. I’m sitting on my couch, writing, on this rainy day with my little Rusty, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and his buddy, Mattie, next to me with Trevor and Spencer across from me. It is a moment that I need to stop and cherish.
Today I purposefully slowed down my world to spend time with my dogs. Over these past many months, I have purposefully slowed down working on Center for Pet Safety too. It’s not that the mission has stalled, far from it, but I have two dogs that likely won’t be with me much longer. I want to spend more time with them. Rusty is six and has TCell Lymphoma. Spencer is fourteen (almost fifteen!) and has some form of cancer that I opted not to diagnose. After meeting with many veterinarians, holistic practitioners, oncologists, internal medicine specialists, I have chosen palliative care for both of my dogs to ensure we focus on quality of life.
To Dr. Westfall, Dr. Pollock, and Dr. Cohen, vet techs Jennifer and Stephanie – thank you for every phone call, every text message, every conversation to help me make quality of life decisions for my boys.
For today, all is right in our world. It’s been a good day, full of belly rubs, naps, treats and snuffles. Just what this dog mom needed.
Indeed, a very Happy Mother’s Day.