|Puppy George (with Meg)|
I know that the emotional investment I have with my animals ( especially the ones that live in the house), is vast.
and I perhaps alluded to this fact yesterday, when I hinted that my anxieties do soar somewhat when one of them becomes off colour or unwell.
Only yesterday it seemed that the dogs, all of them, were just puppies. Now, I feel somewhat melancholic when I realise that they all have a firm hold on doggy middle age.
In a year or two they will be pensioners, and I will be facing that awful time which Kipling described so well in that poem "Power of the Dog". He said "You give your heart to a dog to tear"
And it's true.
|William & Meg|
When dogs are with you 24/7, they become as necessary to a person as breathing.
Some people say that they could never care for another pet again when they lose a much loved dog or cat.
I never used to fully appreciate just why they should need to protect themselves from future emotional pain and grief ,after all animals give you so much more in those oh so short years that they are with you... but now I think , I can understand just where they are coming from., especially when the pets that you keep are starting to show those little tell-tale signs of getting older.