The Power of Pets
The simple act of having or interacting with a pet can do and mean so much to so many.
I can’t imagine not having a pet in my life. For as long as I remember, pets have been a part of my life and they’ve meant different things to me at various stages of my life.
What brings these thoughts to my mind?
A personal account of what and how my small dog Edie, has in my opinion, made a difference in my mother-in-law’s life.
Edie and my mother-in-law have always had a special bond. The mere mention of her name “Nana” would send Edie into a tizzy of excitement. Think dogs don’t know what day it is? Well, explain to me how Edie knows when its Sunday and her “Nana” is due for a visit? Edie would wait by the window, looking for a car to pull up and deliver her Nana to her! Edie can barely contain herself and any attempts at holding her back are frivolous!
A few months ago my mother-in-law injured herself in a fall. Sunday’s are no longer the same, and no matter how long Edie waited by the window, Nana was not coming to visit.
Nana refers to Edie as her “granddaughter,” her little “baby,” her “little star”. Now if you are a pet person, this will not strike you as odd at all. However, when you’re 90 years old, are in hospital, and you’re talking to doctor’s and nursing staff, telling them that that picture pinned up on the wall of the little black pug is your famous little granddaughter, they tend to look at you like “she’s loosing it”! Trust me, this woman is far from losing it!
After months of hospitalization, rehabilitation, and a complete shoulder replacement, my mother-in-law is settling into her new home. Unfortunately for her it’s not the home she had hoped to go back to, but a home were she can still be independent and receive the continued care and support she now requires.
What I believe is special and an important part of my mother-in-law’s new home is they understand that pets are an important part of life. They allow the residents to keep their pets with them, and of course, allow pets to visit.
And visit we did!
For the first time in months Edie got to visit with her Nana! This time instead of Nana coming to visit Edie, Edie was the one doing the visiting!
I don’t know who was more excited, Edie or my mother-in-law?
Going on adventures and meeting new people are at the top of Edie’s list of favourite things to do! Of course Edie wanted to look her best and donned a bright fancy bow tie.
However, when the person you are going to visit, in Edie’s case, her Nana, who has not had the best few months, and at times felt like maybe it’s just not worth it anymore, dresses up and puts on her lipstick, all because her “granddaughter” the “famous Miss Edie” is coming to visit!
Well, I think that says it all right there!
There is no one that can tell me that relationships with pets don’t make a difference!