I was taught a wonderful lesson today, that there is still beauty and wonder on this Earth. I read Dave's story about the love and caring of an old country vet and a dog and realized that I had been there before.
We had a cat that had been with us for 18 years, and during that time had brought us much love and joy. She was our last animal and had been for 2 years. Then she stopped eating and hadn't eaten for several days, so of course I took her to the vet. After tests, which during this time of waiting for results she was wandering around my legs like nothing was wrong, we discovered she was in liver failure. I was told I could take her home and that she would probably live a couple more days, but I couldn't put her through that just so I wouldn't have to face the eventuality of her passing for a couple more days. I made the decision to put her down that day, even though she was still wandering around. That was one of the hardest decisions I have ever made, but the correct one. She suffered no more, while I began to suffer!
Why do we love our animals more than we love others of our own species?
Why do animals love unconditionally, while we demonize our neighbors?
Why can't we see the beauty of companionship like our animals do? Are we really that different as a species?
When, if ever, will we take the example of the lower species of our planet and begin to care for one another?
I don't know, but I hope it's before we have to put down our own because they have been burned by a nuclear holocaust caused by some fool that should be put down!