Our herd is down from eight to three, 37.5% of capacity, and we are not repopulating. Fortunately, Max the Cat, Noodle the Poodle and Joy the Puppy all tolerate hugs*, because they have been put on Grief Duty. I find myself asking “Who’s next?” and waking the poor things up if they are sleeping too comfortably. Noodle has been known to sleep with all four paws up on occasion. He has been the recipient of the rudest awakenings.
In an attempt to back off from this dangerous path, I am making the conscious decision to appreciate my pets on a day-to-day basis and enjoy the time I have with them. Yes, approximately 67% of the remaining herd is oldie-old, but they are also all healthy, and probably tired of being included in my late night panics. So hold me accountable. There is much grieving yet to do, but I do not want to miss out on today.
I can’t really pull myself out of this of course, even with all of your wonderful support (And you ARE wonderful – thank you so much for walking through this with us) – This is going to take the power of God Himself. While I hope you are in a happier season, this next quote is a good reminder to us all, and then a word of “encouragement” from my very favorite singer ever, Rich Mullins. And then, I will come visit the blogs of other pet blogger friends on the Saturday Pet Blogger Hop. And then…I am going to go hug my cat.
“Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
*Note: Hugging most dogs is ill-advised. Normal dogs do not like hugs. Hugging most cats is just asking for it. Our pets are all sorts of special. Do not attempt this at home unless you are a Trained Pet Hugger. I am not. I just have really tolerant pets.