I have owned many dogs in my life and loved all of them without exception however there have been only two with whom I have had that extra special soulmate connection. The first dog was a childhood pet named Patches who has long since crossed over, more than 40 years ago now and the second one is my 9-year-old golden retriever, Paddington. The reason I bring the subject up, is that last Friday Paddington had a stroke and the 45 minutes that it took us, from the time he collapsed to when we were able to get to the vet, were terrifying for all of us. Terry driving stony-faced, me on the back seat with Paddy and poor Ruby (our black Labrador and Paddy’s shadow) sitting still and frightened right at the back of the car. The worst thing was, I had absolutely no idea what was happening to my dog and whether or not he was going to die in my arms right there in the car. So, if you own a dog, I encourage you to read here so that you will be able to recognise the symptoms if your pet ever has the misfortune to suffer a stroke.
Happily Paddy is recovering rapidly from his ordeal with his vet convinced he will make a full recovery. It was a shocking experience for me and a depressing and saddening realisation that my Paddy-Poops won’t live forever and one day I will have to say goodbye to my beloved companion. A good friend gave me very wise advice, she said “Thank God he is still with you, don’t linger on what will come, just love him and be happy with him whilst he is with you. That’s really all he needs”.
There you have it my friends, I said all that to say this, celebrate your pets life while you can and whether you own a DSLR, a little point-and-shoot or a cell phone camera, capture the memories so that in years to come you can look back on those images and smile!
Here are some of my favorite Paddy memories…
One day at a time…
All my love