My four girls are all white-faced these days, ranging in age from 9½ to 13. And while there have been and continue to be many changes — more hours spent sleeping, Scout’s blindness becoming complete, needed retrofits to keep them out of harm’s way — there is no less joy, hilarity, frustration and LIFE than in all the years they’ve been with me.
Late life is a sacred time, for both human beings and our animals. With age comes wisdom, depth and amazing grace, and I consider it an honor and a huge blessing to share these “golden years” with such special creatures.
A striking thing happens with the Spot crew when we work on editions dedicated to seniors: we find ourselves in a sacred space that defies words . . . perhaps that’s simply because in this space we speak from the heart.
Because our pets’ lives are so fleeting, all of us will have the blessing and the challenge of traveling the last years, months and days with our lovebugs. I hope the information and stories inside help with the many experiences, decisions and emotions to be faced in these end times that are at once wonderful and also so very painful.
We’re blessed to get to share life with our animals. The more prepared and informed we can be as we move with them into the late hours the more room there is for love to reign.
Let it reign.
Yours in everything pet,