Jack’s Wednesday guest post –
Zora, Earth Mother
She’s been with us for fourteen years now and has been the most laid back, undemanding dog it’s ever been my good fortune to have been befriended by. But it’s obvious that she’s getting to be an old lady. She spends a lot of time looking abstractedly into corners of the bookstore and she has great difficulty handling anything involving the slightest of steps up or down.
She entered our life as a wee (mostly) Lab pup rescued from a busy intersection. When we moved here to Big Stone Gap she had no difficulty becoming the foster mother to a never ending procession of tiny kittens, licking them and lying with them and never complaining about their demands.
The only time I ever saw her show any belligerence was when a visiting dog attacked Bert. She attacked back, exponentially.
Now Bert – Ah, Bert!
Even terrier Bert can’t manage to rile Zora, much as he tries. Never were two dogs more different, but somehow they rub along. Chasing each other round the yard was their favorite sport and they still manage that from time to time. Slower now.
It’s always hard to deal with the aging of pets, but somehow we have to. I think they help to teach us about mortality, simply because their life expectancy is so much shorter. Time and again throughout our longer human life we have to deal with the parade of much loved companions – their arrival and departure.
We become educated to recognize the signs and that’s never easy.
Zora – our truly beloved and uncomplaining Zora is getting to be an old lady – – –
Relax in the knowledge that you are giving her a grand life, infinitely better than she might have had. And she has loved you in return.
This is true, and helps, but oh we will be sad to see her go when the time comes.