|Purred: Tue Oct 27, '09 6:27am PST |
|Hi, Jan--Izzie and the Zoo Gang here. I know exactly how you feel. I miss Mollie so much it hurts. I still can't go up to the vet and get her collar. I have 5 other animals here and we all know what comedic relief they provide me with. But it's Mollie I miss, just like it's Grandad you miss. If it were up to me, I'd have 50...no, 100 cats and dogs. But, at this point in our lives, my DH and I are getting older also. Although I want another Golden, preferably a pup, I know there's no way. Our finances have taken a nosedive for whatever reason. There is an issue on our ballot this upcoming election day which is promoting the opening of a gambling casino in our city. 90% of my husband's business involves taking Senior Citizens and others out of state to casinos. If the issue passes and they are allowed to build a casino in Cleveland, my husband's business will close for certain and he will be out of a job at the age of 59--too young to retire--too old to get another job, expecially in THIS economy. My point is that we are people who vet our animals and feed them good quality food. We spend a few thousand dollars a year on our animals. If he has no job and no source of income, who knows what will happen to the animals we already have! I don't want to bring any more into this situation. Secondly, Jessie is not a nice dog to other animals. She's scared me a few times when she's come close to catching one of the cats. She's had her nose bloodied once by one of them, but continues to chase them. She's pinned Cady (the Springer) down and I shudder to think of what she might have done had I not interfered (and gotten a bad bite from her in the process). I've already had to put her in the car when we ventured out to our local dog park and she tried to pick a fight with a Rotti mix dog. I would never try to bring a pup or a kitten into this house.
What am I doing to do? I am contacting a local Golden Retriever rescue organization and asking if, instead of just arbitrarily sending money to their organization, if it would be possible to sponsor a specific dog. I would send a monthly donation to be used just for this dog. Ideally, I would be allowed to interact with this dog, but not have to bring it into my home, be responsible for its safety, medical care, etc. This is how I am going to try to heal my heart. I know Mollie would approve.
It's natural, when we lose an animal to want another one. And, there are so many out there who need homes, I'm sure in England as well as here in the USA. I wish you much luck in finding the way to heal your heart. It's a sweet, kind, loving and good heart, and you deserve whatever peace you can find!
Izzie, Joy and the Gang here at "The Zoo" minus one.
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