Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Pet loss, stress, mild depression

Since my dog died, I've been in a mild depression. I lost my vibe - got lazy...real lazy. I stopped working - quit a few things, that I could no longer wrap my mind around. It is amazing how our pets, and in this case, my dog - really was a buffer to me. Just talking to her each day, as I worked from my house, taking walks with her and watching her daily funny antics, brought a level of peace and serenity daily into my life.

I'm still not in the full swing of things. I'm trying. 

I have a new kitten.  She is a crack-up. She's starting to get a bit chubby and I found out she loves to watch cat videos. Yesterday afternoon, she got up into my lap, with the laptop - and we watched a cat-video of fish. I almost fell asleep! I am wondering if it would work for infants, who are stressed out or overly tired. It really relaxed me. Oh wait - it was supposed to relax my kitten...she just watched on, eagerly. 

I spoil her rotten, I know. But so does my husband. We laugh at each other how, we first said she was not allowed on the counters - none of my cats in the past have done that. But little Susie is persistent and keeps jumping up to the counter - to look out at the birds from the kitchen window ledge over the sink. Come on, is it THAT bad? 

I said it before - She is not a replacement for my dog because she is a cat. However I am allowing myself to smile again. She makes me laugh. 

We're not up to get a dog yet - our hearts are still grieving and we want to give it time. Meanwhile, we have this silly little kitten, that grows love in our hearts every day. 

 Ode to Daisey Mae
If it should be that I grow frail and weak, 
And pain should keep me from my sleep, 
Then you must do what must done, 
For this last battle can't be won. 

You will be sad - I understand, 
Don't let your grief then stay your hand, 
For this day, more than the rest, 
Your love and friendship will stand the test. 

We've had so many happy years, 
What is to come – can have no fears, 
You'd not want me to suffer so, 
When the time comes, please let me go. 

Take me where my needs they'll tend, 
Only stay with me until the end, 
And hold me firm and speak to me, 
Until my eyes no longer see.

 Finally in time you too will see, 
It is kindness you do to me, 
Although my tail its last has waved,
 From pain and suffering I've been saved. 

Don't grieve that it should be you 
Who has to decide this thing to do, 
We've been so close, we two those years, 
Don't let your heart hold any tears. 

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