Annie seemed to be asleep on the passenger side and the vet quietly opened the door. She came with the drugs and needle in hand. Annie lifted her head, looked at the vet and the needle, then stood up and moved away from the veterinarian and lay down close to me and faced her as if to say, “oh, no you don’t.”
As I trudged through 5 ft. snow drifts (I’m 5 ft 3 inches tall, so I could easily have “disappeared”), my 3 biggest dogs (Brian, Tristan and Merlin) stayed by my side. They seemed to understand the gravity of the situation. More than once I fell and they immediately gathered around me and stood quietly. Any other time they would have engaged in a play/wrestling match with me.
We have no right to impose our shortcomings, or our “lifestyle” on anyone else, and no right to squelch the joy and passion in another living being, human or non-human, because we think we know better, or disagree with their journey, or are in a bad mood. Yet we do this all the time to our children, parents, family, pets, friends. . . two of mine, supposedly well-meaning, which at this point I doubt, almost destroyed my joy, until Suzy made her way into my dreams.