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#396: Lonely Without My Pet Babies

Thursday, August 19, 2010

I have never had the privilege of being a parent. I have, however, been a long-time dog and cat owner. Tonight I have experienced through them a little of what mothers and fathers must go through when they are away from their children for a night.

Our local Humane Society division of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) introduced me last week to a program they offer to help seniors with their pets. By signing up for the program, the Society will deliver pet food to my house every month for three to six months to offset some of the cost. In return, all pets must be spayed or neutered and become current in all of their shots. All of this is provided at no cost.

So, this afternoon two volunteers came by to pick up the pet babies. It was the first time the cats have been in a carrier. It was a challenge getting them in there but finally they cooperated. One dog, the Shepherd, went fairly easily into a large cage in the back of the van while the Boxer, that loves to go for rides was thrilled to sit between the volunteers up front. emoticon emoticon

Now the house seems so quiet and lonely. I have cleaned all the pet food bowls and the kitty litter box. It seems strange not having my furry friends with me. This is the first time we have been apart over the last five years since the first one of them strayed to the house. We have our routines for their treats and combing and playtime and now I have the house to myself and it is a little too quiet and I feel a bit discombobulated.

Tomorrow the volunteers will return the babies. The next few days after that will be interesting as I take care of the two cats and the one dog that will have been fixed, making sure they don't get too rambunctious and pull out their stitches. The dog will have to be walked on a lease instead of being allowed free run in the back yard but the good thing about that? It will give me extra exercise. And, after tomorrow, they will all be up-to-date on their shots and surgeries, something I haven't been able to afford this year.

This is a terrific program that may be available in your town if you need to look into it. And it is only one afternoon and evening and morning without the babies here.

Still, I have gotten used to having them here and playing our games and doing our routines. I miss them and I'm sure they will be uncomfortable in their temporary surroundings. But won't it be a wonderful reunion tomorrow afternoon? A bit like when your child comes home from an overnight stay at a friend's.

Sure, when we have such obligations we often wish we didn't. But don't we have a great sense of loneliness when they're gone, even for a night? emoticon emoticon emoticon
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  • SPARKLOVE
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    Wow! What a wonderful program- a blessing.

    Yes , being all alone is Challenging- my kids are grown and I can't have pets where I live so I know how you feel. I have to face the challenge of being alone everyday.
    3894 days ago
  • no profile photo YW84FRIDAY
    That's a cool program! I know a lot of seniors in my area that could benefit from something like that except I don't think it's offered. Glad you're doing the responsible thing and having them fixed. Although when we had Jack fixed he was pretty mad at us for about three days. Because it was my husband who brought him in, he wouldn't "speak" to Clarence for a week! Every time Clarence walked by, Jack would look the other way and intentionally ignore him. LOL! The ironic thing is that I"M the one who insisted on the procedure, not my husband. (hehehe)
    3896 days ago
  • no profile photo YW84FRIDAY
    That's a cool program! I know a lot of seniors in my area that could benefit from something like that except I don't think it's offered. Glad you're doing the responsible thing and having them fixed. Although when we had Jack fixed he was pretty mad at us for about three days. Because it was my husband who brought him in, he wouldn't "speak" to Clarence for a week! Every time Clarence walked by, Jack would look the other way and intentionally ignore him. LOL! The ironic thing is that I"M the one who insisted on the procedure, not my husband. (hehehe)
    3896 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5178852
    Absence makes the heart fonder... I hope you are able to sleep tonight. Do not worry or fret. They are in good hands.

    I too think this is a wonderful program & I'm happy you got involved.

    Just thinking of your reunion tomorrow is making me smile!
    3897 days ago
  • PEPPERLEAH
    I'm sorry it is so quiet; and I pray that you will not be too lonely while your babies are away. I'll bet you that they will be just as happy to be home as you will be to have them back with you!
    3897 days ago
  • KENDRACARROLL
    I was thinking, what do parents do when their kids are away for the night? -
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    3897 days ago
  • BOVEY63
    That sure is a great program - so glad you were able to take part in it.

    That should be some reunion at your house tomorrow. They are sure lucky to have someone who loves them so much.
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    3897 days ago
  • MARYANNSQUEST
    Lou, the most exciting part is when they come home and see their daddy the tails will be wagging and their hearts will be purring. You are a loving and caring parent. Take care and God bless you for loving our furry friends to pieces. emoticon
    3897 days ago
  • YATMAMA
    Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww *gentlehug* How quiet and empty that feeling is! It's a good thing you're such a nice man to hang out with so you can surely enjoy your own company. I know I would! I thank God for this program to help with our furry children. What a great thing!! If you were just a few wee hours closer, we'd have had you over for dinner and some board games tonight so you wouldn't be as lonely.

    *huggggggggggggggs*<
    BR>
    Missy
    3897 days ago
  • THENAMESLISA
    That sounds like a wonderful program! I'm a bit confused though...are they going to take them away on a regular basis? They'll be so happy to see you tomorrow! I bet it was a chore getting the cats in the carrier.

    Our furry baby is the reason we never go anywhere! We don't think there's anyone out there who will take care of them like we do! We boarded our dogs once for a weekend and they came back constipated! Poor babies. My little Shirley, died a couple of years ago at the age of 17 years and 5 months.

    I live 3.5 miles from work, so I get to come home for lunch every day and give Angus (a Golden) his 11:30 milk bone, let him outside for a few minutes and then tell him he's pretty before heading back to work. We're lucky enough to have a neighbor who comes over to let him out at lunch time if I can't make it home. We expected her to just give him a treat, let him out and then go home, but she stays with him about 20 minutes and loves on him the whole time.
    3897 days ago
  • GIBBLES5
    Lou... I am sorry you are missing your babies!!!! Yes, it is like a parent and their kids. It will be a great reunion tomorrow for sure!

    That sounds like a great program... good to know. Sounds like you finally got a little sunshine in the financial department! emoticon

    Lots of love to you and your babies tomorrow!!! May you all be able to handle the night apart!

    Kim
    3897 days ago
  • MOMMA_LITTLE
    Lou, I love what you do for the SPCA! We have a dog (well, it's our son, Jeff's) and he needs to be fixed, but we just can't afford it, either. Just too many dr. bills from my injured foot, and other stuff. Alas, the closest SPCA is in Dallas, and that is six hours away.

    I am so proud of what a good animal parent you are! I hope they come home soon and are wagging their tales for joy when they see you! emoticon
    3897 days ago
  • JULIEFRANCES112
    Yes it is hard when they are gone overnight. I remember when I had my dog spayed I actually had to call to make sure she was fine after surgery and was resting. I felt kind of foolish but they said some people call every hour to check up. So I didn't feel so bad. But yes the house seemed empty. I kept looking around my feet so I wouldn't step on her but she wasn't there. She's a chihuahua and is always right on my heels.
    What a great program they have where you are, I'm pretty sure they don't have anything like that here. Have fun with your reunion tomorrow. And have fun keeping them calm while they're healing.
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    3897 days ago
  • TEDYBEAR2838
    As I was reading it, I was thinking.... What a wonderful reunion... and you took the words right out of my mouth. emoticon minds think alike.

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    3897 days ago
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