Reading Temple Grandin's book "Animals in Translation," chapter 5 on pain and suffering has helped me understand the differences between how we humans attach emotionally to our pain as compared to the non-attachment that animals have.
November 9, 2013
My husband and I still can't get over the loss of our Beagle from being run over by a car in a parking lot, in July of 2012. He was trying to get away from a person that he did not know or trust, circling our van and then upon seeing me he ran towards me right in front of an oblivious couple on their way to park and mountain bike the trails at Round Valley. Our life changed forever in that moment of his fatal injury. He did not deserve this end of life. He was a research beagle and bred at a farm for research. When we first brought him home he avoided all unkown comforts and slept on the hardwood floor. He gradually grew to love comfort and loved a freshely made bed to squirm with delight on. He trusted us to carry him in a back pack down the trails on our mountain bikes. He was taken from us years ahead of his time. I wish I had not made the decision to join this dog walker on that nightmare day in the heat of the summer - just to keep a promise to another human. The result was death of my beloved dog.
June, 14, 2014
Although my job is very difficult emotionally, and technically at times, I meet the most amazing people - amazing for how deeply they love their furry companions. Most people are so grateful to have their last moments with their beloveds to be in the comfort of home. I receive many heartfelt emails of sincere gratitude which mean the world to me. It is a true honor to be of help in easing the transiiton of their ailing companion from pain, immobility, cancer, age-related changes and terminal disease to what we all hope is a better place where they are free again to run and play. We all pray that one day we will be reunited with their precious souls.