I read with deep, deep sadness the entry to Kim’s Tour of No Regrets yesterday. Kim and I are alike in many ways. We both have two daughters, love a good glass of wine, work in the ad industry, and have a love for infographics. Now, we have both said goodbye entirely too soon to four-legged friends. I don’t need to go into the details. You know what I mean.

For most of us pet owners, there is no such thing as just a dog, or just a cat. They weave themselves into the fabric of the family, providing comfort, friendship, comic relief and unconditional love. For those that see it this way, they improve our Quality of life in ways like no other. While human friendship is a necessary part of a healthy life, our furry friends offer many health benefits. Have you ever tried being depressed with puppy-dog eyes looking up at you? Our pets lower blood pressure, relieve stress and give us reasons to exercise. A close circle of friends gets us through a crises, but our pet can be a friend that adds comfort without any words. They keep our secrets, don’t pass judgment and love us anyway.

So, for Toby and his family, today is about Quality of life. They had to make a hard decision about his quality of life yesterday. He certainly improved theirs while he was part of their family. For them (and everyone who has loved and said goodbye to a pet), I give this yellow rose. A rose to symbolize friendship, joy, love and most of all…remembrance.

Submitted for ABC Wednesday and Creative Exchange



10 thoughts on “Quality

  1. Thank you so much for sharing this at The Creative Exchange Lisa. I have a little guy who is just about 15 now, and he has been sick on and off for over a year. I know it’s just a matter of time before we will have to part ways, and of course that is so very hard. They become such a part of our family, and our lives are so enriched by them.

    I hope your Wednesday is a good one.



  2. Lisa, thanks so much. Toby has been part of our family for eleven years, and it was hard to let him go. We knew it was coming for a year, but you still want to eek out one more day of romping and hugging and loving. I think one of the gifts that dogs give us is their insistence to live (and love) in the moment. Their only concept of time is “right now” and a minute, a day, a week, a month…they all melt into big happy puppy jump, life is so good I want to spin around, lick your face, a run after a ball moment.
    Sigh. xo


  3. Generally speaking, people are having more pets, and fewer children. People are spending more on their pets, and are more and more attached.
    Lisa, sorry for your loss.
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team


  4. Sorry for your loss. I’ve been there too many times in my 70 years, and numerous pets. It’s never easy, but I think the hardest was Hildegard, a 9 year old Shih Tzu that gave us such joy.


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