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