FROM THE EDITOR'S PEN /
The Best Medicine
I hope all is peaceful with you and
your loved ones as we wend our way through this holiday
season. My last two weeks have been uneventful in as much
as I haven't been able to move out of bed for any extended
period o f time. I'm well on the mend now, but anyone who
has had pain in the lower back knows how much fun it ain't.
The worst part was the profound disappointment I saw early
in the ordeal every day on the face of my puppy, Morris. He
couldn't understand why I wasn't bounding out of bed,
getting dressed and taking him to work each morning. How
else could he make sure that his staff was able to fulfill
their daily requirement of scratches and smiles? What of
the restaurants that we frequented on a daily basis
together, how could they ever overcome the emotional loss of
not sneaking him scraps of food and cookies? He had rounds
to keep, darn it and I was keeping him from them.
As I was able to move from the bed and
would walk anywhere near the front door, I would feel a push at
my ankles just to make sure that I knew what direction I needed
to go in order for him to keep his appointed rounds. My staff
would call to see how I was doing, but I know they missed his
face more than mine. Where else can the editor of the nation's
first caregiver magazine go to work and be known as Auntie
Nancy, or a highly skilled internet expert, Auntie Heather? And
how about our erstwhile Publisher, Uncle Stevie?
Actually, one of the things that made the
past two weeks less painful was the constant companionship of my
guardian angel. Morris would always be by my side as I awoke,
adding a few licks for their medicinal value. This was the best
medicine possible, and I didn't even need to get a referral to
see the specialist. I have heard a lot of tails (pun intended)
from my fellow caregivers about the comfort that their pets
offer them and their loved ones. Please take a moment and
share your caring pet and pet care stories with us.
Go ahead, give Morris something to read when
he gets back to work.