If you have a large extended family, caring for your pet(s) while you are sick or hospitalized, most likely, will not be an issue. For approximately 96 million singles in the U.S., it causes great concern. I was pleasantly surprised by one of the questions posed to me by the admitting hospitalist during my last hospital stay: “Do you have pets at home that depend on you for their care?” This simple question speaks volumes in how we, as a society, see our pets within the family unit. I was blown away and quickly answered: “Yes, I do; one 85 pound dog and a cat“. I knew I liked this doctor right away and was tempted to pull out my IPhone to show him snapshots, but I figured that would be a bit over the top.
It’s been over two years since I rescued Baylie; a great pyrenees/border collie mix. She has grown from four pounds to ninety pounds, and I don’t thinks she is done yet. My biggest concern when I brought Baylie into the home was how my cat, Smoki, would adjust to the new addition. I now can say, Smoki, weighing in at just under ten pounds, and I have established ourselves as the alpha dogs of the pack. It didn’t happen overnight. It took months of patience and diligence on our part.
Smoki, at twelve years of age, didn’t quite know what to think of Baylie when she arrived on the scene but one thing for certain, she wanted no part of this odd creature. Even though in the beginning Baylie was much smaller than Smoki, I knew the groundwork had to be set to bring cohesiveness between the two since Baylie would grow to be a very large dog. It took repetitive slaps to the face and a lot of fat tails and hissing by Smoki to put her into hierarchy status over Baylie.
Mother’s Day is a holiday honoring motherhood that is observed in different forms throughout the world. The American incarnation of Mother’s Day was created in 1908 and became an official U.S. holiday in 1914. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in Spring.
Have you thanked your pet?