Creature Thoughts, January 2016

A New Year, New Home, New Everything

Ryder-Monkey-500hI think our new family member, Ryder, would agree with me that the last half of 2015 was hard. Ryder had a special person. She was (and I know she shall always be) his heart-human. He was born into her hands and walked by her side for eight years. He traveled with her all over two countries, achieving championships in both, and enjoying a show career that celebrated mutiple Best In Specialty wins and awards. He rejoiced with her, celebrated with her, laughed and danced and played with her. And then, he watched her grow ill, and fight. Oh, how she fought, with a determination that inspired and amazed. He tried to comfort his mum, he lent her strength, he was very much Lin’s “Kai” in so many ways.

Then, he watched as she declined, and he still comforted, consoled, kept her warm and safe.

Suddenly, all that changed. She went into hospital in the middle of December, and did not come home again. He lost his familiar home, his hound companions, the friends who helped and cared for him and his Mum. He lost the special person to whom he had wholly given his heart.

Ryder is doing very well. When I think of all he has been through, all that has changed in his world — indeed, the entire world he knew for eight years is gone — I am quite amazed at just how well he’s adjusting. He is brave, accepting, and sweet-natured. He is determined to enjoy cuddles and play. He is bonding with our family in such an open-hearted and trusting way. He is a true delight and blessing. Yet, I still see the sadness, in quiet moments, that shines deep within the windows to his soul. I note the whimpers that come from the depths of the dreamtime as he sleeps. I ache when he cries because one of our family members has left the house. Ryder has learned, very like our Missie-cat, that sometimes when your humans go out the door, they do not come back in again.

I can’t imagine being a mature dog (or cat, or bird, or….) and suddenly having everything I have ever known and loved in life simply vanish. I know that many of you have been through similar situations. You have adopted animals who, for one reason or other, had their worlds turned upside down. Some had families who had to move and couldn’t take the pets. Others got lost themselves, and never found again. Others, like Ryder, were grieving for the loss of their owners to age or illness. Ryder’s presence in our home, and in my heart, have given me a greater appreciation of what I’ve attempted to help so many of you through.

How courageous these dear beings are. It is truly an honor to be chosen to provide the comfort and love the animals need to once again trust that their world, this new world, is a safe one.

(Photo: Ryder and his monkey.)


News and Updates:

Please take a look at my Important Info Page for the changes that have taken place as of January 1st. My rates have gone up to $45 for the base rate, and there are some minor changes in the way billing will be handled, etc. It’s all spelled out on the website, for your convenience.

Holiday Special Is Over:

Thank you to everyone who took part in the holiday special this year.

Happy New Year,