|Barked: Mon Feb 17, '14 9:59am PST |
So, I was walking Peter this morning and these 2 little old ladies were walking by and one of them saw Pete and said "wow, he's an old man". It caught me off guard and maybe I shouldn't have taken it so hard but usually we hear things like "how cute" or "beautiful doxie", ect. But, this past year I've noticed I am getting a lot more of these old dog comments and they really hurt my heart
I suspect these people are not trying to intentionally hurt my feelings. And I'm quite sure I am just being extra sensitive because Peter is my first dog and I have had him since he was 1. He's been through everything with me. Divorce. Death. Job loss. All kinds of family issues and health issues. He is my whole heart.
Everything I do revolves around this little dog.
So, in short, how do I get around these comments? I KNOW he's 12, and our time is limited. I know we have less time, than, more time. I know in a few short months he will be 13. He's slowing down, he's graying, his arthritis is sometimes bad, he's had back surgery, he's had some recent eye issues, the list goes on.
And my heart. It hurts when I hear those words.
At PetCo during Christmas there was a young couple, maybe in their early 20's with a doxie puppy. Beautiful little puppy. And I had Pete in the basket with his blankie and they just stared and said "whoaaaa, he's old". I could barely keep it together to pay for my goods before I ran to the car so I could cry. I cried the whole way home....
So, those of you that have seniors of have had seniors in the past, how do you take these comments? What should I say? and more importantly, how do I make myself not fall apart when hearing them?
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