Thank You For Loving Our Pets

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Ever since my wife and I moved to the Sunshine State over 4-1/2 years ago, we’ve taken Mini, Pookie, Petey and Max to a wonderful local veterinarian. I had to get used to the fact that his very reserved “bedside manner” belies the fact that he really, really loves the animals for which he cares. He and his staff of vet technicians have always provided our little ones with extremely loving, gentle care — in fact, Max is always very happy to go to the vet’s office, and excitedly wags his tail and gives them kisses every time, even after they give him shots.

During and after our recent loss, they shared our grief and were very supportive, so I wanted to do something to thank them and let them know how much we appreciate them.

So, last week, I went through an entire stack of CDs, containing thousands of photos that we’ve taken over the past several years, chose about 200 of the best photos of our pets, and had them printed at our local Sam’s Club.

Then, this past weekend, my wife and I worked together to create a very special “thank-you.” I found some really nice paper and formatted and printed my piece, The Dream with a thank-you note, while my wife spent hours and hours choosing a handful of photos that would look nice when placed around the edges of the words.

On my Kindergarten report card, I got a gold star for everything except cutting and pasting — whether that was a spot-on assessment of my skills or a self-fulfilling prophecy is arguable — but the fact is that I’m still not very good at cutting and pasting. So my wife carefully cut the photos in a way that makes our pets look three-dimensional on the page.

I mounted the finished product in a large, matted, cherry-and-ebony wooden frame.

This past Monday morning, I delivered it to our vet’s office. I also brought a smaller framed copy of The Dream with a thank-you note and an envelope of photos for each of the vet technicians.

There wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

Here’s what it looked like before I mounted it inside the really nice frame. As always, I blacked-out our names in the photo below, for security/privacy reasons:

Our thank-you project before I framed it.

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3 Responses to Thank You For Loving Our Pets

  1. Emily M. says:

    Thank you for sharing such a touch warming poem! Have you thought about publishing, “The Dream” ?

    Best wishes,

  2. Mary Beth Burger says:

    Thank you for sharing this!
    I had to let my little miniature dachshund, Dugan, go to Heaven on October 8, 2012.
    I honestly do not feel I will ever get through this. He was such a people friendly/loving
    little guy! He understood me…he knew when I was sad….he knew when I was happy.
    My heart is so deeply empty and I have such an empty void within my life. My husband
    of 7 years abandoned me last May 28, 2011, and to not have my little dog in my
    life..I feel so alone!
    Again, thank you for sharing your beautiful poem! It means so very much to me! Just wish you would consider making personalized ones to sell! I would get one in a heartbeat to remember my little boy, Dugan!

  3. ComputerBob says:

    Dear Mary Beth,
    I know exactly how you feel about Dugan – I feel the same way about Max, my miniature doxie.
    I’m very sorry for both of your traumatic losses.
    I will contact you by email.

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