Our Animals Are Our Family

15 Aug
(B&W film) Photo Courtesy of Melissa Couture

(B&W film) Photo Courtesy of Melissa Couture

Today’s post is a little off topic, but it’s weighing heavily on my mind, so I wanted to share.

For those of you who are animal lovers, you know that our pets are more than just animals…they are smile-makers, they are listeners, they are therapeutic…they are family.  As most of you know, not long ago I lost my dog to a battle with lymphoma….  Within the last few months, my horse has also been dealing with a mystery illness and underwent a surgery to relieve some of the symptoms, and collect samples that might give us some clues.

The surgery was done on the farm (my horse doesn’t travel well), and he was a champ about the whole thing.  Of course, that could have been the sedatives. 😉  As I type this, he is recovering and we are waiting to hear from the lab processing the samples.

The worst case scenario is a tumor growing in the sinus, the best case is some rare/antibiotic resistent infection.

I’ve had this horse in my life for 10 years, a “rescue” who came into my life with more issues than positives.  He needed the sort of work most people wouldn’t put into him, and more importantly, he needed patience and kindness.  I always tell him he is lucky he found me…I might be the only person more stubborn than him. 😉

After 10 years, we are very bonded to each other and he has blossomed into a sweet, relatively low-key, mostly brave horse who loves people, especially children.  It’s been a tough few weeks for both of us, to say the least.  I’ve spent a lot of time appreciating the positive things that have come to my life from my time working with him, and rescue animal in general…the life lessons I’ve gained are invaluable.

Today I wanted to express my gratefulness for the positive things in my life, the great memories I’ve made with Spot (the horse), my hope that there is something more we can do to help him, and my appreciation for any good thoughts you can send Spot’s way.

29 Responses to “Our Animals Are Our Family”

  1. FeyGirl August 15, 2012 at 6:12 pm #

    so much ♥♥ and good thoughts your way… we have a few rescued thoroughbreds (they’re with my mother now), and i have more empathy than i can relay. these guys spend so much time with us, so our ties to them are deep. here’s to spot’s healing energies!!!

    • seeingspotsphoto August 16, 2012 at 2:24 am #

      The good thoughts and healing energies are appreciated. I worked with a number of very sweet OTTB’s…what a great breed. =)

  2. Mondrak August 15, 2012 at 6:13 pm #

    People like you are heroes in my eyes. You rescue a horse, and pay out hundreds maybe thousands to find out what is wrong. I really do hope it is something easy to solve.

    • seeingspotsphoto August 16, 2012 at 2:29 am #

      haha My wallet doesn’t necessarily agree with my decisions right now, but I firmly believe that when we take an animal into our lives, we make a commitment to them. I want to do right by him. =)

  3. bulldogsturf August 15, 2012 at 6:15 pm #

    I pray that spot will recover he sounds so special to you… and like most animals they seem to love the children as they know they will do them no harm… a traumatic time for you… I love my pets and for that matter every bodies pets I just love animals which I think my blog at http://visitstothepark.wordpress.com/ tells you…
    Hope all goes well and your horse recovers to full health.. he’s lucky he found you…

    • seeingspotsphoto August 16, 2012 at 2:39 am #

      It’s so nice to connect with other animal lovers. =) I can definitely see your passion for them in the blog!

  4. Where God Takes Me August 15, 2012 at 7:53 pm #

    Beautiful photo, beautiful post. You (both) will be in my prayers. Blessings. -Vivian

  5. Regina (Gina) Arnold August 15, 2012 at 8:26 pm #

    You and Spot are definitely on my radar now … sending loving and light-filled energy to you both. He knows how special you are and I’m sure he is grateful for you as much as you are for him. God bless you both!!!

    • seeingspotsphoto August 16, 2012 at 2:47 am #

      Thank you so much Gina. It’s been a tough few weeks for both of us, the kind words and thoughts mean a lot. =)

  6. KrisDragun August 15, 2012 at 8:42 pm #

    I just lost one of my birds two weeks ago. This is the first pet I’ve lost, and I’ve come to learn very quickly just how precious that bond between human and animal is. I am thinking of you and spot, and praying for a positive outcome.

    • seeingspotsphoto August 16, 2012 at 2:47 am #

      I’m so sorry for your loss, it is definitely difficult to lose someone or something you care about!

  7. Carissa August 15, 2012 at 10:16 pm #

    I’m hoping for the very best scenario for Spot! That he has you to love him is wonderful.

    • seeingspotsphoto August 16, 2012 at 2:49 am #

      Thank you, Carissa! I’ve always thought I was the fortunate one, as he has enriched my life in so many ways. But I suppose he is pretty lucky to have me too. 😉

  8. 12thsonoflama August 16, 2012 at 5:00 am #

    Agreed – when my cat’s on ‘vacation’ (sometimes we leave her with my in-laws because she can go outside there whereas we live in a condo with no outdoor space) my return to my house after a long-day of work isn’t as enjoyable. Usually she comes to greet me at the door. When I don’t get that greeting (and she’s home) I actually do get a little annoyed. I never knew I’d be an animal lover until I met my wife and now I can’t imagine my life without a pet (or pets).

    • seeingspotsphoto August 17, 2012 at 4:49 pm #

      haha I think it’s great that your cat has a vacation home. =) I agree 100% though…a home without a pet is way too quiet, especially when you aren’t used to it!

  9. Hot Rod Cowgirl August 16, 2012 at 6:33 am #

    I am praying for Spot and for you…that Spot will be healed and God will protect you both. I truly understand how hard it is when our beloved animals are not well…love my kitty angel Minnie and my dogs and my horses….they are truly my family. Hugs and Prayers:)


    • seeingspotsphoto August 17, 2012 at 4:50 pm #

      Hugs and Prayers are appreciated! Thank you HRCG!

      • Hot Rod Cowgirl August 18, 2012 at 12:38 am #

        🙂 Hoping and praying for a good answer:) Spot looks like a kind horse….I love his eye:)

  10. Tisha Clinkenbeard August 16, 2012 at 5:23 pm #

    Reblogged this on The big picture view for Tisha and commented:
    Reminds me of my Tori Belle. Her kidneys shut down 2 weeks ago & she went to heaven to play with all the family that went before her.

    • seeingspotsphoto August 17, 2012 at 4:48 pm #

      Tisha, I’m so sorry to hear about Tori Belle! You and your family are definitely in my thoughts!

  11. timmay August 16, 2012 at 8:04 pm #

    Hold on to your hope and the positives it brings. Having a pet can be such a rewarding life experience when you allow the love between you both to flow. This wonderful post reminds me of my 12-year old Scottie lost a few weeks ago. She was to me as your Spot is to you. Seek out the support and comfort from friends old and new, and share with them all your experiences (I did – it helped: http://limeyfish.com/2012/07/22/the-mackie-teachings/). I wish only the best for you and Spot. He truly has been lucky to find you…and you, him.

    • seeingspotsphoto August 17, 2012 at 4:20 pm #

      Thank you for the supportive words. I’m so sorry for your loss! It’s so difficult to go through, but I always try to hold onto the positives, to remember the good I’ve done for my pets and the blessing they have been to me.

      I’ll keep you and your Scottie in my thoughts. =)

  12. danielbierstedt August 16, 2012 at 8:29 pm #

    Good luck to you both!

  13. spiderpaw August 19, 2012 at 5:12 am #

    As one with many animals in his life, You have all my good thoughts and animal mojo coming your way in hopes that you both get through this.

  14. Marcella Rousseau September 4, 2012 at 12:08 am #

    Please let us know the results of Spot’s tests. Hope the results are good. Beautiful photos here!

    • seeingspotsphoto September 5, 2012 at 1:59 am #

      Thank you, Marcella. 🙂 The infection is under control now, but the swelling in the front of the head is a tumor growing in the sinus…the vet said just to take it day by day.

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