forgotten


Working in the boarding area at my vet clinic can be incredibly stressful, busy, and laborious. But, above all, it is an immensely joyous and fulfilling. I walk in everyday that I work back there and see familiar faces that I have grown to love. It’s like I’ve officially bonded with these dogs, and even when their owner comes to pick them up and they forget all about me, they will always be in my heart and never forgotten. 

        Working there has also shown me that not every dog that gets dropped off gets picked up. That’s not something a person would think about, is it? You must be thinking, “a vet clinic isn’t some animal shelter. You pay money to have your pet boarded. You can’t just drop them off and never come back for them.” That’s what I thought, too, before working here. 

        Unfortunately, it seems that people think this is an easier and more humane way of getting rid of their pets than leaving them at an animal shelter. They know that we won’t just toss the animals aside or euthanize them. But, no one has the ability to adopt them. So they just sit inside their cages for hours. They are in there all day except for when we let them out to potty. But we don’t even let them outside to do that. 

        At the clinic, we have three special cases where owners just “disappeared” or “said they would be back soon” and left their dogs with us. Two of them are together. Brother and sister. But one is by herself. The brother and sister have been at my vet clinic for about six months now. The other has been there since the beginning of May. 

        If you saw these dogs, you would fall in love. But your heart would also shatter into unfixable pieces. It would rip a hole right through you. They look so sad all the time, except when you go over to say hello. I honestly spend half of my days at work just visiting with them and loving on them because it breaks my heart to see them suffering so much. 

        They don’t know why they are there, and they don’t know why they haven’t seen the sun or felt wind on their face in months. They just don’t understand. If I could adopt them, I would in a second. But, I can’t. They are still in possession of other owners. Owners who have long since forgotten about their babies. Babies I will never, in all my life, forget about, for they have taught me so much about love and being kind in such hard circumstances. 

Proverbs 12:10 

Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast, but the mercy of the wicked is cruel.

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unconditional love 

Working at a vet clinic for the past month has taught me so much more than I could have ever expected.

          First, it has shown me that I want to be a veterinarian now more than I ever have in my life. And second, it has shown me love. Love beyond my wildest dreams. Not just the love of the animals for all humans, but the love of the owners for their very special furry friends. I have grown up loving animals. Everyone’s animals. Not just my own. But I never honestly realized how much other people love their own pets. I’m crazy for never realizing that. I hear the stories from the owners about all the money they spend on their pets, just to make sure their babies have the best lives possible. One woman even told me that she and her husband spend $20,000 on their little chihuahua, TRYING TO SAVE HIS LIFE. Unfortunately, he still didn’t make it. Working at a vet clinic has truly restored my faith in humanity. 

        It has also shown me the “proper way” to care for animals. I always thought that I was so smart and knew exactly how to care for pets, but caring for other people’s pets is completely different. Yes, another aspect of my job is working back in the boarding area which I LOVE. I don’t just love it. I adore it. It gives me a break from the hustle and bustle with dealing with clients and just allows me to bask in the presence of all the pooches and pussy cats that are surrounding me, excitedly waiting for me to play with them and love on them. 

        It isn’t always that easy, though. Some of the animals don’t understand why they are there. They honestly think they were just left by their humans and that their humans are never coming back. You can tell that that’s what they think by looking at their faces. You can also tell by the way that they shake and how they seem frozen in one place. It can be quite heartbreaking. I wish they could understand me when I tell them that their owners are coming back for them. 

        Since they do not understand that, the best thing to do is to give them so much love and attention and affection that they forget for the time being about their owners. But, when their owners do come back for them, seeing the looks on their faces is absolutely priceless. 

        I love my job. What 

Job 12:7 

But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you; And the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you.

it all started with a passion

yes, that is right. it all started with a passion. a deep desire that flowed through every bone in my body. a desire to see the world and to see the creatures in it. a desire to help every creature i come across. to give compassion to those who have never seen it displayed to them. a yearning to help the brokenhearted and the abandoned and the forgotten. no, i am not talking about people. i am talking about animals.  the world in which we live is an evil and scary place (thanks a lot adam and eve). however, when God created the world, he knew exactly what he was doing. he knew adam and eve would be tempted and would give into that temptation. but, he thought he would brighten up this ever-growing dark world with some special beings that co-inhabit it with us. that’s right. despite what some people thing, humans are not the only beings on this planet. we share it with a very special creation. animals. these animals were meant to bring happiness and joy into our lives when we can’t seem to find it anywhere else.  the world is evil. animals don’t cause that evil. humans do. i decided 15 years ago (when i was 4) that i would love animals. i would love them more than anyone could even dream of loving them. so far, i have succeeded in that challenge i set for myself. i hope that i will only grow in my love and compassion for mankind’s better half. i am writing this blog to share all of my animal adventures with you (and there are a lot). so, i hope you will enjoy the stories i tell of how amazing God’s creation really is when you take a break from looking at the pain and suffering of the world and cast your eyes upon the breathtaking world that he created for you to show you how much he truly loves you.

~Psalm 104:24-25~

“how many are your works, Lord! in wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. there is the sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number–living things both large and small.”

have a blessed day 🙂