Tag: dogs

  • “Good Death”

    Today, I’m musing about euthanasia, a word that means “good death”.  As I drove away from the home in Waupaca wherein I had just euthanized a 13-year-old, 13-pound, lovable, much-loved, black, curly-haired dog with intestinal cancer, I thought to myself, “What a privilege it was for me to have assisted that dog through that sacred passage from life […]

  • Learning

    Today, I’m musing about learning. I have concluded that there is no such thing as teaching, there is only learning. For example, if I were to raise my voice and angrily say to Sophie (pictured with me above), “I’m going to teach you a lesson!” no learning would occur. Sophie is at once a bad […]

  • The death of one’s pet

    Today, I’m musing about the death of one’s pet. Veterinarians devote a much higher percentage of their professional time and services to end-of-life issues than all the other healthcare professionals. Why is this? A number of factors come to mind. The most obvious one is that all the other healthcare professionals care for people and […]

  • Family

    Today, I’m musing about family while sitting in a gray-rubbery chair at the O’Hare Airport. I’m trying to get back home after attending my nephew’s wedding in Texas. It is said, “We teach what we most need to learn.” I’ve been teach, teach, and teaching (whether paid or not) ever since I got started teaching […]

  • Mystery of the animal-human bond

    Today, I’m musing about the mystery of the animal-human bond. I’m considering two questions in particular; “Do animals help us discover who we are?” “Are our fur-bearing friends picking up on Today’s everywhere-all-the-time anxiety and fear?” After a lifetime of animal stories—my own and those of others—something Bill Lipschultz said to me over our recent […]