Lessons From Mandy

| 3/18/2015 2:35:00 PM

Tags: Reminisce, Pets, Petsitting, Dogs, Lois Hoffman,

Country MoonIsn’t it funny how one tiny little incident will conjure a memory from the past and put a whole new perspective on a situation. Some friends sold their home and asked if I wanted their cat. My first thought was a definite “No!” but then I remembered some life lessons we learned a few years ago from dog-sitting some other friends’ little Sheltie.

They were going to Florida for a week and didn’t want to take their dog Mandy out of her environment because she was deaf. I remember that Jim and I both looked at each other, both thinking the same thing, "No way, no how! How would we possibly communicate with a deaf dog!"

So, we were agreed. We drove down to our friends to politely decline. Then we met Mandy and, after a half hour of not finding the right words to decline and having those big brown eyes stare at us, we both said, “What would you like us to do?”

They showed us the list of when and what she ate, when she took her thyroid medicine, her usual potty schedule, and her vet’s phone number, which by the way, was their brother-in-law who would also be out of town for the weekend. Yipes!

Since Jim had been the first to agree to the deal, and as he was retired, I told him that he could basically be the one to stay and I would spend a couple nights with him. Little did I know how rewarding the following week would be and that it would change the rest of our lives, with lessons we would learn from Mandy.

The first day, naturally, was the hardest trying to get in the routine. But Mandy seemed to know and “walked” us through the day. She would lie quietly and just watch us, whatever room we were in she would follow. I had heard horror stories about when owners went away and left their pets, they would feel so lonely they wouldn’t eat. I just knew that would be the case. I sure was wrong on that point!

3/22/2015 8:38:55 AM

Lois, those animals have a way of weaseling into our hearts, don't they. Cats have a way different personality than dogs. Dogs seem to love their master's touch. Most cats, not so much. Cats are definitely more independent than dogs. That's not to say that you couldn't have the same experience as with Mandy but it would just be different. Good luck with your future cat experience. ***** Have a great life changing animal experience day.

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