Being a dog mom sure comes with its ups and downs, and no matter how hard you try to prevent accidents from occurring or illnesses from developing, one must be prepared for the unexpected…that’s a fact! It’s a lesson I learned with the sudden passing of my first dog, Hopper…and I had a refresher course on that hard lesson three weeks ago, when Taylor suffered a groin injury. Thankfully, this wasn’t a super serious injury that needed surgery…but as Jeremy and I left the emergency vet with Taylor last February 8th, I fell into that inevitable emotional trap called the What ifs…I wracked my brain as a tried to recall how this injury could have reared its ugly head. Could it have occurred just before I observed her limping on her left back leg, when she propped herself up on her hind legs to retrieve a treat from Jeremy’s hand? Or, did she injure her leg days before, but hid the pain…as most dogs do oh-so-cleverly? The What ifs are a series of traps that I’m sure many of my fellow dog parents can relate to…unfortunately. We can’t help it! As much as it does not help in terms of coping with one’s current situation, we just can’t help it!
However, I knew that I just had to shake off the What ifs…even if it meant shutting the door on it as it tried to step into my consciousness. Because I knew that the What ifs would not help the situation at hand, which was caring for my injured Princess with Fur. In fact, it would just make things worse! What ifs literally consume me, and I knew that it would take over my mental To Do List when it came to caring for Taylor…the What ifs are that powerful. Well, at least for me.
So, I made the decision to shut the door right in front of What if ‘s face. I proceeded to care for Taylor as instructed by our vet. I am happy to say that she is on the mend and ready for her follow-up appointment, which is this Friday.
Being a dog mom gives you plenty of opportunities to grow as a human being. And with this unexpected turn of events I have learned to stop letting guilt win. It almost won with Hopper’s passing, but I was able to stop the guilt with Taylor’s injury…before it even had the chance to even try and win.