New Beginning After Fifty-Five

Improve Your Life Through New Possibilities

Animals, Pets

Pets can add a lot to your life.

They are work and they bring an additional concern and cost but they can have great value for you and/or your family emotionally. Of course there are bad pets but they are usually that way because of poor upbringing. You need to be particularly devoted to your pet especially in the beginning. I am writing this post to encourage you in relation to having a pet.

indy1

Undoubtedly, I am writing this because we lost our pet dog Indy on New Years morning about 2:30 AM. We noticed he was acting very strange about 6:30 New Years Eve. About 9:30 it had become worse and we took him to the vet and then onto the University of Minnesota Veterinarians Hospital. The diagnosis was very bad and he had to be put down. Things went very badly, very quickly for Indy. He had a tumor on his spleen which had seriously ruptured and cancer throughout his lungs and an operation would have been difficult and if he survived it would be hard for him and only postpone death for a few uncomfortable months. Rickie and I have each done this 4-5 times so we got on the floor and spent some time with Indy and then held him during the injection. No suffering and his suffering of that evening was over.
Indy was a rescue dog who had been hit by a car in Indianapolis and found by the roadside and nursed back to health to be placed on a rescue dog website where we found him. We had him about 8 years and we believe he was about 10 years old. He became “OUR GUY” and the simple but wonderful stories of Indy are too many to tell. They reside in our hearts. To the end he was incredibly loyal and loving and over protective of especially my wife, Rochelle (Rickie). I am now sure he was suffering for a while (maybe a month) as we noted some changes in his eating and demeanor but it was as though he did not want to show he was hurting. We took him twice during that time to the vet but all the tests came back negative. He loved us as could be seen in how he wanted to be as close to us as possible. It was a great shock to have him “leave” us so abruptly early New Years morning. Indy used to sit beside me when I was working on the computer and force his head underneath my arm so I could see his face and with those big brown eyes look right at me and I knew what he wanted, he wanted a touch or to play but mostly he wanted some Cheerios which I kept for him at my desk.
We will get another dog and he/she will be unique but Indy will live on in our memory as we compare the things our new pet does to how Indy would have responded.

Consider A Pet

Although it would be nice if just any pet would work for you, it turns out you need to have a pet that is right for you otherwise you will be less happy with a pet. So do a little study then after you get the pet it will take an effort to make him th best he can be – things like socializing and basic training. Once you get past that you can add positively to your life/happiness and that typically includes longevity. One might say going through the losses of a loved pet is difficult so why put yourself through the ordeal. The pluses of having a good pet greatly exceed the negatives. In most cases you can provide a wonderful life for the pet. All life has a beginning and an end and when Indy passed it was a time for deeper reflection about all life and sometimes we never stop to think about what is important.

Bye Indy, wish you were beside me as I am writing this.

cheerios

Indy “Our Guy” You Are Really Missed by “Mom and Dad”

indybegging

Bookmark and Share

About The Author

Comments

20 Responses to “Animals, Pets”

  1. Dee Dunheim says:

    Alan – That was beautiful. Indy will live in our hearts forever.

    Cherrio!

    Dee

  2. Dee Dunheim says:

    Alan – That was beautiful. Indy will live in our hearts forever. Cheerio! Dee

  3. Hi. this is kind of an “unconventional” question , but have other visitors asked you how get the menu bar to look like you’ve got it? I also have a blog and am really looking to alter around the theme, however am scared to death to mess with it for fear of the search engines punishing me. I am very new to all of this …so i am just not positive exactly how to try to to it all yet. I’ll just keep working on it one day at a time.

  4. Excellent read, I just passed this onto a colleague who was doing a little research on that. And he actually bought me lunch because I found it for him smile So let me rephrase that: Thanks for lunch!

  5. alanpg says:

    Hope it was not fast food, although a free lunch is a free lunch and often tastes better – thanks for the note
    Alan

  6. alanpg says:

    Good question but answer requires some work depending on your experience with internet stuff …………. I assume you are using Word Press and if not it is definitely the correct path for blogs or just for web pages …………… there is nothing close to its capabilities and ease of use
    tons of great plug-ins and hundreds of free themes that are just great and many are incredibly flexible – this particular theme is called wasteland but there are many that are much better and the list grows rapidly …………. I have 10 word press blogs / webpages and have only been doing this for about a year and only very part time
    if you have any specific questions just ask
    Alan

  7. By far the most concise and up to date information I found on this topic. Sure glad that I navigated to your page by accident. I’ll be subscribing to your feed so that I can get the latest updates. Appreciate all the information here

  8. piano tutor says:

    Hey – nice blog, just looking around some blogs, seems a pretty nice platform you are using. I’m currently using WordPress for a few of my sites but looking to change one of them over to a platform similar to yours as a trial run. Anything in particular you would recommend about it?

  9. Recently, I did not give whole lot thought to commenting on weblog articles and have left feedback even less. Viewing your useful piece of writing, might inspire me to do this again.

  10. alanpg says:

    Hi, PLW
    Thanks for the nice comment – my webpage / blog is all about helping and when that happens it is very rewarding – priceless
    Regards,
    Alan

  11. alanpg says:

    Thanks – mine is a WordPress blog used more like a webpage and I have about 10 sites and have used different platforms but WordPress is so versatile and when you really get good with one interface and it does all you want you never want to change – always a lot of work to do something different – I hope to always stick with the open source, great plug-in and free WordPress platform …………. it keeps getting better and the themes, many of them provide great freedom
    My opinion,
    Alan

  12. alanpg says:

    Thank you
    Alan

  13. i know i’m a little off topic, but i just wanted to say i love the layout of your blog. i’m new to the blogegine platform, so any tips on getting my blog looking good would be appreciated.

  14. Sorry for the huge review, but I’m really loving the new Zune, and hope this, as well as the excellent reviews some other people have written, will help you decide if it’s the right choice for you.

  15. If you don’t mind me asking I just wanted to get the scoop on what is the difference between blogenenigne and wordpress blogs? Is it easier to use or more efficient? I amseeing a lot of blogs powered by this software popping up lately and wondering if it is better or not? Thanks…

  16. alanpg says:

    It does look very good and the followers of WordPress should be creating better and better platforms. At some point I will probably try blogengine and maybe a couple of others that look very good. Holding me back is learning another interface – I can do good webpages with WordPress and each one is an adventure. I think it depends on your available time and current comfort with what you are using. If I had time I would definitely try blogengine.
    Alan

  17. piano tutor says:

    I think you have a great page here… today was my first time coming here.. I just happened to find it doing a google search. anyway, good post.. I’ll be bookmarking this page for sure.

  18. alanpg says:

    Thanks so much for the moral support – I cannot take anything for what I am doing but I appreciate the offer. I am most pleased by your reading the material, so if there is one thing you could do for me it would be to pass along my site info to others. I do have some good things coming on various subjects, at least I think so.
    Thanks,
    Alan

  19. Shan Nybo says:

    This site seems to get a great deal of visitors. How do you advertise it? It gives a nice individual spin on things. I guess having something useful or substantial to say is the most important thing.

Leave a Reply