It was a clear, crisp January afternoon. The sun peeked out from a few scattered fluffy white clouds in the blue sky, the windows were rolled down on our new Subaru Forester and the soft breeze blew wisps of hair across my face. To most, it would seem like the perfect day, however, for me, it seemed a little less bright. I sat in the backseat of the car holding my mom’s thin and pale hand as we made the journey from Queen Creek to Phoenix for yet another doctor’s visit. I knew that this wasn’t how any of us planned on spending our Saturday, but we made the best of it, listening to music, telling stories and enjoying time spent as a family.
On the way home, we decided to celebrate a bit of good news we had received by stopping for dinner at San Tan Flats. We turned off the main road onto a dusty gravel street, passing green fields dotted with cotton and corn. We were stopped at a light when I noticed my mom’s eyes transfixed on something in the distance: two miniature ponies grazing under a tree at a nearby farm. As we passed the horses, her eyes widened and the corners of her mouth turned up in a faint smile. Her clear blue eyes were suddenly filled with calm and began to water as one of the ponies turned toward us, pricking his ears up and transfixing his gaze on her.
Soon, we made stopping by the farm after her doctors visits a regular habit, and although she couldn’t get out of the car to see them, I was always amazed at the calming, comforting effect they had on her, almost as if they could sense she was sick. To this day, I will never forget how intuitive those mini ponies were or how much their mere presence seemed to take such a hold over my mom. Sometimes it takes more than doctors and medicine to heal; it takes the pure, innocent heart of an animal.
Whether your pet serves as a playmate, companion or service animal, they undeniably have a special hold over your family and heart. In this issue, we want to say thank you to all the pets out there making our lives brighter, like Bliss the beloved service dog to 12-year-old Claudia and the horses at Camelot Therapeutic Horsemanship, as well as the people, like those at Fix.Adopt.Save, striving to make the world a better place for our pets.
Until Next Time,