Thanksgiving Day reflections on a life with pets - Dr. Marty Becker

Thanksgiving Day reflections on a life with pets

Thursday, Nov 23rd, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Quora kisses

This time last year we were eagerly awaiting the arrival of our newly adopted dogs Quin’C and Quill’N, and enjoying the golden years of our Quora, Quixote, and Gracie, as well as our spitfire distemper survivor pup QT Pi Becker, a barn full of cats, and our beloved horses.

We didn’t know that our time with Quin’C would be brief, as he succumbed to cancer just a few months after arriving at Almost Heaven Ranch. And we had no idea sweet Quora would follow him not long after.

And we certainly didn’t know that we’d adopt a little tabby cat named Talley who would take over our house and hearts as if she’d been born to do just that (which she may have been).

Anyone who has lived long enough with pets will have years like this. We aren’t complaining, because the joys outweigh the sorrows. But at every turn, whether celebrating a happy moment or mourning a loss, you have been with us with your prayers, your kind words, and your understanding.

You’ve also been there for every animal I’ve asked you to help — donating to help pets caught in the many natural disasters that struck our country this year, sharing about pets in need of adoption, spreading the word about pet food and drug recalls and other lifesaving information.

You rejoiced as we launched Fear Free Happy Homes, cheered every silly moment I posted on QT Pi’s Facebook page, and shared my anger at animal cruelty while at the same time reminding me to remember we who love animals far outnumber those who harm them.

So as we celebrate Thanksgiving today, Teresa and I extend our gratitude to and for all of you for your compassion for animals, and kindness to this veterinarian and his family. Happy Thanksgiving!