May 20th 2019
In memory of our little fur baby Zali (our 13 year old shih-tzu)
Last Saturday, Zali had her last walk on the beach, the weather was beautiful, and the sun was bright and warm. I took off my shoes and walked with her on the soft white sand, nice and slow, at her own pace, and we felt the warm sand touching my feet and her paws, she seemed to smile as she wanted to keep going…her beautiful golden hair blowing in the salty ocean breeze, being caressed gently, while basking in the sun. A blessed day!
On Monday, as we were trying to deal with a sudden turn for the worst in her condition, and after calling the emergency vet clinic, we were informed of a veterinarian doctor who does house calls and provides assistance with end of life compassionate care. Even though it was a long week-end in Canada due to a statutory holiday, we were blessed to found a vet that could come within a few minutes to our home in such short notice!
We knew the time was getting close to the end in Zali’s life, but never expected this sudden change for the worst to come so quickly…
A dear friend, who recently went through a similar experience with her beloved cat, had told me about the availability of this kind of care which is provided at home. Her experience sounded so comforting, especially at such a difficult time as it is saying a final goodbye to our dearest animal friends.
We were so touched to know that there are caring vets that do this kind of home visits. I believe that it really takes a special person to do this work, and it brings us such hope to see how we are making progress in terms of humane & compassionate veterinary care for the terminally ill animals and their human families.
This was a very different experience for us, because in the past with previous pets we had the conventional medical approach, having our dear pets spend their final moments on a cold stainless steel table, in an sterile environment, where we had little time to get a chance to say our last goodbyes while repressing our emotions…
In this occasion instead, we had all the time we needed to be with Zali, as she rested in her own soft bed surrounded by our love as we sat around her caressing her until she went to sleep. It would have been so stressful for us and for her, to drive her in the condition she was, and then to have to wait at the triage in the emergency clinic, refraining our tears & emotions, and drive all the way back home in that state of mind…
As we were mourning Zali today, even Mother Nature started to pour down great tears of rain, as if to let us know her care about each one of her children, helping us to wash away our own sadness enfolded in her embrace.
Later on in the day, I read a poem “Be Love, Seek Joy” by our dear Trina (https://spiritualquotestoliveby.wordpress.com/2019/05/20/be-love-seek-joy/ ) and it made me think that truly when there is love, even in the darkest and most sad moments of life, when we lose a loved one, there is reason for celebration: to treasure precious memories, joyful moments, and to find the blessing and joy of having experienced such great transformative love in our lives!
As Neale Donald Walsch often says, to celebrate “Continuation Day” and to know we never really “lose” our loved ones.
Later on, we spent the evening looking at many years of pictures to remember all the joyful moments we shared together with her.
Zali was one the most beautiful teachers in our lives. Her teaching didn’t need words, she always taught by example.
If we pay attention, we can learn so much from our dear four legged friends!
As Anita describes in her post “Animals and Unconditional Love”:
“Anyone who has an animal companion in their life knows that an animal’s love touches our very soul – they fill us up with pure joy! Animals recognize something greater in us, no matter what we do and say to them, and I believe that it is their recognition of that spark within us, that is being felt by us as they observe it and tap into it. For that period of time that we are in their presence, their unconditional love for us enables us to actually experience the divine – because the divine also manifests as unconditional love.”…
“They are teaching us to be present in the world, to feel, and to draw out those feelings in others. And they do all this without even uttering a word! They radiate love, they inspire love, they give love, and they invite love into their life from anyone willing to give it. They are little mirrors and messengers of the divine!”
Here is the link to her beautiful post: https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/136829979/posts/217
Yes, they teach us lessons about living in the moment, with a cheerful disposition and an open heart, about unconditional love, and instant forgiveness!…
Lessons about the power of silence, and the gentle look of warm loving eyes that truly care, about being genuinely authentic and transparent, and being “there” for us, truly present.
Lessons about enjoying life to the fullest, and appreciating everything in our lives, such as the minutest blade of grass!
Spontaneity, humbleness, egolessness, honesty, loyalty, gratitude, innocence, playfulness, non-judgement, true friendship, joy, resilience…
Through their brief lives, everyday they teach us about taking life as it comes without worries, without complaints, with profound contentment, trust, and pure joy.
My heart is full of love and gratitude as I remember Zali and all the beautiful furry friends that have past through this earth, and transformed our lives, making us better humans because of them.
May we all learn to be more “humane” with one another, and with all the beautiful animals. Let us protect them and their environments, and shower our animal companions with daily doses of love and affection, never, ever, taking a precious moment with them for granted!