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Furry Words

Mar 01, 2021

It’s hard to believe we’re into March and that I’ve had Syd for five months! In case you haven’t heard, I adopted a five-year-old chocolate Lab from a friend after mentioning my son and I were looking for a pup. She was super well-socialized with dogs, but being the only one in a house with two cats, certainly took some adjusting! She has gone from insecure and cautious to a playful, happy girl. The cats still spook her, one more than the other, but she’s gaining confidence around them by the day. Having a dog again has been awesome, and I didn’t realize how much I had missed it until she arrived.

I don’t know about you, but I had so many fears that I wasn’t going to be a good enough owner. It’s just me and my fifteen-year-old son, so I knew the majority of the responsibility fell on my shoulders, early mornings, late last night outs, walking in all kinds of weather, vet visits, figuring out how to run errands with a pup in the car, not tripping over her when she quietly falls asleep right behind me as I’m focused on dinner, etc. I am happy to report that so far, so good! One giant test for me was when she was spayed the first week in February. I may be a great psychic for people and pets, but blood and guts make me queasy. That includes stitches and knowing how tender her belly was. It didn’t help that her breeder was hyper-vigilant in making sure I was providing her with the best care possible. I totally appreciate all the support she gave me, but I have to admit I was a little freaked out when presented with the bad things that could happen if she didn’t lay low.

The morning of her surgery she woke up like it was the best day ever. That ended as soon as we came in after the morning potty run and I didn’t put food in her bowl. I did mumble something like, “Honey, if you think that’s the worst of your problems, you’re going to hate what comes next.” She didn’t hear me because she was pouting. Then at 7:45 A.M. I lifted her into the car and headed to the vet. Thankfully, they took her right in and I had to work, so I didn’t have the space to sit and worry all day. When they called me late afternoon to assure me, she did great and that she was up and about, I hurried out the door to pick her up. When I got there, I realized we have very different standards for “up and about!” I was handed a very looped dog who didn’t seem to know what planet she was on. She’d take a few steps and then pause as if she forgot what she was doing. It was heartbreaking but also part of the recovery process, so I pulled myself together and gently helped her into the back of the Subaru.

That evening I knew she wasn’t going upstairs with me, but I also didn’t want to leave her alone. Making things interesting was the fact that I was in the process of getting new floors and my house was a full-blown construction zone. I had furniture, boxes, tools and “stuff” everywhere! There was only one round sofa chair that was accessible, and she claimed it. I did what any good owner would do and put an air mattress on the floor in front of it and hunkered down for the night. I posted a picture on social media and was floored by the response. All these kind people were telling me how lucky Syd was to have me, but I was doing what I thought anyone would do! I also love camping, so you don’t have to ask me twice if I want to pull out the sleeping bag. That night, I dozed as the woodstove glowed and the stars shined through the skylights. It was quite peaceful, and we both did remarkably well. So well, in fact, that I set up my bed in the same spot for the second night, too!

Syd recovered within a week or two and is snoozing beside me as I share this story with you. One thing that validated how much having a dog has impacted my life is that when her activity was restricted post-surgery, my activity level plummeted. I had been walking her an average of three miles a day, and for that week, I barely broke half a mile. I’m relieved her spay is behind us, and we’re back to romping in the woods and trails once again! My insecurities over being an awesome dog mom are fading, and she continues to bring pure joy to our lives.


Sara Moore currently offers long distance readings over the phone or FaceTime. You can learn more at and follow her on Facebook at Sara Moore Enlightened Horizons. All information given in a reading is not a replacement for licensed veterinary care.