In His Arms
Anyone with a pet knows all too well the pain of having to let go. When that time comes, some veterinarians make house calls. Others don’t. But whether at a veterinarian’s clinic or at home, the pain of saying goodbye to a beloved, fur-covered companion is never easy.
Now imagine you are the veterinarian—and it’s your cat.
That’s exactly what happened to our veterinarian, Dr. Stephanie Gandy of Catisfaction Cat Clinic in Madison, Alabama, just this past week—twice.
Those who have read my book, Mighty Little Man: My Story, His Story, Our Story, know all too well the dedication and extraordinary effort Dr. Gandy took to pull my cat, Little Man, through a terrible ordeal almost three years ago. Even now, as Little Man has aged and developed other problems, Dr. Gandy is my go-to for everything necessary for his care. Yet, while I’ve been so overwhelmed and “pushy” with concern for his well-being, Dr. Gandy has struggled with concern for cats probably numbering in the hundreds, not to mention her own.
I need to do a much better job of remembering that.
As pet owners, we demand much from our veterinarians, and sometimes it’s without regard to everything else happening in their personal lives. We expect them to have all the answers, to be available whenever we need them, and to heal our pets of whatever ails them. In my case, as I’ve shared the incredible story of Little Man’s seemingly miraculous survival, I have been asked numerous times, “So, who is this ‘miracle vet’?”
And every time, I point them to Dr. Gandy.
But Dr. Gandy and veterinarians like her are people with feelings of their own—without the power to heal everything, no matter how much we, or they, wish they did. Now she has had to say goodbye to two of her own precious fur-babies, and I’m fairly certain she had to “take action” herself. I can only imagine how hard that must have been.
So I have a favor to ask. If you are reading this, pick up your fur-baby and give them a squeeze—right now—and remember to thank your veterinarian for a job well done.
Rest in peace, Lucky and Pete, and may God bless you, Stephanie. Thank you for being so amazing at what you do.
And rest assured. Lucky and Pete are “In His Arms.”
Purrs & Headbutts,
Jonny and Little Man