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Our Pets Born of Our Hearts: A Tribute to Buffer

Who would of thought that when Jennifer decided to name her dog, Buffer 14 years ago, how fitting that name would come to be. Jennifer wrote to me after having to face the heartbreaking experience of having “to put my sweetheart dog to sleep”.

According to Websters dictionary and Roget’s Thesaurus a Buffer means to safeguard, protect, shield and cushion. As Jennifer lovingly speaks of Buffer, “She was with me thru my divorce, boyfriends, moves, jobs ….”. At the beginning and ending of each day with her by myside I knew I could move forward. I’m having a rough time with it.”

I believe the majority of us can relate to Jennifer that our relationship with are pets is far more than as a companion. The truth of the matter is that although pets are not born from our bodies, they are born from our hearts. Like Buffer our pets are our children, best-friends and a part of our family.

My early morining walks with my own little dog, Moet are much like if I was taking her to school daily. Each morning we encounter the other Moms and Dads walking their pets. Similar to having children we complain, pull our hair, laugh, and take pride with our pets over a variety of issues.

Our dogs know each other, grow old together, play, fight, bark at each other and walk with one another as we fill each other in on our pets health and behavior. We give each other tips and comment when one of the pets seems different that day, week or month. We tell each other what groomer to go to and Veterarian, and who to stay away from.

In an era of fierce individuality and technological lonliness our pets like our children help us to maintain a neighborhood of caring. Translated we as a result of our pets talk, support and give each other a simply morning “Hello” in making the day brighter for all of us. In short, a loss of our neighbors pet is a loss to the neighborhood.

To all the the “Buffers” of the world may you rest in peace. To all the Jennifers of the world much like myself we support you in your time of grief.

Love Moet & Mommy
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Posted by Dr. Leslie Seppinni on January 31, 2013|Category: Animals, Crisis, Excuse Free Living, Family & Relationships, Grief & Loss, Parenting, Self Help 8 Comments »