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Saturday, August 29, 2009

It's been a month...

... since I've posted. My sincere apologies. I'm afraid I was not being completely honest in my last post. The difficult time I have been going through was much greater than the euthanasia of my cat, Isaac. My seven-year relationship had just ended as well, sending me into a state of shock, confusion, and near-depression. Here I was thrown a massive obstacle, completely out of nowhere, knocking me completely off a course of apparent bliss. Only very recently have I rediscovered my path, or at least a path, on which I have began to walk.

It is only natural, normal, to take these things personally when they occur. My ego was smashed, sent flying into a wall by a gargantuan frying pan. -smack!-

Through thought and meditation, I have come to realize that I am still the same caring and warm person that I was before, and that the behaviour of one person on another does not negate or undermine the importance of another. We all have our paths: some converge and others diverge.

Though I cannot see it now, I suspect that Oz will be at the end of this yellow-brick road.

Stay tuned for less drama and more veterinary-related topics.


Angus said...

Stay strong. We guessed that something was wrong - anyway it's great to have you back. You're right although life can be painful you've got it in you to set your own path and agenda.

Fi from Four Paws and Whiskers said...

Vets are people too - and have to work on their personal lives just like any one else. We are defined by who we are, not by what we do... but as vets, we seem to blur the boundaries!

Good to have you back

GoLightly said...

Oh, Doc.


I'm so sorry.

Chris McGrath said...

Kia Kaha, Clifford.

martha said...

It is another life experience that we all don't want.
Years ago I had a very,very upset patient -a lady in her late 60's- who had to undergo a cardioversion-
I suggested she draw on past difficult life experiences and reflect on how she has made it through those previous events.
She glared at me & stated that she married "well" (wealth) and never had to deal with anything upsetting
and that her life had been "perfect".
I was only in my early 20's then & I actually felt sad for her-to be a mature woman & not to have personal strength.
It makes me feel proud for myself and for others who can overcome life's hurdles.
way to go Doc!

Martha said...

add on:
oh, and I just wanted to say we just overcame our own mini-hurdle of taking one son to Ottawa to work for 4 months at NRC and we took our foster pup (future service dog)with us.
He is 5 months old (black lab) and he did so well!
We were really nervous of the trip.
He travelled well,loved the hotel room (the Marriot was wonderful with him) The people in Ottawa were welcoming to us in restaurants and in public spaces.
So many Gov't workers wanted a
6 a.m. greeeting from pup on the front lawn of the Superior Court of Justice!
WE did it-and silly us were so scared. Way to go Scooby!

Y.L.G. said...

Ah...Cliff ...been away for several weeks in U.S. and just read your latest post - Really sorry to hear; life can be the pits sometimes :(

I have this poem; I only have bits and pieces (you can find the original most likely on the net) but basically I look at it from time to time when things go awry. 
People come into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime.

When someone is in your life for a REASON, it is usually to meet a need you have expressed. They have come to assist you through a difficulty, or to provide you with guidance and support, to aid you physically, emotionally, or even spiritually. They may seem like a godsend to you, and they are.

Then, without any wrong doing on your part or at an inconvenient time, this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end. Sometimes they die, sometimes they just walk away. Sometimes they act up or out and force you to take a stand. What we must realize is that our need has been met; their work is done. It is now time to move on.

When people come into your life for a SEASON , it is because your turn has come to share, grow, or learn. They may bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh. They may teach you something you have never done. They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy. Believe it - It is real- But, only for a season. And like Spring turns to Summer, and Summer to Fall, the season eventually ends.

Don't beat yourself down over this - you're still the same great person.

When I returned, I found out my good friend's dog ate a bunch of grapes and has just been released from the vet clinic after about 2 weeks of intensive care. We don't know the long-term outcome but maybe you can enlighten your viewers about the dangers. The dog suffered major renal problems. After speaking to many in my community; I realized most people did not know grapes was toxic.

Happiness and Peace, G

Martha said...

HEY! next topic could be on toxicity of grapes-is it d/t renal involvement?
I have heard as little as ONE grape can be toxic-is that true?
guess it depends on the size of the grape & size of the dog?
what about cats?

Y.L.G. said...

We want Dr. Cliff!

We want Dr. Cliff!

We want Dr. Cliff!

A "New Year" - New Start -

Come back! :)