“Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be...” – Robert Browning
The stables where I work had three senior dogs, all showing various signs of aging just like many of us stablehands. It seems like all of us here have either a limp or a slightly slower walk depending on the day or the weather as we make our way about the property, whether we have two legs or four. But one thing we have in common is that we love being here and we all find time to not just work but also play.
Last week one of the senior dogs, Snoopy, sadly breathed his last breath. But Snoopy left this world knowing he always was and always would be treasured by our stable-owner, Carla.
Last week, Carla also heard within the community that a horse owner couldn’t afford to keep her senior horse anymore and needed to give it away. Carla has the biggest heart of any human I know when there is a rescue in need of rescuing.
Everyone knows there is no such thing as a free horse because the real price is paid in the day-to-day feeding and care, plus unforeseen medical and supplement expenses, but Carla took the old mare in any way. She knows the importance of making whatever remaining time a horse has the best years, or months, or days of their life.
Last November, she took in a thirty-something arthritic gelding who didn’t make it to Christmas, but we all made him as comfortable and happy as humanly possible for the few precious weeks he was with us.
If I were Carla, after just losing my senior pet, I would make a deal with my heart not to let any more animals on the property who didn’t have a great chance at living at least another 25 years. But lucky for Rosie, the newest addition to our stables, Carla knows that age is just a number and there’s always room for one more.