If you’re looking for Sassy Cats, there was a celebrity edition yesterday. Mollie has recovered from her notoriety and is sleeping peacefully in a catnip haze. She was catting around last night (in the house of course). Too much celebrating!
Pet people and general animal lovers are among my favorite people. They get me when I whine about anything. They’ve been elbow deep in poop cleaning. They have had pets with urgent needs at 3 a.m. They’ve been walloped by an unexpected large vet bill because…well…you do what you need to do. Some of what we do doesn’t make sense to someone who isn’t an animal lover.
Pets are part of the family. Pet friends get the anguish of “the decision” and “the last trip.” They also understand the long grieving period afterward with the unexpected stream of tears over nothing.
I met a good friend for lunch this week. She had horses for a long time and had to put her last one down in the fall. We cried over lunch. Putting down such a big animal in a kind and humane way is no small feat. The horse was 33 years old and he had a good life. Still.
As she explained the process my innards turned to goo. I can barely stand the injection for a cat (nor can I allow my cat to go through it alone), let alone the humongous injection process and getting the horse down to the ground humanely and carted off with dignity. He was part of the family. You wouldn’t let your grandfather crumble to the ground, would you?
It made a big impact on me. Horses aren’t much different from the large animals we eat. I am not much of a meat eater and really I never was.
I like the occasional good steak or yummy ribs basted with barbecue sauce. A single strip of bacon can spruce up a tomato sandwich nicely. Eating any of it in large quantities would diminish the treat. The best part of food is always in that first bite. For me, meat is more like a condiment used to up the flavor.
Growing up, my mother had at least three meatless days a week. You would be amazed at what a woman who went through the depression can do in the kitchen to make nutritious meals. I enjoyed those meals.
Maybe I won’t make it to completely vegan ever, but this year I will focus on vegetables. Baby steps. I love vegetables and grains.
Some people do “word of the year” instead of resolutions. Typically I don’t do anything but perhaps this year my word will be “Vegetable.”