Thanks to a con­sid­er­ate vet

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

called ‘‘cars’’ and only other makes were con­sid­ered to have any make. Wouldn’t that put Fords at an ad­van­tage, when­ever peo­ple thought about cars?

Iron­i­cally, till the mid-19th cen­tury, ‘‘New Zealan­der’’ meant Maori. After 19 years, fam­ily pets are no longer pets – they are a part of your fam­ily.

In my case, they were older than my two chil­dren, and were loved, scolded and re­warded as equal mem­bers of the fam­ily.

Last year I was forced to come to the re­al­i­sa­tion that Saabi was no longer en­joy­ing the full life she once had. Just last week, her brother, Simba, also suc­cumbed to the same fate.

The loss I feel is equal to any other loss in my life, as th­ese two fe­line bud­dies had been my com­fort, en­joy­ment and com­pan­ion many times.

In both in­stances, when it came to mak­ing the hard­est decision, we took them to Rap­paw Vet­eri­nary Care in Pare­mata. They not only as­sured us we were do­ing the right thing, but also pro­vided ‘‘real’’ and tan­gi­ble ad­vice to con­vince us that we were not only do­ing the best thing by us, but more im­por­tantly the ‘‘fam­ily’’ mem­bers them­selves.

Of course, this did not make it eas­ier, but the com­pas­sion and dig­nity they al­lowed to us and to our two friends was a tes­ta­ment to Peter (and Ed Darkin for Saabi) and their team of pro­fes­sion­als.

Saabi and Simba were cre­mated and we re­ceived their ashes back in ‘‘scat­ter boxes’’, which in them­selves were very nicely pre­sented, with a cer­tifi­cate of when they were cre­mated and by who.

You may think th­ese things triv­ial, but in a world that has be­come overly ex­pres­sive in so­cial me­dia tripe, it is nice to know that there is still hope and com­pas­sion avail­able in the real world. word when a more con­fus­ing one is avail­able, but then she shouldn’t be con­cerned when she is mis­un­der­stood.

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