I got to thinking the other day about how we are so accustomed to having the services we need only an email, text or phone call away. But what would we do if this changed.
In my case, it concerned the care of my dogs. Twice a year I take them next door to my friend, the dog groomer. They are given baths, hair cuts, the excess hair is removed from inside their ears and their nails are trimmed.
One of my Yorkies, Jessie Jane, has weird nails. The quick (the part inside the nail that has nerves and blood vessels) grows unnaturally long, so her nails can never be trimmed short. Cutting into the quick causes pain and bleeding. So as her nails grow, they curl sideways. This doesn't seem to bother her or slow her down any. Until yesterday.
Jessie Jane was holding up one of her front paws when she came out of her kennel for her morning cookie. So as soon as she ate her treat, I picked her up and checked her paw. Sure enough. One of her nails had gotten so long that it was poking the adjoining pad on her foot.
Like most people, my first thought was to call the groomer and make an appointment to get Jessie's nails cut. But then I got to thinking, what if I didn't have access to a groomer. What would I do?
I don't have a proper nail trimming tool, but I do have a small wire snipper. So I got it out and carefully trimmed the offending nail as well as the rest of them on that foot. It wasn't a professional looking job, but she could run without pain, and that was what I wanted.
I am big on having a variety of foods on hand - store bought, home canned and dehydrated. I have extra water stored. I either have or plan on buying in the near future, alternative methods of cooking, heating at least one room of my apartment and light sources. But, shame on me, aside from stocking up on food and water for them, I hadn't thought ahead for the care of my fuzzy buddies who share my life.
So this weekend I will do the research to see what I should have on hand for their proper care. And next week I will go to a pet supply store that I trust to have good quality merchandise, and buy a nail trimmer, a good quality clipper for hair cuts, and whatever other supplies I need. There may come a time when I won't have a veterinarian three blocks away as I do now, so I need to think along the lines of what to have on hand should they become sick, as Lily was the past couple of weeks, or injured.
Our pets give us so much. They love us even when we are not lovable. They are glad to see us even when we are cranky. They only ask to be fed, have clean water and occasional pets, snuggles and belly rubs. I will still take them to the vet when needed. But if the time comes when that's not possible, I want to be able to do the very best for them that I can. They deserve no less than that.