It has been awhile.
Lots of shake up and movement going on and all of that has me moving back to New Mexico on Nov. 9th. The whole process took time and focus to get me to the place where I knew what I had to do, so writing got put on the back burner. Then this morning a topic that keeps popping up grabbed me and here I am.
I hear over and over from people when I am working with them and their animal the concept “quality of life” comes up in regard to their animals life. Very often “quality of life” gets factored into the decision on whether to put an animal down or not. I have a lot of animals yelling in my head, I am fine!
What is “quality of life”? Who determines that? What determines that? Where did the idea come from? What does it look like? I have no clue what the answers are to those questions. I can, however, tell you animals have no concept of “quality of life”. From their point of view, if they are breathing they are alive and have life. They live in the moment.
Recently I worked with a dog who could no longer get up on his own. His human felt since he had no “quality of life” it was time to put him down. The dog was very clear he wanted to stay in his body.
This dog had a very strong will and the experience of not being able to get up under his own power was an opportunity to accept help. It was also an opportunity to learn his will could only do so much which he did not accept for a year. He was blessed with a human who was able to care for him for a year, giving him the time to work it out with his will.
Just before he died on his own he showed me that his will could only do so much and that there was a bigger movement then his will. This was a huge growth experience for him. On the surface he had no “quality of life” yet his lack of mobility was a catalyst for him to figure out his will could only do so much.
This example is an extreme and I used it to demonstrate the concept “quality of life”. It is not a straight line or black and white. AND, I am NOT making some point about not putting animals down. I am simply giving some food for thought about this concept of “quality of life”.
This work I do with animals has totally changed how I view life and it allows me the opportunity to share what I learn. I share and you get to make up your own mind on what works for you and your animals. It is so individual to each human and animal combination. There are no blanket statements or one size fits all.
The adventure continues and it will be very interesting to see what unfolds in New Mexico. Head em up, move em out!