I have been blessed with caring for so many animals during my life.  Great and small, they eventually must leave.  As painful as it is to let them go, I constantly remind myself that we are all here for but a moment in time.   The time that we have shared was a gift.

I care for many animals that are deemed unadoptable.  They are usually old, sick or have been homeless for a very long time.   The most difficult task is to listen to them tell me it is time, but one must remember always that the gift of sharing a life is greater than that moment when we must pass.


Lab does a walkabout at night only to return with goat “friends.”  A day later he was spotted in a field.


New besties…


My scottie used to do walkabouts.  My dad would do a drive around the block.  When he would spot the little dog, he usually had several “friends” in tow as well.  Of course, the car door would open and the little scot would jump into the car.  It had usually been a long a walkabout.  His “friends” would disperse as well.

I’m always saddened when I lose a pet.  There are never any words that truly console.  I feel for the others left behind.  If you believe that they do not grieve, you are very mistaken. Take for example the story of Otis and Mattis.  Otis was the family’s guinea pig.  Mattis, was devastated when Otis passed.  So much so that he stopped eating.


Joseph Scaramucci posted on Facebook that the unlikely pair were best buddies. Otis the guinea pig crossed the rainbow bridge on July 28.

Mattis was clearly brokenhearted as he laid in Otis’ cage after he went to “guinea pig heaven”.

Brittany Scaramucci said that she didn’t understand what was happening when the family returned from vacation, but Mattis would not leave Otis’ side until he died.

“When I went to pick up the cage and clean it up, he stayed right with me and then sat next to it and in it on the sidewalk,” Brittany said. “When I lifted the lid off, he made it pretty obvious that he knew something was wrong and just looked at me like ‘what is going on?’ It broke my heart.”

Joseph said that Mattis still hasn’t finished mourning his best friend of 4 years.

“Even yesterday morning Brittany was commenting on how he wouldn’t eat,” Joseph said. “Mattis just seems to tolerate everything, so I was surprised.”

When it was time to say goodbye, Mattis just couldn’t.   4ec02b5600000578-6016943-image-a-51_1533157222171

Love them as often and as much as you can.  We are forgetful that we can be gone in an instant.  Those left behind feel it the most.  We hope that Mattis will soon understand that Otis is in a better place and someday, they will meetup again.