Saturday, August 16, 2014

She's now gone meatless.

My sweet Lamb passed away in the wee hours of the morning on Monday. After suffering for the past 10 months, she took a turn for the worse while David and I were on vacation. We rushed to MD (where she was staying with my mom) and made the difficult decision to let her go. 

It feels different without her. It's hard to see her little bed or dresses or toys and know she isn't coming back to them. Noah went with us to say goodbye to her, as he's known her all his life. He's actually been suffering from an upset stomach the past few days, and I'm beginning to think he's in mourning too.

The loss of a loved one is never easy. I've worked in a vet hospital for the past four years, and have helped countless people say goodbye to their pets. It doesn't get any easier.

"She's now gone meatless." (That's a Monk reference, by the way.) 
In an effort to refocus my thoughts, and to honor Lamb, I've decided to go meatless for the week. That is, I'm fasting from eating meat for a week. If Lamb was a human, she totally would have been a vegetarian. It's something I've wanted to try for some time now, and I started it on Thursday. 

So far it has been relatively easy and even kind of fun. I have purchased meatless burgers, "chicken" patties, and even tried a local restaurant with vegetarian and vegan options. I haven't had any cravings for meat yet. I don't know if I will continue to do it after the week is over, but it's definitely a lifestyle I'd consider.

The last 6 months with Lamb were hard. She was getting progressively thinner and weaker. She was having accidents all the time. She lost what fat and hair she did have. I am glad she's no longer suffering, but I miss her completely. Rest in peace, little Lamb.

the Bride


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