When we found out that our dog was heart worm positive, we felt devastated, scared and unsure about the future. Having researched the dangerous treatment protocol and long recovery care requirements, we worried what would unfold during the next few months for our sweet dog, Lily. What was truly heartening to discover was the selfless dedication that all my children instantly displayed when they found out about her illness. The kids quickly volunteered to help in whatever ways necessary.
They became caretakers. Without a second's thought, they became "Lily's Get Well Brigade." The kids wanted to know every symptom that should be noted. They discussed ways to help her through those early days of treatment when feeding, walking and resting could be difficult and painful.
Worry did not deter their resolve to help Lily recover. Their hearts direct their careful actions and quiet mannerisms around Lily as she recovers. Often, they all gather around Lily to show affection and support. Lily is clearly in good hands during her recovery.
Natural caretakers, kids take charge when someone they love is in trouble. Adults take notes. Kids are resilient and can teach us all how to handle distressing news with the grace and patience to take it one day at a time. Love fuels the caretaker; love empowers the sick.