I can’t say I’m sad to put 2017 behind us. Truthfully, we’ve had worse years – 1999 comes to mind as a year we experienced some tragic losses; my mother, our dog Shelby to cancer, and our cat Miss Bones to an attack by the neighbor’s dog. By the end of the year we had found our sweet Lab mix, Maggie, so it was not all bad. Most bad years have some good in them and 2017 was no different.
However, we started it off by losing our golden retriever Sheba to cancer in January, and then finding out in May that both the Dadz and I would be losing our jobs. Our beagle Cricket was diagnosed with an enlarged heart, and taking Luke to the vet for simple things was a nightmare because of his fears. The last few months of work were not easy, and then at the end of September we got done, and I am still out of a job. Worse, in October my family suffered the devastating loss of my brother-in-law, my oldest sister’s husband.
There are times I’ve had trouble keeping my chin up, and I’m trying not to carry that into 2018.
On the bright side, Cricket has responded well to her heart medications and has mostly been feeling well (her cough is worse lately though so they may need an adjustment), and Samantha is doing quite well for a 15-year-old cat who is blind, plus has hyperthyroidism and high blood pressure. Luke has been healthy, so we won’t have to face those vet visits too often, we hope (knock wood).
I had a good trip to the BlogPaws conference in South Carolina in May with my friend Sheryl, some great weekend getaways with all “the girls” (my sisters and friends), and best of all we started our little farm. The chickens and guinea hens have turned out to be so much more fun than I ever expected. The good times are what get you through the bad.
I don’t know what 2018 is going to bring, and the unknown is hard for me. But I do know that as long as I have my hubby, family and friends, our little farm, and the Wag ‘n Woof crew, it will all be OK. We’ll get through whatever is coming together, and hopefully a year from now I’ll have moved on from some of the losses of 2017, and be in a much better place.
Even on these bitter cold mornings we’ve been having lately, the sun rises on the beauty of the snow. Cheers to a new year meaning renewed hope for everyone!
Are you sad to see 2017 go? What will 2018 bring for you and your pets?