Balls

Guess Who...

Hint: Not Zoey!

It seems we have another ball-with-feet-fiend...

Claire...

Juxtaposition.

I saw an article from a rehab vet warning about the dangers of ball throwing/fetch, and suggesting we not do it. 

And then my daughter said something that I can't get out of my head: "I wish I would have just thrown the damn ball."

That is Fenton, the old lab she rescued from a high-kill shelter. He is a bit broken and has recently lost his ability to walk well. Dear Daughter is regretting she let concerns about him hurting himself -- and lack of time -- stop her from doing more of the thing that makes Fenton most happy: retrieving. And now he can't but he so desperately wants to -- and Dear Daughter just wishes she had thrown the damn ball.

I will keep throwing.

#noregrets

3 comments

by Jennifer Z on Mon, 07/03/2017 - 13:10

This post brought instant tears remembering my sweet, sweet Donner who loved chasing his ball. He has been gone for more than 5 years now, and I still find myself scanning for places with a big lawn to take him to throw the ball. I will often say (in fact, just yesterday) "Donner would have loved this place. " No regrets at all.

by Mary-Ann on Mon, 07/03/2017 - 14:11

In the blink of an eye, the last ball is thrown -- thank you for letting us rest our minds on Donner, and for reminding us all not to make that last toss any sooner than necessary.

by CA Heidi on Thu, 07/06/2017 - 18:24

Our neighbors just lost their sweet Riley, a Border Collie that LOVED a ball really more than anything. In memory of him, I am getting a big basket of balls to put near the open space where he loved to play best, with a sign that says, "In memory of Riley, who loved a ball, won't you please take one and play today?"

You need know when the last throw comes. :-(

XOXO

~H

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