Why is a the sight of a lame or three-legged dog so hard to bear? Why is a blind or deaf cat seen to be suffering, or that elderly pet as ‘needing to be put down for its own sake’? So we don’t have to watch the poor old thing bumbling along? Unfortunately, the human heart bleeds for imperfection, in direct contrast to the animal heart, which accepts a disability and moves on.

In youth we don’t ask for much, we expect it. The perfect partner, the perfect home, the perfect life and of course the perfect healthy pet. Totally achievable, right? It’s a bitter pill to swallow when Prince Charming turns amphibian, financial success remains an enigma, the average 2.5 kids never eventuate and the canine or feline companion ends up with early onset osteoarthritis, a dickey ticker, diabetes, cancer or even worse. What happened to ‘perfect’?

Perfect just got more interesting, that’s all. With age comes knowledge that the scars you’ve collected over the years and the disabilities you were either born with or acquired – life’s little imperfections – are no barrier to leading an extraordinary and prolonged existence. The same goes for our pets. The illusion of ‘perfect’ (having all the required or desirable elements) is overshadowed by the fabulous reality of imperfection – otherwise known as ‘character’.

Improvements in health care and nutrition have crossed over into the animal field. Accessible and innovative treatment modalities now help to maintain comfortable and long lives for those lucky enough to have ‘character’ (with the help of readily accessible pet insurance to pay for it).
The nonjudgmental heart and soul of an animal just keeps getting better while bits are failing or falling off. They live fully in the moment, loving owners being all that is required to make life ‘perfect’ for them.

Pictured above is my little Dudley, a dog with true ‘character’. He contracted Neosporosis at the age of 8 weeks, and by the time it was diagnosed at 16 weeks, he carried a permanent disability in both hind legs. It has given him a rather funky gait that makes him a bit special, and the boot he needs to protect his foot is a constant topic of interest. Now coming up to four years old, he is happy, healthy and strong, with the most beautiful nature a dog could have.

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