Yes I admit it. I am obsessed by my animals. My life circles around them, and their health.
Sure I can have sternum cartilage that is torn~which believe me hurts like the devil...and by the way, it is getting better.
BUT one of my animals gets ill or seems to be in distress and I literally feel awful. I had such a sense of dread when Badger was having so much difficulty breathing.
I think it may have been the very first time that I had to face the fact that some day he may not be in my life.
And that, my friends is unimaginable to me.
I cannot imagine life without those big ears, calm eyes, soft bray, and the ever so steady mount that he is.
He and I have a bond where most of the time I do not even have to verbally communicate with him.
Some days when I ride him, ...
I think of where I want to go...
and he goes there.
It is as if he knows my thoughts.
In reality I know that after 14 years of being riding partners, he can read my body language like a book.
I am grateful that I also pay acute attention to how he is doing or this could have been a disaster.
Today his Heart Rate is normal. His respiration rate has decreased, and he looks absolutely wonderful.
Put a mule in your heart and he/she will keep a portion of it as their own.