Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Orlin and I have a Signal

Even though I am a veterinarian, I still live in denial of how old Orlin is.

When people ask how old he is, I answer somewhere between 10, 11 or 12. Kind of like how I say I'm 29 (#ok #fine 39)

But he's not. First off I've had him for 13 years. And he was an ADULT. He could have been anywhere from 1-3 years old at the time I found him.

I don't even want to add those numbers on to 13 to come up with 14-6 yrs old.

Thank goodness he's in great shape. Deaf and cloudy eyes, but healthy.

But that old age is starting to creep in. He peeped on the bed the other day. He sometimes gets confused about what the routine is. He sleeps 23 hours a day.

I know he won't last forever.

So while my heart will break in two when he goes, I know, I just know, we will see each other again.

Because you see we've got a plan.

I figure if there is karma, Orlin is in about as good a stead as you could be.

He's been the best big brother a pack could ever have so he really should get his choice on what he comes back as.

After much debate, we have decided Orlin should come back as a medium-sized terrier.

He has always wanted to be a lap dog, but cramming 45 pounds into a lap has been awkward at best. But he wants to be big enough to protect everyone (that's just how he rolls). And he wants to be wire-haired so he can have great bed-head (again, how he rolls).

So about 6 months after he passes, I am going to start looking at the area shelters for him.

I know, I just know, it will be him, when that new dog gives me the 'signal.'

You see for all his life, Orlin has never just kissed me. He always looks into my eyes first, sniffs where he is going to kiss, then plants the most luscious kiss.

He doesn't lick, he kisses.

I have been called many things on the stream: "A weirdo," "Crazy," even "unprofessional" calling my license into question because I, you know, sit around and talk to my older dog about reincarnation (and having a sound plan for it).

But you know what? I don't care...at all.

Because I've been around enough to know that one day I will stop at a cage and Orlin will peer out through new eyes, sniff my cheek and plant a kiss.

And on that day, my heart will heal #again

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  2. Wow did this bring tears to my eyes! I did find the reincarnation of my Ben, but in appearance only. While I loved my boy, he was hard work from day one - Mac is as different as night and day, but I have to check the dates on pictures because they look so alike.

  3. You really hit a chord with this one! My breeder overheard me telling someone how old my elderly bulldog was. She very gently brought me back to reality. I had shaved two years off! And we all know why I did it!

  4. I think that's a great idea! I don't know if you follow @puppyaguineapig on Twitter, but he has some very interesting stories about animal reincarnation.

  5. This is so bootyful I hope U find him again xxx

  6. I can relate to your story. My first Pomeranian, Marti, was very special. We had her for 13 years and she was an adult when we found her. By her condition at the end, she was probably close to 17! She was completely blind, nearly deaf, and a pretty good case of CCD. I believe my Oreo is my Marti come back to me. She has all of Marti's sweetness and disposition. Thanks for sharing your story. :)

  7. Well I am still tearful after reading this and do so agree with you on the "reincarnation" belief. Even though we love all of our animals dearly, there sometimes is just that "special" one whose connection is felt so intensely that there is no doubt he or she will always be with us. I think that even if our "special one" does not come back himself, he makes sure that we get the perfect pet to fill the hole left in our heart.

  8. If everyone loved animals the way you do there would be no cruelty.
    We cannot help ourself having a favourite among our pets and yes very much long to be reunited with them in some way in the future.