When I was young, I knew that I wanted to be a horse trainer. Of course, being a young lad, there were other things that I thought I wanted to do, but there, always in the back of my mind was the real desire to have a career in the horse industry. I am known to be anal about the way that the horses are trained because, like us, I want them to enjoy what they are doing.
The real reason that I wanted to be a horse trainer was so that I could have a career with animals that I truly love. And I always focused on learning as much as I can so I can be the best trainer possible.
But, there is a side to this job that I truly hate. And that is losing our beloved animals that have given us so much more than we can ever return to them.
Tomorrow is going to be a very difficult day in the Rotten Household, as we have to say good bye to two very dear friends that have been a part of our family. Pi and Dooley, our two ponies are going to be put down.
Pi is losing the a battle with age related soundness issues and Dooley is starting to have serious age related issues as well. The hot AZ summer is also taking its toll on those two.
This brings up the question that has been asked over and over.....When is the right time to let go?
I feel that the reality is, there is never a good time or a right time to let go!
I always tell my clients that have had to put a horse of pet down, that what is right for the animal is not always right for us. It is always hard to say goodbye.
I would have written this tomorrow but there will be no way to get through it.
As the Mayor of the Rotten Neighborhood, I declare this day July 21st 2009 and this date for all of the years following a day of International Animal Remembrance Day!
So tonight we will take pause and raise our glass to remember those beloved animals that have passed through our doors and pay tribute to those that are still with us. We have are graced by your friendship and are forever in your debt!
Waggie- the 1st Mix 1966-1967
Lil Dan- Blk/Tan Coon hound 1974-unknown
Waggie- the 2ND Terrier Mix 1968-1979
Tuborg Gold- Retriever Mix 1978-1992
Cinder- Buckskin Mare 1968-1995
Suzie- German Short hair 1989-2002
Rounder- Border Collie/Sheltie 1986-2001
Sassie Jean- Siberian Husky 1992-2006
Punkin- Boxer 1987-1997
Kodiak Siberian Husky 2000-2006
Mo Arabian Mare 1977-2006
Pi Palomino Pony 1991-
Dooley Palomino Mini 1984-
Those still with us....
LP Johnie- QH Mare
Paladinn MA- Arab Stallion
Mad About Me- TB Mare
Tess- TB Mare
Lightly Frosted- Pony Stallion
Docs Chica King- QH Palomino Mare
Chicas Little Pepper- QH Mare
Mondo- QH Stallion
Solis Doc Bar- QH Mare
BB Tucker- QH Mare
Abby- Collie Shepard/ Am Bull dog mix
Timber- Siberian Husky
Howie- Siberian Husky
Kimba- Siberian Husky
And to all of those yet to come...
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