Super Blink to the Rescue!
This past week we welcomed a new member to the family – Blink! Like many good things in life, he chanced into our life without much warning. I went out to breakfast with friends visiting from my Buffalo days and when I got home, Veronica said “I think I found a place we can adopt a dog same day!”
We had been searching for a dog for a couple months – a birthday promise to Amelie from the summer but we had struggled finding one. The entire family jumped into the car enthusiastically. When we got to the pet rescue facility in Rancho Sante Fe, we quickly made our way to its back where the dogs up for adoption could be viewed. Similar to how I met KD at the Buffalo rescue facility in 1995, there was an instant bonding between Amelie and Blink as soon as they saw each other. We walked around the entire grounds but nope, he was THE ONE…
Amelie was the one who named him Blink. She originally said Blank but that got switched to Blink ~immediately – it was a very appropriate name because one of his eyes is cloudy due to congenital glaucoma.
The drive home cemented the love between Amelie and her new dog Blink – really between the entire family and him. When we got back to the house he excited explored as only a 4-week old puppy can! Within a few hours he had completely exhausted himself and fell asleep on his new couch…
He was exactly what the family needed when we needed it most.
Beyond the simple joys of bringing a pet into the home (I am a huge dog person as evidenced by: Maggie, Max, Alfie, KD and now Blink throughout my life!) there is something called “Animal-Assisted Therapy” in the cancer world. Animals are wonderful for not only the patient but for all of the family & loved ones going through the cancer as well. They provide a stable basis of constant unconditional love in a stressful ever-changing situation, they bring a sense of positive vibrancy to the house, they provide mental/emotional/physical comfort at all hours of the day (they seem to sense what is needed) and they are a wonderful positive distraction from thinking about and observing cancer 24/7. They are simply wonderful additions to a “cancer family” for everyone involved.
Blink is no exception – I have been experiencing increased fatigue lately which has necessitated increased bedridden time. During the school day, Blink naps on top of me giving me comfort and after school Blink is a wonderful playful distraction for Amelie and Eleni from focusing on seeing Dad in bed.
Super Blink to the rescue indeed – he was just what the doctor ordered for the entire family!