A tribute to pets

My kids regularly beg for a dog. Any dog. Big or small. White, black or brown. They don’t care what type of dog. They just want one. It happens whenever they see a dog at the park, or if we’re riding in the car, and especially when we stop in the pet store. And no matter how many times I tell them no, what they don’t know is that I want one, too.

You see, it’s been almost two years since we lost our dog, Max. Two years without a friendly welcome every time we walked through the door. Two years without experiencing the loyalty of a pet and the sense of protection that comes when there’s a dog in the home. However, it’s also been two years of not having to buy dog food, pay veterinarian bills, or pick up poop. We can leave on a dime and not worry about how long we’re gone. But there’s still something missing. A void only a pet can fill: unconditional love.

This issue is a great read for both pet owners and those without pets. We feature the heartwarming and healing benefits of pet therapy at Dignity Health Chandler Regional Medical Center. Volunteers and their dogs are making a huge difference in the care of patients by bringing smiles and cheer to hospital rooms. The comfort of a pet, in this case, is truly remarkable.

Our friends over at Animal Medical Center of Chandler provide great tips when caring for a senior pet. From wellness exams, early disease detection and nutritional needs, the experienced team of veterinarians can help you provide your pet the best quality of life.

If you’re looking for a restaurant to take your furry friend, you’ll be happy to learn about two great options: BLD and Social Box Neighborhood Eatery. Featuring cool patios with water bowls, drive-thru options and even special doggy dishes, these local establishments are creating a great dining experience for both pets and their owners.

As I continue doing research to help determine the best dog for our family, I’ve talked to local shelters, rescue agencies and breeders. I think I’m close to narrowing down our selection. I’m hoping to bring home a fluffy, adorable puppy in time for Christmas. A gift that will bring happiness and joy for years to come. I can’t wait!

Until next time,

Meghann Finn Sepulveda