Monday, November 19, 2012

The All Too Short Life of Blanche the Cat

Blanche the Cat


I have just watched one of the most vibrant, intelligent, good-natured cats I’ve ever known rapidly succumb to her cancer right before my eyes.  

As a veterinarian, I fully understand that death is a big part of this job.  Naturally, it behooves us veterinarians not to get too attached to our patients.    There’s a proper balance between being a cold heartless stone and a total emotional wreck that all veterinarians navigate soon after becoming practitioners.  I thought I had negotiated that balance pretty deftly.  But here I sit, at home in front of my laptop, barely able to keep myself together as I type.
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