It has been about 2 months since Pacer came down with the HGE virus and made her heroic recovery, to save me from loneliness and my own negative self-talk. So I would still have my adventure partner, best friend, and love of my life.
With the help of my student loans, my dad/Pacer’s grandpa, Aunt Sandi and Uncle Sage, and the kindness of everyone who donated to the GoFundMe page, the $7,000 vet bill is paid off.
Going in to 2018, I could not be more grateful.
On my Christmas card this year I wrote the M.K.Clinton quote “The world would be a better place if everyone had the ability to love as unconditionally as a dog.” Luckily, I know many people do. I am hopeful for a nicer world.
Pacer and I had our first snowshoe of the season today on Leadville’s 11+ mile mineral belt trail. Afterward, I stopped by Coldfoot Auto Repair to see Randy and Jackson, Randy’s chocolate lab. In August, Randy managed to fix the axle in my car (despite being a one man car shop and not having the part on hand) while Pacer and I hiked up into the mines, giving me both a great deal on the repair but sharing his light with me (he has blue, joyful, and soulful eyes).
This coming summer, Supergirl and I hope to complete all the “dog-friendly” 14ers in Colorado (she’s currently at 30-something). The thought makes me smile.
Actually, I laughed and rejoiced out loud on our snowshoe hike today as Pacer wiggled her nub and pranced with joy in the snow… my baby is happy and healthy.
And I have people who love me. Strangers willing to donate money to help pay for veterinary bills. The world is not perfect, but it is good. And there is plenty of love to go around.
With Love & Gratitude,
Ray and Pacer