The animal shall not be measured by man
It was a routine visit to the vet for an injection to soothe the effects of my cat's allergies.
The woman ahead of me stood with her magnificent looking Labrador retreiver, who had lost his battle against bone cancer. I struggled to keep from breaking down as they disappeared into a room whose door was quickly closed.
In the past, I have had to euthanize beloved pets and one never forgets those last precious moments with your "best friend."
I am reminded of my favorite quote from "The Outermost House," by Henry Boston:
"For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complex than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethern; they are not underlings; they are other nations; caught with ourselves in the net of life and time; fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth."