Meet Vern and Prince. Perhaps my first CP client and patient.
In 2014 I popped in to a café in our neighbourhood and noticed an elderly gentleman and his endearing dog sitting out the front, enjoying a morning coffee while watching the world go by. I simply had to stop and have a chat.
That’s what pets do. They break down barriers and facilitate connection, conversation and community spirit.
It turns out that Vern walks to this café every single day, whatever the weather, and he stops to have a chat with many people he has got to know on the way and at the cafe itself. He is a fascinating, happy man who has led a full life, and enjoyed many years of marriage before he lost his wife to dementia. Getting Prince was part of his healing from the loss of his wife, and it was absolutely a wonderful decision. His family helped him choose a suitable companion pet, and the support he is provided by his family is wonderful.
Vern’s only need for our service at the moment is our home veterinary care. Vern likes to think he has his own personal vet, who can support Prince and him through all life stages, whatever happens.
It’s been three years now since I first visited Prince for his annual health check and vaccination and we go back every year. Our annual visit is topped off with a chat, a cup of tea and a biscuit.
Prince is a fine fellow, a middle aged Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who is in good health. He is well loved and receives top level care. He is not overweight, gets a good walk each day and his world is enriched. He is well behaved although does like to hide under the sofa when I bring out my tools! We recently had to attend Prince when he was biting around his tail – turns out he had blocked anal sacs, something we were able to rectify.
We are so happy that Prince and Vern found each other. They both support each other in different ways and provide constant companionship. Whatever the future brings for both of them, Prince and Vern are supported where needed by Cherished Pets, and we feel grateful and blessed that we made that connection in 2014.