Strokes from Other Pens

Doc Tempel


December 21, 2023

Doc Tempel,

It’s been four months without our beloved German Shepherd, Blade, and as we wind down for bed in our household — we continue to experience the oppressive grief of losing our pack leader. Most people would say that losing a dog is like losing a member of your family but I’d akin it to losing a limb. When Blade died, I told my family in full virtue that I didn’t love anyone like I loved that dog and they bore witness to my grief and knew I meant it.

Reflecting on the experience of losing Blade, it dawned on me that a veterinarian’s job is a complex one. As I though...

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