Recently, I’ve gotten a taste of what it must be like to worry as a parent.
A couple of weeks ago, my cat Darcy got an infection on her right side and had to go to Cavan Hills Veterinary Services, to have it lanced and drained. The routine procedure was done and she came home seeming to be okay.
However, the next couple days she was not herself. She didn’t have the same energy she usually had, and worse, she wasn’t eating or drinking very much. My mother and I both tried multiple times to encourage her to have a drink of water or something to eat. Occasionally it would work, but the majority of the time it seemed like she just didn’t have the energy to do either.
As some readers might remember, I wrote a column about Darcy last year, where I mentioned how I felt a “special connection” to her. Because of that strong bond, it was so hard for me to see her not feeling herself.
We later brought her back to that same vet’s office and she was diagnosed with being dehydrated. They had her stay overnight, while she underwent an intravenous therapy.
That night and into the next day, I worried about her being in an unfamiliar place, and hoped and prayed she would return healthy and would be back to being herself again. From the time we dropped her off until after we picked her up, all I could think about was my cat Darcy.
When we returned to pick her up, one other pet owner at the vet’s office remarked that it is harder to see our pets go through these things because they are small, vulnerable and it is harder to know how they are feeling because they cannot tell you directly.
When we picked her up, she was given multiple medications she had to take. As many parents probably know, it is hard to give your children medicine and in my opinion it is just as challenging, if not more, to give your pets medicine. But, in the end, we were successful in getting her to take her medicine.
I'm happy to report that Darcy has been progressing well since then.
She is in fact back to her happy and carefree self, is eating and drinking at a good pace again, has been very vocal again, and has even been outside for a brief period of time, with our supervision.
Just like with our children, it is hard to see our pets get sick. I guess there is a reason some people refer to their pets as “fur babies.”
As was reported in last week’s edition of The Standard, Scugog council has decided to disband the Youth Advisory Committee, because they have not been able to maintain membership in the committee, and thus have had trouble achieving quorum at their meetings.
To me, anytime there are signs of declining youth involvement in political matters, or in the community in general, it is sad. As residents of the township, youth are affected by decisions of council, just as adults and seniors are, and thus should have their say about the future of the community.
Don’t get me wrong here, I’m not blaming the youth, and I’m not blaming the Township. Instead I want to encourage people of all ages to be actively involved in the issues that affect their community. I understand the time constraints and the workload youth deal with, but to that point if any youth have time and would like to be involved in the community, I think they should attend a council meeting or inquire about how they can help tackle an issue they are passionate about.
Township clerk J.P. Newman did mention that the Scugog Memorial Library has a Teen Advisory Group, and hopefully they will start to see an increase in membership.
Just by having a presence, in the community and municipal matters, tells people the youth voice is just as important as everyone else’s; and youth can bring a different perspective to the issues. Encouraging youth to be involved in municipal matters should have an affect on the number of young people aged 18 to 24 who vote, and continue a trend which is heading upwards. According to Elections Canada, voting in that age group in the 2015 Federal Election increased 18 per cent from where it was in the 2011 election.
As many people realize, the youth are the future of the world, so having them get involved in municipal, provincial or federal issues, and having them find something they are passionate about at a young age is important. Hopefully youth realize the power they have to make change and take the initiative and get involved.
Is a reporter for The Standard Newspaper, so if you see him, feel free to say hello. You can follow Dan on Twitter at @dancearnsy