Janet Roper, an Animal Communicator with whom I became acquainted through the Internet, is a passionate animal lover and is also a dedicated musician. In addition to sharing her life with several furry beings, she has a lovely 16 year old horse named Shiloh, with whom she has shared her heart for 11 years. Shiloh is blind in his left eye due to Moonblindness, a condition that can be caused by parasites, bacterial infection, virus or trauma.
Janet describes her relationship with Shiloh as the "love of my life!". She wrote that Shiloh said, "he wanted a blanket with yellow stars on it- You probably can't see the the stars, but they're there."
I have no question that Janet considers Shiloh to be both a pet and part of her family.
Shiloh often is a guest blogger on Janet's site! Please take the opportunity to visit her blog and see what he may have to say.
There is something very special in the relationship that we build with a "special needs" animal. In regard to horses, from my own experience sharing my life with two of them who had medical conditions resulting in lameness which could be controlled by special shoeing and prudent medication, I shorly came to realize that the bond between us deepened as I provided the day to day care that they needed. Both of these horses may have ended up "down the road" had I not taken the chance to give them a second chance at a more tranquil and less demanding life. Both of these horses enriched my life deeply, as I feel that Shiloh is enriching Janet's.
Have you ever shared your heart with a special needs pet? If so, how has it enriched your life? Please leave a comment and tell us about it.