Blades McKnight Olsen DVM

This morning, I had the terrible misfortune of seeing a dog escape her human and get hit by a car as she entered the road. The cowardly person that hit her didn’t bother to stop, and I saw the young man pick her up and sit down on the side of the road, his body racked with sobs. He had been so close, less than a foot behind her. I immediately drove over, parked, and got out to do what I could to help. As soon as I got to her, I realized that she was already gone, but I stayed with him for about half an hour while we sat in the grass and talked about things until he was okay for me to leave.

We all lead busy lives, and spend so much time multi-tasking because it often feels like the only way we’ll ever get anything done. *raises own hand, guilty as charged* The young man was walking two dogs, and as he was letting one in back into the apartment, he was distracted for only a second getting that pup’s leash off, and other one made a break for it with her leash and harness still attached.

What happened today reminded me how many things I do and routines in which I engage during each day without actually thinking about them. Being “mindful” isn’t just about how we eat, exercise, treat others, and operate in our own spheres…it’s also remembering to focus on every task at hand in such a way that you maximize the best outcome and minimize the chances of a bad one. Sometimes the stakes are ridiculously low, and sometimes they are terrifyingly high. Lord knows that with my extremely easily distracted nature, I could be doing a much better job at this myself…EVERY SINGLE DAY.

Thoughtful dog with different eyes

I don’t say this lightly, but I feel like the man upstairs put me where I was this morning not only to offer support and compassion to Bobby when he needed it, but also as a powerful reminder for me to not be only mindful, but also focused and present, no matter what I am doing. My heart is heavy for someone really missing their pup tonight. Hug your loved ones, human and animal alike, as much as possible.

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Blades McKnight Olsen DVM

About the Author 

Dr. Blades McKnight is an equine veterinarian who performs chiropractic and acupunctureon horses located in central and eastern North Carolina. When she’s not working on her clients’ horses, she manages her own menagerie at home, which includes 3 cats, a horse, and her husband.