This morning I made a heart-aching drive to the veterinarian clinic to drop off a one-year-old puppy who, over the past almost-a-year has filled that same heart with joy … and for whom I’m returning the favour by having her reproductive organs surgically removed. As per our agreement with the breeder, and in consultation with my friend-now-vet, the day finally arrived for this simple yet important procedure. We’re having her spayed. spAd It’s for her health. It’s for her happiness. It’s for her well-being. I had thought the term was common, but my next door neighbour had never heard the term before and I had to spend a few minutes explaining it. Any time a friend or family member (and…

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