Vector has been plagued with health issues, most stubbornly tick-borne ehrlichia, a relapse-remit autoimmune syndrome similar to human Lyme disease. I’ve written before how caring for Vector has made me a more patient, compassionate dad.
The process of treating Vector’s ehrlichia has dragged on for years. Various rounds of antibiotics have failed to significantly decrease Vector’s titers — bloodstream markers indicating the disease’s prevalence. It’s the toughest case our vet has seen in his decades-long career, and it will almost certainly shorten Vector’s life.
For a long while, this high-stakes hurry-up-and-wait was unacceptable. I — and, I think, a lot of rescue dog owners — am a bleeding-heart problem solver. I see a challenge, I try to overcome it. I see a wrong, I try to right it. I see a loved one struggling, I try to relieve it.
All the while, blissfully unaware, Vector is licking and jumping, sniffing and marking. He’s all-in on life. His ignorance becomes brilliance though a simple lesson: We can’t let unresolved issues — even big ones — prevent us from full, joyful lives.