Losing It with Ruby Wax is now playing at Duchess Theatre at London’s West End thru 1st October! Tix at http://bit.ly/px8pGD! Join us in breaking the mental health stigma!
“Losing It with Ruby Wax” mental health forums are going to be a great thing! 19th & 26th May and 2nd, 9th & 16th June at Menier Chocolate Factory! And my solo show has been scheduled for June 12th too! All details at http://bit.ly/MenChoc!
One of my oldest friends just found out that her one-and-a-half year-old dog has terminal brain condition. She’s in unbearable emotional pain and talking with her today reminded me of the many times that friends and strangers alike have described losing a pet as being every bit as bad if not worse than losing a human family member.
Only a fellow dog lover would understand what this actually means… not that we’re incapable of human connection or are stunted emotionally, but that the relationships we have with our canine friends are uncomplicated, ever-loving and good for our health.
It’s a sad fact that we will outlive our dogs and worse, will decide their final fate in a vet’s office. I thought I’d break with pain when I put my last dog to sleep. My husband seriously thought that my ‘managed’ depression would spiral out of control. God knows, since he was a puppy, I’d imagined bad things happening to him, or life without him and have to sit down for a cry. What I didn’t expect when I walked him through his final months (riddled with cancer, though happy and pain free, knowing that I could not bear him to suffer) was that my old friend and constant companion who had seen me through so many depressive episodes, would, in death, teach me how to grieve.