When we adopted our sweet, lovable yellow lab years ago, the Humane Society supplied us with a long list of information about him: past owner, housebreaking status (although, does "sort of" count as a status?), temperament and more.
Sure, I listened. But honestly, all I saw was this:
And I already knew that it was love.
As time went on, something I realized that they never talked about? Pet insurance. Although even if they had, would I have paid all that much attention? I'm pretty sure that hearing anyone talking about dog or cat insurance services would have been something that I would have put right up there on my list of Useless Things To Spend Money On.
As it turned out, most of the money we spent on Luke went towards his food, failed attempts at dog training classes, and the occasional boarding (no joke, he stayed at a posh pet hotel) when we went on extended vacations. So would putting money into premiums have been a waste? It would have seemed like it.
But, in the end, when the vet gently brought me over to the x-ray that clearly showed the unexpected cancer was already too far along to be able to stop it, would I have gone against her recommendations if we had a pet insurance plan in place? With so many more treatments that were once reserved for humans now available for pets, making major health decisions for our animals has turned our four-legged friends into family members even more.
So... sometimes I do wonder. There are so many what-if's in life already that is this one of the ones that I could have changed?
I sure miss that messy bundle of energy and craziness sometimes.