Our sweet, loveable, English Labrador client broke a phalange yesterday. And our hearts are simply broken for him. Broken!
Following a late afternoon walk session, I observed a dramatic limp to his stride, deciding to dart immediately to the emergency veterinary hospital. The doctor, after performing a physical examination with no evidence of obstruction such as embedded glass or even pad irritation, recommended X-rays which I authorised; and she discovered a broken phalange, or rather, the broken equivalent of the human’s pinky finger.
Ruling my client’s condition as a freak incident, the doctor surmises the cause to have be an awkward step in the client’s hop. He could have walked upon uneven ground, he could have stubbed a toe, or he simply could have struck the ground oddly. The prognosis, that of full recovery, shall involve six weeks of dormancy. Our little puppy cannot climb stairs, venture onto walks, or become excited.
Sitting with our puppy’s beautiful owner for several hours, we could read her broken heart, in her eyes. Owning a business in which caring for something so sweet, living, and breathing is so very challenging because of the emotional investment. We are invested not only in the canines, but in their humans, too. It is like no other experience. The handsome English labrador remained strong throughout the procedure. His mother did, too.
Due to these unexpected events, those which added four hours to my abnormally short 11-hour work day, we canceled the first real social gala that was scheduled since the inception of our business. Dinner with friends was scheduled for Eden, a raw vegan restaurant, where we planned to drink KungFu Girl Wine.
And to eat Sea Pizza.
And I believe that last night’s decision to sit with my human client instead of keeping my social calendar with good friends truly shows that I am a committed entrepreneur who loves her business, with all of her heart. And although I might not have time for conventional friendships, I do have time for a few things, other than mothering Gwendolyn and creating a perfect body.
I have time for shoes.
And shopping during 15-minute lunch breaks.
My friends might be disappointed, and that saddens me, as I have really good friends for whom I’d jump through fire. I do hope to arrange a replacement session for sometime soon, whether that be next week or next year. But I am a very fulfilled entrepreneur, and business shall always trump conventional pleasure. Business is my pleasure. And I look forward to caring for my client, as he mends back to good health.
What is something that you sacrifice, for your business?
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