Some pet parents come into our lives and change the fiber of who we are by making us a better person in general. Dr. Lorie Huston was one of those people.
The planet is a whole lot darker and the heavens are a whole lot brighter today, as we lost Dr. Lorie Huston this week from liver failure. For those unfamiliar with Dr. Lorie, she was a devoted veterinarian, author, and animal advocate.
I feel empty this week and as if this didn’t happen. Death is a leveler of us all, yet Lorie’s loss seems like more than a part of life’s circle. It was sudden, shocking to the community of pet bloggers who came to know and love her, and her passing cast a somber pallor across the cyberworld.
Lorie was a Fidose of Reality Pawer Woman. “I grew up with dogs and cats in my family as pets,” Lorie told me in 2012. “Becoming a veterinarian was a childhood dream which was made possible with the support of two wonderful parents and lots of hard work.”
We live in a very social media heavy world: We share across an electronic medium yet we are as close as a keystroke away. We develop friendships from online connections that develop into IRL (in real life) bonds. Lorie and I “auto tweeted” each other; if I blogged, my tweet appeared in her timeline and vice versa. Tweets are happening every time I post on Lorie’s Twitter account. It feels particularly heavy to me and my heart beats in broken rhythm with this news.
In response to being named a Pawer Woman, Lorie said:
Lorie helped me personally with health advice for my own dog, we tweeted and Facebook shared and blogged and now she’s gone. I will follow in your footsteps, the path you helped trailblaze, Lorie, and you will not be forgotten.
Thank you, Amy Jo Hanna Eckenrode, for this video featuring two major losses this week: Dr. Sophia Yin and Dr. Lorie Huston, both gone way too soon. You can read Lorie’s blog archives, Pet Health Care Gazette, here.