IT’S MORNING, and Tanner stands in his paddock mournfully calling in hopes Bradley will answer. He wants Bradley to come sidling in from the hay field or around the corner from the barn, or maybe stepping out of the trailer so they can be re-united as has happened so many times before.
But Bradley doesn’t answer, because last Monday, on a beautiful bright morning, we had to say goodbye. The vet came and relieved him of all his aches, pains and ailments, and we buried him in the field he and Tanner had played in for so many years.
It came suddenly at the end. Brad was 35, celebrating his birthday only a week and half before. We loved that old horse.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He writes five commentaries a week for CFJC Today, publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at email@example.com.