Pardon me while I generate posts like a crazy woman. I had thought today might be the day I rolled out that other blog I haven’t talked about in a while… and it might still be, but in the meantime, I stumbled across something I didn’t want to wait ’til Thorsday to share.
Gretchen has already composed a post on Love Adds Up. However, I realize that not all of you follow both blogs, and this is too good not to share everywhere, so… I’m sharing it here too, with a slightly different spin.
Yes, we’re blogging today both so this great cause doesn’t get lost in the shuffle (of my mind, not blogland), but we’re also blogging today because as I type, Dianne and Tara are doing their regular Saturday thing as Tara and her care team continue to battle HER canine cancer. I look forward to the Facebook posts about Tara’s trips, especially the one after her treatment when she’s chowing down on her fast food treat.
So many of our doggy bloggy pals have health challenges. Tara is hardly the only one battling cancer, but she’s fighting a good fight and we know when her treatments happen, so that’s why we’re mentioning her and not the others. By no means does that imply we don’t have paws crossed for everyone else battling canine cancer. Then there are our friends with epilepsy, liver conditions, auto immune diseases… we could go on for hours.
There’s also our in-house (Sissy) struggles with primary, aggressive glaucoma and allergies (both fur-girls, and Mugsy before them). I posted that photo of Sis last night with her now-lost left eye looking healthy, and it almost didn’t look right to me. On June 10th, it will have been 17 months since that eye was removed, and every single day we have with her right eye is a gift, a blessing, and a not-minor-at-all victory.
We were rather rudely reminded a week ago today that while the glaucoma is our main enemy, her allergies require constant vigilance. I am ANGRY that yet again, a supposed premium dog food company changed their formula without so much as a “new and improved” (yes, that’s sarcasm) sticker on the bag. Adding chicken meal to a seafood-based kibble is hardly progress except for that company’s bottom line. I don’t care to do business with brands that are only in it for a profit, especially not when we’re talking about my fur-kids’ health. Thank goodness Sis is body-aware, and when a kibble makes her ill, she just won’t eat it, period.
I’m not bashing kibble-makers. This is just MY rant, because I have a dog HIGHLY allergic to corn and chicken/fowl (and basically all land animals except rabbit), and yet, even those highly acclaimed “6-star” kibble companies put chicken fat in just about everything. Cry. The pet food industry is miles ahead of where it was 2.5 years ago when Sis’s allergies were diagnosed, but most of the strides are in grain-free products. Gretchen is also sensitive to fowl… stuff, so I’m pretty sure I don’t have the only two dogs in America that need to avoid chicken fat, duck, etc. I won’t even comment on how restricted our options are when I add the filter of “available locally”.
Yes, I know of Mr. Chewy. But we were burned too many times when Sis was on a prescription kibble (no longer manufactured – thanks much… as gMarie put it… “What, did they stop making rabbits?!”) because manufacturers only bake specialty items a few times a year, and when the inventory runs out, I get to be frustrated and hunt down someone who finally tells me it is back-ordered for 10 weeks. So if I can’t send the Knight to town to grab a bag just before closing, it isn’t an option for us.
Anyway… Love does add up. I wouldn’t trade high maintenance Sis for all the tea in China, or anything else for that matter. She loves deeply, and has given far, far more than she “gets”. I’m not short-changing Gretchen either. She had some serious skin problems as a pup, but thankfully has outgrown them. As I type, she’s at my side, reminding me that a walk on this cool morning would be lovely…
Please share your favorite charities with us too! We care, and we want to support the causes that are important to you.
… and it’s not just about pets. We support Autism causes because two VERY close friends have sons with conditions in the Autism spectrum. We support human cancer causes because the ugly C-word touches too many lives in every species. We support literacy campaigns because reading opens doors to all sorts of things. We support hunger-fighting charities because honestly… who can read or fight cancer if she’s hungry? We support clean water programs because without potable water, little else can function. We support girl-power campaigns because … unfortunately, it’s still necessary…