I am a dog lover. I grew up with dogs, and I can’t imagine life without the company of a fuzzy 4-legged friend/baby. It’s a good thing M feels the same way. Our retirement plans include a Bulldog Farm, as we like to call it. It will be more of a canine refuge for Bulldogs and other breeds. And I’ve always wanted to live on a farm (not the kind I actually have to work and live off…mostly the kind I get to feed and pet the animals), so there you have it.
Going through months of chemo with Munch this time last year was one of the most challenging periods of my life. Not only the emotional distress, but the uncertainty, the fear, the day to day maintenance, the difficulty of transportation, time, etc. Any one who has had to care for their pet, hell any family member canine or human fighting cancer knows.
These days pet owners have pretty good pet insurance options out there…see some comments here. Without the help of insurance, paying chemo can be crippling. Many families cannot afford treatment and must make an impossible decision. There are organizations like Frankie’s Friends that assist financially.
If you can’t donate money, there is still a lot of other things you can do to be a canine advocate!
1) Adopt. Adopt. Adopt. Or at the very least go through a responsible breeder who is looking out for their animals.
2) Donate unused food, toys, blankets, etc
3) Volunteer your time at a shelter (admin, walking dogs, etc) or adoption stand
4) Did I mention, adopt adopt adopt? It’s so rewarding and these dogs will love you forever! Petfinder is a great resource. You can also a web search for specific breed rescues in your city/state.
5) Buy pet products from companies who donate to non-profit organizations that help animals. In our house we buy from companies like Zuke’s (The Dog and Cat Cancer Fund) and The Honest Kitchen (various charities) who have pet friendly and sustainable practices.
The pets will thank you.