Please help “Marley Dog” in her Fight with T Cell Lymphoma by Jamie Meador

FROM DAKOTA’S DEN: I was contacted by Jamie on Facebook asking if there was any way at all that I could help spread the word about her precious Boxer, “Marley.” I didn’t hesitate. Boxers are close to my heart, we had one when I was a little girl. She joined our family before I was born and sadly she passed at the young age of 7. She was incredible as I am sure Marley is. If you can donate that is great, if not, sharing is also fantastic. I just deeply want to help Jamie get the word out about her beloved Marley. Thank you.

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Where should I begin to tell the story of our precious Marley Dog?

I know everyone says that their dog is the best dog ever, so I am not going to start with that, however I have had other pets in my lifetime and I have never had one that has touched me in the way she has. In my 37 years, I have never fought so hard for anything as I have been for her life since she got diagnosed with T cell lymphoma. I will never forget that day, but first let me back up for you to learn a little about Marley. We got her 9 years ago when she was 8 weeks old. I picked her because she was different and I didn’t want her to be left out. She is a pure-bred boxer and the runt of the litter.

Marley and I have a special bond, we are super close, she has always been a Momma’s girl. Marley is my “Soul Dog.” She has always watched movies with me, ate with me, went on car rides and field trips, followed me into every room of the house and of course sleeps with me with her head on a pillow and her body under the blanket. Every time I am going somewhere all she needs to do is give me that look and then she gets to go.

I’m going to fast-forward to March 2017. I will never forget the weekend of the 18th we noticed while lying in the bed with Marley that her lymph nodes were swollen and of course I start googling everything I could find on it and like most got scared of what I was reading. I took her into her local Veterinarian on March 20, 2017 and I had a bad gut feeling that something was wrong and they did a fine needle aspiration and came back in the room and told me it appears to be canine lymphoma and from there I broke down crying thinking, “why her?” and all the how’s and whys played over and over in my head.
You see I don’t handle death very well. I guess no one does but I really do not handle it well at all. I have experienced a lot of loss in my life and Marley has been my rock and my constant. She went through multiple moves with me, divorce and death. My granny passed away October 2016 and then my friend in December 2016 and now this, I asked God why.

 

Marley’s vet referred us to an Oncologist at Virginia tech in Blacksburg, VA. We went there on Wednesday March 22, 2017 it was me, my mom and my son with Marley.We were there all day and all of us had a few emotional breakdowns as it was confirmed that Marley had T cell lymphoma. We had several options and protocols thrown at us and it was very overwhelming and devastating. I was not aware of these things or I guess oblivious to the costs and how common this is.


I thought my dog would live an extremely long and healthy life.

I was heartbroken and I still am.

I didn’t have pet insurance as I never thought I would need it.

I knew  I had to do something,  I had to do treatment so I could say in the end I did all that I could to save Marley.

The big question is how would I afford it? I  immediately  began selling personal possessions,  I applied for loans and credit cards.

I knew I had to do something quickly.

I had heard of go fund me  but never had the need to use it until now.

I knew I had to swallow my pride and figured it was worth  a try.

I wanted to share her story all over the world.

I wanted people to be aware that yes, this can happen to you, and I wanted people to know the
importance of having pet insurance and how expensive this is to endure.


We have a long journey to go.

I want Marley’s life to be remembered for how strong she is, for how much
love she has given to those who have met her, for her happiness and for the great impact that she has
had on my life.

I can honestly say that if she weren’t with me through so many changes in my life and
obstacles that I don’t think I would have made it through loss, grief and through illnesses. Marley helped
my son with his anxiety and so much more.

I would give her an organ if I could. If love alone could save her
then I know she would live forever.

One day I know I will have to say goodbye to not just a pet but a soul
who has greatly impacted my life,  and I can never repay her for all that she has given to me however
maybe I can help others.

If you are reading this please I encourage you to purchase pet insurance if you do
not have it. I always paid as I went to the vet for wellness checks, immunizations etc. I didn’t think it could
happen to us, but it did.

If you take anything away from this story please spread awareness and always love
and hug your furbabies close, as you do not know when your last day with them will be.

Marley has inspired me and I hope she will inspire  you too. Please like Marley’s facebook page to follow her journey and to watch for her upcoming fundraising auction date.

She also has Instagram and is under marleysjourney17 We are  taking donations for her via Paypal at Jwow1980@icloud.com and her go fund me is link is below.

 

GO FUND ME

Thank you so much for reading and for caring.

National Kids & Pets Day: Know an Aspiring Veterinarian? The Vet Camp Scholarship Contest -Dr. Chris Carpenter DVM

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I was 11 years old when I told my mother that I wanted to become a veterinarian.   That doesn’t make me unique.   The majority of veterinarians practicing today made their career choice before they were 13 years of age.  Veterinary medicine is a calling that starts early in life.

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The challenge is that it is hard to explore your dream at such an early age.  

You want animal experience but so few organizations will let you volunteer until you are older.   You also yearn to see what an animal doctor does but many hospitals have policies that only allow older teens to shadow the veterinarian.   In time, you discover that there are a lot of age barriers to exploring your dream of becoming a veterinarian.  That is why I created Vet Set Go.

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Vet Set Go  is the first and only community dedicated to teen and tween aspiring veterinarians.  Our goal is simple, ENCOURAGE today’s future veterinarians to explore their dream and show them HOW the can do it today.   We provide lots of ideas and one of my favorites is veterinary camps.  

Veterinary camps didn’t exist when I was a future veterinarian. 

They are amazing programs that a small number of veterinary schools in North America provide for younger students.  While they vary slightly from school to school, campers typically spend 5 days exploring veterinary medicine and getting hands on experience with animals.  In fact, campers often do things that I didn’t do until I was in veterinary school – like gowning and gloving for surgery.   They are truly a future vet’s heaven.

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That is why we are so excited to be offering three scholarships for future veterinarians to attend this summer’s Auburn University’s Junior VET Camp .  All aspiring veterinarians need to do is share their story and send us a photo   The contest runs through May 4th, 2017.

Surveys have shown us that “veterinarian” is the number one career choice of tweens.  

So chances are good you know a future veterinarian or have one in your family.   Help them explore their dream today.  Share the Vet Set Go website and contest page  with the future veterinarian in your life.

Change a Pet’s Life Day:These Dogs In Toledo, Spain Deserve a Chance

FROM DAKOTA’S DEN: Last week I was contacted via email asking if I would share this Indiegogo Campaign, and after watching the video, how could I NOT share? Today is Change A Pet’s Life Day and my hope is that these dogs will get the help that they so richly deserve.

FROM THE DOG HOUSE:The Dog House Project was born from the dream of creating a space dedicated to dogs and even other animals in a little pet-friendly city. This book includes a canine hotelresort  with pool , classrooms to teach a space to have abandoned animals partnerships at no cost to them a sensory garden where dogs can relax a work area where they carry out canine sports or other courses such as obedience, one social area for barbecues and charity events and several green areas with trees and orchards. All this fueled by renewable energy with solar panels and gardens on the roofs.

The pet has so many needs that are not met. It’s not all about chasing a tennis ball in the backyard. They need socializing, sniffing without scolding for fear of eating something on the street, playing, running loose without danger of being run over, swimming – if they like. At The Dog House we seek to give the dog a space where he can carry out these activities and others he likes.

If you are able to donate, you can do so here, if not, please share to help these sweet dogs.

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Puppy Mill Stomp Hip Hop Song! Little Girl & Family Fight Animal Abuse!

Hi everyone and wow we have been remiss not posting all week! But…today I have something important to share with you. I was contacted on Facebook by a friend of ours, Buster’s Vision,  who asked if we would please share this most important (and clever) video that showcases STOPPING PUPPY MILLS!!!!

From our friends at Buster’s Vision:Buster’s Vision presents “Puppy Mill Stomp Hip Hop Music Video!” Buster’s Vision is a grassroots movement located in the San Francisco Bay (Silicon Valley) powered by professional volunteer animal advocates. Our goal is to educate people about animal abuse and abandonment. I would like to give special thanks to my family for creating this video. My granddaughter sings and acts in the video with her little brother, mommy, and daddy. Please share Buster’s Vision video. We are purpose driven in help saving innocent animals with our message. Positive, Encouraging, Buster’s Vision! bustersvisionregistry.org

Buster’s Vision Registry for Shelters, Rescues, Fosters, & Transporters

Enter the ASPCA “Home for the Holidays” Photo Contest! #HolidaysWithMyPet


Hi my furiends! It’s Dakota! I know from my travels around the web that you pups (and kitties!),  have been super, busy taking all sorts of holiday photos! Each one is cuter than the last!

Well, before you file those photos away, I have super pawesome news! The ASPCA has teamed up with senior pet advocate and Instagram celeb Marnie the Dog to launch Home for the Holidays, a photo contest celebrating rescued pets and the people who gave them a second chance with a loving home.

To enter, simply share your favorite photo of your pets enjoying the holidays using the form here and tell the ASPCA the  best thing about sharing the festive season with your furry friend!

The top three entries will receive holiday treats from the ASPCA’S partner,  Tito’s Handmade Vodka. Plus, the grand prize winner will get a $500 grant for their favorite shelter!

THE DEADLINE TO ENTER IS JANUARY 6, 2017.  And don’t forget to post your photo on social media using the hashtag #HolidaysWithMyPet.