Rosh Hashanah and Day of Peace 2017

FROM INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES:

Rosh Hashanah is one of the holiest holidays in the Jewish religion. The two-day holiday begins at sundown and celebrates the Jewish New Year. During the celebration, Jewish people take the time to appreciate and accept God as their king.

The Jewish calendar, which runs on the lunar cycle, determines the date of the holiday each year. The celebration begins at sundown and the following day marks the first full day of the celebration. Jewish calendar dates end at nightfall, which means this year’s Rosh Hashanah celebration will begin at sundown on Oct. 2 and end at nightfall on Oct. 4.

In Hebrew, “Rosh Hashanah” means “Head of the Year” and it’s also known as the Jewish New Year. Rosh Hashanah celebrates the day that God completed the creation of the world and highlights the relationship between God and humanity.

While Conservative and Orthodox Jews observe the holiday over the course of two days, most Reform Jews celebrate Rosh Hashana for one day.

An important tradition during this holiday is Tashlich, which calls for Jews to go find a body of water, be it the ocean, river or stream, and cast away their sins. This is done symbolically by throwing bread into the water and the act allows people to reflect and correct themselves so they can focus on a new year.

At home, families gather for dinner prior to attending service the night of the holiday. They recite blessings over candles and wine. Families also indulge in challah bread or apples dipped in honey.

This year it is extra special that the

 FIRST FULL DAY of

 Rosh Hashanah coincides with:

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE

SEPTEMBER 21, 2017

The International Day of Peace (“Peace Day”) is observed around the world each year on 21 September. Established in 1981 by unanimous United Nations resolution 36/37, the General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to “commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples.”

May peace be around you and inside of you.

We Remember

I took this photo late in 2016. It was hanging on the wall at LaGuardia Airport in NYC

 

Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit to Aid Hurricane Harvey Relief

Shelter preparing for arrival of Houston adoptable animals

donating 50% of all adoption fees to Houston shelters

 

Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit (FAMD) will donate 50% of all adoption fees to local Houston animal rescue groups through the month of September to aid animal shelters devastated by the impact of Hurricane Harvey. The shelter is also making room for adoptable animals from the impacted areas, expected to arrive within the month.

 

FAMD has agreed to be one of the Michigan animal shelters finding homes for adoptable Houston animals. These animals were in Houston shelters and ready for adoption before the storm hit, and are being moved to make room to reunite lost pets with their owners. Said Elaine Greene, executive director of FAMD, “With so many animals in need of homes even before the storm hit, it’s especially urgent now to make room for all the pets in Houston that were lost in the shuffle.”

Through the month of September, FAMD will donate half of each adoption fee to one of several Houston-area shelters. Adopters will choose from a list of humane groups, including the Humane Society of Southeast Texas, one of the shelters coordinating funds and donation distribution to those affected by the hurricane. This offer includes all cats and dogs adopted from FAMD at the “Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo” event at the Detroit Zoo on September 15 and 16. FAMD will bring several animals to find them new homes, thus freeing up space at the shelter for new arrivals.

 

About “Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo”

The event is Friday, September 15 from noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday, September 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak. For more details, visit MEET YOUR BEST FRIEND (SEPTEMBER)

 

About FAMD

After 22 years of nurturing nearly 50,000 animals as the Dearborn Animal Shelter, the Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit has embarked on public phase of their “Our Animals Need A Home” capital campaign to construct a new Animal Adoption & Education Center at the site of the former Dearborn Amtrak station on Michigan Avenue. Construction begins in October. For more information about FAMD, visit metrodetroitanimals.org

“Deep in the Heart of Texas” How You Can Help the Victims of Hurricane Harvey

We are simply devastated by the scope of destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey this past week in Texas, (and pray that Louisiana is spared.)  The more I watch the more I feel helpless. I did want to share a few ways that you can help. If you click on the photo below, you will be taken to a blog post that our friends at Rumpy Dog wrote earlier in the week that lists fabulous ways that you can help.

Click on the photo to read Rumpy Dog’s suggestions on how you can help Texas in this awful tragedy.

Our friend, Paris at Dogtipper lives in the Austin area (and had to evacuate herself with FOUR PETS, read her tips on her sister blog Cattipper), today posted more ways that you can help on her blog.

The NY Times also posted ways that you can help.

Have an iPhone? Apple users in the U.S. can also donate to the American Red Cross through the company’s iTunes and app stores. Amounts range from $5 to $200, and you can’t use store credit.

If you are in the Detroit area as I am and would like to help, you can learn more about how to help below:

 

 

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.

Photo Courtesy of Jamie Meador

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

Photo Courtesy of Vet

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.

Photo Courtesy of Vet Set Go

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.

Photo Courtesy of Vet Set Go

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.

Photo Courtesy of Vet Set Go

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.