I am a dog lover, too. I shouldn't even start in about
dogs because I would never be able to stop. I used to do some volunteer work -- fighting legislation, helping the rescues. Once, I went into KC's inner city in the worst neighborhoods w/ a group who visits thru there regularly, helping to get dogs off chains, helping get them into the homes when possible, donating dog houses and straw, making sure dogs (and cats too) had fresh food and water, hanging fly traps, giving them ear salve for bites, etc etc etc. It's a bottomless pit out there. I even threw a couple of hot dogs into a yard where 2 pits were chained to the front porch, chomping at the bit, obviously used as guard dogs. Probably drugs, because mattresses covered the windows.
But I fell apart after losing a job and after the bite I believe gave me lyme. It really depresses me to be of no help to anybody. If I won Powerball, I would happily spend the rest of my life doing rescue work. My heart literally bleeds for dogs, they rip my heart to pieces!
See, I should not have started, so there will be no more from me about
dogs -- except, James, what a cutie pie. And how did you put your pic up? And my dogs are a pit/lab mix, and what I call a black half coyote, half kangaroo. I live in a large apartment (which is the safest place for a well cared for pit mix these days), so my time must be devoted to getting them out to meet people and other dogs w/ plenty of exercise. (just came back from a swim on the off leash canine beach.)
But my heart still aches for them -- I know they would love to do some agility and activities that challenge them and I am just a big dud. EVery day I promise to do better.
I used to LOVE this, I used to live for these times together, but no longer get any enjoyment out of it (the hiking, etc) I drag myself along w/ my walking stick and tho it makes me very happy to see my dogs running and chasing and wrestling and leaping thru the air, it's just become such a chore. I am wondering if enjoyment of any activities returns after a certain amount of treatment? This past year I have not gotten any enjoyment from anything, not even stuff that should be fun.
Lyme in NC in 1971? Suspect TBI: Fully engorged tick followed by high fever and tonsillitis. Follwed by , lumps on neck, chronic tonsillits w/ constant low grade to recurring high (104) fevers, severe unexplained neck stiffness and acute neck pain. Followed by tonsillectomy, urinary tract infections, miscarriage, appendicitis while pregant, chronic severe back pain. Followed by depression, mild anxiety, mitral valve prolapse, and hypglycemia. Was this a TBI??
Bit again couple of times, lyme suspect bite Mother's Day 2007. Bite, symptoms, lyme specific antibodies on the most lyme specific band of all = 39 IgG. Still awaiting appt w/ LLMD.
Post Edited (+Lyme) : 7/3/2009 5:18:09 PM (GMT-6)