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Speaking from my heart today....

Nov 9

Pets are family. They are not just an object that you own.

Something I am preparing for is the loss of my long time furry best friend, Wiggles. He has been diagnosed with Cushing's disease. I am still learning about it, but, I'm being told that I will have, at best, 2 more years with my baby boy. This news was a tough pill to swallow. Wiggles came into my life little over 10 years ago. I was CFO for a small trucking company, and one of drivers came back from California with this dog. He was very matted up and not looking really great. The driver was going to have him as an outside dog on the farm. My issue was that winters here in Illinois are brutal at times and a little 12 lb. Malti-poo wouldn't do so well. Several weeks went by and Wiggles tried to get in my car every time I attempted to leave. This dog and I had a connection from the moment we met. I talked with the new owner and he gave him up to me. He was already named Wiggles when I got him, and I saw no reason to change it, because that tail is ALWAYS going! Little boy has been by my side for the past 10 years, and I am trying to mentally prepare for the day I have to say goodbye.We estimate him being about 11-12 years old, so my time is limited regardless, but it doesn't make this any easier.

I am reminded, yet again, that we are all living on borrowed time.

None of this is ours. We just use it while we are here, and we take none of it with us when we die.

I guess the most important lesson life teaches is simply this:

Love one another. Love deep. Love strong. Love hard.

Thank you for allowing me to share a part of my world with you.

Much Love, and as always, Journey on, my friends!

Chuck

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Some quick info on Cushing's before I leave here:

 
 
According to the American Kennel Club the average survival time for a dog with Cushing's is about two years, with only 10 percent living beyond the four-year mark. That said, it's important to remember that most cases of Cushing's disease are diagnosed in elderly dogs.

Fromlakecross.com:

Cushing's disease (hyperadrenocorticism) is a serious health condition in dogs that occurs when the adrenal glands overproduce cortisol (cortisone) in the animal's body. Excess cortisol can put a dog at risk of several serious conditions and illnesses, from kidney damage to diabetes, and will be life-threatening.

 



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