10 years of MS Dhoni
10 Years With MS and 6 Years With My Dog Sadie
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This past April I “celebrated” the 10th anniversary of my diagnosis with Multiple Sclerosis — a rather auspicious date to remember. Today, I am thinking back as well. This time, only 6 years…
Six years ago today I received an e-mail from a most wonderful young woman in Athy, County Kildare, Ireland. The short note informed me that my new puppy had been born (well, actually that 7 puppies had been born and three of them were bitches; which is what I was hoping for). It was July and I wouldn’t be going to Ireland to pick her up until October — which later got moved to November so that I could speak at an MS fundraising luncheon — but my dear Sadie had been born.
The next 8-weeks, as I have chronicled here before helped me decide which of the three young ladies would be mine (or me hers!!!)
I am a card-carrying member of the Child-Free, so Sadie is as close to an offspring as I’ll ever have.
The joy she brings to our lives cannot be tallied. The heartache when she is not well affects our whole “pack”. She is the Mayor of every dog park and not a single person can see her play without it bringing a silly grin to their face.
Sadie has helped me understand what’s important in life and been there for me when no one else in the world seemed to be. She brought new life to an old dog and learned (and now teaches others) from that good, old girl.
Little Newkdara Sadie Peg O’ My Heart has done everything a good dog is supposed to do — including some major damage to our peas this year — and then some.
Like many of you who have pets (service pets or otherwise) you know the love of which I speak. Just like some people’s children, I have marked many of life’s occasions with Sadie and I look forward to many more.
And I’ve learned from her as well (a friend sent me this upon the passing of her old pal and I thought we could all learn from a dog’s life):
- When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
- Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
- Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy.
- Take naps.
- Stretch before rising.
- Run, romp, and play daily.
- Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
- Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
- On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.
- On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.
- When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
- Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
- Be loyal.
- Never pretend to be something you're not.
- If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
- When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.
I like that last one most of all. Sometimes, that’s all it takes to turn a “bad day” into a “not-as-bad day”.
Happy Birthday, Sadie and belly drums to all of the 4-legged pals who help those of us with multiple sclerosis live beyond ourselves.
Wishing you and your family the best of health.
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