Before I got sick, I was a dog trainer. My life was centered around my dogs,maybe too much, but I was happy. I taught basic classes, worked with serious behavior problems, and competed with my own dogs. It was my culture, and my life.
As MCS started to creep in, it make more difficult and even dangerous, to continue. To have poor reflexes or to miss something because I was brain fogged, could be the difference between success and failure, and sometimes failure meant a bite.
So I had to give it up. But I didn’t give up my personal dogs. While the number of dogs has diminished, I still have 3 beautiful and wonderful dogs left that keep me happy, keep me laughing and keep me sane. They make me get up on the bad days, cuddle with me when I’m sick, and keep my spirits up when I’m sad. And on a really good day, I train.
Training is the ultimate connection to an animal. It’s about opening up a line of communication between the two of you and if it’s done well, it can raise both your spirits
Unfortunately, it’s getting harder and harder to maintain health care for my dogs. You see, here in Georgia, there is a new “fashion” to burn scented candles in the vet clinics. These candles are being sold as “safe”, but of course, the ingredients are trade secret. They are being sold as pet candles, aromatherapy and they are being sold as a requirement for certain continuing ed certifications. Needless to say, my access to veterinarians is narrowing quickly.
These candles have forced me out of my homeopathic vet and limited me to the one vet in driving distance that is basically scent free. While he is good, he is not homeopathic. The only chiropractic/acupuncturist that is safe for me is 1 hour away.
The closest emergency clinic for me that is safe is 1 hour away. the one 10 minutes away is not. I truly fear the day when I will have to choose. I fear the day when I will have to risk not being coherent enough to help my animal at the close emergency clinic, or worse, to have to be banished to wait outside.
If I had one wish, it would be to have fragrance free veterinary clinics and fragrance free emergency clinics. To have safe access to my choice of veterinarians, to assure my beloved pets get the best care possible, that would be my one wish.
I can give up the restaurants, the movies, the social life. But the thought that one day, I may have to accept that I can no longer adequately access veterinary care, and therefore no longer have a dog, is a difficult thing to face.
So if I had one wish, it would be that.