Jana said knowledge is key and you can't be in denial. She pushed me and thank goodness because I really need that time.
I am thankful to the people who helped Ella but also thankful that her face told the story. A story about a lot more issues than just her. She is an extremely special dog and I know there are so many others but I want to say that it was hard for me to get and pay for her MRI and treatment. I am a pet owner but if we can help the others that are trying to help it not continue, then there will be many others that will benefit.
This post from Kim Cline really tells a story also and what she said about blame and what we do going forward is inspiring http://thisonewildlife.com/dog-health/breeding-dogs-vs-inbreeding/
"By the way, I have to thank Jana Rade from Dawg Business for introducing me to this film. Interestingly, Jana wrote a post back in January about our ability (or lack thereof) to detect a dog’s pain and how much they stoically hide.
I came across it while writing this post and realized how much our dogs chronically bear before giving us a sign. It makes me hurt for those who suffer in silence from faulty bone structure due to breeding for extremes. Again, how could we know without being educated on why animals hide their pain?
At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what we may have known on some subconscious level – although I think you’re right because it’s less than shocking when all the pieces click. What matters is that we certainly know in this moment. When we know, we are held accountable – without excuse. What matters next is what we do with that knowledge"
I can not tell you how special the people are that have given others help and care that is so important. So how do I pass this on? What am I going to do with this knowledge? I started this to tell her story and really wanted to help others going through this. I have met some wonderful people and learned a lot of information.
So I will not give up hope. I do not want Ella's story to make other people who also have dogs with Syringomyelia to get discouraged. I have said many times, each dog is different and I would not change any decision I made. I will be there for others as much as I can.
Most importantly, I want to pass on and help support the people who are doing things to help this and other breeds so that less people will have to go through this.
It is a matter of knowledge.
- The knowledge of what is being done.
- Knowledge to potential pet owners at how important to make sure breeders are doing what they should for the health of the dogs.
- Knowledge that there are many people that are really concerned about these things.
- Knowledge that there are people that are selfless and have so much love for others and give.
- Knowledge that what can we do to make sure less dogs are in pain.
So I will continue to post and thank you for all the positive thoughts, words of encouragement, prayers, and so much more that have helped me beyond words.