Story #1 About Edie
Almost four years ago, I decided to start a blog.
I was still grieving the loss of my dog Shadow. And I was bringing a new puppy into my life. You know her as Honey.
I couldn’t bear the thought of living my life with another dog without making a record of our time together. A blog seemed like the perfect way to honor Shadow’s memory—until a few days ago, her picture graced the header of this blog. And to reflect on life with my new dog.
Those of you who blog know what those early months feel like. You pour your thoughts and feelings into your posts and wonder if anyone is reading them but you.
Eventually I started getting comments. This was one of my earliest:
“Just found your blog today through the Saturday Blog Hop. I clicked because I loved the name—and the blog is great too. Keep up the good work.”
That early comment was by Edie Jarolim, a professional writer who blogged at Will My Dog Hate Me, the guilt-free zone for good dog owners (isn’t that an awesome tagline?). She was the first person to recognize the inspiration for the name of my blog (this and this).
It was the first time Edie gave much-needed encouragement but not the last. I was gratified when she recommended me to follow her as the Pet Travel Contributor at A Traveler’s Library. I don’t think she ever knew how much it meant to me that such a wonderful writer felt I was capable of following in her footsteps.
Story #2 About Edie
The newspaper ad said that a local veterinarian would be talking about pet hospice care at the library. I had never heard of hospice care for pets but it sounded like a wonderful idea to me.
I wanted to learn more.
Listening to the doctor talk was very emotional for me. It took me back to the deaths of my first three dogs. And it gave me a new framework for thinking about end of life care in a whole new way.
The speaker said that the major concern when planning end of life care for our pets should be, “What does it do for our bond?” If an action stresses our relationship, maybe it’s not worth doing. And if it builds that relationship, even if it’s at the very end, that’s a wonderful thing.
I processed what I learned in Strengthening the Bond With Your Animal – Pet Hospice. When I hit publish, I felt shattered. But then I started getting wonderful, caring comments.
The first one was from Edie Jarolim. She told me about a friend whose dog received care from a hospice vet. And because we all recognize that our dogs will live much shorter lives than we expect to, Edie shared her thoughts on helping Frankie when his time came.
It’s a wonderful pet caregiver who faces hard truths early to give herself the best chance of doing the best for her dog in the future.
Story #3 About Edie
Edie started a new project. After discovering that her great uncle owned a kosher butcher shop in the same building where Sigmund Freud saw patients, she started the blog Freud’s Butcher.
I didn’t see Edie around dog blog circles anymore. Her research into her family history took her in new directions. But I put her new blog in my feed reader and enjoyed reading about her discoveries which she wrote about in her usual engaging style.
Offline, Edie’s terrier, Frankie, required a bit of care. He was diabetic and needed regular shots of insulin. Then he developed canine cognitive dysfunction—some call it doggie Alzheimer’s.
She came back to Will My Dog Hate Me to share information that might help others caring for a senior dog. And to bounce ideas off other dog people. But really, when things with Frankie were hard, she wanted to hang with people who understood what she was going through.
When Edie launched Operation Spoil Frankie after her own consultation with a hospice vet, she was surrounded and supported , virtually, by everyone in blogville who had come to know and love her.
And when Frankie passed, Edie looked for a way to help someone else, even in the middle of her grief.
How Knowing These 3 Stories Can Help You Help Dogs
How does knowing these 3 stories about Edie help dogs?
Edie Jarolim has touched a lot of people in the dog blogging community. Many of you reading this now probably have similar stories about how she has encouraged or helped you. And if you do, I hope you’ll share them along with what I’m going to tell you next.
Because it’s time for all the good karma Edie has built up to make a difference in the lives of senior dogs.
Edie has found a wonderful way to give back. She writes about it at Frankie’s Fund: Give Every Dog a Great Sendoff.
Edie has started Frankie’s Fund at Grey Muzzles to raise money to help senior dogs receive hospice help when needed. Grey Muzzles provides support to organizations all over the country who help homeless senior dogs.
Can you imagine what a gift it is for a senior dog who, after losing her home through no fault of her own, finds herself in a loving home for the rest of her days? And even if this dog has medical issues, there’s help to pay for the care she needs?
Edie wants to raise $5,000 by Christmas. Which should be easy if everyone who has been touched by knowing Edie and Frankie gives and spreads the word. And maybe a few of you who aren’t lucky enough to know Edie recognize a great cause when you see one.
Here’s how you can help:
- Give your gift at the Grey Muzzles donation page. Don’t forget to enter that your gift is in honor of Frankie’s Fund and enter Edie’s email “writestf at me dot com” so she gets a notice of your gift.
- Grab the Frankie’s Fund badge for your blog (if you use WordPress, don’t forget to use the custom URL feature to link back to Edie’s blog).
- Share the link to Frankie’s Fund on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, wherever you hang out online.
- If you have a tradition of charitable gifts instead of holiday gifts, consider adopting Frankie’s Fund as your charity.
- And if you’ve been touched by Edie and Frankie, write your own blog post telling us about it and urging readers to give.
I’m heading over to the Grey Muzzles donation page now. Won’t you join me too?
Your Turn: Have you been touched by an experience with a senior dog?