The recent earthquakes and tsunamis in Japan can teach us a lot.
I live on Maui. We had a little tsunami damage here from the same quake that has created the horror show in Japan. Now we face the potential of radiation exposure, depending on how the nuclear leak turns out.
This is nothing compared to what is going on there.
When you are dealing with a dog cancer diagnosis, it can turn your world upside down. It pulls all your attention and sometimes even affects your entire life. You are not alone in this.
Sometimes it helps to widen back just a little. This means to have a bigger picture viewpoint on things that are happening in life.
A widened back viewpoint does make what you are going through any less important. On the contrary. What it is good for is making us feel a little better, even as tragic events are befalling us. It is a tool that can help us during these tough times.
A bigger picture on life events is a way of looking at things in a more global scale. I suppose it could be summed up with that old saying, “I cried because I had no shoes until I saw a man with no feet.” (It turns out this saying can be traced back to a Persian poet in the 13th century).
It can feel like your feet are being cut off when you have a dog with cancer. But it can be soothing to look at others who are facing life’s challenges, challenges that may be even worse than our own.
Look at what is happening right now in Japan. Families are dead. Lives are ruined and altered forever.
How many good things are left for us? How many good things are left for you and your dog? How many joys in life can you still experience? How many things can you thank your dog for?
How many things can your dog thank you for?
Dr. Demian Dressler is internationally recognized as “the dog cancer vet” because of his innovations in the field of dog cancer management, and the popularity of his blog here at Dog Cancer Blog. The owner of South Shore Veterinary Care, a full-service veterinary hospital in Maui, Hawaii, Dr. Dressler studied Animal Physiology and received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California at Davis before earning his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University. After practicing at Killewald Animal Hospital in Amherst, New York, he returned to his home state, Hawaii, to practice at the East Honolulu Pet Hospital before heading home to Maui to open his own hospital. Dr. Dressler consults both dog lovers and veterinary professionals, and is sought after as a speaker on topics ranging from the links between lifestyle choices and disease, nutrition and cancer, and animal ethics. His television appearances include “Ask the Vet” segments on local news programs. He is the author of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog’s Life Quality and Longevity. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Hawaii Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Avian Veterinarians, the National Animal Supplement Council and CORE (Comparative Orthopedic Research Evaluation). He is also an advisory board member for Pacific Primate Sanctuary.
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