Anyone who knows me, knows that my dogs and cats are my world. They are my best friends, protectors, teachers, therapists and comedians. They are steadfast and loyal, always there for me with their unconditional love. They’re not just pets — they are family.
Throughout the years, my husband Joe and I have loved — and lost — so many of them. And saying goodbye never gets any easier. There have been many health issues along the way. We’ve nursed several back to health after cancer treatments, back surgery and aspiration pneumonia. We’ve been through physical therapy, major surgeries, blindness and hearing loss. But the one thing we hadn’t planned on, or even knew about, was Canine Cognitive Dysfunction — also known as doggy dementia or doggy Alzheimer’s.
I was stunned to learn that dogs, like people, can suffer from this debilitating and deadly disease that has no cure. And not one, but three of my dogs have been diagnosed with CCD. Two passed away from CCD last year, and a third is currently struggling with its heartless effects. We know what’s coming, and it’s heartbreaking.
Dementia is a horrible disease that no human or animal should ever have to endure. Caring for a pet is a lifelong commitment that has its ups and downs. CCD is one of the “downs”.
My vision is a world without Alzheimer’s — for people — and our pets. So I’m participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer's - Chicago, in memory of Leisl and Fritz, our two dachshunds that we lost to dementia. I'm also participating to honor our last dachshund, Jasper, who is currently battling the disease. Losing one pup to dementia was devastating, and three, well, I just have no words. Knowing what's in store for Jasper hurts my heart.
Please consider making a donation on behalf of someone you love — whether they have two legs or four. My goal is to raise $1,000 in the fight against Alzheimer’s — will you help me? Thank you for your kindness and generosity. And thank you for your partnership in this fight.
Lori, Joe, Jasper and angels Leisl and Fritzie
Thank you for helping advance Alzheimer's support, care and research.
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