April 25, 2010

April 25, 2010
Short Trip Back Home

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Sunday and I hope you are having a safe and great weekend so far. It is a beautiful day here in south Florida and Dab the AIDS Bear and I are glad to be home before heading to Washington, DC for AIDSWatch 2010 in a couple of days.

Yesterday, Dab the AIDS Bear participated in the Kansas City AIDS Walk at Theis Park. Such an amazing turnout, thousands showing their love and remembrance. Thanks to everyone in KC showing Dab the AIDS Bear so much hospitality and love. I should have pictures posted on Facebook and a slide show here on my blog hopefully by the end of this next week.

It is also great to spend some time with my three dogs while home in south Florida. I miss them so much when I am gone. Because Chipper is so old now and not in good health, I especially like to spend every moment with him I can. Chipper is in the picture with me on this blog entry. He is a long haired chihuahua. His cancer is continuing to spread unfortunately and I am dreading when I have to put him down. Even though he is blind and almost completely deaf, Chipper is a loyal and loving companion. His favorite place is next to his Daddy. Chipper loves to spend endless hours on my lap whether I am on the couch with him or working on the computer. I will be devastated when I have to put him down.

For those of you who have not read about Chipper before I adopted him from animal control the day they were scheduled to put him down. His owner had died from AIDS and Chipper was considered not adoptable because of his advanced age and his disabilities. Well that was over four years ago and he is now 16. So at least I have the comfort of knowing I helped him live out his intended life span. Not to mention all the love and companionship I have received in return.

I also have two other dogs who are also rescue dogs from animal control. Both had been abused before I adopted them but they both have made wonderful and loving companions. Harley is a miniature schnauzer and Sugar is a maltese and poodle mix (also known as a maltepoo LOL). The great thing about dogs is they do not care when you are having a bad hair day, side effects from medications or are very sick. They love you no matter what. I have also found especially with dogs rescued from animal control that they are very loving and loyal pets. So the next time you are thinking about getting a dog or cat, please adopt one from your local animal control instead of buying from a puppy mill. More than one million dogs and cats are put down every year due to the lack of homes. So not only do you receive love and companionship but you also help save a life.

I am going to rest for most of the day so I can recharge my batteries before AIDSWatch 2010 in Washington, DC. So I plan on spoiling myself by just being lazy today and enjoying my family and making some memories with them.

Remember life is not a dress rehearsal. So get out there and make a special memory for yourself. Treat yourself to something you enjoy doing.

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab