As many of you may already know at the end of this month Odie is going to have surgery on his eyes. He has severe glaucoma which causes a constant low level pain for him and the only way to relieve this is to remove both of his eyes. Due to his advanced disease he currently has no vision so it will be a small adjustment and a big relief for him.
This surgery for this is very expensive and I have been fundraising for the past month to raise enough money to cover expenses incurred. We have done very well so far and have raised $1485 of the $2500 goal.
I wanted to share a letter that my dear friend Patricia sent out as I feel it truly sums up the true nature of giving and support. I am so thankful for her words:
Hello my Pet-Loving Family and Friends!
Each year we are inundated with media advertising requesting donations for this cause or that. This week (and it is only Wednesday), I received snail-mail charity requests from PAWS, St. Jude's Children's Hospital, our church (St. Mary's of the Lake), Greg's childhood church (St. Athanasius) and the International Reading Association (literacy outreach). On TV, ASPCA, the Amercian Cancer Society, Susan Komen Breast Cancer Fund and the American Red Cross ads have been interspersed with the nightly news and runnings of our favorite holiday films. And, of course, it wouldn't be the season if we didn't come in direct contact with a Salvation Army volunteer ringing the bell at the red can.
All of these causes are terrific and I personally donate to many of them throughout the year. Despite a few exceptions in that list above, most of our dollars are applied to overhead prior to actually going towards direct services for those in need. I always find it empowering to give to organizations and/or people that use most, if not all, of our donated dollars towards immediate help for intended persons.
Alicia Halloran is an Animal Communicator and a great friend of mine. In addition to her Pet Readings and energy work, she has volunteered countless hours in direct service to pets and their people. She rescued a Shih-Tzu named Odie last Spring. Odie has a severe eye condition that now requires significant surgery with necessary follow-up treatments. The costs of this surgery are a bit overwhelming for Alicia and she has humbly asked for help.
It has been two months today since Greg and I lost our Australian Shepherd, Teague. In many ways, I feel that bringing comfort to Odie is a way to honor Teague, who unconditionally loved and brought comfort to me. Helping Odie also honors Teague's sister Staley, who continues to be a source of joy for us. I have and would do anything for my dogs... Maybe that is why I feel particularly drawn to Odie's cause and decided to share with the people I thought might feel the same.
You can visit the website
Through that website you can learn more about Odie and gain access to the account Alicia has set-up to help raise funds for Odie's upcoming surgery. Donate if you can, send positive thoughts Odie's (and Alicia's) way no matter what!
In memory of Teague, in honor of Staley and in great hopes for Odie... and all of our beloved furry friends,
I had the honor of knowing Teague and working with her as an animal communicator when she was in and out of her body. She was/is an amazing light and I feel so honored that she and so many of the animals and people I have worked with are shining down on us through this time. If you can find it in your heart to donate to Odie’s Eye Fund every dollar helps, and even spreading the word to those you know you might be able to donate is a tremendous help!! We have less than 2 weeks to go! I know we can do it with your help!
May your New Year be as bright as Odie's!!
Love to you all!