The wheel of life

Published 12:11 pm Wednesday, September 20, 2023

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Before I go into the reason for this week’s title, I want to share a little information to keep you up to date.

In addition to dialysis, I had two doctor visits last week, one to a urologist and another to a cardiologist.  I’ll be seeing my urologist again on the 21st, so I’ll have gone before this week’s column is read. It is my least favorite of doctors, but I guess we have to check for those darn bladder tumors.  Oh well, now for the explanation for “The Wheel of Life.”

Over the years there have been many things that have moved me in one direction or the other. As I have stated often, it is the emotional roller coaster that is part of my mission.  One thing humbles me far more than any other and that is when someone will give a donation in memory of a loved one or a pet. Last week I didn’t have many cases to speak of. A pup with a bulging eye that for some reason didn’t show up at the vet. And then there was Gypsy and Sashi, the two Chihuahuas with allergies. Their owner’s youngest child had to be rushed to the hospital (he’s fine now, I checked) so there is a new appointment being set up as we speak.

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A friend of a lady who passed on August 31 found a little note on a thank you card for me. The lady’s name was Jan Myles. She thanked me for helping Charlie Brown, her Basset/Beagle. In the note was $5 and other warm wishes saying, “There is a place in Heaven for you.” I’m tearing up again just relating this to you.

I have a supporter named Joan in Charlotte who has over the years given large donations for my kids. Last week I received another donation as a memorial to her son (Stephen Alan) who loved all animals. To honor Joan’s request, my next major case will be in memory and to honor her dear departed son. When you get to read this Joan, know that I love you too.

Finally, a donation in honor of a pet; these are the kinds I get most often. A couple I go to church with sent a donation in memory of their friend’s dog, Atticus.

As you can see, the circle of life is most certainly in motion and if it be God’s will, we’ll all meet again one day. From your most humble servant, thanks for listening.

Leonard Rizzo is the founder of Lennie’s Kids, a nonprofit organization that helps sick and injured animals in the foothills, promotes animal welfare and works to find homes for pets.