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Posted on 03-19-2015

October 7, 2013

I am an advocate for animals. Always have been, always will be. It started when I was six years old.  We lived in North Miami Beach.  Our next door neighbor used to tie their Collie to the stairs bar rail.  There was no shade. He always kicked his bowl over.  He never stopped barking.

I asked my mother, “If that collie was a child, who would you call?” Her instant reply was “the police”. That is exactly what I did.  To this day, I can still hear his bark.  I can still see him twisted in the unforgiving chain.  I can still feel his pain.  Thankfully, I can also feel my mother’s embrace as I cried for his suffering.  I know today that all my love, caring and empathy comes from my mother.  She lives on!

I have been a veterinarian going on 29 years now. I have just recently embarked on a new journey that I refer to as “EE”; Environmental Enrichment.  I wish to enrich the lives to all whom I meet, whether they are two or four legged.  We can judge one’s moral character by the way one treats an animal.  I want children to take responsibility for their pets from day one so they can experience the powerful bond between a human and an animal.  This will also teach the child selflessness by discovering the importance of caring for another living creature.  Pets feel secure and develop a close bond with their masters when they are provided love and structure.  They also require regular grooming, feeding, exercise and training.  Teaching your children to take responsibility for their pets will serve as a life lesson while ensuring that the family pet always has a high-energy playmate, caretaker, and friend. 

This is something that the entire family should be involved in.  Not only will this create a bond between family members and the pet, but it will also bring the family together.  Our lives are speeding 100 mph in a 45 mph zone.  We all need to SLOW DOWN, breathe, and focus on the things that are truly meaningful in life.  

I am going to accomplish this challenge one family at a time; however, I need YOU to do your part.  If you want to make a difference, feel free to call the office for more information or tips.

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