Going to the Vet


I’ve decided not to visit the vet anymore. When I know it’s time to go the vet, I start to feel very anxious. My dogs do not get upset, but I do. It’s because I know that I will get a critical look from the doctor that lets me know she thinks I’m a terrible puppy parent.

She doesn’t say it out loud, but I know what she’s thinking. Her brow furrows and she slightly shakes her head while petting my dogs and talking to them like they’re babies. She says they are so sweet and loving; I agree. And, she adds, they are overweight. Ugh. This is the worst part and I know it’s coming. Now, I wouldn’t say that my dogs are trim. They are not Greyhounds or Whips for Heaven’s sake; and they’re not walking the doggie runway modeling collars for the best dog fashion designers.

However, I’ve never felt they were seriously overweight. It’s hard to imagine considering dogs that are nine or 17 pounds obese. She stresses to me like I’m incapable of understanding that each pound that my dog is over its ideal weight is like 10 pounds for humans. Geez. Now my little Chihuahua and Rat Terrier are 20 and 30 pounds overweight respectively. Wow.

Most people set out to do the right thing; they make decisions based on what they know or understand and how the decision makes them feel. But just because they had the best of intentions doesn’t automatically make it turn out to be the right decision. In fact, I’m sure that giving my dog’s treats or a piece of my toast in the morning isn’t a malicious practice, but it has contributed to the BIG problem.

Everyone has had this happen. It doesn’t feel very good and sometimes when you realize that you’ve inadvertently caused harm, you look for absolution. So, my dogs are now on a journey they don’t understand. They have been placed on a serious diet. I guess we can say they those girls are working toward their summer bodies. At this point, if they could talk, they would let me know that they don’t care about losing a couple pounds. It has been a stressful ordeal for all of us — the diet dog food is so dreadful that my husband is incapable of feeding the dogs without gagging. Of course, I’m aware that it could be an act aimed at getting out of this particular chore.

Something that wasn’t a chore this year and in fact gave me great pleasure was recognizing Andrea Rodriguez as the Caring About Women Locally award winner during the 2015 CAWLM 80s Flashback Fundraiser. This is the fifth year of the recognition, and it continues to amaze me what individuals are doing right here in our community. When you meet Andrea, her love for people is apparent. You can actually feel it rolling off of her in waves. She is one of those special people in this world who get up every morning looking to make an impact in the lives of others.

A voice for the Hispanic community, she started her efforts as a very young person with friends in her farming region by helping them learn English so they could also benefit from being bilingual. Helping individuals learn became a passion for her and making a difference a way of life. She spent her entire career as a teacher and retired from the Lansing School District. I had the pleasure of meeting someone who was impacted by her and the sparkle in her eyes when speaking about Andrea says it all.

I know you’re probably in the height of having fun this summer, but the fall will be here before you know it. Let me encourage you to put the CAWLM Lady Classic on your calendar for Sept. 17 at Timber Ridge. As always, this outing is for women only and allows those first time golfers to come out. We are still holding our Celebrity Caddie Auction and have recently signed former sports and current community leaders Andre Hudson and Tico Duckett. Don’t worry — there will be
many more.

Have a safe and wonderful July!

Tiffany Dowling

Tiffany Dowling

Tiffany Dowling is the Founder and President of M3 Group, a full-service branding agency located in downtown Lansing, Mich. She is also owner and publisher of Capital Area Women’s LifeStyle Magazine and the Greater Lansing Business Monthly. Dowling has helped businesses and organizations with branding needs for more than a decade. Learn more at www.m3group.biz.

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