Have you got an amazing story to tell? I'm always stunned by the little gems of stories people store away within them that they've never considered sharing. Every photoshoot seems to unearth something either heart-warming or remarkable. I often speculate that if you just put any random group of dog owners in a room for half an hour you'd be bound to hear several exclusives that otherwise would never get aired.
They say there's no such thing as good news, but I do usually find there's a very good percentage of happy ending - but of late the opposite seems to have been true.
In the last week several people have confided in me stories of such magnitude that to be honest I've had trouble sleeping. It's easy to just look at the surface and think everything is okay for those about you, but for a percentage life will have taken a ghastly and totally unjust turn and most people will be totally oblivious to their pain.
But I guess, just as bad things can happen to good people, the converse must be true and somewhere someone is enjoying spectacular good luck. I just don't seem to hear about those stories at the moment!
Inca was a Rottie who ended up in rescue. As this is a very familiar story of late, her prospects looked bleak. I'd had a hand in finding her the very, very best home imaginable with some great people. She seemed the luckiest Rottie in the world - so many others were left waiting for a good home. Then, very quickly, she was diagnosed with serious HD and needed a very big op. Her superb new owners didn't even flinch at the vet bill - even though they were uninsured, they already loved her unconditionally and would do anything for her without question.
But there were serious complications and she contracted MRSA. Months and months of very intensive treatment at enormous cost followed with her life hanging by a thread - but against the odds she pulled through and she started to enjoy her lovely life at last. We all enjoyed the happy ending and her busy owners even took Inca to Discover Dogs to support the excellent work of the Bella Moss MRSA foundation.
Then yesterday I heard she'd been killed in a road accident. Her owners who fought so hard to save her are understandably totally devastated at this sudden and unexpected loss.
By chance I'd already heard several other heartbreaking stories in the past week that left me questioning how some people find the strength to get up every morning.
Can we please hear of someone experiencing good fortune soon? For example can poor old Dumbo get the home he deserves? Can one of you write a comment in this blog that gives us a glimmer that somewhere else on the planet something incredibly uplifting is happening that can put the earth back on its axis and make us all feel like we can actually make a difference?
As part of the Cold Wet Nose Show we'll be giving a series of awards to people and dogs that do make the world seem a much more 'human' place.
Now would be a very good time to tell me your happy stories! But even if you have a sad story to share, don't hold back. I'd hate to think people might stop confiding when they are down - we do feel totally honoured to be included in all the lows as well as the highs. Some of our readers have been with us every step of the way for the past 18 years and whether you're one of the old school or the newbies, I like to think at Dogs Today we're at least one part of the planet that wants to listen and help whenever possible. I know I've been very grateful of the same support when my life has had its ups and downs!