Life today

If you had talked to me this morning, you would have seen that I was mad.

I hate cancer. I hate what it does to the body. I hate what it does to the mind. I hate that it tries to distract us from what is real, and important, and good in this world. The only remotely good thing that comes out of it, in my opinion, is how it draws us to one another, and forces us to step it up to help a friend. But I still hate cancer.

If you had talked to me at lunchtime, you would have seen me trying to relax, doing yoga with a close friend and the wii.

If you had talked to me at 2:00, you would have heard me talking and listening to a dozen bloggers who advise the American Cancer Society on social media strategy, informally known as the Bloggers for More Birthdays.

If you had talked to me at 5:00, you would have seen me put away my writing and relax with a friend and her family, a blogging friend who is turning into a neighbor.

But if you tried to talk to me now, I’m not sure I could hear you over the PUPPY BREATH and gentle sighs from the DOG BED at my feet.

Blogosphere, meet Marie.  She’s 6 months old and available for adoption from BREW Beagle Rescue.  She’s the first of what will hopefully be a long line of foster beagles for us, and we couldn’t be happier.


11 Responses to Life today

  1. Susan, ooooooh, what a day. I hate cancer, too, and I always will.

    A terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad day was had over here….but, like yours, it’s getting better.

    And if there weren’t two people with allergies under this roof, I’d love me a pup at my feet right about now.

  2. Heather says:

    Did you say something because all I see is PUPPY! I know almost nothing about beagles so that is yet another thing you will teach me about in the months ahead, you know, in addition to being so graceful about life and all it holds each day. There is truly not much more splendid than puppy ear rubs. She’s one lucky girl!

  3. marty says:

    I’m with Heather. PUPPY!!!

    One of two things will happen here. She will either never leave your house at all, or she will be gone in a flash. In fact, I’m having to talk myself out of driving up there tomorrow and adopting her.

    Puppies make everything better.

  4. Oh darling puppy! Cancer sucks but Marie most certainly does not! And darn day job keeps getting in the way…I was more than mad that I had to be at my real job than participating in the ACS call. Sigh.

  5. *m* says:

    Glad your day ended on an up note. What an adorable puppy!

    I meant to ask last time you posted about beagle rescue but never got around to it: Is there a reason why there are so many beagles, specifically, in need of homes? The only other breed-specific rescues I’ve heard of are for greyhounds. Then again, I may just be out of the loop as we are not pet owners.

    Have fun with Marie. I bet the kids love her!

  6. *m*,

    If Susan doesn’t mind, I’ll answer your question.

    In the interest of full disclosure, I am the Director of BREW, the group Susan is fostering Marie for. My views below are mine and those of the rescue group.

    In the the Mid-Atlantic region, there is an overpopulation of beagles for a number of reasons:
    – hunters in the area breed litter upon litter, keep the few good beagles and dump the rest.
    – Hunters dont adequately contain and identify their beagles – so when they get separated from the hunting pack, many of beagles end up in shelters.
    – Families breed their beagle for any number of reasons and sell the pups. This (in my opinion) reckless breeding leads to more beagles in shelters (abandoned when they can’t be sold or when the family who buys the puppy can’t take the challenges anymore).
    – Beagles are extremely popular because they are known as fantastic family dogs. They are bought more often than most other breeds. SO, when families move and can’t take their dog (a HUGE reason that people give up dogs), a greater percentage of those dogs are beagles.

    Combine all those factors together, and you have a bazillion beagles that need rescue.

    Finally, almost every breed of dog has its own rescue groups. Whether you’re looking for a French Bulldog, a mastiff, a golden retriever, or a beagle – there’s a rescue group out there for you.

    Laura Johnson
    Director, BREW, Inc.

    • Susan K says:


      Since we’re starting a discussion here about how wonderful beagles are, I’d like to add. I had one as a kid and she was HUGELY family friendly. A great dog. Gentle. Big enough not to be bothered by little kids too much, small enough not to knock them over.
      By biggest warning (and I hope you can confirm if this was just our dog or is a beagle trend). They are pack animals. They love people. So please don’t adopt one if you are never home. They get lonely. And when they are lonely they might do things you don’t appreciate. Ours chewed the door frames.

  7. Stimey says:

    I had more to say but Quinn just wandered over the computer, saw the photo of Marie, and shouted, “Izzy!” Who, as you know, is a small black and white cat.

    I laughed and laughed…

  8. Aunt Becky says:

    That dog is making my problems go far, far away. Thank you.

  9. Amy@UWM says:

    You mean the ACS call wasn’t the highlight of your day? It definitely was mine!

    It’s funny that you connected cancer and dogs in your post. I adopted my puppy during my cancer experience 16 years ago. She was such a ray of sunshine and a great distraction during such a horrible time (and man, SO much work! She chewed up everything in sight.). Now she’s my geriatric doggie, but still love her to pieces.

    One of the ways ACS is looking to grow Relay for Life is a new event called “Bark for Life” — a Relay for pet owners and their dogs. Keep an eye out for it in your town!

  10. *m* says:


    Thanks for the explanation. Hard to imagine anyone giving these cuties up!

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