Noted

Rose–June 30, 2008

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Today I opened an email from my friend Rose. It was a desperate plea for money. Her beloved dog has cancer and she’s maxed out her credit cards trying to save the dog’s life. The dog is still living, but needs 10 rounds of chemotherapy. The chemo costs $700 a round. She can’t pay for her dog’s medical treatment and her mortgage. I hate reading this email.

Everytime I go to the vet’s office, there’s some family in tears, putting down their dog because they can’t afford to pay to heal their pet. I always get teary eyed myself when I see other people make that horrible decision. It’s those moments that I really wish that I could win the lottery. Because if I won the lottery, one of the things I’d definitely do is pay the vet bill for random strangers so their dogs could live.

So I commit myself to the lottery-winning, better version of myself, and call Rose.

(Those of you who have been paying attention might remember that I have no money).

I tell Rose that we’re going to throw a garage sale for her dog. I’m going to donate the few boxes of garage sale items I’ve been hoarding for myself to the cause. Then we’re going to call all our friends with too much stuff and ask them to donate their excess to our garage sale fundraiser. Our garage sale will take place on July 26th. Even though I really need the money, with her it’s a matter of life and death. And, even though I don’t really have the time to organize a garage sale for someone else’s dog, I really want to believe that if I won the lottery, I would be the canine angel of mercy.

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