My work is my passion. The writing itself? The process? Not so much. It's the end result that I love. It's knowing that I might have made a difference for one dog or cat owner, saved a pet's life, made life easier for an owner, prevented a dog or cat from ending up in a shelter because of a behavior problem that could be resolved. Or I might have helped with a health issue.
Actually, I know that I've accomplished these things because I've been around long enough for readers to have given me feedback over the years.
As a Certified Animal Behavior Consultant I can help owners more directly, one on one. As a Learning Facilitator I teach people who want to be dog trainers how to do it correctly. I teach four different classes in the Dog Training and Management Program at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania. The science-based, positive methods are so much better than the old, outmoded dominance-based training of old. We can now help build the human-animal bond, creating a much closer bond for owner and dog. Cat and owner can share the same bond. They, too, can be trained with positive methods. Does it work? My cat is sitting on my lap, kissing my wrist as I write this.
Those of you who have been reading my blog for awhile are aware of the fact that when my mother died, I started a fund in her name at the American Kennel Club's Canine Health Foundation. The Marcia Polimer Abrams Fund for Canine Behavior Studies is a Donor Directed Fund that will fund studies into behavior issues. Behavior problems are probably responsible for more dog deaths than any one disease. Happily, most of what the AKC/CHF funds helps people as well as dogs, therefore, this becomes a win/win situation. Trying to get the word out on this fund has become a distinct goal. I created a Cause on Facebook to represent the fund; The Red Room was kind enough to feature it in their Causes that Red Room authors support. I'm very grateful. But how do I get the word out further? How can I make people understand how important this fund can be for dogs, their owners, and for people in general?
I'm a writer, an author but I feel so frustrated. Why can't I make the same impact that my articles and books have created? Why can't I reach further and further and get the word out about the Behavior Fund? How can I make people understand that getting the word out is important? That the donation of a dollar is HUGE when combined with other single dollar contributions?
Can you feel my frustration? There are more and more animals and people to help. My work will never be done although I'd love to see all pets healthy and living long, happy lives. In that way, I would be very happy if my work were done.
Causes Darlene Arden Supports
The Marcia Polimer Abrams Fund for Canine Behavior Studies at the AKC Canine Health Foundation