My sister, Tina Mote, will be running in the 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon in Chicago, Illinois on Sunday, October 7, 2018.
For this marathon, Tina decided to raise money for something that is close and dear to her heart – The Arthritis Foundation. Unfortunately myself and another close friend have rheumatoid arthritis. Tina decided to run the marathon in our honor in support of raising money for a great cause. In fact, below is a note of why she picked the Arthritis Foundation:
“Both my sister and my close friend have rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and through them I have become passionate about wanting to do something to contribute towards a cure or better ways to treat RA. In addition, I’d like to bring awareness to RA and the herculean effort people afflicted with RA have to go through on a daily basis.
I’ve seen both my sister and my friend deal with flare-ups and with medicine side effects and I’ve seen them be immune compromised. My friend, who is only in her early 30s, is currently having to fight through some really tough side effects of Rituxan (a chemo treatment for RA); she’s undergoing this treatment because other medicines have not been effective for controlling her RA. The side effects at times have been life threatening.”
The following passage is from my friend’s blog. It speaks volumes to what she has to endure.
“Had a good learning experience today, for the first time something was blamed on me because of my ‘being sick.’ I realized that when someone can use the smallest thing against you (and being sick is no small thing) then you have entered into a world where you feel like you have to be ‘Great,’ ‘Doing good’ all time because if you don’t….someone will say ‘blank didn’t happen because YOU were ‘sick’.’
I’ll say I expect better, the world needs to understand the world of those people who are chronically ill! Why should we have to live a lie? Why should we push ourselves so hard to earn an Oscar every day for our performance? Why can’t we be honest about how we feel? Why?
….because that will be the weapon someone will use against us. And so we can’t, so instead we lie, we push ourselves, we never show the tears of pain and fatigue…..instead we make ourselves smile, laugh, and act like we are normal….because if we didn’t someone will say ‘because you are sick’.
This is where we need your help. I’ve never asked for much here at the Hotel Thompson but if you have anything to give, we would so appreciate anything that you could donate towards my sisters marathon. Her goal is to raise $2,000.00 and every little penny counts. If you would like to donate, please go donate here. This should be the page link for Tina Mote for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Let her know that Bacon sent you.
Remember, every little penny counts so we appreciate anything you can donate.
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Welcome my friends to SPOTLIGHT THURSDAY. This is the time that I will introduce you to one of my fellow anipals so you can get to know them better. Some of them, you may already know. We hope that you enjoy this series!
Age: 9 – but I’ve heard 9 is the new 5
Location: New Jersey
Web/Blog Page: Cupcake
What were your first thoughts when you met your new parents? When Mom walked by my cage, I was saying the word, “Please. Please. Please. Please….” The first 82 times, she didn’t hear me, but then finally, MAGICALLY – she did, and she said, “This is the one! This is my new dog!”
What was the defining moment when you knew you were in your forever home? After living on the street and in a shelter for the first few years of my life, the night Mom brought me home and I popped onto the couch, and she laughed at me and hugged me, I knew that cuddly place was the perfect home for me.
What has been your biggest “Oh no, now I’ve done it” moment so far in your home? One morning, when I first came here, Mom forgot to push in her chair, when she got up to get something from the kitchen. I hopped onto her chair, climbed onto the table, and TOOK HER MEDICINE. It was delicious. It was less delicious a few minutes later when ASPCA Poison Control told her how to induce vomiting. My advice: If you’re lucky enough to get on the table, skip the pills and go straight for the scrambled eggs.
Who do you have wrapped around your paws more – mom or dad – and why? I don’t have a dad, so Mom is wrapped double-strength around my paws. I can tell because whenever I turn my big brown eyes on her and stare with that blank look I have, treats and snuggles come my way. She thinks I’m irresistible!
What’s the biggest misconception that humans think about you? People think I am tortured when Mom dresses me up. You know – because I’m a dog and dogs are…. well…. dogs. But the truth is that like my friend Houdini I LOVE dressing up! When Mom puts a dress on me, I know that means something fun is about to happen – we’re going somewhere, getting company, or doing something special. So bring on the tutus, bandanas, sundresses, and sweaters because this girl is ready to party.
Hope you enjoyed meeting my friend – check back next week for another Spotlight edition!
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September we have been highlighting some of my friends who volunteered to help me out with my Dear Bacon issue. Today’s last special edition is by my brother Easy. If you don’t know Easy, you *must* go visit him and check him out. Tell them that Bacon sent you. Now, on to some great advice to help out our fellow anipals.
Last night was great. My human dropped a pill on the floor. The next thing she knew, I ate it. I’m not sure what it was but I want more. I was so happy. So giggly. So alive! What do you think it was? Signed Feeling No Pain
Dear Feeling No Pain,
I bet it was a blue pill with a rhombic shape… they are the pills that lift anything up… really anything and anybody…. Those kind of pills you can buy when you check your spam folder. No worries that you could be fooled by a hoax, the offers start always with “Dear Friend…” and friends never fool you, right?
I think we may be related. Can’t you see the resemblance? The eyes? The nose? Maybe the good looks? I think we may even be twins separated at birth. What do you think? Signed Mirror Image
Dear Mirror Image,
It seems you are really my twin… what’s sad, because I’m sick of my singleness… butt maybe that’s just the first impression and there is a chance that we are related butt not by blood? I can see some differences on your right ear and on your nose, what’s missing the scratch I wear . Please check your pedigree and call me immediately!
I’m so pretty. I’m so fun. I’m so exciting on the farm. My human knitted my outfit for me and I love it! Don’t you? What size are you? I can get you one too so we can both have fun, fun, FUN! Signed Pretty in Pink
Dear Pretty in Pink,
Thanks that I have the chance to meet you. You must be the longlost twin of my mom. She wore exactly the same outfit like you, as they brought her home from hospital or wherever they found her.. Do you remember her? She just has no horn, butt probably hers grows inwards… Oh and btw: I’m a size XS…that means xtremely sloshed :o)
They see me rolling and they’re hating. My pops bought me this get up and I highly recommend it. You want to know why? Because it attracts the ladies. What do you wear to attract the ladies? Signed Ladies Pup
Dear Ladies Pup,
You have a very wise Pops. He knows that all girls have a shoe-obsession and that a butt is a good butt in the perfect jeans. Oh and to wear sunglasses your way has something of James Dean, I agree. Girls love rebells, so they will open you their heart and their treat packs. I have to admit that I’m a professed nudist, but maybe that’s the reason that I’m still single?
I got busted. Here’s the proof – thanks to my humans. During the day while they were at work, I got into the garbage can. I thought I was safe until this contraption got stuck on my head. Dude I couldn’t get it off. Any tips for my future escapades? Signed Lid of Shame
Dear Lid of Shame,
Your humans need a garbage can with an automatic lid, called Dive In in carnivore circles. That’s an essential equipment if they share their crib with a dog. Oh and I would remove that thingy before they come home… in worst case, next time they would save the money for a cone and try it with the lid of the treashure can…
Thank you to all of my guests that helped me host my special editions for September. Remember my friends – Dear Bacon can’t happen without *you*. Please continue to send your letters and questions to me here at the Hotel Thompson at email@example.com
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You know poor mom has been sick. She’s feeling much better now than what she did. She’s not exactly 100% but she’s getting better each day. She actually went back to work yesterday for the first time since early last week.
While she was at work, I was rumbling around and came across her prescription bottle. I thought it was humorous and I would share it. Daddy held it for me while I took the picture. We totally got a good chuckle over it. You?
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