509 Reasons to be Grateful this Thanksgiving

Collie dog enjoying fall leaves

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Perhaps that sounds trite, but it doesn’t make it any less true.

Come to think of it, I bet a lot of dogs out there feel the same way. I know that my dog, Bandit, always looks like he’s on top of the world on Thanksgiving. In addition to all of the attention he gets from the family gathered at our house, there is no better night for the forbidden fruit that is human food falling on the floor! (Spoiler alert: There are many real dangers to feeding your pets human food. Please spoil them with treats for animals or new toys instead so your holiday does not include a sick pet or a trip to the veterinarian.)

In all seriousness, though, I find a great deal of value in the emphasis on gratitude. Reflecting on our lives and acknowledging the things we are thankful for is never a wasted exercise, Thanksgiving or not. Personally, I have an immense amount to be thankful for. My amazing wife, Wendy, and brilliant daughter, Maya, head the list. Family and friends. An exciting job that makes a real impact on the lives of humans and pets. I am beyond grateful for all of these things and much more.

And I know I speak on behalf of everybody here at PetCure Oncology in expressing our collective appreciation to everybody that has supported us since we treated our first patient 18 months ago. It has been an incredible journey. Thanks to the support of pet owners, veterinarians and good, compassionate people everywhere, we have grown into a five-site network that has treated more than 500 pets with cancer.

And, as I write this, I can’t help but pause and reflect on that number. As of this writing the number is actually 509, to be exact. That’s not just 509 treatments or 509 cancer patients. That’s 509 lives. 509 families. 509 opportunities to provide hope where it may have otherwise been lost.

Just this week, our hard-working teams around the country squeezed in pre-holiday treatments for Dakota in Ohio; Ally, Lilly and Asti in New Jersey; Lucy in Wisconsin; and Jake and Brady in Arizona.

We are thankful for the opportunity to touch their lives, and sincerely hope that their pet families have a brighter, richer Thanksgiving as a result.

Just a few of 509 the reasons we are grateful this Thanksgiving…

thanksgiving collage of pet heroes


This personal blog entry was contributed by Ben Chiswick, PetCure Oncology’s Director of Marketing Communications and the proud pet parent of Bandit, a 9-year-old Australian Cattle Dog.


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