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May 2011 Wrap Up

May started out very good, especially for this project, and for the most part went well except for one personal hiccup.

First things first – today is Memorial Day. To many it has become and is just another day to be off of work and get a three-day weekend. Like many holidays it has become . But it is much more than that. Let us remember that the reason for the day is to honor those that have served our country in the armed forces – the past, present, and future men and women who give their all – including sometimes their very lives – to keep us safe and protect our interests. Regardless of your political views or thoughts on war itself, these people deserve our respect for doing what many others would not an in turn keeping America – America. My brother served in the first Gulf War and I appreciate what he went through along with everyone with a family member that served. Memorial means to remember so please take at least a small step today to remember what they all do for and mean to us.

May was my second full month of regular postings –  articles, news, and notes – related to being a well-rounded man including men’s health issues such as nutrition, habits and manners of the gentleman, and a few sports interest stories among others.

The month ended in a crash when one of the May ‘Month’ observations I had not covered came home to roost. You see, May is Pet Cancer Awareness month. This past Friday we took our eldest dog – Glory, a 10 year-old deaf border collie – in to the vet to get what the vet thought was likely just an abscess removed. It turned out to be sarcoma – cancer. I am not sure if that is irony or not, it just was not a fun day and night. The surgery itself was rough as she now has an incision all the way across her back, but the prognosis is mixed.  There really is no point to get a biopsy and she likely has other sarcomas and will get more but they may not ever impact her health other than discomfort so we are not on any timeline.  She is recovering well from the surgery so things are looking up.

Here’s to a June that begins as well and ends better than May.


About K9vin

I have been a volunteer for the humane treatment of animals in the Milwaukee area for 10 years as well as our parks system including founding the friends group for off-leash dog parks and a volunteer for The Park People. I was born in and raised near Milwaukee and have pride in the city. I want to be one of the people always striving to make Milwaukee better, starting with getting other men involved in their community.


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