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Help wage war on MRSA

I mentioned Jill Moss yesterday, and for those of you who don't know who this courageous woman is, you can hear her telling her story in Episode 58 of DogCast Radio. ( Life was for Jill and her Samoyed dog Bella was going very well - until Bella was struck down with MRSA. It is incredibly moving to listen to Jill tell in her own words how she stayed by Bella's side, even catching MRSA herself, and how Bella lost her struggle against the infection.

In the aftermath of her loss Jill founded the Bella Moss Foundation which now supports and informs per owners around the world about MRSA and other serious infections. Jill does wonderful work, but the task of running such a large and ever growing charity is an onerous one. If you feel you could support Jill she would love to hear from you. It doesn't matter where you live, there is a way that you could help spread the word about MRSA and assist Jill in guiding those affected by serious infections.

You can contact Jill via the Bella Moss Foundation website - or contact me and I'll pass your details on.

MRSA is a frightening subject, so it's good to be able to tell you that in the same episode you can hear Jill Moss you can also listen to Dr Harley Farmer ( listing the simple steps dog owners can take to keep their dogs as protected as possible from the disease. One of those measures is simply to regularly wash your dog's bedding. It is serious, but we are not helpless - Dr Farmer has many effective suggestions and products.

Sometimes I hear people comment casually that one person can't make a difference. That's nonsense - one person can make a difference, and Jill Moss is proof of that. With her determination and courage she has turned a personal tragedy into a charity that has educated and helped countless pet owners and pet health professionals around the world. Could you help her continue that work?

Take care,

Julie x


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