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After SuperZoo, I came home feeling sick (I had a fever for two days), depressed, and defeated. I announced that I would no longer be attending SuperZoo (I've changed my mind) and that I wouldn't be going to the Raw and Natural Dog Summit in October 2019.
Now that some time has passed, I realized that I was dealing with a heavy dose of sadness due to the loss of a dear friend and exhaustion because I have too much on my plate. I'm still not going to the Raw and Natural Dog Summit and I'm so disappointed.
Why I Love the Raw and Natural Dog Summit
Dogs Naturally Magazine puts on this amazing, weekend long event for pet parents interested in learning alternative ways to raise their dogs. I attended for the first time last year and I was blown away. The amount of information I learned was overwhelming – but in the best of ways. I was eager to get back home to put everything into practice.
- I gained a better understanding of the benefits of coconut oil for dogs.
- I learned more about the benefits of CBD oil for dogs.
- I learned about skin and other allergies in dogs and how to treat them naturally.
- I learned more about the connection between diet and gut health.
- I learned the value of adding reproductive foods (eggs and milk) to our dogs' diet.
And the bonus of attending the Raw and Natural Dog Summit is the people. It's fun to connect with friends and meet new people. I truly had a blast and feel that this is one event every pet parent should have on their calendar.
Why I'm not Attending the Raw and Natural Dog Summit this Year
1 – We Have a Puppy
With the addition of a fifth dog to our family, I simply don't have the time (or funds) to attend RNDS this year. I'm already overwhelmed with the changes to my life and although we're settling down into a new normal, the reality is that I can't leave my boyfriend on his own with five dogs and a cat again, so soon after SuperZoo.
2 – My Budget is Tight
With the addition of the fifth dog we're experiencing a lot of expenses that I didn't anticipate. Higher pet insurance, more dog food, doggy day care, a dog walker, and more. When I take a trip that is more than two hours, I prefer to fly first class. Yeah, I'm boogie like that. Being stuck in coach, squeezed between two people for 4-6 hours is a nightmare. You can't easily make it to the restroom, there's that elbow room battle that goes on for hours, and I can't sleep or work due to the lack of space.
I checked Orbitz for a package and the trip would cost a little more than I'm comfortable spending at the moment.
3 – I'm Taking a Break
After SuperZoo, it became crystal clear that I needed a break. This is something that has been building for a while, but I thought it was just my anxiety and I ignored how I felt for months. And then The Universe hit me hard by escalating my anxiety and blessing me with a summer cold. I couldn't ignore how I was feeling anymore.
So I'm taking a couple of steps back as I find my creativity again.
Two Boats and a Helicopter
A storm descends on a small town, and the downpour soon turns into a flood. As the waters rise, the local preacher kneels in prayer on the church porch, surrounded by water. By and by, one of the townsfolk comes up the street in a canoe.
“Better get in, Preacher. The waters are rising fast.”
“No,” says the preacher. “I have faith in the Lord. He will save me.”
Still the waters rise. Now the preacher is up on the balcony, wringing his hands in supplication, when another guy zips up in a motorboat.
“Come on, Preacher. We need to get you out of here. The levee's gonna break any minute.”
Once again, the preacher is unmoved. “I shall remain. The Lord will see me through.”
After a while the levee breaks, and the flood rushes over the church until only the steeple remains above water. The preacher is up there, clinging to the cross, when a helicopter descends out of the clouds, and a state trooper calls down to him through a megaphone.
“Grab the ladder, Preacher. This is your last chance.”
Once again, the preacher insists the Lord will deliver him.
And, predictably, he drowns.
A pious man, the preacher goes to heaven. After a while he gets an interview with God, and he asks the Almighty, “Lord, I had unwavering faith in you. Why didn't you deliver me from that flood?”
God shakes his head. “What did you want from me? I sent you two boats and a helicopter.”Two Boats and a Helicopter: Thoughts on Stress Management, Psychology Today
4 – I'm an Introvert
I'm an introvert and although I love connecting with like-minded pet parents, events like the Raw and Natural Dog Summit can be a challenge. I've learned to take many breaks to allow myself to recharge. Usually, I can manage a one or two-day event with no issues, however, lately, my introverted nature is demanding that I stick close to home.
I'm going to celebrate my introverted nature by snuggling on the sofa with five dogs, a remote control, and a pile of movies.
5 – I Have a Ton of Work To Do
And, finally, I'm not going to the Raw and Natural Dog Summit because I have a pile of work to do on my blog and planning for our 2020 conference. If I go to The Summit, I'll only be adding to my pile of work because I'll want to write about everything that I'm learning. The Raw and Natural Dog Summit doesn't disappoint. I will be learning a lot if I went!
My Biggest Regret About Not Attending RNSD2019
Although I've decided not to go to the Raw and Natural Dog Summit, I still have regrets and a serious case of FOMO (fear of missing out).
No Dinner with Friends
- I'm not going to get to have dinner with Diane Sanfilippo and I was really looking forward to meeting with her and chatting.
- I won't get to hang out with one of my dear friends, Billy Hoekman, and have my brain melted as he shares random facts with me about anything and everything.
No Fan Girl Moments with Speakers
- I won't get to meet Isla Fishburn in real life! OMG, she's one of my favorite people ON THE PLANET and she's worked with WOLVES. That's my dream. My dream of dreams. To work with wolves, feeding them a raw diet and rubbing their bellies, while chatting on the phone with Michelle Obama as I'm running late for lunch with Oprah.
- I won't get to attend sessions by brilliant people, including Billy, Rita Hogan (canine herbalist), Julie Anne Lee (owner of Adored Beast Apothecary), Dr. Richard Patton (I totally fan-girled with him last year), Dr. Dee Blanco, Angela Ardolino (CBD oil genius).
Just typing this up makes me want to change my mind, but nope, I can't go.
Are You Going to RNDS2019?
If you're going to the Raw and Natural Dog Summit in October, then I have a question to ask (or a few):
- What sessions are you most looking forward to?
- What do you hope to gain from your trip?
- Do you plan on seeing any sites in Chicago?
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