Scholarship Entrant: Patty from Tucson, AZ
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
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I always knew I wanted to relieve suffering. I was reminded a few years ago of my love for dogs. At first I thought of having a dog sanctuary. Then I thought of starting a Best Friends; someone could start one in every state. I visited the shelter where I live, then a rescue group’s weekly adoption events. I went to the events to see one dog in particular but in no time I was inside the enclosure. Happily surrounded. One of the rescue group staff told a visitor that I was a professional dog cuddler. I said ‘that would be a dream job’. I am grateful for her words, they were like an open door and got me to thinking well why not. From one book I read, the author said that her entire career has been one excuse after another to pet as many animals as possible. I learned of a Certified Massage Therapy (CMT) program for small dogs. Massage for dogs is used as it is for people: to help restore after injury or illness, to circulate/stimulate, to relax, to comfort. It is a place to start; I don’t know where it will lead.
How will this change the world? When we relieve suffering instead of cause it, the world is better. Anyone successful and joyful changes the world, in ways we want the world changed, and gives hope to others in hated jobs. It will change life for each little dog.

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