January 15, 2013
So tonight CBC featured a story about Khan and I on the news! You can watch the story at the bottom of this post.
Back in December a producer from CBC TV and Radio emailed me out of the blue to let me know that they were doing a piece of the cost of pet medication.
“I saw that you blogged about your diabetic cat’s medication and I was wondering if you and your beautiful cat would be interested in talking to us about your situation,” wrote Abby Wiseman
who is an associate producer at CBC Radio 1.
I’ll talk about Khan to anyone who will listen, so naturally I agreed to the CBC’s interview request.
You can also listen to the radio interview here. Natalie refers to me as a “young man”. I love her!
Abby, an adept cameraman named Chris, and CBC Investigative Reporter and Anchor Natalie Clancy drove up to my place in Burnaby to interview the great Khan. But before the interview got underway I thought it’d be fun to turn the tables and interview the interviewers! It’s not every day that a news team comes to your living room. Here’s the short video I made:
Natalie struck me as a natural reporter as she scanned all the pictures and ornaments in my house and asked about their origin. I was especially touched when she inquired about a framed photo of my late friend Galina Pemrboke who devoted much of her live to improving the lives of animals. I know she would have been deeply touched by Natalie’s story and it meant a lot to me to share Galina’s story with her.
It was a pleasure to have them in my home especially since Natalie is terribly allergic to cats and most dogs. After about 20 minutes she started to break out a bit and I think she deserves some kind of hazard pay.
I believe that pets promote good mental health and an overall sense of well-being for their owners – they are not a luxury. They are our friends and I believe that it’s a pet owner’s responsibility to love them and take care of them. But when your cat or dog has a chronic health condition, such as diabetes, that can be a huge challenge. I pay approximately $225 a month to ensure that Khan has the proper food, insulin, needles, and so forth. After rent it’s my largest expense and some months it’s a huge challenge to make ends meet.
Apparently I’m not alone. There are plenty of pet owners in British Columbia who struggle to cover vet bills and so forth and I am grateful that CBC has taken the time to highlight what I think is a very important issue.
Thank you for getting this discussion started!
You can view the the CBC story here: