By Guest Blogger, Chloe DiVita
As a BlogPaws Team Member I was lucky enough to be invited to the Purina Media event at Global Pet Expo this year where I got to meet Jill Rappaport, the Today Show’s Pet Correspondent. While I knew who she was and I knew she had made an impact on the life of many shelter pets, I did not realize just how big her heart is when it comes to animals. I believe she put it best when she said she has “more (pets) than a sane person, but less than a hoarder.” I think many of us can relate to that!
Following Global Pet Expo, Jill shared her story with me and climbed a few notches on my admiration list. Her journey to becoming the Today Show’s Pet Correspondent began with her German Shepard Jack. At the time Jack was 11 ½ and after an accident injured his leg, bone cancer was found in it as well. The options Jill was presented with were amputate or euthanize. Both made her sick to her stomach. She and her Vet knew that Jack had plenty of life left to live, but Jill had been down this road before. She had a dog that battled cancer and only lived a few weeks after doing an amputation. She did not want to go through that again.