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Grief, Loss, and Staying Present.


Written by Carson Reid

In the aftermath of losing Cece, I felt like I needed to say something about mental health and the importance of our animals. So…here it is. Honest public discussions about anxiety and depression are becoming more common, and I think it can be incredibly valuable to talk about these experiences openly, because they are so often shared by others.

Every significant moment in my life is organized in my brain by date, time of day, and day of the week. As I get older, the number of days out of the year that must be noted, dreaded, or honored in some way just increases. Last Friday, April 1st, 11pm, was added to the list. My dad also died on a Friday, also at 11pm, December 16, 2011. On Tuesday, July 7, 2009, about 4pm, with afternoon sun blasting through the kitchen windows and a pretty terrible vegan quiche in the oven, I had my first proper kiss. But on another beautiful Tuesday afternoon in March, that boy broke my heart. Around 3pm on Thursday, December 18th, 2014, my favorite doctor called to say I had cancer.

Those little details shouldn’t matter, but somehow that is the information my anxious brain clings to when the alarm goes off and all the signs say “Pay attention, this is important.” Some of those moments are bright and vivid and joyous, but many of them are snapshots of the deepest pain, fear and uncertainty.

I was reminded this weekend that all of those moments are connected. They all live in the same part of my brain and heart. Experiences of trauma do not exist in a vacuum, and they like to gang up on you and combine in new and excruciating little ways.
In retrospect, I have realized that I was always an anxious child, and experienced a lot of physical symptoms of general anxiety disorder without any sort of understanding, but in October of 2013 (amazingly I don’t remember the date), I had my first full-fledged panic attack. It was the kind where you get super light-headed, dizzy, and nauseous, and your heart beats so fast that death seems like an inevitable relief.

I very rarely have those anymore. When I do, it usually involves a trip to the dermatologist, because two major surgeries and eighteen (and counting) smaller ones definitely counts as negative conditioning. Over the last year, the number of times each day that i think about those specific Tuesdays and Thursdays and Fridays, has decreased, by a lot. For the last year, the thing that I think about several times every day is, “I can’t wait to get home so I can take my dog for a walk. She’ll be so happy to see me. She’ll be so glad that I exist. Maybe I’ll bake some chicken for both of our dinners.”

My dog was not a trained service dog. She wasn’t a trained anything. She was old and falling apart and a very picky eater and not very smart and often loud and sometimes cranky and occasionally mean to children. But she was everything I needed because she needed me.

Everyone talks about the amazing unconditional love of dogs. It’s true, they give us affection without judgement. But the greatest gift that Cece gave me, was expecting more. She demanded that I buy the most premium dog food, and then demanded that I change it every week for variety or she’d go on a hunger strike. She demanded that I arrange my schedule so that she could make inconveniently tiny poops at least four times a day, instead of one or two big ones. She demanded that i get in bed and turn the lights out a reasonable hour, because old ladies get very cranky past their bedtime. She insisted that certain strangers we encountered on our walks were meant to be new friends. She demanded that I be present, and active, and brave, even at the airport, because her happiness depended upon my happiness.

Everything about Cece made me want to be the best human I could, for her. And that human happened to be the best version of myself. She was so deserving of love and protection and comfort and long walks in the sunshine, and it kind of blew my mind that I, and no one else, could do all of that for her. Caring for Cece gave me a daily purpose, and the stability and routine of her needs started to make it seem possible to take care of myself. That focus and consistency, and knowing what she expected of me, helped me in ways that medications and talk therapy never could.

I don’t think trauma or anxiety ever go away. This week I have been reminded of that in a sharp way. My apartment felt too quiet and empty, and I had my first real panic attacks in many months. I have learned that I am incredibly resilient. I have survived all of those Tuesdays and Thursdays and Fridays, and the past three months have been some of my absolute happiest.
Right now I still feel scared and sick and shaken, and the ticker tape of Bad Days has been on loop since 5am Saturday morning. But in the quiet moments when my heart stops racing, I am deeply, achingly grateful that I know now what it is to be needed. I know that the thing that can snap me out of an infinite anxiety loop, and pull me out of stagnation, is a little dog who expects me to wake up and be the World’s Best Human every single day. No excuses.

Run Free CeCe Lou


It is with the heaviest heart, that we share the sad news that Heaven has gained another Angel.

Sweet CeCe earned her wings tonight. We can not express in words our sorrow…It hurts…and there never seems to be enough time.
CeCe joined our rescue in late June of 2014. She was 10 years old, hadn’t been vetted in over 5 years, and lived inside a crate the majority of her life. She wasn’t fond of many people because of it and had many trust issues to overcome.

Her mommy Carson gave her the best life. She became a different dog that was eager to meet people, give kisses, accept other dogs, cats and even horses. She learned to walk on a leash, to sit, to trust. For the last year and a half, CeCe finally knew what it meant to be loved. She finally had the life that was always meant to be.

We thank Larry and his staff at Playful Pets Playtime, foster Lolitha, and to her mommy Carson for working so hard to make her whole.
Thank you Carson for loving her.
We are grieving with you.

From her mommy, “My sweet little fox died tonight. I’ve known for a while now that her heart would give out some day, and I tried my best to prepare for it. But of course I wasn’t ready to say goodbye.
“My sweet little fox died tonight. I’ve known for a while now that her heart would give out some day, and I tried my best to prepare for it. But of course I wasn’t ready to say goodbye.
It’s hard to believe we’ve been together less than a year and a half. In that time, she has been the biggest joy in my life, and the thing that gets me out of bed and facing the world every day. It’s hard to think about what even happens next.
Thank you all for helping me give her the best and happiest final year ever. Thank you for loving her with me.
Rest easy, My Cece Lou.”

Please help us help Shorty


Shorty is a 15 year old Pomeranian that was surrendered to a local kill facility in late June of 2014. At 15 years old, he is still feisty, happy and full of energy. He can run up and down stairs and has proven to get along with dogs of all sizes, cats, children and people.
We as a rescue have been shocked that applicants have withdrawn their applications because he is still full of life and mobile.

On 1/4/16, Shorty developed a large swelling under his right eye. We brought him into our vet and discovered that he had a Carnassial Tooth Abscess in the 4th premolar. His back teeth are fused together by tartar build up. This is extensive and major surgery, especially for a dog of his age.

He had one round of blood panel and urinalysis and the vet has placed him on 2 weeks antibiotics to prepare him for surgery. He will then be subjected to another round of blood tests and xrays to be sure that is heart is not enlarged because he has a slight heart murmur. These need to be performed in order to ensure his survival.

We’d like to ask for your help.
Making A Difference Rescue is a Non-Profit Organization
that is funded solely by donations made by the public.
We are a 501(c)3 and all donations are tax deductible.

We have several fundraisers set up.
Snap It Forward has generously set up a page to donate 35% of their jewelry sales to our rescue to help.
We will also be featured at the BarkBox Comedy event on January 21, 2016 at Chicago Party Animals Loft Venue.

You may also donate here.
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Dixie is in search of her forever home

Dixie has found her forever home!!


Dixie is an American Bulldog/ American Pit Bull Terrier mix. She is guesstimated to be between 18 months old- 3years old.
She currently weighs 49lbs.

She was known as “Tutu” at Chicago Animal Care and Control. She is a Safe Humane Chicago Court Case Dog and comes with lifetime in-home training if needed. She and another dog were found abandoned in a yard in deplorable conditions.

Dixie is very sweet and affectionate. She is 100% crate trained and house broken.
Easy to walk. She is super affectionate and does need time to warm up to new dogs inside of a home. She ignores them on neutral territory.

She is super chill and low key.

We are learning more about her and will have more information as it comes.

She is still recovering from Upper Respiratory Infection but has tested negative for CIV. She has been in ISO boarding and is now currently in a temporary foster home.
She will be spayed when fully healed.

If you are interested in fostering, please complete our foster survey form.


If you are interested in adopting, please complete our adoption inquiry form.

Adoption Survey

Application, screening and home visit is required before an adoption can be approved.

Inquiries must be within a reasonable distance of Chicago, IL.

No out of state inquiries accepted.



Bessie is in search of her forever home

Bessie also known as Penny was born June 22, 2015. She currently weighs 5.5lbs.

She is a Chihuahua/Yorkie/Beagle mix.(momma = Yorkie/Beagle mix and daddy = purebred Chihuahua)

She is more timid than her litter mates. This little one was the runt of her litter. She is easily startled by sounds and takes longer to adjust to new people, places and experiences.

She thrives in the company of other dogs. She needs to be around confident dogs to learn from. We have learned that she is food motivated. Cheese works wonders.

She is going through her puppy stages and is doing much better with her inside manners.

She would do best in a quiet home with another confident dog. Due to her timidness and fear issues, we feel that she would be happiest in a home that isn’t over stimulated with children and multiple guests coming in and out.

She is extremely affectionate and loving with those that have gained her trust.

If you are interested in adopting, please complete our adoption inquiry form.

Application, screening and home visit is required before an adoption can be approved. She will be UPTD with vaccinations and spayed.

Inquiries must be within a reasonable distance of Channahon, IL.

No out of state inquiries accepted.

Charlie is in search of his forever home

Charlie was born on June 22, 2015. He currently weighs 6.5lbs.

He is a Chihuahua/Yorkie/Beagle mix. (momma = Yorkie/Beagle mix and daddy = purebred Chihuahua)

Charlie is a typical happy, outgoing, curious puppy. He does take time to warm up and is extremely attached to his person.

He has lots of puppy energy and will need more training and help to learn his indoor manners. He does prefer women to men.

If you are interested in adopting, please complete our adoption inquiry form.

Application, screening and home visit is required before an adoption can be approved.

Inquiries must be within a reasonable distance of Chicago, IL.

No out of state inquiries accepted.

Lola Update

“Eventually you will come to understand that love heals everything, and love is all there is.” – Gary Zukav

This is what love looks like. This is what love can do.

We wanted to share with you this happy update of MADR alumni, Mallie, now known as Lola.
Her skin and hair have mended when we were told that there was little chance. Her spirit has been lifted and she has truly come out of her shell. We are so grateful for her new family who had found her in her condition and were determined to give her a home and reached out to us to help them help her and for her many angels who advocated for her. She is loved.

If you haven’t read her story, you can read it here:…

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