Dr. Renée Alsarraf: “Dogs truly live in the moment. They don’t fret about the what ifs. When I was going into the cancer treatment center, my tail was between my legs. I was scared. But a dog jumps off the table, expects their little biscuit and goes on their way. We should be using our energy for positive and healing thoughts, just like dogs do.”
Don’t miss a BRAND NEW episode of The Women’s Eye podcast with Catherine Anaya as I talk with esteemed veterinary oncologist, Dr. Renée Alsarraf. For more than two decades, Dr. Alsarraf has treated cancer in her canine patients, and in many cases, provided them extra time with their families. So what happens when the doctor becomes the patient?
In her new book, Sit, Stay, Heal: What Dogs Can Teach Us About Living Well, Dr. Alsarraf writes about what she learned from dogs about living life to the fullest, after she became a cancer patient.
She shares with me her candid and inspiring thoughts about the courage, optimism, and acceptance she found in her dog patients that helped her in her own battle with what she calls “the C-word.”
When faced with the very thing that she spent her professional life fighting, Dr. Renée shares how dogs made a difference in her recovery and what she learned from them about her own diagnosis and treatment.
She talks about how dogs generously show us what is available within ourselves and how they are wise in ways humans are not.
Shortly after Dr. Renée’s diagnosis, her dog Newtie was also diagnosed with “the C-word.” She chats with me about their journey together and what it taught her about positivity and unconditional love, that she didn’t know before.
“In addition to my life being better for having a dog in it, I think we as a society are so much better off as a pact and supporting and helping one another instead of just as individuals,” says Dr. Alsarraf.
Don’t miss this uplifting conversation about what we can all learn about love, empathy, and living in the moment, from our dogs – on this episode of The Women’s Eye podcast.
To learn more about Dr. Renée Alsarraf and her book, Sit, Stay Heal: What Dogs Can Teach Us About Living Well:
LinkedIn: Renée Alsarraf