Sunday, September 21, 2008

A Little News on Sunday

ABC news got back to me to let me know the process for submitting stories to three of their shows that do investigative reporting and human interest stories.

Here is their e-mail to me below:

"To submit a story idea to one of the ABC News shows listed below, write a single page letter including your name, phone number, and address. Include photocopies of backup information. On the outside of the envelope, write "Story Idea." If a producer is interested in your story, he/she will contact you.

Here are the show addresses:

147 Columbus Avenue
New York, NY 10023

147 Columbus Avenue
New York, NY 10023

Nightline/This Week
1717 DeSales Street NW
Washington, DC 20036

World News With Charles Gibson
47 West 66th Street 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10023

Good Morning America
147 Columbus Avenue
New York, NY 10023

If you are submitting a Local news story: -Go to -Go the very bottom of the screen and click on “LOCAL STATIONS” -Follow the instructions on the map to find the local station e-mail, website, address and phone number."

This gives me a few more shows' contact information I had not thought of in addition to the ones I already listed.

I need to contact Dr. Norwood tomorrow and ask if he'll write a letter certifying the positive results he's seen in her body after giving the first injection of NDV.

This story qualifies as both local and National; local because a local vet did the injection on Carmella, and National because the treatment was debeloped by a vet from California who now lives in Utah, and people as far away as the Phillipines have used it.

I also need to see if I can get the name of the vet in Alabama that uses the dog-based serum and see if she's willing to be interviewed, and Dr. Loubinar and possibly Venus's current vet in the Phillipines, and also possibly Daveyo's vet in Indonesia.

If anybody out there reading has a vet who has used either the shot of NDV (or Dr. Sears' dog-based serum) into the body or the injection into the Central Nervous System please contact me or have that vet contact me about sending a letter regarding their experiences with it in their private practice. I would like to gather as many such letters as I can to be fully prepared with supporting documents.

These news agencies will be more likely to do a story if they can get several letters from vets saying they've tried it and it worked.

Today I was really tired most of the day and needed to catch up on some sleep and continued to take it easy, but spent some quality time with Carmella throwing objects for her to fetch and then sat on the kitchen floor and petted her.
She falls pretty easily nowadays when going from a standing to lying down position or when stopping walking or running. Her right, front leg will just suddenly give out and she'll almost bump her nose on the ground. I've also noticed a few times her left, back leg jerking too. I hope the virus is not spreading to the other side of the brain now.

I really hope someone will do a big news story on her soon before this gets any worse. Carmella needs all the help she can get right now, and maybe this media coverage will help other dogs out there in need so that Distemper need not be a death sentence for them.


CB said...

I'm glad she is doing so well, and I wish you luck in getting your story put together. :)

Giftbearer said...

Hi cb,

She's doing well in every way except neurologically. Distemper in the brain is ironically what could ultimately kill her and that's why we need to pull out all the stops.

Giftbearer said...

Keep reading and keep the comments coming everybody! Thanks so much!

Lisa said...

Awe, she looks like such a sweet dog as well. The vet I worked for would maybe have tried what you are asking, she was a holistic vet, that practiced bowen massage therapy and even accupuncture.

Have you tried searching for holistic vets? They usually seem to be more willing to try new things.

Giftbearer said...

Hi Lisa,

Yes, I've tried two so far that are holistic and although they were at least willing to think about it they weren't willing to actually do it.

They tend to be afraid of the invasiveness of this kind of procedure.