The Why Not the What

Posted By Dr. Kim on Nov 20, 2018 in Animal Naturopathy, Dr. Kim's Views, Storytelling, The DOGgone Truth |

This is the presentation by Simon Sinek that this post is based upon – I watched it a couple of years ago for the first time and have since watched it a few more times. It bears repeating to remind us of our WHY:

It made me really think about what moves me to continue in my work as an animal naturopath. More importantly it pushes me back to WHY I started in the first place. Let me take you back with me in a shortened version.


A dog named Shadow, we renamed Shadrach came into our lives right after the tragic loss of one of my cousins. He was tragic too. A very abused, neglected, starving #neomastiff puppy of about 4 1/2 months of age.

Neo Mastiff puppy

Shadrach at 7 months old


I’d lost my special Golden Retriever boy (Fridge) 11 months earlier (cancer). Shadrach was a mess emotionally as much as physically. All I knew was a conventional approach to his care as a former vet tech.


Fast forward 3 years and while he had greatly improved he began having health issues. After a vet visit and a subsequent visit to emergency care as a result of conventional treatment, with him the worse for wear I KNEW there was a better way. I had already baby stepped in that direction with Fridge before he passed. Shadrach deserved better and I aimed to give it to him.


He became my why for blogging and podcasting when no one but the geeks knew what that was. I had to share and help others avoid what we had gone through and share all I was learning.

🐕 He is WHY I went back to school. He is why I continue. And the subsequent dogs since who continue to teach and motivate me.


People bought my why not my what. So it’s important to revisit our WHY in our what and never lose sight of that…we ebb when we forget. We flow when we get back to our WHY. 🙌


Thank you God for Shadrach and for his name. Thank you for all you keep teaching me. 💖🙌

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my fellow Americans!

Until next time…

Have a pawsitively tail waggin’ NATUROPATHICALLY healthy day!

Kim Bloomer, V.N.D., N.D. is an animal naturopath as well as being certified in small animal nutrition, with years of experience in animal wellness. Dr. Kim is a published author, writer, blogger, host of the DOGgone Truth podcast Check out her new wellness program for dogs, DOGgone Wellness. Copyright 2018 Aspenbloom Pet Care, Dr. Kim Bloomer, All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reproduced in any form without the written consent of the Author/Publisher. This article is intended to be educational. However, it is not intended to be a substitute for diagnosis or treatment from a qualified animal health professional. Dr. Kim Bloomer and Aspenbloom Pet Care, do not assume any legal responsibility for misuse of the products discussed in this article.