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Running for life

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Cancer-surviving K9 flies through 5K run at Copper Mountain

Charlie plops into the cool clear water of a kiddie pool. A moment later he rattles his diminutive body like a tambourine, spritzing water in all directions as he squints his brown eyes.

After running 5 kilometers on a mountain trail Saturday morning at Copper Mountain Resort, any dog would relish such a dip. But Charlie isn’t any dog. He’s a cancer survivor.

“We found out about a year ago that he had cancer,” said Karen Seitz of Breckenridge.

Charlie was diagnosed with K9 lymphoma at only 5 years old. At the stage the cancer was discovered, the vet predicted Charlie would live only a few more weeks at most without immediately starting chemotherapy.

But Seitz didn’t have the money on hand needed to start chemo treatments. That’s when the League for Animals and People of the Summit came to the rescue.

Even after the treatments Charlie continued to defy the odds. Charlie looks a little different now. His eyebrows fell out from the chemo, but he remains a fighter.

“After the chemo, they said his life expectancy was only 330 days,” Seitz said.

There’s no cure for the type of cancer Charlie has. He’s currently in remission.

But it’s been a full year now, and Charlie doesn’t appear to be dying. Instead, he’s thriving. He and Seitz were one of about 80 pairs of dogs and humans who took part Saturday morning in either the 5K or 10K race at Copper Mountain’s inaugural “Copper’s Gone to the Dogs” event. It was created as a fundraiser for LAPS.

And Charlie showed up for the race, finishing third place overall in the 5K.

“He finds his strength by remaining active and spending time in nature and the mountains,” Seitz said. “He’s a mountain dog.”

Copper plans to make Gone to the Dogs an annual event.

“I think the turnout is pretty good,” said Erin Woods, marketing manager for Copper Mountain Resort Association. “This is the first time we’ve held this so we didn’t know what to expect. But this is a dog-loving community, and it’s a great chance to spend a sunny day outside with our dogs.”

But nobody probably appreciated the sunshine and mountain air that day as much Charlie and Seitz.

Article reposted from:
http://www.summitdaily.com/news/12018975-113/charlie-copper-laps-seitz
Written by: Brandon Evans

Complete Health Care Tips for Senior and Aging Dogs

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

You have spent some of the most beautiful years with your four-legged friend. Since the beginning, he has amused you with his tricks and charmed you with his innocence. With years passing by, you observe that your furry pal is slowing down, being stressed, losing enthusiasm and is reluctant to go outdoors with you. Well, he is growing older and these are not just signs of maturity but hints of his aging process. An aging dog demands as much care as our aging family members.

Exactly like their human companions, dogs also face health problems due to age. Now his fur loses its luster, his vision blurs down, his teeth get a pale tint, his joints worn out and he becomes more quieter and relaxed. Some of the common ailments suffered by aging dogs are blindness, dog arthritis, periodontal gum disease etc. These are signs suggesting that your bundle of joy needs more care than ever before. He needs your attention to cope up with the challenges of the natural aging process. Your support will help him age gracefully while still keeping his health intact.

Complete care tips for senior and aging dogs:

Avail veterinarian guidance: Your vet will be able to give you absolute guidance after examining your pet in and out. He will let you know the chances of probable diseases and methods to avoid them. Be it natural remedies, weight control or chemical treatments, a qualified veterinarian gives the finest insight for aging dog care.

Regular body check-ups: It is advisable for humans to get a complete body check-up once a year. However, your pet ages at a much faster rate. Therefore, you need to get his body check-up done quite frequently. The vet must examine him on a regular basis to detect any loopholes in his absolute health. The vet is the best person to provide you a complete picture of your pet’s health.

Diet quality and control: Remember food matters a lot. The quality of food has a direct impact on your pet’s health. Choose the best food but give it in proper quantity. Too much food may cause weight gain, which is not advisable for older dogs. Ask your vet what and how much food should be given to the pet.

Nutritional supplement: Nutrition forms an important part of the pet’s food. Nutritional supplements will help maintain their joints and keep many diseases at bay. Add fatty acids like DHA and EPA in your pet’s diet to keep your pet healthy. Prevention is always better as treatments are far more expensive. For example, it is good to invest in joint supplements than to pay for dog arthritis treatment. However, it is important to choose the right food under the veterinarian’s guidance as excess or deficit of any vitamin or mineral may cause diseases.

Exercise and rejuvenation: Your senior furry pal must exercise regularly to keep his joints moving. Light exercise, swimming, under water treadmill, simple stretching, walking are easy to incorporate in his daily routine. These rejuvenating sessions keep the pet active and prevent many aging diseases like dog arthritis etc.

Comfortable beddings and toys: Comfort is the first word to focus on when you deal with older dogs. Soft and warm beddings give the pet absolute rest, which is actually the necessity of older dogs. Heated beds are a fine home remedy for dog arthritis treatment. Also, surround him with toys to keep the pet busy and occupied. A busy mind and relaxed body benefits the aging dogs like anything.

Applying all these tips under a vet’s guidance can do wonders for your pet. Just implement simple life style changes and see the difference in the overall well being of your pet.

Article reposted from:
https://www.petcaresupplies.com/blog/complete-health-care-tips-for-senior-and-aging-dogs
Written by: Beth

7 Surprising Health Benefits of Dog Ownership

Friday, June 20th, 2014

You may not think so when you get a heart-stopping veterinarian bill or when all your dog does is laze on the couch and watch TV with you but dog ownership actually can provide a variety of health benefits.

Anecdotal and scientific evidence have shown that dog owners tend to be healthier than the average person. Here are five ways that living with a dog might keep you healthy.

They can detect cancer

Scientific reports of dogs sniffing out cancerous growths go back at least two decades. According to a 1989 case study in The Lancet, a patient reported that her dog would constantly sniff at a mole on her leg, and once even tried to bite the lesion off. Prompted by this, she had her mole checked out and found it to be a malignant melanoma.

But dogs are not only good at sniffing out skin cancer, some can also detect bladder, lung, breast, ovarian and colon cancer. In fact, a specially trained eight-year-old black Labrador named Panda correctly detected colorectal cancer in 33 out of 37 samples of people’s breath and stool that scientists had collected. Moreover, according to the article in the journal Gut published this year, Panda appeared to be highly accurate at detecting early-stage colorectal cancer.

They can keep you active

This is perhaps no surprise to owners that frequently walk or exercise with their dogs. After all, dogs are more likely to beg for a walk or a game of fetch than other house pets.

According to a 2010 study in the American Journal of Public Health, children with dogs spent more time doing moderate to vigorous physical activity than children without dogs.

And this effect extends to adult dog owners. According to a 2006 study done by Canadian researchers at the University of Victoria, dog owners were more likely to participate in mild to moderate physical activity. They walked an average of 300 minutes per week, compared with non-dog owners, who walked an average of 168 minutes per week.

They can tell when you have low blood sugar

Some trained dogs seem to detect low blood sugar levels. According to a 2000 article in the British Medical Journal, more than one-third of dogs living with diabetic people have been reported to display behavioral changes when their owners’ blood sugar drops, sometimes even before patients themselves were aware of it. In two case studies cited by the paper, the dogs not only detected their owners’ falling glucose levels, they even nudged their owners into eating.

It’s unclear how the dogs did it, but it’s possible that they detected minute muscle tremors, or changes in the owners’ scents, according to the study.

They can reduce your risk of eczema

Many parents worry about exposing young children to dogs, fearing it could trigger allergy or eczema reactions. However, preliminary research showed that children were significantly less likely to develop eczema by age 4 if they began mingling with dogs at infancy.

The study, published in the Journal of Pediatrics in 2011, followed 636 children and found the rate of eczema was lower among kids who lived with a family dog. In fact, even for kids sensitive to dog allergens, having a dog did not increase their risk of developing eczema.

They can help you during seizures

The duties of a seizure dog are similar to those of a seeing-eye dog to help their owners navigate day-to-day activities, and steer them away from harmful situations. There are many organizations in the United States that train seizure dogs. In most cases, these dogs are trained to recognize subtle behavior or body language changes during seizure events.

But some believe that the dogs are perceptive enough to warn their owners of oncoming attacks, allowing the owners to take seizure-blocking medication, get to a safe place or call for assistance. However, there are very few scientific studies supporting the idea that dogs can detect epileptic seizures ahead of time.

Although some researchers have cast doubt that dogs are able to alert owners to seizures, most researchers agree that a dog can at the very least provide important support and companionship for patients with epilepsy.

They can steer you away from foods that you’re allergic to

Some dogs are good at sniffing out illicit substances and bombs. However, it appears that other dogs’ olfactory prowess is better used in detecting allergens.

For people whose peanut allergies are so severe that even miniscule residues in the air can trigger an allergic reaction, a peanut detection dog can come in handy, according to according to training facilities such as the Florida Canine Academy. These dogs, after going through vigorous training, can detect the trace presence of peanuts in a room, such as a cookie left on the table or a candy bar hidden in a lunch bag.

Owners with peanut allergies still have to be vigilant about peanut contaminations in food, and should always carry an epinephrine pen in case of emergencies. However, peanut-detecting dogs can help ease their minds.

They can help you rehabilitate from illnesses

In fact, that is the concept behind many pet visitation programs at hospitals and rehabilitation centers. Therapy dogs can encourage mobility, interpersonal contact and socialization among patients. According to a 2005 review in the British Medical Journal, dogs act as “social catalysts,” leading to greater interaction between people and alleviating feelings of loneliness, especially among elderly patients with physical disabilities.

Dog owners are also better at dealing with stressful events, and therefore helping them avoid anxiety-related illnesses, the study said.

Although some studies have suggested that dog owners are significantly less likely to die within one year of a heart attack than those who did not own dogs, those studies were based on a small sample and weren’t population-based.

Story reposted from:
http://www.livescience.com/35463-seven-surprising-health-benefits-dog-ownership-110209.html
Written by: Iris Tse, MyHealthNewsDaily Contributor

Blind dog sees his family for the first time after surgery to restore his sight

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Duffy the Irish terrier lost his vision to diabetes, but doctors were able to help the pooch see again with eye surgery. See the heartwarming moment the 8-year-old pup reunites with the family he couldn’t see for months.

 

[Duffy the Irish terrier is beyond excited to see his family after his eye surgery.]

Duffy the Irish terrier is one lucky dog.

The blind pooch recently had surgery to restore the eyesight he lost to diabetes. The operation was successful, and his owners recorded the moment they were reunited with their furry friend.

In the viral video, Duffy joyfully squeals and plants kisses on everyone in the room. Posted on Saturday, the heartwarming clip has already racked up more than 500,000 views.

The adopted terrier’s ordeal started months ago, when veterinarians diagnosed him with diabetes.

“Within about 3-5 months he went from a totally normal 8-year-old dog to a dog who was completely blind,” his owner wrote on Reddit.

“It broke my heart seeing this dog I grew up with … running into things, not being able to recognize me,” he continued.

Doctors and the family were able to get Duffy’s diabetes stable enough for surgery to repair his sight.

And if the video is any proof, the operation was a huge success.

“He’s a trooper,” his owner wrote.

Story reposted from:
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/blind-dog-sees-family-sight-surgery-article-1.1832419
Written by: MEG WAGNER

Tips for Helping Your Dog Relax

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

There are plenty of reasons why we love our dogs unconditionally– they’re fun to throw the ball around with and, whether your dress them up or not, they’re always adorable! When you’re at your lowest moment, your dog is the loving friend you need most; however, there are times when our patience is pushed to the limit.

Dogs have a tendency to become hyperactive– and a hyper dog will likely annoy you and take their energy out on your furniture, but did you know that your dog’s agitation could lead to health risks? It is important to take all the steps you can to getting your dog to relax.

Physical Exercise

In many ways, dogs are like people. When you exercise, you expend energy that could lead to a restful sleep. Your dog has tons of extra energy. He’ll fidget and jump all over the furniture, especially if he’s stuck alone in the house all day. If you take your dog on a walk once a day (at least) and throw the ball around, he’ll wear himself out.

Depending on how old your dog is, the suggested amount of physical exercise may vary. A good rule of thumb is to give your pup the opportunity of structured play for about 15-20 minutes, twice per day. Structured play activities include fetch, hunting for food or a variety of K-9 Nose Work games.

Mental Challenges

It isn’t enough to exercise your dog’s body– a dog’s mind also needs its own workout. There are puzzles specifically designed with the canine’s mental health in mind. Boredom is part of the reason why a dog will act out, so puzzles will placate him. Dog TV is a new channel that was created for the healthy stimulation of a dog’s mind too.

Food carrier toys are also great to keep your dog’s mind active. As dogs are natural foragers, they will likely enjoy working to get their food.

Chewing

Dog’s have a tendency to get stressed out. This anxiety causes them to act out, so veterinarians often recommend bully sticks so that your dog will have something to take out their nervous energy on. It will also give your dog something to do while relaxing, and they can chew on the bully stick for hours.

Wall Fountain

The soothing sound of water has, in the past, proven itself to work wonders on relaxing dogs. By installing a wall fountain in your dog’s favorite part of the house, you can ensure that he becomes more restful. The quiet, peaceful sound of running water will help calm the dog without being an annoying distraction for the rest of the family.

Training

Sometimes the hyperactive dog needs a little assistance; a trainer can teach you and your dogs tricks that will make him happier without any of the destructive elements of restlessness. He will also get the chance to socialize with other dogs, which will allow him to use up that pent-up energy. It’s a surefire way to get your dog back on the relaxed path.

When dogs have the proper direction and skills to get what they wants, you’ll find that they are much calmer overall.

Diet

A poor diet is often the root of bad behavior in a pooch. If your dog isn’t getting all the essential nutrients, he could have mood swings, aggression and hyperactivity, which can possibly lead to biting. Protect yourself and your dog by researching the right food for your dog’s breed.

If you are providing your dog with a commercial diet, you will want to look for a diet that does not include grains, such as corn, wheat and soy, in which the first few ingredients are meat products. You might also want to consider giving your dog fresh meat and vegetables every so often in order to enhance his/her diet.

Don’t Reinforce Bad Behavior

The worst thing you can do for your dog is reward him when he’s done something bad. When your dog destroys something or is loud and disruptive, you don’t want to start playing with him and give him a treat. You are only showing him that the destructive cries for attention work. If you only reward good behavior, you’ll start to see an overall improvement.

If you are having a difficult time keeping your dog in one place, try these tips at home and you may very well see an improvement in his or her behavior.

Marcela De Vivo is a freelance writer, business owner and has two Great Danes of her own. As they’re naturally quite large, keeping them relaxed is imperative! You can find more tips like these by following her on Facebook.

 

 

Travel by Design: Summer Road Trip with Your Dog! by B. Malibu

Monday, August 20th, 2012

Hello Everyone,

Well, we’re in the thick of summer and no doubt you’re probably ready to get away for bit. Here’s a great idea that I’m sure will work for you, your family, and your dog. The best adventures and best times, as I’m sure everyone would agree, are the times that include the love and companionship of your dog.  Plan an awesome Summer or Autumn road trip with your dog!

 

A very affordable, and super fun option is to plan a getaway for a three or four day weekend, and to someplace altogether new, or on the flip-side, someplace totally comfortable, familiar, and easy.  Either way, I recommend a Summer or Fall road trip with your dog, and that includes all of the fun and goodies that go along with it!  Choose a vacation destination far enough away whereas you’ll definitely know you’re not home, but a place that’s not too far away either. Consider perhaps a destination anywhere from 100 – 300 miles from home (give or take 50 miles on either side) and block the day out to drive and get there. Plan to travel at a leisurely pace and enjoy the drive. I highly recommend visiting www.absolutelypetfriendly.com to select the perfect hotel for you and your doggie.  All hotels in the Absolutely Pet-Friendly Travel database search (there are 28,000!!) are pet-friendly.

Back to planning your getaway adventure!  Naturally, you’re going to need to take off from work and/or day-to-day responsibilities for three or four days, choose your destination City, get your hotel room booked, and then set your estimated time of departure.  If you’re looking at five or six hours in the car with your pooch, plan for safety (no riding in your lap!), have plenty of water for everyone, and plan roadside breaks accordingly, based on your dog’s “schedule”.  Waste bags are essential, and it’s always great to have some paper towels on hand in case of any mess. Always use designated rest stops, have your dog leashed when out of the car, and make sure he drinks water while taking a break from the car.  Another important thing to be aware of at rest areas are other travelers and their dogs.  Rest areas (whether official or makeshift rest areas) are unfamiliar for everyone, and dogs don’t act like themselves, especially if they see other people and dogs.  You know your dog; you just have to be aware is all.

Safety in any unfamiliar environment is paramount; please pay special attention to traffic wherever you go and wherever you are, especially if you yourself are not used to traffic or if you’re unfamiliar with the area.  One other rule that’s absolutely critical when traveling is that your dog must always have a collar on 24/7 (in the car, in a hotel room, always) with and ID dog tag (plain, casual, bejeweled, artsy, couture, or – - whatever your dog likes to wear!).  When you arrive at the hotel, check-in and have your dog with you on leash.  Always make sure you introduce your dog to the front desk staff so they get to know him.  Most hotel staffs will go out of their way to say hello to your doggie as you “come and go” and some will even spoil your dog with unrelenting attention (this is not so bad, right?!).  Housekeeping staff, not so much.  As necessary, you should have housekeeping come when you and your doggie are out on an excursion.  All pet-friendly hotels love dogs.  Be sure to make arrangements with housekeeping regarding your stay and make them aware that you have a dog and they’ll be happy to accommodate you. You don’t need to be shy or coy.  Who knows, maybe you and your dog will make a lot of new friends on your trip!

Now, you definitely want to bring your dog’s own food (keeps him regular; you don’t want your dog to have an upset stomach on vacation, it’s not pretty), a water and food bowl, a toy or two, and his dog bed, unless he normally sleeps with you in the bed, which is more often the case than not with people and their dogs. If you forget anything or have any special needs that may arise, the front desk should be able to guide you or offer recommendations for a pet store, a veterinarian, or whatever.  Also check hotel’s pet policy – - – they explain most things you need to know, or of course, you can call ahead to get the scoop on the  hotel’s pet policies, guidelines, and additional fees (if any).  Note: some hotels provide basic amenities (bowls, treats, blankets, and beds) which means you don’t have to schlep them along.  Inquire about pet amenities at registration and always ask for them!  It’s one perk that your doggie deserves – - – it’s his vacation too!  Once you reach your hotel and get situated after check-in, get the lay of the land and let your dog do the same.  He’ll probably be as excited to be there as you are!  So, let the fun and adventure begin!  Take a nature walk, go to the beach, walk along the streets and shops, go to a magnificent city park, swim in the lake together, whatever – - – it’s all fun no matter what you do because your dog is with you.  If you have to leave your dog in the room and he tends to bark, you may want to look into a “dog nanny service” recommended by the hotel or have someone (official, qualified, and trained hotel staff only!) check on the dog periodically and walk him so he can do his business.  If this isn’t an option, by all means, keep the dog with you.  I do not recommend taking your dog to a local day care – - – this is way too traumatic for dogs.  It’ll ruin your trip and probably his.  Worse yet, all you’ll do is worry about your dog while you’re out trying to have fun.  You know you can’t get enough of each other anyway, and it’s so much more fun to explore and experience new things together.  Be sure to see if the hotel you’re going to be staying at has a “yappy hour” or other people / canine social events or activities.  They’re a blast!

One other note, some hotels charge a deposit or a “stay / or cleaning” fee or a nightly charge.  Some don’t have any extra fees relating to your dog at all. Keep in mind that it’s typically less expensive to bring your dog with you than to put them in a kennel or pay for a dog / house sitter.  Go for it!  I suggest you always bring your dog with you!  Experience the love of travel and adventure with your dog!

Where to go on your trip you might ask?  So many choices:  the beach, the mountains, urban downtowns, chic resorts, lake villages, quaint out-of-the way towns, national parks, the desert, mega resorts, etc.  My dogs (see the “Super Seven” above) love the city, the city parks, and all the people and the hustle and bustle of an urban city. What I know they love the most is the attention they get from all the shop owners, the hotel staff, and passers-by.  A great thing to do is to have a cocktail on some fabulous patio overlooking the beach or golf course, to lounge on a terrace overlooking an urban avenue, or to sit out on a deck looking up at the mountains or the starry night.  Regardless of where you are, look for eating establishments and bars that have pet-friendly areas. It’s just plain awesome to be part of a dog’s life, isn’t it?

Traveling with your dog is truly a wonderful experience.  So is traveling with 2 or even 7 (I know!).  You’ll have memories of your trip for a lifetime.

Is there anything possibly holding you back or that you’re anxious about?  Don’t be.  Any issues that arise along the way, you’ll be able to handle.  Your road trip will be just one more life adventure you have as a family that will stick with you for a long time, probably forever.

You can even call recommended hotels directly with any questions or concerns, or just to find out how much fun you can expect to have!.  Lastly, and by all means, relax and enjoy yourself.  This is what life is all about.

Wonderful travels and have a great trip!

Next time, we’ll explore another, new aspect of “Life Loving Dogs”.  Stay tuned.

And, one more “last” thing (really, this is the last “last” one), always support the National Canine Cancer Foundation.  They love and need your involvement and support.

Tails up!

P.S.  Be sure to take lots of pictures on your trip!  Coming soon!  Absolutely Pet-Friendly Travel is going to be hosting a venue for you to showcase (and maybe compete!) your images and travel videos!!!  How exciting is that?!

Summary check list of items to bring for your dog.  I suggest you keep it very basic, simple and light.

  • Collapsible Travel Water Bowl
  • Water Bowl
  • Food Bowl
  • Dog Food (Only Your Dog’s Brand)
  • Treats (Your Dog’s Usual Treats)
  • Toy
  • Dog Bed (If Your Dog Uses One)
  • Waste Bags
  • Paper Towels
  • Dog Crate (If Normally Used)

LA Chapter raises $3400 at America’s Family Expo!

Friday, April 27th, 2012

For the past three years our LA Chapter coordinator, Tish Grabar has been going to this expo and doing an excellent job of reaching out and educating people about canine cancer. She’s also cried with people who have lost their dogs and shared their stories.  She and her team of volunteers did another great job this year, here’s what she has to say about the expo:

The LA Chapter of the National Canine Cancer Foundation was proud to be an exhibitor at the America’s Family Pet Expo in Costa Mesa on April 20-22nd. This was our 3rd year attending this event and am happy to report that we raised $3400.

It is always heartfelt to see some friendly faces who have visited our booth in the previous years as they express their gratitude for what we do and to continue the good work.
This year was expecially nice because we had some beautiful raffle baskets that were donated by some very generous supporters and the final touches were done by our new volunteer Lori Hidrogo.  These baskets helped to draw the crowd in as people wanted to see what all the excitement was going on in our booth.  People were eager to spend for a good cause.
Thanks you again to all of our supporters and volunteers that made this weekend possible..  Together, We are the Cure.
Tish Grabar – La Chapter Coordinator
If you live in the LA area and would like to volunteer, please visit the LA Chapter Facebook page and reach out to Tish!

The German Shorthair Pointer Club of Middle Tennessee raises over $4500 for Chase Away K9 Cancer

Friday, March 9th, 2012
Cera, Martha and Stacy

The GSP club of Middle Tennessee invited Cera to join in on the fun of raising over $4500 for Chase Away

I have just returned from a wonderful long weekend spent with my friends with the GSP Club of Middle Tennessee attending their Agility Trial. My dear friends Martha & Stacy asked me to attend and help raise donations and WOW did we ever. The generosity of these great folks was amazing, from donating if their pups did well or if they didn’t they gave and gave. One of the funniest things was the judges of the trial volunteered to have Whip Cream Pie’s thrown at them which raised over $800 just for that. The tally for the weekend went over $4500. THANK YOU ALL for sharing the love you have for your dogs with Chase Away.
Happy tails till we meet again…..

Cera Reusser
Founder, Chase Away K9 Cancer

Judges before the Pies Fly

The good natured judges before the pies started to fly!

Chase Away K9 Cancer Fund raiser

Pie Flying strategy session

Chase Away K9 Cancer Fund Raiser

Judges post pies in the eyes and they are all smiles!

National Canine Cancer Foundation has a new generation of supporters!

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012
Baby Becca discovers the National Canine Cancer Foundation reminder band

Baby Becca discovers the NCCF reminder band

There are a lot of wonderful volunteers and friends that donate their time to doing the little things that keep the NCCF running.  One of my great joys in being a part of this Foundation is meeting all our new found friends and keeping in touch with them as we fight the good fight.  I very much enjoy receiving emails on what’s going on in people’s lives and how the Foundation touches them.  I want to share a recent email I received from one of our long time friends and volunteers, Vicki.  Vicki sends out all of our memorial cards with great love and respect for each one she sends.  We are so thankful for her time and effort.

Last February, Vicki became a Grandma to a wonderful baby girl named Becca!  Since she has been born we’ve been getting updates about Baby Becca and her encounters with Grandma Vicki’s dogs.  At a year old now, Becca has five words, Mama, Dadda, Hi, Gram and doggie!  Her most recent update has come in and she is learning the concept of ‘on’ and ‘off’.  And what better way to learn the concept than to use an NCCF reminder band! So, Becca and Gram put the bracelet ON and Becca and Gram take the bracelet OFF.  You can bet the next time the NCCF does an event in Phoenix that we will have to get Becca a shirt just her size and she can come to the booth and demonstrate ON and OFF, so people will know how to wear their reminder bands well.  Also, Becca is a pretty good model to show how good you could look supporting the NCCF with a reminder band too!

Becca has grown up in her one year of life thus far knowing her Grandma’s dogs.  And already, Becca has been touched by canine cancer, even if she doesn’t know it yet.  Late last year, Vicki lost her heart dog, Princess Tessie.  So, it’s never to early to start a new generation of supporters and Vicki is doing her part.  Thank you so much for your support, Vicki!

Princess Tessie with Becca and Laila

Vicki and Princess Tessie showing. I just see their true love.

Pours for Pooches 2 raising funds for National Canine Cancer Foundation

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012
Rada, Pours for Pooches, raising funds for the National Canine Cancer Foundation

Pours for Pooches honors Rada each year

Jeff and Pat Dolan lost Rada two years ago to Leukemia.  After their terrible loss of their heart dog, they wanted to do something to raise funds for NCCF so that in the future dogs and their owners won’t have to suffer the pain of the disease and the loss from it.  This is where Pours for Pooches was born and their first year they raised $670.00.  Here’s what Jeff and Pat had to say about Pours for Pooches 2:

Our 2nd annual “Pours for Pooches” on February 14, 2012 event was a huge success. Through the generosity of House of Beer, raffle prize donors and our wonderful friends at C/K Photography and their photo booth we raised $985. Throughout our 5 hour event we had nearly 30 dogs who attended with their merry making humans. We watched the last night of the Westminster Dog Show on the big screen and everyone (2 and 4 legged) was well behaved and good times were had by all. Losing our dog, Rada, to lymphoma was an awful experience. Hosting “Pours for “Pooches” helps us fill the void we have in our hearts and help other people maybe prevent what we went thru. We are already making plans for “Pours for Pooches 3!”

Pours for Pooches attendees having a great time while raising funds for the National Canine Cancer Foundation

Pours for Pooches attendees having a great time while raising funds for the National Canine Cancer Foundation

Jeff tells me that Charles, the owner of House of Beer, already said “when is Pours for pooches 3?”. So, if you are in St. Cloud, FL in February, look out for the event!