...From Austin to Boston...
A man and his two dogs are walking to raise awareness and funds for cancer research.
They'll be in Washington DC on September 18. (10 am - Lady Bird Johnson Park. 11 am -walk across the Potomac River on the Arlington Memorial Bridge, past the Reflecting Pool for a brief memorial, then congregate at the Old Folklife Festival Site.)
Last year 2dogs2000miles.org put out a beautiful canine calendar. And they're putting together a second edition for 2010.
My sweet Sena is a contestant for the 2010 calendar. The 12 dogs with the most points in the contest win the 12 main slots for the months in the calendar. The contest is set up such that 1 point or 1 vote is $1.00.
Below is the photo I submitted for entry. I thought it might be great for the month of October. (It looks much better if you view the larger image.)
Sena LOVED to jump these five-foot hay bales every autumn that are on the Tufts Veterinary fields in Grafton, Massachusetts.
I'll never forget the first day she simply appeared up there as if she had wings. It definitely was her own idea, and she loved the attention and the applause. Hay bale jumping quickly became a ritual of our walks.
When I look at these photos now, I think about how she used those powerful back legs and her strong spine every time. Years later, cancer would destroy those very same bones, but it never took her spirit.
She was 11 and she lived in the moment. I'm 39 and I'm trying to live by her example.
If you can vote for Sena or for any of the dogs, thank you on behalf of everyone who has to face cancer in their pet. In order to find a cure for cancer in humans, research will likely find a cure using animals.
If you can't vote, I understand, times are always tough. Please just hug your loved ones today, and take that moment to tell them you love them.
Losing Weight; Finding Men
"Never make someone a priority in your life when you are just their option."