August 23, 2011

White Dog was out in the yard when she heard Nuka and I whooping in excitement; she dashed in to be stopped by an Eskie traffic jam in the office doorway as Quinn, YoYoMa and Puff all were headed to also find out what our ruckus was about. Nuka continued to yip and twirl in excitement until finally TOWD pushed past her to ask me, "What's up?" WD growled to quiet her sister so that everyone could hear my answer.

"We have our first TWO signups for the 2MillionDog Puppy Up Walk that are not people we know," I said. "And...?" Quinn looked perplexed. "No, you don't get it! Our posters or fliers or something is WORKING! These are strangers not friends or people that we personally talked into joining us."

"Momma," White Dog began gently and she gave the signal for the rest of the WDA to lovingly surround me. "You are hoping to get 250 people to come out and Walk with us to end cancer. Do you REALLY think you are going to know them all?" "It is OK if you don't know every single pup and person there, momma," Puff added.

"You guys, I know these are the first of many people I won't know to sign up but that is my point. These are the first! It means our Event is not going to be like a Sweet Sixteen Party where only your relatives attend!" "What's a Sweet Sixteen Party," YoYoMa whispered to White Dog.

"This is so exciting to me that I was going to call Dad and suggest a celebration dinner, but if you are all so blase about this omen of success, then never mind." "Well, let's not be hasty." Quinn said, "I think if this is important to you then we should all stand behind you and make a celebration tonight." "I think TOWD's right, let's get something special for dinner!" chimed in YoYoMa and the others concurred. "I think you are just humoring me to get something special for dinner," I replied pouting. "No, really, we are happy for these signups and we are sure that many many many many more will follow..." sang the WDA.

"Stop!" I said, reaching for the phone. Steve was as thrilled as I was. And EVERYONE was in a festive party mood when he came home with big luscious fried shrimps, clam strips and catfish from our local fish shack.

"Here's to 250 more strangers just waiting to join our fight" Puff toasted before swallowing a clam strip. "And to the biggest celebration of all...the day when we beat cancer completely," White Dog cheered. One THAT day, I promised, you will all eat the steak of your choice (with a side salad for Yo).


Mack said...

Did some one say shrimp!!??
Thanks so much for the e-mail cause my old mom is so very forgetful, she needs a little nudge now and then!
Our pic is on the way!!!

Mucho Sugars,
Your pal,

Brian said...

That is so wonderful and I know many more will be there!!!

Mr. Pip said...

Hurray for the first new people signing up and for the many others who will surely follow!

Your pal, Pip

Ginger Jasper said...

This is wonderful news and that you all got shrimp too. Just pure bliss. Mum is on later shift but will get out a photograph. We wonder could we send one with people on too. Hugs GJ xx

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

We are sure the numbers will grow as the days go by. We hope you all have a major success with the walk. Shrimp??? Yummers, we have only had a taste of shrimp once or twice, but it sure was a taste we won't forget.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

Avalon Cat Cartoons said...

Good luck with the sign-ups and enjoy the heavenly shrimps.

Random Felines said...

Hooray to the first of many!!!!

Amber DaWeenie said...

Me will go and walk round me big yard since me can't be in da cancer walk. Butt....will be thinkin' bout it anyway.

ra husky said...

Dear YoYoMa, #1 has instructed me to pass on the message that he finally had to explain to his carpool buddies why when the NPR announcer introduces a piece by your name's sake he always starts to giggle. He says they all understand now and are happy because they thought maybe he was hitting the happy juicy :)~ woo!


ra husky said...

Oh & high paws to you all for your work. Eat a few shrimp for your buddies in Wyoming!!

RA, Isis & nuknuk

meowmeowmans said...

Wonderful news! These are just the first of many. We just know it! :)

Bailey Be Good! said...

Sounds like it's gonna be a HUGE event!!

Woofs & hugs,

~Bailey (Yep, I'm a girl!)

24 Paws of Love said...

How wonderful! It only takes one, or in this case two, to start the ball rolling. Or should I say the paws? Congratulations!!

Sagira said...

I hope you get a lot of people to walk with you guys. Can you maybe contact your local news stations as well?

Kari in Vegas said...

Hooray I hope more sign up!!!!