September 27-28, 2012

White Dog and the White Dog Army know that this weekend will be very special. They all understand that that they will be asked to represent our Blog family with pride and strength on Sunday as we lead the physical Walk to End Cancer alongside of Abigail, our Canine Cancer Warrior of the Year.

12-year old Abigail is a survivor of a rare form of anal cancer that is usually virulent and quick. In fact this gentle black Lab has been a Warrior her entire life...abandoned as a puppy because she had parvo... beat that and found a forever home...fought the evil c and won... and earlier this year rallied to push away an auto-immune disease that was attacking her skin.

Knowing that the eyes of our community and small corner of the world will be focused on the WDA no one even complained about Thursday's grooming and spa day. Everyone was brushed out...and brushed out again until each was bright and fluffy perfection. Nails were clipped so there would be no problems walking. Ears were cleaned. Nuka warranted an entire bath and conditioner treatment. Even Quinn allowed Steve to comb out his shedding coat and fuss as I held our nervous boy in my arms stretched out on the bed. The Army is ready.

Today we picked up the water for Walkers and drove to drop the huge jugs off at the Park. The WDA intended a practice Walk and a review of Park conditions. But the city park workers were busy grooming the area for us...cutting the grass, leaf blowing, trimming high grasses, and scrubbing picnic tables. They are as excited about Puppy Up! Rio Rancho and their part in the fight to End Cancer as we are. We did not get in their way, agreeing we would all be so proud of the Park and the day on Sunday. The Army is ready.

One thing we DID do was to make sure Quinn was comfortable and tolerant of the idea of riding in the stroller. It took him a second when Steve gently set him inside, but then The Other White Dog laid down calmly. As Steve pushed him up the block and back, TOWD smiled as he watched left and right, Like royalty in a horse-drawn carriage. So Quinn will be there on Sunday to "Walk;" the WDA will be complete and in full power! The Army is ready.

Tonight, we saw our Walk t-shirts for the first time. I did design them (and the same shirt will be used across the country this year only customized to the location) but seeing the finished product is always a thrill. It is a limited-edition which cannot be bought, you only get one by fundraising over $100. Thanks to our Blog Family, the White Dog Army Team has secured four shirts. Next week, to show our thanks, we will share one of the special shirts with one of you.

The Army is ready. We promise to do you all proud on Sunday.


GOOSE said...

So proud of you all!!

Brian said...

We are already soooooo proud of you every single day!

Agnes B Bullock said...

LOVE the shirts! Best of luck tomorrow! Glad the carriage worked- we get the same reaction when we use ours! (and yes, we know that Quinn is royalty!)

Random Felines said...

we are so proud of all of you!!! remember to stop and enjoy the day as well....

Oskar said...

What a great event!

Nubbin wiggles,

Amber DaWeenie said...

We are all so proud of you. Bet you're all gorgeous and sparkly and ready to walk! We wish we could be there to walk with you!

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

How wonderful. We wish you a great day and we will be thinking of you all. No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

Ginger Jasper said...

Mum is on late shift this weekend but we had to pop on here as soon as she came in to say we are right with you and we are proud of you.. We will be with you tomorrow.. Hugs GJ xx

TwoSpecialWires said...

We are with you in spirit and we are so proud to know you and all that you've done. Walk in hope!

Much love,
Sally and Nina, Jake and WarriorFergi

Sankissjuice said...

Go team White!!!! Beat cancer with each step! Kudos!!!! We are cheering on the sidewalk.

Have a good weekend.