walk for cancer april 29th

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woof fit tofino

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toronto walk 2016

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calgary 2016 walk for canine cancer

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sandie bond

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guelph 2016

rally flyer

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sbs calgary

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guelph walk

Smiling Blue Skies 2015 - Guelph

Saturday, May 30th, 2015

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victoria walk

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toronto walk for canine cancer

Dear Golden Friends,

Golden Retriever cancer survivor and Police K-9 "Robin" will be working the crowd during the lunch break at the Specialty in Albion, NY on August 30th, carrying his donations basket and hoping to get people to smile and donate to our Western NY Golden Retriever Club's cancer research fundraising efforts to benefit the Golden Retriever Foundation. Robin will celebrate being cancer-free for 3 years this October 11th, a testament to the strides made in fighting this disease, made possible by the work of cancer researchers supported by the Golden Retriever Foundation, the Morris Animal Foundation, and the AKC Canine Health Foundation.

It would be wonderful if other Goldens beating cancer could join him in his walk through the ring and the audience. I will whip up a vest for each Golden to wear, with words to the effect "I'm beating cancer!" or "I Am a Cancer Survivor!" Spread the word to your Golden friends.

It's a great way to celebrate these lives and promote the cause!
Email me at Nitrogoldens@yahoo.com if you can join Robin in his walk-through.


In Loving Memory of "Frisket"

Jeff Chow and his wife travelled from Edmonton to Calgary to participate in the Smiling Blue Skies Walk this year. Their Lab, Frisket, fought a courageous battle with cancer during the last two years of his life. He lost a kidney to lymphoma in 2010, and a early on in 2012, he lost a leg to a sarcoma. He lost his battle with cancer in August, 2012. This video is a beautiful tribute to Frisket, and the last part of the video is a celebration of his life one week before he went to "The Bridge."


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Woof-fit's First Annual Mini Triathlon for Dogs and Their People

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Vancouver Island agility groups and individuals, along with Dog Agility Work Group (DAWG), are very excited to be hosting the 12th Annual Agility Association of Canada's (AAC) National Agility Championships, to be held August 1st to August 5th, at Beban Park Sports Complex, located in beautiful Nanaimo, British Columbia. Smiling Blue Skies is very proud to be a Gold Level Sponsor for this prestigious event.

Participation is expected to exceed 600 dog/handler teams from across Canada and the United States, and 200 volunteers per day! An event of this magnitude and calibre, showcases absolutely amazing canine athletes and their human partners, as they run for National Championship Podium placements and awards. It is incredibly exciting!

Dog agility in Canada attracts people from all walks of life, and encompasses all age groups, from the youngest junior handlers to senior citizens. Agility promotes a healthy active lifestyle for all of us!! It is a game the whole family can play.

Agility groups across Canada have joined together over the past few years, to support The Smiling Blue Skies Cancer Fund, part of the University of Guelph's Veterinary College and Teaching Hospital Pet Trust. It doesn't matter where you live. Smiling Blue Skies offers 24/7 support to anyone whose life has been touched by cancer, and will try to help in any way they can.

OVC Pet Trust is devoted to providing financial assistance for the advancement of health, health care, and quality of life for companion animals. More than 120 studies into naturally occurring diseases affecting companion animals, have been carried out with Pet Trust funds.

Cancer is the most frequent cause of death in dogs. This is a truly frightening though. In an independent study conducted by the Golden Retriever Club of America, it was determined that over sixty percent of Goldens die from cancer. As one breeder pointed out, if you have Golden Retrievers, you have had, have now, or will have a Golden with cancer. It is a burden we all share. In loving our dogs, whether pure breeds or mixed breeds, we want the very best for them, in health, and in sickness.

In Canada, our very own human cancer statistic matches our dogs' statistic!! One out of three dogs, whether pure breed or mixed breed, will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives!!

The University of Guelph is the first Canadian institution to join the US National Cancer Institute's Comparative Oncology Trials Consortium (COTC). The move positions the University of Guelph Institute for Comparative Cancer Investigation (ICCI) and the OVC Cancer Centre with 19 other academic oncology centers at the leading edge of cancer research in North America.

Every single dollar donated to The Smiling Blue Skies Cancer Fund supports OVC's quest to find more and better ways to deal with and understand this terrible disease.

We have been told, that in sharing Blues' story, we have helped to raise awareness of Pet Trust and OVC's fight against cancer. Thanks to YOU, we ARE making a difference!

As Kathy Hay, Associate Vice-President, Advancement, Alumni Affairs and Development, once said, "Smiling Blue Skies is truly a beacon that is helping to light the way to find a cure for such a dreadful disease. The interdisciplinary cancer research and training enabled by your continued support allows future generations of cancer care specialists and scientists to achieve new breakthroughs, new diagnostic procedures and therapies. The generous support you provide has immense implications for both human and animal cancers. Thank you for your continued leadership and advocacy."

It has been said, that if we could hang all of our sorrows on pegs, and were allowed to choose those we liked best, every one of us would take back their own, for all the rest would seem even more difficult to bear.

Together, we can reach beyond the bluest skies and the brightest stars, to take a big bite out of cancer, on behalf of ALL of us!!!

Let's all sponsor a dog for the AAC National Agility Championships!!

Coleen Ellis
Two Hearts Pet Loss Center

Animal Hospice Awareness Day

GREENWOOD, IN (July 16, 2012)— Animal Hospice Awareness Day Press Release

To promote the need for greater understanding and education in the area of pet end-of-life care, the second annual Animal Hospice Awareness Day will be held November 3, 2012. Veterinarians, their support staff, and pet parents alike are beginning to openly recognize that terminal illness and the dying process are different from normal life stages. Our animals need extra support, both medically and mentally, to move forward into death as easily as possible, be that through a natural passing or euthanasia. Animal Hospice Awareness Day offers the chance to promote the mission of hospice care on both a local and national level. Across the country in 2011, pet hospice providers held educational talks, wrote articles for newspapers and pet publications, pet loss ceremonies to remember those who have gone before us, and much more.

The International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (IAAHPC) will be promoting this year’s Awareness Day through online education and by hosting its second annual conference over the weekend of November 1-4th. This conference, “GPS- Guide to Pet Hospice Success”, will be hosted in Denver, Colorado and present practical tools needed to successfully operate an animal hospice service as well as technical training on the various procedures needed within a hospice and palliative care operation. It is open to veterinarians, technicians, animal hospice case workers, grief counselors, and all those who wish to support the human-animal bond.

The “GPS – Guide To Pet Hospice Success” conference will start on November 1, 2012, with a networking reception. The educational sessions will take place Friday, November 2 until Sunday, November 4, 2012. A special memorial ceremony will be held for all on November 3rd to promote Animal Hospice Awareness Day. With Sunday’s events, participants will have an opportunity to participate in educational tours to Home to Heaven, the nation’s first pet euthanasia center, Colorado State University’s Argus Institute, and Dr. Robin Downing’s Center for Animal Pain Management in Windsor Colorado. The weekend conference is $225 for IAAHPC members and $325 for non-members, with RACE continuing education credits pending in jurisdictions, which recognize AAVSB/RACE approval.

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN on the website at www.IAAHPC.org

Congratulations and Thank You to Calgary's Top Three Pledge Earners!!!

#1 Marina Skoreiko ( Photo by Ellen Kovar )

#2 Deb Girvan

#3 Jackie Matticks

Congratulations and Thank You to theTop Three Pledge Earners for
the Bradford Walk!!!
Barb Fisher  Carol Moore
Joseph Laxton Debra Ross

The Pet Lover Show is at TRADEX in Abbotsford on February 16th and 17th, 2013.  The show will feature products and services for dogs, cats, horses and pocket pets. Features will include therapeutic riding, canine detection, agility, first aid and more; seminars will include training techniques, medical issues including stem cell research and eye issues and feeding/supplements. Features and seminars are just being added to the website and we will be adding more as they are finalized, so please check back often for updates at http://www.petlovershow.ca/. We are pet owners as well as show producers, and we believe that there should be a good, family pet show in the Fraser Valley that will serve the needs of owners in the area and promote responsible pet care.



2012 Smiling Blue Skies Walk to End Canine Cancer

The following businesses have donated to our walk. If you already do business with them, please mention your participation in our walk and thank them for their support. If you do not do business with them, please consider doing so, and mention your appreciation for their support of our event! Thanks!

• Suzi Beber, Smiling Blue Skies www.smilingblueskies.com
• Hairy Barkers, paula.collins@shaw.ca
• Dignified Dogs, Unit K – 9827 Horton Road SW, www.dignified-dogs.ca
• Tail Blazers, Glenbrook Plaza 148 - 3715-51st Street SW, www.tailblazerspets.com
• Global Pet Foods, Marda Loop, 2101-33 Avenue SW, www.globalmardaloop.ca
• Signal Hill Animal Clinic, 1919 Sirocco Drive SW www.signalhillanimalclinic.net
• Jennifer Stockford, Four Dog Night Pet Designs, Innisfail, AB, jen.stockford@xplornet.com
• Courtlyn Custom Dog Food, Andrew, AB, www.courtlyncustomdogfood.com
• Optimal Pet Foods, #428, 1919 Sirocco Drive, SW, www.optimalpetfoods.com
• Canine Fitness Centre, 509 - 42 Avenue SE, www.caninefitness.com
• Urban Dog Market, 3538 Garrision Gate SW, www.urbandogmarket.com
• Dogma Training & Pet Services Inc., 515 – 70 Avenue SW, www.dogmatraining.com
• Copper Hollow Enterprises, St Albert, AB www.copperhollow.com St Albert, AB
• Waggin’ Tails Pet Services Inc., 546 – 42nd Avenue SE, www.waggintailscalgary.com
• Canine Companion Clinic, 3409 - 20th Street SW, www.caninecompanionclinic.com
• Lisa Harbridge, Spirit Rider Gallery & Studio, Rocky Mountain House, AB, www.spiritridergallery.com
• Rocky Mountain Tails Pet Shop & Spa, 5255 Richmond Road SW http://rockymountaintails.ca/
• Nutmeg Designs, Margaret Almon & Wayne Stratz, http://nutmegdesigns.etsy.com nutmegdesign@gmail.com Lansdale, PA, USA
• Terri Fraser
• Mary-Dee Peppinck
• Kathryn Cejalvo
• Linda Zakowski
• Mary Shillabeer
• Coral Croisdale and Family, In memory of Pico
• Carolyn Tucker
• Shannon Flynn
• Marina Skoreiko

Non Raffle Donations:
• Terri Fraser – cupcakes for the walkers
• Colleen Lamont & Meghan Ward – homemade cookies for the walkers
• Tammy Taylor/Canada Safeway 16th Ave NE & Castleridge – fruit tray & water
• Tim Hortons, 12th Street & 12th Avenue SW, Linda & Paul Buntain
• Endless Pawsiblities, Dina Correale, Victoria BC, www.endlesspawsibilities.ca – Treats for participant bags, bags, and items for top pledge prize winners
• Diamond in the “Ruff”, Colleen McCarvill, dr2little@hotmail.com – Dog games & prizes
• Puppies Unleashed, info@puppiesunleashed.com www.puppiesunleashed.com Ross & Angelica Murphy - Huge dog biscuits for the participant bags.




Hi All:

So we are back asking for your support yet again! In honour of Nate's 1 year transplant anniversary (a little late I know but we had to organize a good date with Canadian Blood Services) we are hosting a blood donation clinic on Saturday February 25th from 8:30am-noon at the Senior's Centre here in Grimsby. See the attached poster with all of the details!

Nate is now 21 months old. He thankfully hasn't had to receive a blood product in almost a year! Prior to that he received over 40 blood and platelet transfusions and over 25 immunoglobulin treatments which are derived from the plasma of over 1000 donors! On top of all of these blood donations he was given the gift of what we hope will be a long life by the donation of cord blood!

We will be asking you to roll up your sleeves and give your blood in honour of Nate and to help all of those who continue to need blood products!

What to do, call 1-888-2-Donate to make an appointment. If you can't make it to Grimsby on February 25th visit a clinic near you at a convenient time and use Nate and his buddy Jaxson from Sick Kid's in honour # and you can give in honour of the boys. You can use this number each time you give blood! We get updated frequently with how many donors have given in honour of the boys! Their Partners for Life # is JAXA012191.

If you haven't joined the national bone marrow registry yet please do so! Just go to www.onematch.ca and follow the directions to sign up! We will be having information available on the day of the donor clinic and a representative from One Match to discuss the program!

The benefits of being a donor are huge! You give life to a stranger, you help a child with cancer, you save a child's life with bone marrow donation. The recipients are just like you, someone's son, daughter, sister, brother, mother, father, well you get the drift! Everytime you give blood you could be helping multiple people with that donation. We wouldn't have been so lucky as to have Nate still here with us if it wasn't for generous donors. You never know when you are going to need Blood Services so roll up your sleeves and help out today!

One last thing, we are looking for help getting the word out about the clinic. Please pass this email and poster along to your family, friends and co workers! Please feel free to post the poster any place you think it would get exposure, in your workplace, children's day care, local stores etc.

Thanks again everyone for your on going support!

Mike and Amy, Spencer, Chase and Nate Lupton



"The Omega Tau Sigma Professional Veterinary Fraternity is dedicated to helping their members obtain a well rounded experience during their time as student veterinarians at the Ontario Veterinary College. They host a number of social events, networking opportunities with OVC professors and OTS Alumni, academic help for members in every phase of their education such as anatomy, histology, and gross pathology reviews, and additional surgical experience laboratories. They also have a strong passion for giving back to the Guelph community, by holding a number of different charitable events including, but not limited to: People and Pets, group trips to the blood donor clinic, College Royal Petting Zoo, gift wrapping at Christmas time for the local food bank and the Halloween Haunted House for Big Brothers, Big Sisters.

In 2011, they started the OTS Dog Jog, a 5km/2km fun run/walk in the Arboretum on campus of the University of Guelph. They could not think of a better organization to benefit from such an event than the OVC Pet Trust Fund. In their inaugural year they raised over $2000 for Pet Trust and this year, they are hoping to at least double this fundraising goal!

100% of the proceeds from the Dog Jog go to Pet Trust and this year we are dedicating the fund to the new Animal Cancer Centre, Canada’s first comprehensive cancer centre for our animal companions! This exciting initiative will aid in the treatment of our pets, and the medical investigations preformed there will also help humans due to the numerous links between canine cancer and humans!

So come on out on Saturday March 24th at 9:30am with or without your dog, and show your support for this terrific organization!
Registration is only $20, but we encourage all participants to get additional sponsors for their run or walk –
There will be prizes for our top fundraisers!

You Can register on their website at: http://uofg.convio.net/site/TR?fr_id=1180&pg=entry

If you have any questions about the Dog Jog at any time, please contact

Rebecca Sterns rsterns@uoguelph.ca or Nick Buchok nbuchok@uoguelph.ca and we will be happy to help!

Check us out on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/groups/313848695320531/

"A Walk in the Park" at the Granite Club, in Toronto

Michael Beber, Liza Cowell (The Skye's the Limit for Canine Life), and Jeffrey Beber

Jeffrey Beber and Michael Beber at the podium

Jim Cuddy and his band at the "Walk in the Park" Gala

"A Walk in the Park" necklace created specially for the gala, by Smiling Blue Skies ® Jewelry




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 The Agility Association of Canada "Ontario Agility Regionals" were held on May 28th to May 30th, 2010,
at the Centre Wellington Recreation Complex, located in Fergus, Ontario, and hosted by "Jumping for Joy."

Thanks to Robin Eagleson and to her ongoing passion and mission to wipe cancer off the earth, and some beard hairs along with it. Roger made a bet, that if Robin and her crew raised $500.00, he would shave off his beard!! Robin wove her "grovelling" magic, and the money poured in. Roger took to the "shaving chair," and folks were charged to watch the "performance." Thanks to a professional groomer, with expertise with "poodle pups," Roger not only got a great shave, but OVC was carved into what was left of his beard. A great time was had by all!!!

Photographs of Roger are courtesy of www.ttlphoto.com/V.Maidens

Special thanks to Karen Scott, OVC Pet Trust, for going to the Ontario Regionals,
and raising over $1200.00 for OVC Pet Trust.





2010 Calgary Walk
Thanks to everyone for their support. This was the most incredible walk "ever," with $12,000 raised!!

1st place --Leanne Tucker -- $1751.00 
calgary first place 
Robin Hoogwerf -- 2nd place -- $1520.00  Jackie Matticks -- 3rd place -- $1010.00 
calgary 2nd place  calgary 3rd place 

Burlington walk 2010


Lisa, Zachary, and Brad walk for "Myla," in Burlington, Ontario.


Calgary Walk Update 


sash calendar





alberta events

Click to download the 2010 Smiling Blue Skies Letter for Donation Word Doc


Click to download the 2010 Smiling Blue Skies Walk Flyer

2010 Walks for Canine Cancer Walks


Thank you , Thank you...to all of you for contributing so much for the good of our precious pets. As a result of your work and support, we raised a whopping $12,000 for the study of new cancer diagnostics and treatments for all companion animals through Pet Trust at the Ontario Veterinary College. Not only will our pets benefit, but the knowledge gained will be shared with human research, for the good of us all.

We plan to do it all again next year! Hope to see you there! Any constructive comments or suggestions are welcome.

In gratitude and awe of what we achieved together, Mary Shillabeer

2010 Smiling Blue Skies Walk for Cancer - Calgary Organizer



Calgary Walk Information

Glenmore Park North  (Snowy Oil Shelter)

Enter Park at 37th St SW & 66th Ave SW Calgary, AB
Calgary, Alberta

Sunday, May 2, 2010
9am registration, 10am walk

Driving Instructions:

  • From Glenmore Trail take the Crowchild Trail South ramp onto Crowchild Trail SW.

  • Turn right on to 66 Avenue SW, drive for about 1.5 km. The park entrance is on your left.  

Click to download the 2010 Smiling Blue Skies Calgary Walk Pledge Form


Burlington Walk Information

Beachway Park (at the Pump House)

Lakeshore Road
Burlington, Ontario

Sunday, June 13, 2010
9am registration, 10am walk

Gravenhurst Walk Information

The Muskoka Wharf

821 Bay Street
Gravenhurst, Ontario

Saturday, July 3, 2010
11pm registration, 12pm walk

Montreal Walk Information

Le Parc de la Nature de Laval

901 Park Avenue (avenue du Parc), Laval, Quebec
Montréal, Québec

Sunday, August 29, 2010
Lundi, le 29 aout 2010
10 am registration, 11am walk
(Dimanche, le 10 août, 2010 - 10am enregistrement, 11am promenade)


The transition from Junior to Senior/Master hunter level work is a huge one for dogs and handlers alike.  In order to make the “big jump” you and your dog must master a large number of new concepts. These concepts include: 

  • Marking - double and triple marking scenarios, delayed and diversion marks.
  • Dealing with scent, poison birds and dry shots Honouring and steadiness
  • Blinds – successful training for land and water blinds Handler
  • Training – how to analyze and run various marking and handling tests  

The objective of this workshop is to assist you in putting together a training plan that will enable you and your dog to successfully take part in Senior and Master level tests. The plan includes a number of drills that will advance your dog’s handling and marking skills, as well as a program to improve your handling of your dog in training and at hunt tests.  

Anne Everett owns and operates Heads Up Kennels in Merville, BC, where she trains and breeds working Golden Retrievers. Anne has earned over 100 Master passes on 12 different dogs, 6 WCX titles, 6 UKC HRCH's, 6 UKC UH’s, as well as Qualifying field trial wins and Open placements with  her dogs.. She has titled 4 Grand Master Hunters in Canada, as well as 10 Master Hunters and a number of Junior and Senior dogs. Anne is a licensed WCX, hunt test and field trial judge in Canada. Anne has also earned CKC OTCH titles on two dogs and has numerous High In Trials in the Obedience Ring. She earned the first OTCH-MH title combination on a Golden Retriever in Canada.  

The workshop will be held at TNT Kennels, Aldergrove, BC from 9 – 5 pm Saturday and Sunday, May 8/9, 2010.  Participants will be limited to 15 working handlers. The cost for the workshop is $200 (one dog per handler).  Registration will close when spaces are filled.  Spectators are welcome and the cost for a spectator spot is $125. 

For further information, please contact Christine Kobler: 604-846-4840 or email her at redgold@shaw.ca   

Lunch is included with your seminar registration !!  


"Luke's Legacy" Best Friends Walk

Simms Park

489 Old Island Highway
Courtenay, BC

Sunday, October 25, 2009
10 am registration, 11am walk

click here ... download your 2009 registration form

Woofstock 2009

June 13th and 14th, 2009, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. each day.

Woofstock is the largest outdoor festival for dogs, and the people who live with them. Quirky and fun, Woofstock offers festive entertainment and consumer shows which will take place in their exciting new and larger location, in historic St. Lawrence Market, in Toronto.

The St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood is located at Front Street East and Jarvis Street.

For further information or to help out, please call 416-234-9663

Check out www.woofstock.ca/


You are cordially invited to join us for a free "Talk About Cancer"
"Comparative Cancer Research: Of Mice and Men (and Cats and Dogs)

Thursday, March 5th, 2009
7:30 p.m.
Royal Canadian Institute for the Advancement of Science; Noel Ryan Auditorium
301 Burnhamthorpe Road West, Mississauga
Map: http://www.mississauga.ca/portal/residents/centrallibrary

Come and hear Brenda Coomber, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D., Biomedical Sciences, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, and Co-Director, University of Guelph Institute for Comparative Cancer Investigation, and Paul Woods, D.V.M., M.Sc., Diplomate ACVIM (Internal Medicine, Oncology), Department of Clinical Studies at the Ontario Veterinary College, and Co-Director, University of Guelph Institute for Comparative Cancer Investigation, as they present an overview of some of the recent advances in cancer discovery and the limitations in translating research from mouse to man. Naturally occurring tumours in cats and dogs are often very similar to human disease, and are therefore a superior model for cancer. The University of Guelph Institute for Comparative Cancer Investigation works to maximize our understanding of cancer in both people and pets, providing a unique opportunity for improved prevention, detection, and treatment of cancer.

Royal Canadian Institute for the Advancement of Science
Toronto, Ontario
Email: royalcanadianinstitute@sympatico.ca


Hello Everyone:
I haven't seen many of you since the famous 1st Annual Janice Gunn Seminar that snowy blustery weekend last December.  Yikes!  Wasn't that a time??  Some wonderful memories, not all of them related to the weather.
The 2nd Annual Seminar is around the corner, so I wanted to let all of you know about our plans thus far.  The Seminar will once again be hosted by the Forbidden Plateau Obedience and Tracking Club, working side by side with Smiling Blue Skies.  We made a wonderful pair last time and are ready to do an encore!  The location of the seminar will be the same one as last time.  For those of you who did not attend, it was held at Nanoose Place.  The address is 2825 Northwest Bay Road, Nanoose Bay on Vancouver Island.  The dates are scheduled for April 4th and 5th 2009.  There will be 18 working spots available this year, and unlimited spectator spots.  The seminar will be geared toward competition obedience handlers and trainers of all levels.  This notice is a preliminary one, just to keep you in the loop.  An official notice with much more detail will be sent out some time in October.  For now, I have been receiving many requests for information, so I thought it was time to send out the bare essentials of information.
Working spots will be given out on a first come first serve basis, with priority being given to Forbidden Plateau Obedience and Tracking Club members and those who held working spots last year.  All I need for now is notice from you that you are interested.  I will keep track of those who notify me in the order those notices come in.  The list will be made accordingly.  I have not as yet figured out what the cost will be, so no money need be sent.  We will be attempting to keep the cost in line with last year's , allowing for increased costs in hall rental, etc., as best we can.  For those of you who did not attend, the cost last year was $ 150 for a working spot and $70 for a spectator spot.
The goal of the seminar will be the same as last year's . . . along with benefiting from Janice's incredible skills with training us to train our dogs, we will once again be donating all profits that come from this seminar to the Smiling Blue Skies Cancer Fund and to Breast Cancer.  Once again, the profits will be split between the two organizations equally.  We will have door prizes, gifts, and a silent auction table.  Anyone who would like to make a donation to the table, we truly welcome your support and generosity.  It was largely through the kindness of those who put items in the silent auction last year that we were able to raise over $3,000 in donations last year.  Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could top that amount this year??
IF you feel you are interested in attending the April seminar, please send me a quick email. judyatandrew@shaw.ca   I will put you on the list. Please do so prior to October 31st, 2008.  After that date, I will be opening the working spots that remain to anyone else who I receive notice from that would like a spot.  When you notify me, please tell me if you want a working spot or a spectator spot.  Also, if you request a working spot, please also let me know if you would like a spectator spot should all the working spots be taken.
I will now add a bit of information for those of you who have not attended last year's seminar, to give you an idea of where our goal came from, of donating profits to these two cancer research funds.
Some of you know me. Many do not. I am Judy Johnston and have been a member of the forbidden Plateau Obedience and Tracking Club for the last 5 years. January of 2007 I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. The surgery was on March 2nd and the chemotherapy treatment began in April and continued until June 2008. I have attended several Janice Gunn seminars in the past. One of my favorites was her Summer Camp in 2006. I was to attend the Summer Camp again in 2007,  in August. The chemo treatment prevented me from being able to attend. Janice had been incredibly supportive of me throughout my treatment. When she heard that I would not be able to attend Camp, and knew how disappointed I was with this turn of events, her response was . . ."If you can't come to me, I'll come to you! " Such a friend! Janice would like to see all profits from these seminars go to cancer research. We will be splitting any profits equally between Breast Cancer Research and Smiling Blue Skies. Cancer research is near and dear to Janice. One of her Goldens, Echo, successfully battled cancer in 2007, thanks largely to the help and guidance given through  Smiling Blue Skies.
For those of you unfamiliar with Smiling Blue Skies, please take a moment out and click on this link.
Please explore the entire website. If you click on the Events link on the left hand side, and scroll to the bottom of that page, you will find a slide show of last year's seminar. Smiling Blue Skies is a wonderful foundation, dedicated to research on this disease of cancer that has unfortunately touched so many of our furry friends lives. Smiling Blue Skies is also helping to build Canada's very first comprehensive cancer centre for companion animals, the Institute for Comparative Cancer Investigation.
There you have it . . . how this seminar and fund raiser came to be.
Thank you for your interest. Hope to see you in April.
Judy Johnston


army update

Love/Avon Army of Women is a charitable services fund of the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, 1 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.  Your support will enable them to recruit one million women to sign up on to the Love/Avon Army of Women and participate in simple but vital breast cancer research.  The Army of Women will expand breast cancer prevention research in new directions ~ moving us beyond a cure, to understanding what causes breast cancer and how to stop it one and for all.

To My Friends & Family,

As we near the beginning of a new year, I would like to share my wish for our future, and ask that you join me in helping to make it happen.  It is rare for me to send a mass emailing, but this is a message that I believe should reach as many people as possible, so please forgive my use of blind copies (and you have my permission and request to forward).

While many of you know of my impassioned fight against canine cancer, I never forget that cancer is also the second leading cause of death in humans.  Although it has been over thirty years since President Nixon declared "war on cancer," 1 in 4 of us will still die from cancer.  So as important as the advances since that time have been, there is still much more to do.  And that's where you come in -- and no, I am not asking for money.

One of the factors that frequently limits scientists' ability to study cancer is difficulty in recruiting people to participate.  To address this need, a wonderful collaboration between the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation and the Avon Foundation has embarked on a project called the Army of Women, with the goal of recruiting one million women to participate in cancer research.  The primary goal of this project is to move beyond searching for cures to focus on prevention.  While this project is aimed specifically at breast cancer, the information learned will undoubtedly move the whole field of cancer prevention forward. 

The Army of Women project asks women to sign up by providing some very basic information such as email, phone number, address, and age, but they do not ask for any specific participation commitments.  Once a person is signed up, they will receive periodic emails informing them of studies that are recruiting participants.  These studies may be as simple as questionnaires about dietary and exercise habits, or may include other kinds of medical history and lifestyle considerations.  Some studies may go further and request blood samples or other personal participation.  But there is NEVER any pressure to participate, so please don't be hesitant to sign up -- you will not be asked to do anything you don't want to do.  You will decide what you want to do or don't want to do, and can respond or not as you wish.

The Army of Women needs volunteers with all backgrounds -- those who have never had any cancer and those who have; those who have a family history and those who do not; those with no risk factors and those with known risk factors; all ages and all ethnic groups.  In a word, they need everyone.  If we want them to help us, we have to help them.  And although the men in our life cannot sign up, it is very likely that they will benefit from these research projects too because factors involved in cancer prevention can often be generalized.  (And that means that maybe our dogs will benefit too.)

So...thank you for letting me share my wish with you, and for considering this request.  If you would like to learn more, or to sign up, please go to 
http://www.armyofwomen.org/   I would also be happy to talk with anyone personally about this.

Rhonda Hovan

2008 Smiling Blue Skies Walks for Canine Cancer

Look around you. Take a good look. One out of three dogs, whether pure breed or mixed breed, will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives. One out of three people will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives. Most recently, in "MORE" magazine, which is devoted to stories profiling women over 40, contained a full page ad with one message in heavy bold script and it said, that one out of three women will be diagnosed with cancer.

Cancer touches us all. Look around you. We have all had a family member, a friend, a colleague, face cancer. Cancer doesn't bother to knock on the door. It barges right in.

It knocked on Heather and Doug Wilson's door early last year,when their beloved German Shepherd, Luke was diagnosed with cancer, and six weeks after the diagnosis, Luke died at home, surrounded by the family he loved so much and his teddy.

 Heather's heart break, after losing her soul dog, along with a special story I will share with you now, provided the impetus to Heather and Doug, to step up to the plate, and help to change the face of cancer, on behalf of each of us here today.

Two days after Luke's death, a robin showed up at Heather's living room window and started knocking on the glass. The bird stayed put even when Heather opened the window. After some time it left, only to return the following day. After repeated visits, Heather mentioned the "silly bird" to a friend who suggested it might be Luke telling her that he's okay. So the next day, Heather started talking to the bird and telling "Luke" how much she missed him. The robin returned for 12 straight days until Heather brought out Luke's teddy bear, to show that she had "got the message." After a few moments the robin flew away and did not return for some time. One evening a few weeks later, Heather was feeling particularly down and missing her "soul dog." The bird came back the following morning and lifted Heather's spirits. The robin has not returned since.

I would like to leave you with this piece, so poignantly written by Robert Fulgum, that first appeared in the "Kansas City Times" in 1986. I think that each of us can learn a valuable lesson from these simple words, that Smiling Blue Skies' Suzi used to read at the end of each of her workshops.


Most of what I really need to know about how to live, and what to do and how to to be, I learned in kindergarten.
Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate school mountain but there in the sandbox at nursery school.

These are things I learned: Share everything. Play fair. Don't hit people. Put things back where you found them. Clean up your own mess. Don't take things that aren't yours. Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody. Wash your hands before you eat. Flush. Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you. Live a balanced life. Learn some and and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some. Take a nap every afternoon.

When you go out into the world, watch for traffic, hold hands and stick together. Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the plastic cup. The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.

Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the plastic cup -- they all die. So do we.

And then remember the book about Dick and Jane and the first word you learned, the biggest word of all: LOOK.

Everything you need to know is in there somewhere. The golden rule and love and basic sanitation. Ecology and politics and sane living.

Think of what a better world it would be if we all -- the whole world -- had cookies and milk about 3 o'clock every afternoon and then lay down with our blankets for a nap.

Or if we had a basic policy in our nation and in other nations to always put things back where we found them and cleaned up our own messes.

And it is still true, no matter how old you are, when you go out into the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together.



Luke's Legacy 2008


Download the 2008 registration form ( click here )

45 Cranfield Road, Unit 5, East York
(416) 690-1077 • tania@caninewellness.com

Canine Wellness Games
July 20th 2008, 9:00 a.m.

We are pleased to announce that this year, our title sponsor is Sashas™, a product that reduces pain and
inflammation, and protects joints from breakdown associated with arthritis and other inflammatory cartilage conditions.

Canine Wellness Centre is hosting the 2008 Canine Wellness Games (formerly Canine Special Olympics) on July 20th, 2008,
at the Canine Wellness Centre in East York, Toronto. This year, we anticipate participation to exceed 250 dogs and owners, and our
goal this year is to ensure that all dog owners can share and enjoy the many abilities of their treasured pets, by providing owners and
their pets an interactive experience, learning about the many sports and organizations that support canines of all abilities.
Wellness begins with a healthy lifestyle including nutrition and exercise, so come and join in on the fun.

Canine Wellness will be relying on a group of volunteers, sponsors and vendors, who share a love of dogs and a healthy lifestyle.
As we have a “not for profit” mandate for this event, entrance is free; however, donations would be greatly appreciated and will be
donated to The Smiling Blue Skies Cancer Fund ®, part of the University of Guelph's Pet Trust, a charitable foundation
that provides research and treatment facilities for the many dogs who suffer from various forms of cancer.

A portion of the proceeds, will be will be allocated to the “Rehab for Rescues Fund” to provide rehabilitation for dogs in need.
If you are interested in sponsoring, volunteering or being a vendor, please contact tania@caninewellness.com

Events begin at: 9:00 a.m., rain or shine.

“Paws for All Abilities” will showcase your canines’ artistic abilities on our giant outdoor canvas.

Experience swimming with your pet, in our supervised pool.

Try your "paws" at agility, in our competition agility ring.

"Ask the Vet" will be available all day.

Have you ever wanted to see if your dog can join Canada's top therapy dog association?
This is your chance to participate in a "Therapy Dogs of Canada" mini-test to see what it is all about.

Learn about acupuncture from Secord Animal Hospital's Dr Rona Sherebrin.

Monica Segal, who is certified in animal health care from the University of Guelph, will be discussing how balanced nutrition and
supplementation can support the health and well being of your active or aging canine. There will be a question and answer period,
and her breed specific feeding booklets, and her book, "Optimal Nutrition," will be available for sale at this event.

Learn about "Sasha’s Blend" and the Importance of joint supplementation.

Take part in a Canine Wheelchair Race, sponsored by Eddies Wheels.  
If you are interested in participating in this televised event, please contact 

Learn about chiropractic care from Woodcock Veterinary Clinic's Dr. Leslie Woodcock.

Dog Guides of Canada will show you why they are so amazing!

 Watch a Police Dog K-9 Unit demonstration.

Don't miss our Auction & Raffle, and Silent Auction for items valued over $200.

We will have lots  of prizes and gifts for everyone!

Mark your calendars!

There are going to be 2 walks for canine cancer on
the island, on October 5th and October 26th, 2008.

The Smiling Blue Skies ® Cancer Fund is joining forces with Luke's Legacy (Broomacres German Shepherds),
for this very special event.

Times and locations coming soon!!

Luke, a German Shepherd, was not yet six years old when cancer stole him from Heather and her husband, Doug, and their family.
Last year, Heather held her first "Best Friends" Walk with 47 people and 50 dogs.
They raised $2,000!!

All proceeds from this joint venture will be earmarked for canine cancer research, through OVC's Pet Trust.

Smiling Blue Skies ® is very proud to support "Luke's Legacy."

Together, we are stronger.
Together, we can take an even bigger bite out of cancer.
Together, we are supporting precious pets and people!

Smiling Blue Skies has raised $200,000 for canine cancer treatment and research,
and the building of Canada's first cancer centre for companion animals.

. . . Stay tuned for more information . . .

Best Wishes,

Suzi & Heather

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Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Founder of The Smiling Blue Skies ® Cancer Fund
"The Smiling Blue Skies ® Cancer Resource Centre"
Recipient of the 2004/2007 GRCC Silmaril Kennel Trophy,
for the Human/Animal Bond


Total Raised for the Weekend $1582.74!






Barb, Judy, Joanne, Suzi, Janice, Kathy, and Lesley

Many thanks to Arlene and Nicole for capturing the joy of our very special weekend together.

Janice Gunn Seminar & Cancer Fund Raising Weekend

December 1 & 2, 2007 at Nanoose Place, 2825 Northwest Bay Road, Nanoose Bay.Eighteen working spots, as well as unlimited spectator spots are available. Times will be posted prior to the event.

Working spots will cost $ 150
Spectator spots will cost $ 70

West Coast Canine Life 
donated 100% of their sales from of their products over 
the seminar weekend to Smiling Blue Skies and Breast Cancer Research.

Some of you know me. Many do not. I am Judy Johnston & have been a member of the Forbidden Plateau Obedience & Tracking Club for the last 4 years. This January I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. The surgery was on March 2nd & the Chemotherapy treatment began in April & will continue until July 2008. I have attended several Janice Gunn seminars in the past. One of my favorites was her Summer Camp in 2006. I was to attend this year’s Summer Camp in August. The Chemotherapy treatment is preventing me from being able to attend. Janice has been incredibly supportive of me throughout my treatment. When she heard that I would not be able to attend Camp this summer, & knew how disappointed I was with this turn of events, her response was…. “If you can’t come to me, I’ll come to you!! “ Such a friend! Janice has proposed that I put out an invitation to all the Island Clubs for this event. Janice would like to see all profits from this seminar go to Cancer Research. We will be splitting any profits equally between Breast Cancer Research, & Smiling Blue Skies. Cancer research is near & dear to Janice. One of her Goldens, Echo, successfully battled cancer this past year. It seems unfortunate, but cancer is on the increase, both to the canine population as well as to our own. We all seem to know someone fighting the fight, be they human or animal.

We would like to propose the following to you. Please contact your club members. Tell them of this event. Ask that individuals notify you if they would like a working spot or a spectator spot no later than September 30th. If more than 18 people want a working spot, all interested participants will be entered in a draw. The 18 successful winners will be notified by the end of October. Please have interested participants indicate if they wish a spectator spot should they not be successful in winning a working spot.

Janice is going to make a donation of free training. This will be entered as either a raffle or silent auction. We are hoping that each club might care to make some type of donation as well. Various things could happen. Your club might decide to put together a basket to be offered in the raffle/silent auction. Your club might decide to make a financial donation. Individual members of your club, either those attending the seminar or those not able to, might choose to make their own personal donation. Any & all proceeds will be given equally to the Breast Cancer Foundation & Smiling Blue Skies.

Janice, Teresa Myrfield & I would love to see a large turnout for this event. It is so seldom that we are able to visit with other Island Club members. We hope to make this a social event as well as a training event. We also hope to have an enthusiastic turnout so we can help make a difference to this disease which seems to be touching all our lives. It is a wonderful opportunity to help those involved Fight the Good Fight by donating to Cancer Research.

Once participants have been notified they have a working spot, a questionnaire will be sent out to each participant to find out what it is they would like to work on during their time slot. Janice also plans on some small group exercises. These questionnaires will be going out early in November.

If the working spots end up in a draw situation, the winners will be notified by the end of October. Payment in full is required by November 15th. If you fail to mail in your payment by the deadline, the first person in line on the waiting list will be offered your spot. Spectator spots may submit payment at their convenience, but we would also appreciate your payment by November 15th,


Please help us make this event a success.

Questions can be directed to:

Judy Johnston 250-339-1155 judyatandrew@shaw.ca

Information on Smiling Blue Skies can be found at


Hope to see you there.

Judy Johnston


Stay tuned for news about more Smiling Blue Skies Events.



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