“If you know me, you know that I have a passion for Golden Retrievers. They are such beautiful loving creatures with a joy for life and hearts of gold. Unfortunately these amazing dogs are so very prone to developing cancer.
My first Golden Retriever, Kroosh, died at 8 years of age of Lymphoma in 1998. He was my best friend growing up and introduced me to dog shows and obedience trials. He truly had a heart of gold and was loved by all who knew him. Following the heartbreak of losing Kroosh, Jinx came into my life. He too was a beautiful, loving big red boy. He taught me so much during his life, yet cancer took him from me all too soon. Jinx died at 9 years of age of Hemangiosarcoma (tumour of the spleen). Hemangiosarcoma is the silent killer, by the time the dog shows symptoms… it can be too late. OVC Pet Trust is working on a simple blood test for early detection so that treatment may begin before it has spread.
Sadly, I lost my beloved Cedar (May 2017) and Puzzle (last October). They were my everything and not a day goes by that I don’t think of them. I was lucky to not lose Puzzle to cancer, but it still hurts nonetheless and I add a dog to my “list” – and that list of my own and friends that have lost dogs keeps growing.
One hundred per cent of the money raised through our walk goes to OVC Pet Trust’s quest to find more and better ways to deal with cancer.
Scrabble (age 10), Rip (almost 2), Jumble (5 months) and I will be walking on Sunday, May 7 in the Smiling Blue Skies Calgary Walk for Cancer for those that have lost their battle and for those who should never have to battle cancer.
In the last several years many of my friends lost their beloved Goldens to Cancer. This year I will be walking not only for Kroosh, Jinx, Cedar & Puzzle but also for all my friends that have lost their beloved friends to cancer as well.”