As I was putting photos together of Luke for this post to promote Morris Animal Foundation’s Unite to Fight Pet Cancer campaign, I flashed back to a time my sister and I had taken Luke and our late golden retriever Sheba for a walk in 2014 in support of that same campaign. That year they had a virtual fundraising walk that we joined in on.
I didn’t realize until looking back for my posts on that subject, that it was exactly three years ago to this date when we went on that walk! We walked in memory of our other pets we lost to cancer. Ironically, Sheba would get her own cancer diagnosis about 8 months later. The photos from that day weren’t too great, but in the photo below you can see Sheba wearing her orange #UnitetoFight bandana. It was bittersweet to look back on that day and remember our lovely walk, and swim afterwards! Sheba was healthy and Luke hadn’t developed all his fears by then; it was a very happy and easier time.
I enjoyed meeting with Morris Animal Foundation‘s representatives at the BlogPaws conference last month. (I’ve been a supporter of their organization ever since our vet at the time made a donation to them after we lost our dog Shelby to lymphoma.) They were thoughtful to give me a purple bandana after I told them the story of Sheba surviving cancer for two years. Even though cancer ultimately took her from us, it makes me feel good that Luke can now wear that bandana in honor and memory of his sister.
MAF does much research not only into golden retrievers (they have a lifetime study) and dog cancer, but cats and horses as well. Now through June 30th any donations made to their campaign will be matched by the Blue Buffalo Foundation. You can find the link to donate by clicking here, if you are so inclined. We made a donation ourselves, and I am only sharing about this organization because I believe in what they do, this is in no way sponsored by them. You can learn more about the scientific research they are conducting and breakthroughs they have made by visiting their website.