We just got home from today’s walk. It wasn’t a huge turn out, but this foundation has only been in existence since the inaugural walk of 2008, when man and dog walked from Austin to Boston to raise awareness for canine cancer. I think in a few years, it will gain momentum and attendance, because there was serious dedication from the folks that were there.
We arrived and checked in, got our t-shirts and a special light blue cancer survivor bandana for Rio and dark blue bandanas for the two Monkeybutts. We didn’t wear them, instead we opted for the pink Puppy Up bandanas that I had purchased a while back. Rio wore her Tripawds bandana, but then switched to her cape and tiara before the walk started. (A star always needs a wardrobe change!) And the humans wore our Tripawds Have a Ball! Team Tripawd shirts!
We got a chance to meet fellow Tripawd Kess and her Disc Dog posse, and they wowed us with their Frisbee tricks. Those dogs seriously catch some air!!!!! I expected to be impressed with her athleticism and speed, but I was bowled over. I KNEW she was a Tripawd, and yet I could easily forget that fact as I watched her move and leap. I have to say, I was so inspired by her that it brought tears to my eyes.
We played a little in the off-leash area with our friends Rayna and Yoshi, and then it was time to start the walk. We found out when we registered that our C0-Canine Marshall, Jetson’s mom was hospitalized for a really bad case of strep the night before the walk, so they weren’t able to attend. It was just Rio and her human cancer survivor counterpart, Shani. When we were swapping stories, it was ironic how nearly identical their paths were, except for the type of cancer. The walk coordinator introduced Shani and Rio, and then I shared Rio’s story. I did pretty good, only getting a little caught up in it towards the end, and I must have struck a chord with the crowd because I could see quite a few people dabbing at tears as I wrapped up. Then Shani told her story and cut the ribbon (yellow caution tape — I found that kinda funny), and we were off.
The trail ran through the park, following the curves of the White River. The air was crisp and the leaves were falling…. All in all, I doubt Mother Nature could have dialed up a better day. As we walked, several people caught up with us and we got to hear their dogs’ (past and present) cancer stories. We talked up Tripawds — our sign and banner got lots of conversations started.
And now we are home, with full bellies and I hear a lot of snoring… The girls had a very busy day. It’s not easy being so adored by so many… Here are a few more photos from today: