And Now, We Taper
April 23, 2017
BENEFITING: Humane Animal Rescue
ORGANIZER: Humane Animal Rescue
EVENT: Pittsburgh Marathon 2017
EVENT DATE: May 07, 2017
Hi there, my name is Fox, and I'm running the Pittsburgh Half Marathon with Paws Over Pittsburgh to support the Western PA Humane Society & Animal Rescue League! Here's a little bit about why this cause is so near & dear to my heart.
I've been a dog lover all my life (I was born on the Feast of St. Francis in the Year of the Dog... it was meant to be). Growing up, we almost always had a dog in our house, usually (adorable, chubby) lab mixes.
In 2007, I read an article about the Vicktory Dogs, who were rescued from a dogfighting ring run by then-quarterback Michael Vick. I didn't have any experience with or knowledge of pitbulls at that time, but I followed the stories of these pups from their rescue and rehabilitation to their journeys to their forever homes, and before I knew it, I realized I had a new love.
In 2010, my life changed forever when my husband and I brought home a sweet little pitbull-mix named Lucy Red. It was love at first sight, and we both knew she was the missing piece for our family.
We loved our little Lucy as hard as we could, and she loved us back so much. We took her on vacations, brought her to the awesome Bully Breed classes at the Humane Society, and spoiled her rotten. But sadly, in May of 2016, our little baby got sick. We lost her on June 13, and I thought I would never, ever recover.
I decided about a month after Lucy's passing that I needed dogs back in my life, but I wasn't sure if I could bring one home just yet. I decided to apply to volunteer as a dog walker at the Humane Society.
I have seen the bumper stickers that say, 'who rescued whom?' and I always thought they were cute, but I never took them much to heart until I started volunteering at the shelter. The first dog I spent time with was a Great Dane puppy named Steve Rodgers. He was enormous already at only a few months of age, but i sat down in his pen, and he just crawled into my lap. He was wearing a 'cone of shame' and he had ZERO awareness of where that cone went. But even as he was bonking me in the face with it and stomping all over me with his giant puppy paws, I knew this was where I was supposed to be. There is nothing more fulfilling than sitting with our pups, taking them on their walks, snuggling on the couch, and showing them what it's like to be a Real Dog who is very loved. I am grateful every day for my decision to start volunteering at the shelter.
I am a certified gym rat and a casual runner, but I decided to dedicate myself to training for the half marathon to run for these dogs. They give so much to us volunteers without even realizing it, and I want to give back to them by fundraising for them. I am SO excited to run past the shelter on the race course and see the pups I have walked that week!
Also, since you may be wondering, we have a new pitbull in our lives. About ten days into my gig as a dog walking volunteer, I brought home Miss Layla Grace, a tiny black pocket pittie who is currently training to be a therapy dog. In fact, she'll be out in her Therapy Dog In Training vest at the finish line of the race!
Please, if you can donate to my fundraiser, consider throwing a few dollars in for the dogs. Your donations will help support food, treats, soft blankets, medical treatments, spay & neuter, and training. They will appreciate it SO much! Thanks for stopping by and reading my story!!