Today is our last Give Cancer the Paw blog hop. My co-host Peggy of the Writer's Dog and I invite you to join in and pay tribute to a special pet you've known and loved who has/had cancer. You can write a tribute post, share an old post about a beloved pet, or even just share a photo. Today I'm posting about our beautiful angels.
If you've been around the blog for a while, you know we lost both our beautiful girls, Bailey and Abby to cancer. Bailey had hemangiosarcoma, and Abby had osteosarcoma.
They both had such a big impact in our lives that I took their real lives/personalities and fictionalized them for my second novel, Rescue Me, Maybe.
While the book touches on how much we loved Bailey (but told via the main character Jane's remembrances of her beloved beagle, Barnum), the true hero of the story is Abby ("Maybe" in the book). She taught us so much about dealing with adversity!
Abby was my heart dog, and she would have turned 5 this month. We'll never forget her. Here's a small selection of some of my fave pics of her, that tell a little something more about her.
She was definitely a warrior princess if ever there was one.
She loved to go to the beach. (And pick up sticks!)
She loved to try new things...
... even weird things, like persimmons.
She loved to pounce on bugs...
....and kill her stuffies!
She loved to hug her daddy.
But she wasn't crazy about dressing up...
She knew how to sparkle!
It's in her honor that I donate part of the proceeds of the sale of Rescue Me, Maybe to Morris Animal Foundation to support their canine cancer research efforts. Although the book deals with loss and cancer, it still has a lot of humor in it and is, ultimately, happy and hopeful. Here's hoping that someday researchers will find a cure for this horrible disease!
Hope you'll join us in the hop. The linky will be open for a few days. Thanks to all of you who supported Give Cancer the Paw with a comment or a post of your own!
BTW, if you missed it the first time around, here's my first GCtP post, which lists things we do to try to help Rita avoid getting cancer. Hopefully she'll be our first dog to avoid The Big (and Evil) C.
I'm also joining the BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday hop, since this is mostly a pictorial tribute to our beautiful Abby. (Sorry - I know... I was wordy AGAIN.) Thanks to BlogPaws for hosting!