Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Inspiring Dog story and video

***** WARNING You may need a kleenex *****

As you know, we love agility. We meet a lot of wonderful people and see many, many runs between dog and handler. We often hear of heart-filled stories of triumph over adversity and happy endings for all.

This post is about one agility handler's battle with her health, her Chinese-crested, and her last wish.....

Taken from a newsgroup we are on last Friday:

To all of my fellow agility competitors and friends,

Last Tuesday I was admitted to hospital, for eight years I have fought breast cancer. I have been diagnosed now with AML Leukemia and have been given approximately three weeks to spend on this wonderful earth. I have chosen not to do any more chemo as I believe I have received and given all this life has to give and take.

With the help of my dear friends in Dallas we were able to talk the Dr's into spring me out of hospital today. Tomorrow at the Dallas Agility Working Group's trial I will run my darling Chinese Crested Diva for the last time - it wont be pretty, no one will be able to guess who's handling style I will use and I don't even know myself - just staying on my feet will be an achievement and to run with my very best friend and to be among friends will be enough to give me the energy I need to get through the day.

I am thrilled I will also get to watch the veterans parade and to pay tribute one last time to all the great dogs that have helped form this sport that I so love.

If you want to do anything for me pray that Diva and I can achieve a super Q, it is all we need to become ADCH together, but even if we don't get it - I know I am blessed to share what time I have with my dogs and my friends.........

Many thanks for all your love and support over the years, I am indeed one of the lucky ones that get to say thanks in 'person' before my time.

Remember this weekend to enjoy your friends, dogs and should success come, enjoy and embrace it, if it doesn't never forgot the love of this game and the friendships we have forged. Thanks to everyone who helped me with my journey I sure do appreciate you all.

This woman got her wish for her dog to get her ADCH (Agility Dog Champion in USDAA). Here is a video that her friends made of the title run.

It's an inspiring story of the bond between a dog and their person. I thought everyone should be touched by this story.


Gus said...

dear friends. Thank you for sharing that story and video. It was so inspiring to watch that lady and her dog, so clearly in tune with one another and each of them supporting and encouraging the other. While she seems to have accepted her diagnosis, this is clearly going to be a challenge for her dog. Please let us know if we can help, if only with prayers

(us dogs are very close to the big fellow up there, and he listens to us, I know.)

Maggie & Mitch said...

OMG, what a fantastic video! We are so happy for this woman and Diva for achieving their super Q! You were right - mom needed a tissue!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Lacy said...

woofies and burfs, needed tissues here too...pawsome video...

b safe,
bear and
angel lacylulu ;)

Anonymous said...

Mom cried after she read this and watched the video. We are so happy she got her wish!


Blue said...

That certainly had me reaching for the tissues...
What a brave lady.
I'm so happy for her that she got her wish to run with her dog, who will miss her terribly.

Pats & pets

Amber-Mae said...

My mommy & I cried too. Such a wonderful & inspiring video but yet, sad becoz that lady has only got a few weeks left before she goes to heaven. I don't know how her dog, Diva is gonna take it when she's gone...But congratulations to them both becoz her dog did become a champion!

Love licks,
Solid Gold Dancer

BenTheRotti said...

Thank you so much for shring this story and this video with us. Mum says it's moments like this that make her realise how small her problems are and how lucky she is to have her health. Mum was in tears just reading the story and was a blubbering wreck after watching the video. What a courageous and inspiring lady, we are so happy her dreams and wishes were achieved. Our thoughts and prayers to her family and friends and of course to her beloved Diva.

Ben xxx

The Thuglets said...

What an inspiring lady. So brave and full of courage.

We are so pleased she achieved her dream.

Big Nose Pokes
The Thuglets +2

Hero said...

That was such a wonderful and inspiring video. Thanks for sharing with all of us and thank you for visiting my blog. It's always great meeting fellow rescues!

much love,

Dewey Dewster said...

Gee Col. Sam...ya sure know how to make a body cry...that was the most touching story we have had the pleasure of hearing for a long time. God bless both Lis and Diva...our thoughts and prayers are with them both...thanks for sharing such a memorable moment with us.....

Dewey Dewster here....

Jackson said...

Hey pals, that was very moving. What a brave woman! J x

Noah the Airedale said...

Thanks for sharing that story with us. It's both sad and inspiring at the same time.

Hugs and tail wags
Noah Willow Tess & Lucy

Eric said...

What a humbling story,we won't forget that in a long time.Thanks very much for sharing, what a truly courageous lady.We are so glad she got her wish.

Wiry wags, Eric

Agatha and Archie said...

Oh boy PL2 missed this post and is now leaking quite badly!!!what a brave woman..Love A+A