Andrew, Harley, and I are embarking on our very first 5K!
In all honesty, it will probably end up being a jog-interspersed-with-heavy-footed-brisk-walking and lots of heavy mouth breathing on my part. Harley, I think, will be just fine besides having to endure the skeleton costume I got her.
A few months ago, I saw an urgent plea on Instagram from a San Diego-based dog rescue group called California Labs and More Rescue (LAM, for short) seeking a foster home for a recovering parvo pup named Ozzy. Ozzy had been dumped at a shelter by his previous owner after getting sick. He was quickly admitted to emergency care where they found he was dying from parvo. After a couple of weeks of non-stop care, he managed to pull through and needed to be placed in a foster home to fully recuperate. No one from LAM's extensive foster network wanted to step up to foster him because fostering a puppy that's still shedding parvovirus means the home is contaminated for up to a year afterward.
It's been three years since Harley and her siblings - including our Maddux (RIP) - had their battle with parvo. We knew this was our opportunity to give back. And so began our adventures with LAM - since June 2019, we've fostered five dogs and puppies. I really feel like fostering dogs is our niche. It helps to socialize Harley and she seems to have embraced her role as a big sister to the dogs we bring into our home. We don't always know our foster dogs' stories, but their past isn't what matters. Our role is set them up so that they can put their best paw forward for their future forever home. I cry every time we say goodbye - and it doesn't matter if the pup has only been with us for a week or a month. But we know that as painful as our goodbye is, their happily ever after is what makes it worthwhile.
My birthday is right around the corner from the event (aiiiiii!) - so instead of gifts or cards or care packages or anything else this year, I'm hoping that you'll help me to contribute towards LAM. I've set an ambitious goal of raising $500 towards LAM - I don't even know if I can make it, but then I don't even know if I can run a 5K, yet here we are! But every little bit helps, so I really, REALLY appreciate anything you can contribute!
I look at Harley and I know I would do unspeakable things to anyone who would seek to harm her...So it's unfathomable to me that any dog should be subjected to neglect and cruelty.
That's why I'm running (maybe walking, but I'll try to run the whole thing, I promise). For Ozzy. For Mystic (now Mav). For Lilac (now Uma). For Emmett (now Tofu). For Oxford (now Duke). And for alllll the dogs.
- Brandy (along with Andrew and Harley)
About California Labs and More Rescue Foundation (LAM)
Since they started in 2011, LAM has saved more than 9,000 dogs and puppies. Most of the pups they rescue were abandoned and left to fend for themselves on the street or pulled from high kill shelters - often "Code Red," meaning they're on their last day of life due to a shortage of space at the shelter or because they can't or don't have the resources to care for a dog's existing medical issue, or surrendered by their owners. LAM is completely volunteer-run, powered entirely by a community of dedicated, compassionate fosters and volunteers that provide safe harbor and love to pups in need. LAM's adoption fees often don't cover the full medical costs for the dogs we save, which is why fundraising events like the Howl-O-Ween Mutt-Run 1K/5K Run/Walk & Beer Garden are so critical in raising support and crucial funds so that LAM can save more dogs and puppies.