THIRD ANNUAL SMILING BLUE SKIES WALK FOR CANINE CANCER
ALL PROCEEDS TO UNIVERSITY OF GUELPH OVC PET TRUST
FOR THE TREATMENT AND RESEARCH OF CANINE CANCER
. . . THE ONLY FUND OF ITS KIND IN CANADA . . .
SUNDAY, JUNE 12, 2005; 10:00 A.M.
BRONTE CREEK PROVINCIAL PARK
1219 BURLOAK DRIVE, OAKVILLE
REGISTRATION AND PLEDGE FORMS ARE AVAILABLE ON THE WEBSITE
GAMES AND EVENTS AND AMAZING PRIZES FOR DOGS
CHECK OUT THE WEBSITE FOR GIFT AND PRIZE SAMPLES
FIRST 250 PEOPLE WILL RECEIVE A GIFT BAG
THERE WILL BE A SILENT AUCTION
QUESTIONS?? CALL MICHELLE AT 905-515-0812
OR WRITE SUZI AT suzib@smilingbluekies,com
Martin Buber wrote, “If we could hang all of our sorrows on pegs, and
were allowed to choose those we liked best, every one of us would take
back their own, for all the rest would seem even more difficult to
Cancer . . . the cruelest joke of all. Each of us has been touched by
cancer, in one way or another. We can try to run and hide, but
inevitably, its evil grin will cross the threshold of our homes. As
many of you already know, it crossed ours in the summer of 2000, and
our lives will never be the same. On March 27, 2001, our beautiful
Blues lost his battle with lymphoma. He was the sun and moon and stars
to us. He was our Smiling Blue Skies. He was everyone’s Blues Man.
In Blues’ memory, a special cancer fund was set up through the
University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College Pet Trust Fund.
Pet Trust was established in 1986, to advance the health, health care,
and quality of life, of companion animals Pet Trust is overseen by an
independent Board of Trustees, and is administered by the Dean of the
Ontario Veterinary College. To date, the Pet Trust Fund has been used
for many special projects, including, investigations into common health
problems, the development of new diagnostic therapeutic, and surgical
techniques, studies involving the human-animal bond and animal
behaviour, educating veterinary specialists, by providing scholarships
for graduate students, focusing on companion animal medicine, and
supporting special projects, that enhance the quality of care in the
Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
Since the inception of Pet Trust: In Memory of Blues (The Smiling Blue
Skies Cancer Fund), we have raised over ,000 to help OVC in the
treatment and research of canine cancer. There is not another fund of
its kind in Canada!
Cancer is the most frequent cause of death in dogs. This is a truly
frightening thought. In an independent survey conducted by the Golden
Retriever Club of America, it was determined that over sixty per cent
of Goldens die from cancer . . . 1 out of 8 will be diagnosed with
lymphoma, while 1 out of 5, will be diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma. As
one breeder pointed out, if you have Golden Retrievers, you have had,
have now, or will have a Golden with cancer. It is a burden we all
share. In loving our dogs, whether pure breeds or mixed breeds, we
want the very best for them, in health, and in sickness, and
statistically, 1 out of every 3 dogs, will be diagnosed with cancer, at
some point in their lives . . . just like our own human statistic.
Please help us to help our dogs, and change the punch line of the cruel
joke we call Cancer. It has been four years, since we lost our Blues
Man. His indomitable spirit lives on, stronger than ever, and even
though we feel his loss every day, our work to raise funds for this
very important cause, gives us hope for the future. Together, we can
make a difference, and deal a striking blow against cancer.
The Smiling Blue Skies Cancer Fund is in loving memory of our beautiful
Blues Man, who taught us the true meaning of being a show dog. He
showed us how to live, love, laugh, and learn.
On June 12th, 2005, we will be holding The Third Annual Smiling Blue
Skies Walk for Canine Cancer, at Bronte Creek Provincial Park, in
beautiful Oakville, Ontario. For the first time, the walk will be held
where Blues lived and loved. We would love to see you out there,
because only by working together, can we truly make difference!
For further details, please visit
The Smiling Blue Skies Cancer
Information Centre and Pet Trust Fund,
Together, we can make a difference,
one paw print at a time.
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Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
"The Smiling Blue Skies Cancer Resource Centre"
Recipient of the Golden Retriever Club of Canada
Silmaril Kennel Trophy for the Human/Animal Bond