19 Mar 2012

1 year AFTER – 153 days to go

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1 year AFTER

Rest day, driving back from Whistler.

It was last March 18 that I ran my first marathon. It was then that we raised more than $5000 to rescue dogs from the shelters. And here it is, run bubbles run is back for 2012 with another challenge for an amazing cause.

This year I wanted to find a charity that helps people and animals at the same time. That’s when I started researching search and rescue (SAR) dogs. Most of the organizations are government-funded with no established process for private contributions. Then I found the National Search Dog Foundation. Basically, they go to shelters to look for search dog candidates and then if they fit the criteria, they rescue them and train them to become SAR dogs. They say: “we are recruiting rescued dogs and partnering them with firefighters and other first responders to find people buried alive in the wreckage of disasters. And we ensure lifetime care for every dog in our program: once rescued, these dogs never need to be rescued again.”

They rely entirely on support from individuals and foundations. I thought this is it. This way, we can help them help us when disaster strikes. So that no one is left behind. We have been hit by disasters in 2011, starting with Japan’s earthquake and all the tornadoes in the US. No technology is able to protect us against natural disasters. No technology can match a dog’s speed and accuracy in finding people trapped alive under the wreckage of a disaster, and nothing else can connect animals and humans to each other once you have been sniffed out by a wet nose and saved by a wagging tail. For more info, have a look at their website; National Search Dog Foundation

I am running the FAT DOG 100 (yes, I really like the name) in August, it’s going to be my first ultra-marathon (50km) on trails of beautiful British Columbia. I am hoping to have my heart and lungs twice as big and it would be nice if I can get my bum twice as small in the process. We have 153 days to go. Please, let’s repeat what we achieved last year. I will be running, taking photos along the way and share the experience here. I am aiming for $10000 because that amount is to recruit, to care for and to train each new dog, partner it with a firefighter-handler, provide ongoing training to the team and Lifetime Care for the dog.

Happy Monday,
Lots of love to you all. xo

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