Have you ever wanted to sell everything you own and just "take off?" Travel the country's back roads, paddle down a meandering stream, experience breath-taking mountain views, walk among 100-year old trees, and just marvel at America's beauty? That is the dream that my partner, Betsy, and I decided to make a reality. This blog describes our adventure. The food we eat, people we meet, sights we see, and the enjoyment we find in traveling.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Spirit, the Next Orvis® Cover Model and Poster Child for Canine Cancer Research?


Our friend Kelly shot this stunning photo of Spirit last weekend.  We had a doggy play date on the beach and in between four dogs rolling each other in the sand and chasing through the water, Spirit tired just enough for Kelly to collect this winning shot.  Thanks Kelly!

Spirit with Leroy giving chase.

We always thought Spirit should be an Orvis or L.L. Bean dog but when Kelly emailed this picture to us there was no question it had to be submitted for the Orvis Cover Dog Photo Contest.  (Of course, Spirit will share her winning prizes - dog food, a bed, and gift card - with her beach playmates.) 

The contest is actually a fund raising campaign for canine cancer research.  A mighty and worthy cause.  And one that is of interest to us since our last dog, Otter, died of cancer at the young and still playful age of 8 ½. When Otter was diagnosed with transitional cell carcinoma she was at an advanced stage and we had just a few months with her before the heart-heavy decision to put her down had to be made.  For her sake, not ours.  We were not ready for the tears and constant crying that overwhelmed two ladies who lost a companion, friend, playmate and – especially to me – a soul mate.  

Most people don’t know that Spirit is named after Otter – her full name is “Otters’ Spirit.”  Betsy’s clever naming talent shined through on that one.  Betsy believes that Otter, from the Rainbow Bridge, had some kind of input into what puppy would come into our lives.

Otter (and Spirit) came from Blackrock Labradors kennel in Indiana.
A walk shortly before she died.

Now more about the canine cancer research . . . as of March 2013, over $910,000 has been raised by Orvis and its customers to help raise money for canine cancer research.  Orvis has partnered with the Morris Animal Foundation—a global leader in supporting scientific research that advances veterinary medicine— using the funding to develop early cancer-detection tests and safer and more effective chemotherapy protocols for dogs.  The Morris Animal Foundation has helped fund 150 canine cancer studies at 28 colleges and universities and is committed to funding the Canine Lifetime Health Project and the groundbreaking Golden Retriever Lifetime Study.   Click here for a link to the contest and donation page if you would like to contribute to this campaign to fight canine cancer research.  

Don’t worry Spirit, even if you don’t become the Orvis Cover Dog you will still grace the computer screen saver and we already know what a wonder dog you are.



9 comments:

  1. Spirit certainly has our vote - what a great picture that captures the.....well, spirit of a great dog! And, highlights a great program by Orvis. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Spirit is one photogenic dog, at least when you can get her to stand still. :c)

    Thanks for the info on Orvis, we lost our last dog to cancer, too. A real heartbreak.

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    1. Thanks. Yes, she has her photo moments. But usually she is covered in sand or has marsh grass hanging from her nose.

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  3. What a great organization--we too lost our little schnauzer, Jazz, to cancer at the very young age of seven. I too think Spirit should be the poster child!

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    1. Glad you agree. . . now we just have to convince Orvis.

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  4. What a beautiful photo of Spirit... and a wonderful organization.

    Missing you guys, and hoping our paths cross sooner rather than later!

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    1. Hope you all are enjoying Cedar Key. If you get the itch to move, come back this way.

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