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Please join Yogi at the 2005 FOAP Walkathon - June 4th 2005

June 2nd, 2005, 01:13 PM
Please join Yogi at the 2005 FOAP Walkathon - June 4th 2005 (
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YogiSitting on the sidelines at FOAP's 2004 walkathon was a thin young Rottweiler by the name of Yogi. He ached to join the other dogs and their owners, but a serious problem with one knee prevented him from participating. His contribution for the day had to be limited to acting as the patient during a demonstration of doggie acupuncture.

Yogi had come into FOAP's care a few weeks earlier, seriously underweight, with partial facial paralysis and desperately needing knee surgery. By the date of the walkathon, he was in a foster home, building up his strength and weight prior to surgery.

Fast forward to 2005. Yogi is now strong and healthy. His surgery went very well, and he can now run and play as much as he wants. Best of all, he has been adopted into a loving, permanent home. Yogi is an FOAP success story, no doubt about it, and he will be a welcome active participant at this year's walkathon.

Thanks to Friends of Abandoned Pets, Yogi was given a second chance. But there are many other dogs and cats still waiting for the kind of help he was given. On Saturday, June 4, 2005, please come out and join Yogi and his canine and human friends at FOAP's 2005 Pup 'n' Mutt Walkathon. They will be walking to help abandoned cats and dogs around the National Capital area. Participants are welcome to attend with or without a doggie companion.

Pledge forms can be found at pet food stores and veterinarians around Ottawa, or you may download a form from this website.

Details of the walkathon are as follows.

Date: Saturday, June 4, 2005
Time: Registration starts at 8:00 AM at Building 72 Walk begins at 9:00 AM
Location: The Arboretum, Central Experimental Farm

June 2nd, 2005, 01:15 PM
Before I was a Dog Mom: I made and ate hot meals unmolested.
I had unstained, unfurred clothes.
I had quiet conversations on the phone, even if the doorbell rang.

Before I was a Dog Mom: I slept as late as I wanted
And never worried about how late I got to bed
or if I could get into my bed.

Before I was a Dog Mom: I cleaned my house every day.
I never tripped over toys, stuffies, chewies
Or invited the neighbor's dog over to play.

Before I was a Dog Mom: I didn't worry if my plants, cleansers, plastic bags, toilet paper, soap or deodorant
were poisonous or dangerous.

Before I was a Dog Mom: I had never been peed on
Pooped on Drooled on Chewed on
Or pinched by puppy teeth.

Before I was a Dog Mom: I had complete control of
My thoughts, My body and mind . I slept all night without sharing
the covers or pillow.

Before I was a Dog Mom: I never looked into big, soulful eyes and cried.
I never felt my heart break into a million pieces when I couldn't stop a hurt.
I never knew something so furry and four-legged
could affect my heart so deeply.

Before I was a Dog Mom: I had never held a sleeping puppy
just because I couldn't put it down.
I had never gotten up in the middle of the night
every 10 minutes to make sure all was well.
I didn't know how warm it feels inside to feed a hungry puppy.
I didn't know that something so small could make me feel so important.

Before I was a Dog Mom: I had never known the warmth,
the joy, the love, the heartache, the wonderment
or the satisfaction of being

doggy lover
June 2nd, 2005, 01:44 PM
How true it is. Good luck on the walk a thon.

June 6th, 2005, 02:57 PM
Diego and I had a blast! It was a gorgeous day, and Diego had his first swim in the Canal, he didn't even want to come to shore. :eek: