Fighting cancer with a canine by your side

I usually write blogs after Milo and I go on an adventure, but this one is a little different. This entry is about an adventure weâ??re going to have.

This Saturday, Milo and I will be participating in the Bark of Boone County event in Columbia. Itâ??s a walk to raise money and awareness for the fight against cancer. Unlike a lot of these kinds of walks, at this one, canines are not only invited, but theyâ??re encouraged to come!

â??This is an event that is just for them, so they can help their human caregivers raise money to fight a disease that affects them both,â?? said Lori Hauxwell, one of the event organizers.

Hauxwell stressed the importance of having pets by your side when life throws you a curveball.

â??They help us through the hard times is our life. Fighting cancer is very hard. Dogs are important to the fight against cancer because they are important to us. Dogs and cats are great caregivers. They don't care what the problem is. They love us anyway,â?? Hauxwell explained.

Even though the event is centered around dogs and the fight against cancer, you donâ??t have to have a pooch to participate. Thanks to a â??Rent-A-Pupâ?? program, youâ??ll be able to have a canine keep you company.

â??We have partnered with Dogs Deserve Better, Project Precious Paws, Bright Beginnings and CMHS to have adoptable dogs available to 'rent' for the afternoon,â?? Hauxwell said.

The event kicks off at 11 a.m. with a message from a cancer survivor followed by a walk around Stephens Lake. The fun doesnâ??t end with the lap around the lake. The walk is followed by music, food, demonstrations from local canine trainers, an agility course for your pooch to try out, and a silent auction including items for people and pets alike.

The money raised from the auction and the event itself goes toward Relay for Life of Boone County.

â??The money goes to the American Cancer Society to provide funding for local cancer fighting research as well as local patient services,â?? Hauxwell said.

Thereâ??s still time to register. You have until Friday at noon to get the discounted rate of $15 if you are bringing one dog or $20 for two dogs. On the day of, the price goes up to $25. While the event starts at 11 a.m. Saturday, organizers will be there an hour early to register last-minute walkers.

(Click here to register online)

For even more information check out the Bark of Boone Countyâ??s website and Facebook page. You can also contact Lori Hauxwell at if you would like to volunteer or donate items for the silent auction.

Milo and I will be there and we hope to see and meet a lot of you there, too!

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