Featured Pup – Rainey Britton
Posted by Erich Trapp on June 18, 2012
Here is our pup of the day for the 2 Million Dogs’ 2013 Cancer Can’t Keep a Good Dog Down calendar contest. Remember, you can enter your pup through July 27 and voting starts July 8th. To enter your dog or for more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org To learn more about the calendar, please follow this link.
(by Beth Britton) Rainy came into our lives when a breeder I’ve long admired said she had this little female who wound up with slightly crooked teeth and wouldn’t be shown, did we want her? Although we’ve always been a huge advocate for rescuing dogs, Rainy was the one who broke all our rules and we knew we had to add her to our family. She was our problem child as a puppy and quickly had us wrapped around her little paws but she grew into a sweet, wonderful girl and quite the Pyr About Town. She quickly finished her 2nd Level obedience class and got her CGC and therapy dog certification when she was just a year old. We spent most weekends visiting the nursing home, at the dog park, or walking around town. Rainy was sure that everyone was there to see her and was quick to greet with a wagging tail and her head thrust into their laps for petting. Rainy and her “sister” Mosey joined us for the first Puppy Up! Walk in Connecticut in March 2010, as well as Luke’s final mile in Boston in June 2010.
Rainy was diagnosed with inoperable nasal cancer shortly before her 4th birthday in October 2011. What started out as some nasal discharge and rattly breathing turned into something we’d never expected or imagined. When we decided not to pursue radiation therapy, the only option given to us that might’ve prolonged her life for up to 1 year but she would’ve had to live in a kennel at the hospital for a month, the doctors told us we’d have one to three months left with our girl. But Rainy proved them wrong and we had five wonderful months with her. We celebrated her 4th birthday in style – she walked with us in the 2011 Puppy Up! Walk in Jersey City, and she represented 2 Million Dogs at the Super Pet Expo in Edison, NJ. She fought a valiant battle against cancer but when she was uncomfortable more often than not, we had to let her go in March 2012. She is and will always be our “baby girl” and we miss her terribly but will continue the fight against this horrible disease in her honor and memory.