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Sermons in Stone

Posted by Erich Trapp on June 19, 2011

by Luke Robinson

Republished from the 2 Dogs 2000 Miles blog

And this our life, exempt from public haunt,
Finds tongues in trees, books in running brooks,
Sermons in stones, and good in everything.

I love this passage from Will Shakespeare’s As You Like It and for this Father’s Day, I couldn’t find one more appropriate. It speaks to the fascination and beauty found in the simple wonderment of nature. It’s reminiscent of my father who first taught me that and as a dad myself, it’s a lesson my own boys, Hudson and Murphy, always keep me mindful of.

Life is a messy thing but there’s no finer, more effective therapy for it than a good piece of wood in your hand, the path beneath your feet, and your sons at your side.

This Father’s Day for me is a bittersweet celebration. It was one year ago today we walked the final mile into Boston but it’s also Murphy’s last day. Tomorrow he will be given eternal rest.

A few weeks back Murphy’s left eye ruptured and I made the decision to have it surgically removed rather than euthanizing him then. He was still willful, eating healthfully, and in true Murphy tradition, full of piss and vinegar.

It was a controversial decision and one which tore me up internally. I suspected the rupture probably meant the tumor had breached the orbit, a suspicion that was confirmed by the vet during surgery. At most I hoped for a couple of months together and if we were lucky, a few more than that.

Since the surgery, we have seen a deterioration of mobility in his right hind leg which can only mean motor cortex involvement – that the cancer has finally spread to his brain. And though he has had some really good days this week in Eureka Springs and yesterday at 3 Dog Bakery, I know what comes next and that I cannot allow to happen to my boy.

I have no doubt now the decision I made to extricate his eye was medically unsound but it was not an inhumane one. I don’t write this because I feel a need to justify it to anyone. I absolutely don’t give a goddamn what people think about the choices I have made on behalf of Murphy.

I am writing about it because to me this is what being a father means. It means having to make extremely hard decisions often in the absence of any certainty and always in the face of adversity.

A father’s love is the grit and iron will that cannot be ground down even at the end. It’s looking into the eyes of your dying son and finally admitting, “I can’t save you.”

To all of the fathers who have had to say that and to the ones who thankfully haven’t – this is our day.

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White Whiskers Photography Captures Boston’s Puppy Up! Walk

Posted by Erich Trapp on November 18, 2010

If a picture is worth a thousand words (putting many of us who write out of business), this is one for the books — a beautiful gallery of photos from Boston’s Inaugural 2 Million Dogs Puppy Up! Walk on November 7th. Please visit Maria Andrews’ White Whiskers Photography and enjoy all the beautiful photos from that day. I recommend the slide show — go to the right top of the screen and click “slide show.” You won’t be disappointed!

Special thanks to Tracey Goodwin who was Boston’s Chief Puppy Up! Walk Organizer, and Maria Andrews for sharing her beautiful photographs.

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Featured Walk — Puppy Up! in Boston

Posted by Erich Trapp on November 2, 2010

Luke, Tracey and The Boys at the Puppy Up! Gala in Boston, 2010

Special thanks to Guest Blogger Tracey Goodwin

I first heard of Luke and the Boys’ journey shortly after they started their walk from Austin to Boston, and began following the blog to watch their progress. I was particularly interested in being part of the “welcoming committee” when they arrived here in Boston and was happy to volunteer at the Puppy Up Festival and the Gala event held here in June.

I could not have imagined the overwhelming sense of community and the strong emotions that would fill me at the festivities when Luke, Hudson and Murphy arrived in Boston. It was an experience that I will not soon forget. The “trail magic” was there in full force as people who have never met before embraced this Pack and came together for a common cause – to find a cure. Listening to Luke tell stories of where they had been and where they are going was very inspirational, and we want to be a part of fulfilling his promise to Malcolm.

I have been blessed in that I have not had a member of my canine family suffer from cancer; however, many of our friends have lost their dogs to this terrible disease.  According the National Canine Cancer Foundation, 1 in 3 dogs will get cancer, and so we will help raise awareness and fight for all those dogs until there is a cure – for the dogs of today and the dogs of the future. We will do our part to raise awareness, starting with our Boston Puppy Up! Walk.

Walking beside me will be my heart dog, Baxter. He is my personal

Baxter Goodwin in his wheels!

inspiration of love, hope, and a never give up approach to all of life’s challenges. Baxter suffers from an unknown neurological disease which developed when he was 6, and he has been in a wheelchair for the past 16 months. Despite his physical challenges he continues to greet each new day with a wagging tail, a “can do” attitude, and boundless energy that has taught me so much – I have a new appreciation for the canine spirit which motivates me to help others.

We will be walking in memory of our canine friends Little Bit Kloth, Cleo Johnson, Zak and Bean Kellogg, Beatrix Gowan and Boudreaux Banks. We will also walk in honor of my father Jerry Goodwin, who was recently diagnosed with Melanoma and to honor many others who have been lost to this disease.

I am very thankful to the Boston communities that have embraced the cause and offered their help. We have an amazing team of volunteers planning a fantastic event in Boston. Update – location has changed slightly – we will be holding the festival at Jacobson Floral – 500 Albany Street, Boston – right across the street from our original location at Urban Hound. The festival will be outdoors, and there is plenty of off street parking!

We have some incredible sponsors that have donated some unique items to our raffle and gift bags that I am sure participants are going to love.

I have met some wonderful people since joining Luke, Hudson and Murphy on their journey, and I look forward to meeting all of the participants, both human and canine, as we join together to raise awareness for a cure and remember those we have lost. Puppy Up! Boston!

Tracey Goodwin
Boston City Leader

Boston, MA Puppy Up! Walk
November 7th, 2010
The Urban Hound Hotel
129 Malden Street
Boston, MA 02118

Registration starts at 1 PM

1 mile Outdoor City Walk begins at 2 PM
Indoor Festival – 1 PM – 6 PM

Pre-register online on or before November 5, 2010 = $20.00
Day of event registration = $25.00

Participant rewards –
Receive a bandanna and a 2 Million Dogs Bracelet when you pre-register prior to the day of the event.
Raise or donate $100.00 or more (per person for teams) and receive a walk T-shirt, bandana and bracelet.
First 100 registered participants to arrive will receive a Puppy Up! Gift Bag the day of the event.
Top fundraiser will receive a special prize!

For all the details and to see a list of our terrific sponsors, please visit our Boston Walk Events Page.

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