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I'm participating in the 35th Marine Corps Marathon and raising money for People United for Pets (PUP)

Hi everyone,

If you know me, you know that I'm passionate about animals and particularly my dogs. It's very strange to me that I would love being a "mom" to my dogs when I didn't grow up with them, and it wasn't until I married a man who loved dogs that they came into my life.

Jody... Amy.... Maggie... Emma... Sarah....

These are the dogs I've loved and lost and continue to raise.

My views on rescue dogs really changed when we adopted Maggie, our black lab and first rescue. I had never considered getting a rescue dog, afterall, they're the dogs that are "damaged goods", "second-hand" or "other people's" rubbish, right? I'm here to tell you that myth couldn't be further from the truth. Although we don't always know a dog's story and how they came to be in a shelter, what we do know is that they often end up so grateful to be rescued from their current situation, they end up being more devoted and loyal than animals coming from loving homes. Maggie was living proof of that.

Maggie passed away last January and it wasn't long after that Emma came into our lives, and just recently, Sarah. Emma and Sarah introduced me to People United for Pets (PUP), a non-profit organization specializing in small breed dog rescue. PUP was started in 2006 by a wonderful woman named Laura Tonkin. Fueled by Taco Bell commercials and the "purse-dog" fad (carrying small dogs as fashion accessories), Laura found Chihuahua breeders proliferated in California. As a result, more and more dogs were showing up in the overflowing animal shelters. In spite of huge Chihuahua rescue efforts in the state, there were simply not enough homes to be found. Dogs were being euthanized by the thousands and still are to this day. Laura began establishing relationships with shelters in California, Washington, and Oregon, to pull dogs out of shelters and find them foster homes until they could be adopted. I began to volunteer for PUP, occasionally fostering dogs, and working at adoption events to find these dogs good homes. I'm ready to add fundraising to that list.

It costs PUP $1300 to transport at least 20 dogs from shelters in California.  This pays for the necessary vet exams and rabies shots, shelter fees, and transportation and expenses for two volunteers.  PUP does a lot for the dogs and the adopters so they won’t have expenses right away.  We have an amazing group of fosters and volunteers who provide these dogs with loving homes and organize adoption events in order to find them their forever home. The organization has a high standard for the volunteers and the vets we work with have a high standard for themselves.  Likewise, potential adopters go through a vetting process before being approved for an adoption. You cannot simply walk into an adoption event without an approved application and walk out with a dog. I like that.

On October 31, I will be participating in the 35th Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, DC. This is my 3rd marathon, and I want to make it my best. You can help. I plan to raise at least $1300 to pay for one PUP transport. Knowing that I'm working for a wonderful cause that I believe in will give me the motivation to train. Hard.

Please consider making a donation to PUP in support of my 3rd marathon at the ripe old age of 43. I won't let you down come this October. Thank you for your support.

With thanks,


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