Back to School Streaker

Señorita Margarita proved she is truly Teacher’s Pet as she completed the Back to School Streaker Challenge hosted by Run The Edge .

She walked at least a mile every day in August – for a total of 41.22 miles… what a streak!

September is Back-to-School month for us, but this year, September is also a major milestone for our family.

In March 2019, Margarita was diagnosed with Large B Cell Lymphoma…Stage 4 Substage A. She was a very complex case considering she already had a compromised system due to advanced intestinal and liver disease. We opted to have her go through chemotherapy. Had we not opted for the chemo, we were told Rita had only 1-2 months to live. If she could survive a full round of CHOP-based chemotherapy, Margarita was given 12-18 months to live. (The CHOP-based protocol produces an average disease-free interval {remission} of 9 months, a median survival rate of 12 months, and a 20-25% survival to 2 years). With more roadblocks than most patients prior to even starting chemo, this angel with fur beat most of the odds already by completing a full round of chemo, reaching the remission time of 6 months, 1-year, and now in September….18 months!

We are beyond grateful for every day with this little lady. Margarita will be working towards completing some charity-based virtual 5K’s this fall.

Day of the Dog 5K

Margarita celebrated National Dog Day with her cousin, James, by completing a 5K together!

15% of their registration fee for Day of the Dog 5k was donated to Freedom Service Dogs , who rescue dogs and custom-train them for veterans with PTS, and for people with disabilities like autism, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and spinal cord injuries.

Dog Days of Summer: Hosted by Medal Dash

Another 5K in the books! Margarita completed the Dog Days of Summer hosted by Medal Dash Virtual Runs .

A part of this virtual event took us through E. Earle Jackson Memorial Park.

Within this park is a canoe that is wrapped around a tree. This canoe is from the flood of 2004 … when several dams broke and the lake water was this high running through the town, flooding houses, knocking buildings off foundations, and causing other severe damage.

A portion of all proceeds from this event went to K9s For Warriors , an organization that provides service dogs to military veterans suffering from PTSD, traumatic brain injury and more.

Way to go Sweet Reet!

Summer SoleMate 5K

Margarita completed the Summer SoleMate Sunshine Chaser Fun Run hosted by Flex It Pink .

Margarita walked at Strawbridge Lake Park. This 70 acre park was built as part of Roosevelt’s New Deal initiatives and the Works Progress Administration efforts from 1931-1941.  The lake was built by employing local residents during the Great Depression and by securing donations of parcels of land.  The Strawbridge Family donated the largest parcel thereby the name, Strawbridge Lake.

Through our entry fee, a donation was made to Love Water Org . This is a 501c3 organization that exists to provide access to clean water in order to restore health and create opportunity in developing communities.

This medal of Rita’s is my new favorite!

Information about Strawbridge Lake Park obtained from https://www.moorestown.nj.us/335/Parks-Playgrounds

Run for the Dogs 5K

Run for the Dogs was hosted by RunSignup .

During this 5K, our miles were completed (earlier this week before the heat wave hit) at Island Beach State Park in Berkeley Township / Ocean County, NJ… one of the few remaining undeveloped barrier beaches on the north Atlantic coast. It’s one of my favorite places in NJ!

Margarita also loves it here as there are many birds for her to point, and one of the only places where she will go in the water on her own!

For this 5K, a donation was made and split evenly among the following organizations:

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A dose of vitamin sea does the body good!

The Dog Days of Summer 2020 (July)

Margarita was on the move again, completing the July leg of the Dog Days of Summer 5K hosted by j&a racing !

Rita with June and July’s medals (The 3 medals will form a bone!)

This 5K took us on the trails of Camp Ockanickon.

A percentage of our race fee was donated to Virginia Beach SPCA , whose mission is to create a more humane and responsible community by eliminating animal suffering while increasing human compassion.

Here’s hoping every dog finds their forever running/walking partner! 

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Margarita was Featured by J&A Racing!

I Run 4 Rescues 5K

Margarita completed the I Run for Rescues 5K, hosted by I Run 4 Movement. Margarita and I walked this 5K during our stay at Normandy Farms Campground.

Part of the proceeds from this race are being donated to Best Friends Animal Society who’s mission is to end the killing of dogs and cats in shelters. 

Happy camper at Normandy Farms Campground!


The Dog Days of Summer 2020 (June)

The Dog Days of Summer are here! Margarita is signed up to participate in a 3-part Summer virtual 5k series! The 2020 Dog Days of Summer is hosted by j&a racing . Rita completed the June part of this series on June 27, 2020.

Margarita and I walked around our local golf course and on a trail through the woods to cover our 3.1 miles.

There are 3 medals (June/July/August) that when fitted together will form a dog bone! June’s medal features Retrievers.

A portion of our registration fee each month is donated to the Virginia Beach SPCA , who believes that the animal-human bond creates healthier, happier, more connected communities. VBSPCA delivers their compassion by providing pet adoption and sheltering, low-cost public veterinary clinic services, humane education programs, wildlife triage and canine pet training. ✌🏼❤️🐾

Here’s to hoping that every dog finds their forever running/walking partner! 🐶🏃🏼‍♀️

Best Friends 5K

Margarita completed a virtual 5k for charity! 

The “Best Friends” virtual race was hosted by Gone For a RUN .

A portion of the registration fees for each team was donated to the Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation, whose mission is to focus on rescuing abused and neglected animals – locally, internationally and throughout the Asian Dog Meat Trade – by rehabilitating them and finding them their forever homes.✌🏼❤️🐾 

Margarita walked this race as she enjoyed beautiful weather and special 1-on-1 time with her Mama! 💖🐶

Run of the Pets 5k

Margarita participated in “Run of the Pets” which was hosted by Virtual Strides.


A portion of the entry fee was donated to Best Friends Animal Society. The mission of Best Friends Animal Society is to bring about a time when there are No More Homeless Pets. They do this by helping end the killing in America’s animal shelters through building community programs and partnerships all across the nation. ✌🏼❤️🐾.



Virtual Strides hosted this event is in memory of Cooper, Virtual Strides’ very first shipping assistant, and an all around good boy. ❤️🌈🐾.

Cooper

Day of the Dog Virtual 5k Run

Rita participated in the “Day of the Dog” 5k race through Virtual Run Events!

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Our time was 33:01 – we managed to shave off 56 seconds from our last race!

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This was a great run, as the fall colors were absolutely amazing!

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20% of our registration fee was donated to Freedom Service Dogs. Freedom Service Dogs is a nonprofit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by rescuing dogs, and custom training them for individual client needs. Clients include children, veterans, active duty military, and other adults. Their disabilities include autism, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Rita added another medal to her spot on our “Wall of Fame!”file-jan-15-7-03-27-pm

 

Rita’s total race miles:  9.35 miles

“Run Free” Virtual 5k

Rita and I ran our first 5K together through a site called Virtual Strides. Virtual Strides provides an opportunity to participate in a virtual race (which can be run or walked!) anytime — anywhere– with whoever your want — and even indoors on a treadmill!  Once you register for one of the virtual races, you can complete the distance any time and anywhere, and upload your finish time to the website. Virtual Strides will mail you a finisher’s medal after you upload your results, or at the end of the race period, whichever comes first.  The best part is that a portion of the race’s proceeds gets donated to charity!

Rita and I ran the “Run Free” race.

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This race benefited the National Mill Dog Rescue.  National Mill Dog Rescue has pledged to put an end to the puppy mill industry,  and has saved more than 10,000 dogs since 2007.  National Mill Dog Rescue hopes to educate the public to acquire their companion animals through reputable breeders, shelters, and rescue groups.

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Rita did GREAT!  This was the first time I ever ran without music (running with music has been a MUST for me).  I wanted to be sure I could hear everything around us in order to protect Margarita in case there was a loose dog, etc.  I have to say – talking to Rita through the run was way more motivational than any music!

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Our finishing time was 40 minutes, 25 seconds.  Not bad considering Margarita decided she’d stop 3 times for potty breaks, TWO of which needed to be bagged-up, if you know what I mean!

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I submitted our results, and a few days later, the race medal arrived in the mail!

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Rita’s first official medal!  She now has a spot of her own, among her siblings, on the “Wall of Fame” in our bar room.

Congratulations, Rita!