Monday, March 23, 2009

1st Year Anniversary Event a Success

The Year-on-the-Road Anniversary Celebration, Monday, March 16, 2009 6:00 at the Fairborn Community Park East in Fairborn, Ohio was a success thanks in great part to Karen Bocko and her daughter Tracy Spitler, who worked hard for weeks to get everything ready for The Boys. Friends from Columbus, Cincinnati, the Dayton area, Florence, Kentucky, and Tennessee were in attendance.

To start off the occasion there was a meet and greet and delicious cake was enjoyed by all. There were also paw print chocolate suckers for people, and cupcakes (would those be pupcakes?) for the dogs. Luke and The Boys were especially taken by Gringo, a Blue Heeler, who was in a baby carriage. Poor guy had recently had surgery on one of his legs and was recovering from that. He also had only one eye. He was with his people and their two other Blue Heelers. Best wishes to Gringo for a speedy recovery from his surgery.

After everyone enjoyed the treats and had a chance to visit, there was a ceremonial walk. As it was nearing twilight, the small but enthusiastic crowd was quite a sight, making their way from the pavilion to the amphitheater, purple glow-necklaces lighting their way through the lengthening shadows. When they reached the amphitheater, everyone got comfortable and Luke gave a brief presentation followed by the reading of all the names from the Memorial Shirt – all the Angels who walk with The Boys – ending with a moment of silence. Among those in attendance were friends Jamie and John Rose who lost their beloved dog Chase recently to lymphoma. Our sincere condolences go out to them.

The evening’s event ended with a number of the participants enjoying dinner together at a local restaurant. Again, our grateful thanks go out to Karen and Tracy who were terrific at making the event happen and all the people and pups who came from near and far to be a part of the festivities.

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