Were you aware than an estimated 6 million dogs and nearly 6 million cats will be diagnosed with cancer this year? According to The Veterinary Cancer Society, at 47%, cancer is the leading cause of death in dogs, especially those over the age of 10. The likelihood of a dog getting cancer is about the same rate as humans - although our pets are generally living longer due to advances in veterinary medicine, and increasingly better education on preventative care for our furbabies, the rate of cancer in dogs has remained more or less the same.
The "Day for Duke" event is held in commemoration of Dukey, a Labrador cross Maremma Sheepdog, who sadly passed away on April 1st 2016 - my sincere condolences. As a dog owner myself, I cannot even begin to imagine how hard it must have been. Dukey's parents, Brooke and Clinton, have decided to organise a fundraiser to honour Dukey, to support the Australian Animal Cancer Foundation (AACF), a not-for-profit research charity. In addition to raising vital funds to increase knowledge and expertise in this area, of equal importance is the event's purpose of raising awareness for the prevalence of cancer in our beloved pets, in addition to the importance of early detection of warning signs.
Being a mother doesn't mean being related to someone by blood ... It means loving someone unconditionally and with your whole heart (Brooke O'Malley) - photo taken with permission from Dukey's official Facebook page.
The event, with plans to become an annual occurrence to provide long-term support to the AACF, will be a fun-filled event for your whole family, furbabies included! It will be held at Brennan Park on Bribie Island, just a 45 minute drive from Brisbane Airport. Make it a family day and spend the whole day in the picturesque Bribie Island, known as the jewel of the Moreton Bay region - the event will run from 10am to 4pm.
For those with little ones, Larrikin Puppets will be making an appearance in the form of a puppet show on the day. Brett Hansen, the founder of and principal puppeteer, recently moved back to Australia after spending 3 months in America for professional development - he trained and performed with puppeteers in New York City, Los Angeles, and Texas. With all this experience fresh in his memory, this show is bound to be a good one, so come along and catch them at Day for Duke at 12:30pm!
Photo shared with permission from Brett Hansen.
Please come along for some good fun for a good cause, and check out what all the stalls have on offer for Eddy and I - unfortunately, we are not able to make it, but we wish we could be there having fun with you all!
The special boy this whole event was organised for - you are so loved, Dukey. Photo shared with permission from Dukey's official Facebook page.