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Pet loss prompts new walk

Dog lovers can help support the fight against canine cancer by taking part in Guelph’s first Smiling Blue Skies Walk to End Canine Cancer on Saturday Sept. 6 at York Road Park.
The event raises money for the Smiling Blue Skies Cancer Fund, established through the OVC Pet Trust at the Ontario Veterinary College in 2001 in memory of a dog who died of Cancer.
Since then, the fund has raised more than $1.4 million to support better ways to deal with and understand cancer, a news release said.
Guelph’s Amanda Raymond is organizing the local walk in memory of her dog Charger, who she lost to lymphoma last year.
“When Charger died, Amanda was looking for a way to honour Charger’s memory and a way to inspire others to help in the fight against cancer,” the release said.
The event begins with registration at 9 a.m., followed by a 4.6-kilometre walk at 10 a.m. The walk will start at the covered bridge, where water, coffee, refreshments and snacks will be available. There will also be a silent auction.
Those walking with dogs are asked not to use retractable or tracking leads.
There will be prizes for the top pledge collectors, and gift bags for the first 50 participants.
For online registration and donations, visit Pledge sheets are available at

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