On October 10th, 2018, we said an incredibly painful goodbye to Sora. I knew that day would be the worst of my life, and I also felt so much relief freeing her from that insipid recurring cancer. #fuckcancer
As the anniversary of her death approaches, I wanted to do something to honor her legacy and give back to other dogs going through their own battles with cancer.
For the month of October, we will be donating a portion of the money we raise in affiliate sales from Amazon, REI, and HempMy Pet to the Brodie Fund.
The Brodie Fund
The Brodie Fund is a non profit organization that raises money to offer financial assistance, through grants, to families who have pets fighting cancer. They believe that no pet should face economic euthanasia in the fight of their lives because of the owner’s inability to pay.
Sally Williams started the Brodie Fund after her cat, Brodie fought adenocarcinoma of the nasal passages. He was the co-founder of and inspiration for the organization and his name lives on as he helps future animals facing cancer.
I learned about the Brodie Fund from a board member after I posted in a blog post sharing thread on Facebook. This wasn’t something I had been doing regularly, so it was fate that this individual saw my post about Sora’s cancer and passed the word on to Sally.
Sally immediately contacted me and asked me to fill out an application form. Before I knew it, we had the funds to pay for Sora’s very expensive electrochemotherapy.
After we moved to Spain four months later, Sora’s cancer returned. The electrochemotherapy didn’t work and we faced another round of treatment. This time, we opted for radiation therapy. Again, the Brodie Fund was there for us.
Sally called and made a payment to the veterinary team on the last day of Sora’s treatment, leaving us feeling relieved to not have to worry about the economic burden of the cost of the treatment.
Help Us Raise Money in Sora’s Name
One way bloggers earn money is through affiliate income. This means that when we recommend a product, it usually takes you to a link created especially for Long Haul Trekkers, earning us a small amount of money from the sale.
This month, we’re asking you to use these links in memory of Sora to help us with our fundraising campaign for the Brodie Fund. Our goal is to raise $500 to donate to this amazing organization.
All you have to do is head to any of the posts below, click on the the links for our recommendations and we’ll take care of the rest. Those that lead to REI, Amazon, or HempMY Pet will earn dollars toward our goal. Easy peasy!
One important thing to note is the cookies duration. This refers to the amount of time you have to purchase a product that will earn us a commission. Amazon has a 24-hour period, while REI and HempMY Pet last 30 days. You do not have to buy the item that we have listed. Any purchase you make will go toward our commission.
Our Favorite Gear and Trusted Recommendations
I do a ridiculous amount of research before buying products or working with brands. You can trust that I only recommend those with which I am familiar, in which I believe in the quality, whose company values I respect, and that are reliable.
We kinda have a lot of dog camping beds. I love them all and for different reasons. I share our favorites with you in this post and tell you about best uses (from backpacking, car camping, or everyday use).
If you know anything about me, you know that I love to trail run. And of course, it’s always better when a dog is along for the adventure. Sora and I ran hundreds, if not thousands of miles together, including a 20-mile race in Central Oregon. It was the first solo activity I did with her, just days after meeting her, when I knew absolutely nothing about dogs.
Trail running long distances means bringing along a bit of gear to keep everyone safe, prepared for quickly changing weather, and hydrated.
During our bike trip, we spent the majority of our nights sleeping in our tent. We’ve used several over the years and this guide helps you decide how to pick the right one for you and your own needs.
I took Sora on a solo backpacking trip while we were back home in Washington and it was one of the most memorable experiences we shared together. I loved having that one-on-one time with her alone in the woods. I highly recommend doing the same if you can.
I don’t have a ton of experience backpacking, but I’m eager to learn more and in the several times I have been, have determined the essentials I need for the pups.
We did the research on several brands that make dog bike trailers or even ones for kids. Our favorite brand is Burley Design, hands down, without a thought. However, we know that the trailers are not always accessible or affordable to all. If you can’t get a Burley, then there are a few others that we would recommend, all laid out in this post.
There seems to be countless companies producing CBD oil for pets these days. It’s great stuff, and it’s super important that consumers know where the brand is getting their product. Many are taking advantage of the popularity and producing crap product. I have visited HempMY Pet’s Colorado green houses and have spoken with their growers. This stuff is the real deal and you get what you pay for.
When we moved to Spain, space was very limited, so we brought only what we could fit to stay within the 50lb weight limit. This meant we had to carefully select our favorite gear that we couldn’t live without for the dogs.