My friend, Kim Campbell Thornton, a prolific and talented pet journalist shares this post about her very special dog, Darcy:
By Kim Campbell Thornton
We’ve all had a “heart” dog at one time or another—that special dog with whom we connect on an intensely emotional level, the one who is a true partner in our lives, the one who breaks our heart when she dies. For me, that dog was named Darcy. She was a tricolor Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, and she died of mitral valve disease—a heart condition that’s endemic in the breed—when she was only six and a half years old.
I am lucky, though, because Darcy lives on, not just in my memories, but more importantly in the Darcy Fund. My husband and I founded it as a way to channel our grief, and it raises money to finance research that we hope will one day defeat the disease that killed her. We set it up in conjunction with the American Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club’s Charitable Trust, a nonprofit organization focused on Cavalier health.
That was three and a half years ago. Since then, the Darcy Fund has raised more than $20,000 and is helping to support several studies at various universities. In a couple of weeks, we’ll get together with friends and supporters to start planning our fourth annual fund-raiser. Arden Moore oves Cavaliers—and knew and loved Darcy personally—and she played a big role in the success of our last two events, speaking on nutrition, passing out Marvelous Mutt Meatballs to the canine guests, offering tips on training and socialization, and donating raffle prizes.
All of this is a roundabout way of saying that contributing to the Darcy Fund or a similar project—there are lots of them out there—or even starting your own is a wonderful way to honor or memorialize your own heart dog or cat. I want to leave you with some to consider.
Most of us will never truly overcome the sadness of losing that special cat or dog. There will always be a wound that never really heals. But we can turn that loss into a benefit for the other animals that will one day inhabit that special place in our hearts.
To learn more about the Darcy Fund, contact the American Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club Charitable Trust at http://www.ackcsccharitabletrust.org. Other links: www.darcydaily.blogspot.com and www.darcyfund.blogspot.com.