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Category Archives for Adverse Rabies Vaccine Reaction

Final 5 Days of Lilly’s Fund – Increased the Goal by $500

We reached our original goal in our memorial fundraising campaign in just 17 days. I let the campaign continue without much fanfare. Out of the blue we started getting donations again this week, so I increased our goal by $500. Do you think we can raise $500 in these final 5 days? Next Tuesday, May 13, would have been Lilly’s 10th birthday. That’s our deadline. Check out our plans for the money and the latest book news … Continue reading

Learn More! Share! Give to Lilly’s Fund

We’re thrilled to announce the launch of Lilly’s Fund, our memorial fundraising campaign. Here are the details on how you can give, how much we want to raise, and where the money will go.

How to Give

Use this button to reach our online fundraising page and tools. Lilly's fund give button

After months of research, I’ve been unable to find a charity partner that could / would to make Lilly’s Fund Grants in the way I wish. That means what you give is NOT tax deductible. I’m sorry. I really tried, but I just couldn’t work it out.

Instead, we’re doing this as a crowd-funding project through, and I will make the grants myself.

Our Inspiration: Lilly Elizabeth Hawn

Lilly, the canine heroine of Champion of My Heart, died December 17, 2013 – 23 months after suffering a rare and severe adverse rabies vaccine reaction (brain and spinal cord inflammation).

obit photo

This memorial fundraiser is our way of doing something useful with the grief.

Our Goal: $3,343

We want to raise $3,343, which is the number of days Lilly was in our lives.

I have already given $693 myself, which is the number of days Lilly survived her illness.

That leaves $2,650.

We’ve set the deadline for May 13, 2014, which would have been Lilly’s 10th birthday. 

Once we’ve reached this goal, I will alert Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital – where Lilly received neurology, internal medicine, and emergency / critical care help.

A team of veterinary neurologists and veterinary technicians who knew and cared for Lilly will choose a current canine neurology case as the recipient of the Lilly’s Fund Grant.

I have set no criteria, and I will not be involved in choosing a grant recipient. I trust the hospital to choose a worthy case.

Essentially, I will use the money to pay someone else’s veterinary bill. It will be a surprise to the family who benefits — like a random act of kindness. 

More Goals

If we’re wildly successful, any additional money raised will be granted as follows:

  • $500 will go to Table Mountain Veterinary Clinic, our primary care veterinary hospital, toward a canine case of their choosing.
  • Anything beyond that ??? Well, maybe we’ll pay for TWO canine neurology cases, if things go better than we expect!

How You Can Help!

Give! Every little bit helps.

Lilly's fund give button

Encourage your friends and family to give by sharing information about Lilly’s Fund via social media or on your blog (if you have one).

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Dog Blog Survey: Grieving the Loss of Your Heart Dog (Canine Soul Mate)

Since Lilly’s death, I’ve taken some time to think about the future of the blog and my writing projects, in general. I’m currently doing the groundwork for several possible books — based on my life with Lilly, my heart dog, my canine soul mate. That’s where this survey comes into play. Please answer the questions below based on your experience, and I’d really appreciate it if you’d share the link with others so that I can collect enough data to make the results meaningful / viable.

Thanks so much!

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10 Must-Have Dog Photos and Videos

It took me close to two solid days to gather and officially archive 9 years of photos and video of Lilly. I’m so grateful – now that she is gone – to have countless images of our life together. You’ll always find spontaneous moments to capture, but here is a short list of must-have dog photos and video.

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The Right Time to Get Another Dog, After One Dies

I’m sure people wonder about our timeline on getting another puppy or dog. We’re not even thinking about looking until spring 2015. I’m announcing this in part to keep well-meaning folks from sending me links to adoptable dogs. It’s also a statement of faith that at some point in the future I won’t feel quite as grief stricken as I do today.

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