Amelia's Strutting for a Cause Page
This year Lola and I will be running in honor of Ullrich (aka Big Boy), a handsome flashy fawn boxer. I adopted Ullrich in 2006 from a boxer rescue, he was almost 2 years old. He was truly a momma's boy and loved by everyone he met. He was a gentle, loving brother to his little sisters (Sakura and Lola). He participated in 3 Strut your Mutts with me before retiring and giving the reigns to his little sister, Lola. Unfortunately, on September 19, 2016, I had to put Ullrich down due to a stroke which rendered him unable to stand or effectively eat or drink. It was the hardest decision I have ever had to make, but deep in my heart I know it was the right one. He was 11 years old when he passed (a month and a half shy of turning 12) and I am so blessed to have been his mother.
Ullrich was dumped by his previous owner and animal control picked him up in response to a call from the property owner who state "I will shoot this dog if he is not gone when I get home". Animal control then contacted the rescue and that's how I met him and became a very proud mom of a handsome boxer boy.
Ullrich was rescued before any serious harm from being on the street could do. I know Ullrich was lucky and he seemed to know that himself and demonstrated that appreciation to me everyday. But I know not all dogs are as lucky as Ullrich. Living day by day on the streets not knowing where their next meal will come, if ever. Or worse, those living in a home but mistreated and abused by the very people they rely on for food and shelter.
That is why this year the race will be so special to me. I feel very blessed to have given Ullrich a loving home. He brought me so much joy and I miss him everyday. I take comfort in knowing he is in a better place and being a mom to his sisters. So, I race in honor of Ullrich but I also race so that other dogs may too get the loving home they so truly deserve. Please help me raise funds to end animal cruelty.
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