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Hawgs for Hounds 2014 - Mariana's Run

Start Date:Jun 7th, 2014
End Date:Jun 7th, 2014
Del City, OK   73115
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DescriptionHawgs for Hounds 2014 - Mariana's Run--- Ray Trent Park, I-40 and Sunnylane

A little about Red Dirt Boxer Rescue (RDBR)--We were founded in August 2007 by a couple of friends with a dream to make a difference in the lives of lost, abandoned, and unwanted boxers throughout the state of Oklahoma. To date, we have successfully rescued, rehabilitated, and adopted out over 2000 Boxers, who otherwise would have been euthanized. All Boxers taken into the foster care program are fully vetted (spay/neuter; vaccinations, and heartworm tested) and placed in foster homes, where they are evaluated, trained, and loved--often for the first time in their lives.

RDBR is a 501c3 non-profit and as such, we are funded exclusively by fundraising and donations in order to pay our operating costs. While we have a few smaller fundraisers, Hawgs For Hounds (H4H) is our biggest and most successful. In addition to a poker run, there will be vendor booths, food, games, prize drawings, and animal adoptions by RDBR and other local animal rescues. Each H4H is run in memory of a Boxer we lost the previous year. Typically they were lost because they were too far gone to be saved when we were alerted to their presence. This year, however, is a little different.

Mariana was a full grown, petite boxer that came to RDBR weighing just 21 pounds in late September 2013. In all of our combined years of experience, none of us involved with RDBR had ever seen a Boxer in her condition that was not only still alive, but walking on her own. She was literally skin and bones, but had the heart of a fighter and so we fought beside and for her, providing her with veterinary care, food, and lots of love.

Mariana quickly captured the hearts of all who came to know her, whether in person or through our following on Facebook. She was sassy and proud and absolutely LOVED to wear a sweater to help keep her warm...and hide her emaciated body.

In late October, Mariana continued to struggle to gain weight and we consulted a second veterinarian. There, tests confirmed Mariana was suffering from distemper and there was absolutely nothing that we could do to save her. Mariana crossed the Rainbow Bridge from the loving arms of her foster mom on October 22, 2013. Because her illness and death were both preventable with simple, inexpensive annual vaccinations, she was chosen to be honored and remembered at Hawgs for Hounds 2014.

For further info as it become available, including a who's coming list of vendors and rescues, follow us on Facebook or our website, www.reddirtboxerrescue.com
Host:Red Dirt Boxer Rescue
Contact:Heather McConnell
Phone:(405) 826-8063

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