Friday, April 12, 2013

Dr. Dawnetta visits Gateway Pet Guardians 5K-9 event!

Within the last year, several people mentioned the Gateway Pet Guardians organization to me in conversation… a client at the vet clinic, a veterinarian friend of mine, a friend from church – all of them said the same thing… these are WONDERFUL people doing WONDERFUL things for stray dogs in our area. I checked them out online ( and was pleased to see that they had an upcoming fundraiser called the 5K-9. I signed up to host a Lap of Love booth, and looked forward to an early Saturday morning.  March 30th rolled around, and boy was it cold as I arrived at 7am to set things up!

(I arrived early and found a spot RIGHT next to all of the adorable adoptable puppies!!!)

Last year in March, it was in the 70s for their event – but this year, it was foggy and the temps stayed in the upper 30s / lower 40s all morning… but that didn’t stop the GPG staff and all of their supporters from having a great run and a great event!

There were lots of friendly faces (canine and human!) at the event. I spoke to a few people who loved the idea of our in-home hospice and euthanasia services, and wished they had known about Lap of Love sooner. I spoke to many people about the benefits of a peaceful in-home goodbye. And I was able to hear many stories about beloved pets who still hold a warm place in their family’s heart. As we spoke, many dogs sat patiently for their owners to give them a treat from my table… but a few jumped right up and helped themselves when their people didn’t take the hint quickly enough! The runners / walkers had a great time, and everyone stuck around for canine kissing contest and tail wagging competition!

All in all, it was a successful day (despite the cold), and Lap of Love will definitely be back next year to support this amazing organization!

Written by:
Dr. Dawnetta Woodruff
Click here for Dr. Dawnetta's Bio and Contact information
Dr. Dawnetta assists families with in home hospice and euthanasia in Missouri & Illinois areas including:
  • MISSOURI - Serving St Louis and portions of the St Louis Metro: South County / Fenton / Chesterfield / Kirkwood / Webster Groves / Town & Country / Ellisville 
  • ILLINOIS - Serving Monroe County and portions of Randolph & St Clair counties: Waterloo / Columbia / Smithton / Millstadt / Belleville / Fairview Heights / O'Fallon

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