Monday, January 31, 2011

River - Showing off her "Itchy" Break Dance

Day 26 of 365For Newbies: Here's how the story begins:  http://ruthperkinson.blogspot.com/2011/01/day-1-of-365anyone-want-to-come-along.html)

Remember the goal: Finding a producer or celeb or anyone who will help make Piper's Someday (the book River stars in) into a movie...

River's words of wisdom for today: "Show off your bad self!"

So today, we have no words...

River wants to show the world she can still do the itchy break dance:

Watch this!



More of her journey to the Canine Campus in Charlottesville, Virginia, tomorrow where she becomes a certified therapy dog in 2007.

But, for today, just a bit of fun.

Love to you all,


Ruth and River

Go to http://www.ruthperkinson.net/ for more on Piper's Someday, the book River stars in...or to http://www.bellabooks.com/

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Inside of a Dog - Keeping it simple with WORDS!

Day 25 of 365

For Newbies: Here's how the story begins:  http://ruthperkinson.blogspot.com/2011/01/day-1-of-365anyone-want-to-come-along.html)

Remember the goal: Finding a producer or celeb or anyone who will help make Piper's Someday (the book River stars in) into a movie...

River's words of wisdom for today: "When a smaller, simpler word can be used - USE IT!"

Yesterday, I wrote a bit about River and Scout and how Piper's Someday came to fruition during 2006. I use the word "fruition" because this blog is to all those doctoral people out there writing their books for the masses. A bit of advice. Simplify.

I've learned a lot about dogs and people over the years. Bottom line is...keep it simple and you'll keep their attention. Keep it quick and it's even better.

Don't get me wrong, I do love a word. A good word used in the right place to convey the right idea, expression, or attitude can make the difference between whether an audience sticks around. Even if it's a large word like, "scuppernong," for example...it it's used in the right context, a lay reader will get it. When Harper Lee used scuppernong in TKM (You know, To Kill a Mockingbird), I knew it was a yard word...something depicting something that you ate in the wild. As it turns out, a "scuppernong," is a grape. She could have said this...but I guess she was trying to edify the masses with a larger more exact word. I find this quite all right. Alright?

At any rate, I bought the book Inside of a Dog by Alexandra Horowitz yesterday at the Barnes and Noble on Libbie that has supported me greatly. I am seventy pages into the book in the hopes that I will learn more about what, as the cover suggests, dogs see, smell, and know.

I just got bungled-dee-booed over her use of the word "inculcate." This is a word I know as an educator, but this is a dog book, right??? I leapt over the word anthropomorphic several times and then crawled under the "prototypical" mutt and I think I ran smack into "atautistic" or something of that nature. She's a great writer, but I almost laughed over the latest - "inculcate." Which, I believe, is to impart knowledge, to teach. I'll cut her some slack as she's a former lexicographer for Merriam-Webster. I think that means she drove a Lexus to work and then when she got there, she worked in the graphics department (for the cover?).

River keeps me simple. Don't dogs just keep it simple. Arise. Sniff. Stretch. Love. Lick. Eat. Play. Sleep. Love some more. I'm sure there are more words for it...

But, today, I wanted to inculcate my readers by saying.

Wag. Just wag. Just say, "WAG"...especially when your boyfriend shows up. (see pic below).

Love,

Ruth and River


Saturday, January 29, 2011

Harness all your Energy...

Day 24 of 365

For Newbies: Here's how the story begins:  http://ruthperkinson.blogspot.com/2011/01/day-1-of-365anyone-want-to-come-along.html)

Remember the goal: Finding a producer or celeb or anyone who will help make Piper's Someday (the book River stars in) into a movie...

River's words of wisdom for today: "Harness your energy - then unleash it!"

It took me about ten weeks to write Piper's Someday - all throughout the summer of 2006. I walked River when I got home from work, ate dinner, then opened my laptop and prayed for Scout to give me some doggie wisdom as I tapped out the journey of Piper Leigh Cliff and her dog, appropriately named, Someday.

I wrote and wrote and wrote. River was calm and funny and supportive - like a good friend should be.

For breaks, we would ride...

River was healthy and I took her everywhere in my truck. With the window halfway down, she sniffed the summer breezes and did spreadsheet calculations between her nose, her ears, her eyes, and her brain. I swear she could tell when and where it was when we arrived there - whether it be the grocery store, the post office, my sister's house, or the park. Her sniffer was well-trained to know the exact distance in smelling-o-meters it was to all destinations. By the way her body moved and her whine, she would tell me we were close and get excited by a visit, a stop, or just a jump from the open door to the ground and a leap into the park.

I finished Piper's Someday all while praying to Scout - all while watching River. By the grace of God, I knew I had nailed a truly good story by asking both dogs for a really good ending...one that would resonate in the hearts of readers. It was the reader I wanted to lend a hand to through the spirit of both my animals. Even today, when I take a peek at that last page or two, I thank Scout and River for gifting me with the way to show it. I count on their sweet hearts for that;)

She can no longer jump into the truck. We haven't taken many rides anywhere since her amputation. But, River is getting ready. She's ready to be buckled in...ready for the new harness to be put on her...ready to take a ride and get going on that doggie-nose spreadsheet of hers.

She excels at that, of course.

See you tomorrow. Till then, tell your animal you love them tonight...like Maya Angelou says, "Words go into things." I believe this is true.

Love to you,


Ruth and River



For a copy of Piper's Someday or a simple review of the book, please go to http://www.ruthperkinson.net/ or to Amazon or to http://www.bellabooks.com/


Friday, January 28, 2011

River Speaks!

Day 23 of 365

For Newbies: Here's how the story begins:  http://ruthperkinson.blogspot.com/2011/01/day-1-of-365anyone-want-to-come-along.html)

Remember the goal: Finding a producer or celeb or anyone who will help make Piper's Someday (the book River stars in) into a movie...

River's words of wisdom for today: "When asked to speak - SPEAK!"

Not since day fourteen have I continued the story of how River's journey was winding its way through my life and others. I believe I last wrote about Scout, my 10-year-old whippet lab mix, who was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2005.

Back to her for a minute.

While River remained invisible during that year of handling Scout's diagnosis and then the management of her care, I became more and more absorbed with making her (Scout) comfortable, happy while easing her way gently toward the end of her life. It was unbearable to watch a well-loved animal go through the physical illness and to be leaving us on the physical plane, eventually.

I put Scout down on June 7th, 2006. She passed in my house on the floor near the bay window she'd peered through for many years.

I had begun to write Piper's Someday a week or two before her death. While writing PS, I began to watch River and used her as the model for the three-legged dog in the book. In the book, the dog's front leg is too short, a midget paw that is unusable. River stayed next to me on the floor as I wrote each evening after work that summer.

The weird thing I truly began noticing about River was how incredibly smart she was. Just a few weeks before Scout's death, I planted two rose bushes in my backyard. One for Scout, one for River. Ironically, Scout's rose bush had a hard time taking...and, it didn't survive. So, I left it there - dead in the ground.

On one particularly difficult evening I was having, River came in with the thorny Rose bush in her mouth and put it down on the carpet on the floor next to me. She laid it in the exact spot where my vet friend, Jenny, had put Scout down.

I got chills...

I continued to write. I continued to walk River and grieve over Scout. For the first time in her life, River was calm, cool, and collected.

I needed that.

So, I taught River more tricks...she shows one off here:




Till tomorrow, thank you for reading. Please pass this along to anyone who'd like to follow the story of one miraculous doggie.

Love,


Ruth and River

Go to http://www.ruthperkinson.net/ for reviews and the link to get Piper's Someday.
Or, you can go to http://www.bellabooks.com/

Thursday, January 27, 2011

When in Doubt - EAT!

Day 22 of 365

For Newbies: Here's how the story begins:  http://ruthperkinson.blogspot.com/2011/01/day-1-of-365anyone-want-to-come-along.html)

Remember the goal: Finding a producer or celeb or anyone who will help make Piper's Someday (the book River stars in) into a movie...

River's words of wisdom for today: "Eat. Eat. Eat. Then lick, lick, lick..."

When in doubt, I sometimes eat to find solace.

So, we are on day 22 of 365 and I've written to a bunch of different places and have had no response back. Not one. Not from anyone. I've heard from readers and did have an interview with a the handsome man from Gay RVA...we are awaiting that story to unfold...and my wonderful publisher (ahem - Karin Kallmaker - thank you!) did post a blog about us at http://blog.bellabooks.com/ but, not from anyone else.

That's okay. We have food. And, we do have a start...35 followers is more followers than days we've been writing.

River's not worried one bit. I wish it were that easy for humans.

River eats with gusto and veracity. I used to time her when I put her food down. A whole bowl of kibble could be eaten in about 72 seconds. Today, it's a bit longer because we have broth and chicken added to the mix...so, the licking is drawn out. It's fun to watch her do what she loves: eat, play, lick, snuggle, bark, frolick...all on three legs. Yesterday, I was gone for two hours and when she greeted me at my vehicle, she practically jumped in the air. Funny.

So, I'm not sure where this particular blog is going except that I feel a bit stuck and don't know where to go next. But, this is just day 22...I have to remember that there are many days ahead and this is about River and raising awareness for canine cancer and not about me and any of my issues.

We will trudge ahead every day. She's by my side as I type this out...licking my leg and whining for me to stop and play with her.

So, I will.

We love you all for checking in and reading. Please share your stories with us!

Love to you

Ruth and River



P.S. If you want to share your story with River, please write to us at my Web site or on Facebook. My web site is http://www.ruthperkinson.net/ (I would put my e-mail here, but would get too much spam).

When you write, please tell me the following:

1. Your Name
2. Your Pet's Name
3. Your story
4. Will you join River, Scout, and Chloe on our vision quest...can we add your dog's name?

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

River wants to share: This one's for Chloe...

Day 21 of 365

For Newbies: Here's how the story begins:  http://ruthperkinson.blogspot.com/2011/01/day-1-of-365anyone-want-to-come-along.html)

Remember the goal: Finding a producer or celeb or anyone who will help make Piper's Someday (the book River stars in) into a movie...

River's words of wisdom for today: "Listen to your two-legged friends...lean in and open your ears."

So, last night I got away for a few hours and chatted with some very cool friends.

One friend in particular shared her dog story with me. I was agog for twenty minutes or more as I listened to her tell the amazing story of her dog, Chloe.

Aren't all dog stories amazing?

You see, Chloe had cancer, too. And, now long after she's made it to the Rainbow Bridge and is frolicking with her doggie comrades, she is speaking to us through her beautiful and talented mom, Mimi.

Mimi and her family got the news that Chloe had lymphoma, which, of course, we all know isn't good. Once cancer gets into your lymph system, it runs a fast and deadly course. Like many, many, many families out there, Mimi and her family had to deal with the cumbersome vet bill that was too exorbitant to pay. Bottomline, they could not afford to keep Chloe alive.

Putting her down was an awful scene, and as Mimi described it to me last night (I will spare the details here), I saw how much she held her sweet dog in the kind of love that is truly unexplainable - there are no words. She held her, made quick tough decisions, and then let her go. Afterwards, she expressed the kind of love she had for Chloe in a piece of art that has long since been bought by an unsuspecting person and is hanging somewhere in this land...where, of course, Chloe still speaks. She spoke through her mom's heart. Now, isn't that amazing.

I get chills.

Chloe is gone in body but lives on in spirit through the story that Mimi told me and through the art she created out of that incredible bond that an owner has with her dog. So, with that in mind, River has decided that she wants to hear more stories. We can't do this mission alone. We need you, the reader of this, to tell your story to us so we can share it with the world - locally, nationally, globally, and universally. It needs to be shared.

Chloe should have stayed with her family longer if there had been resources - known resources. But, at the time, you do what you have to do.

This blog is for Chloe. For her voice. It is for all the joy she brought to Mimi and her family and to all the joy she brings to the owner of that wonderful piece of art. Now, she joins River in spirit (and Scout) on our vision quest.

We ask you today. Who out there would like to share your story of a dog struggle...whether it be through cancer or whatever?

River is listening. She's all ears.

Like an elf.

Love to you

Ruth and River

P.S. If you want to share your story with River, please write to us at my Web site or on Facebook. My web site is http://www.ruthperkinson.net/ (I would put my e-mail here, but would get too much spam).

When you write, please tell me the following:

1. Your Name
2. Your Pet's Name
3. Your story
4. Will you join River, Scout, and Chloe on our vision quest...can we add your dog's name?

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Out of the Wound comes the Gift

Day 20 of 365

For Newbies: Here's how the story begins:  http://ruthperkinson.blogspot.com/2011/01/day-1-of-365anyone-want-to-come-along.html)

Remember the goal: Finding a producer or celeb or anyone who will help make Piper's Someday (the book River stars in) into a movie...

River's words of wisdom for today: "Bliss is found in the gift that comes out of the wound."

I talked to my priest yesterday. He has over four thousand parishioners. I truly don't know how he manages all of the people, the praying, the money, the pope, the school, the mortgage, the praying, the listening...

But, he does. And, he asked about River. He's a sweet, sweet man who genuinely cares. I emotionally vomited and told him all about her stuff and some of mine. He then said, "Wow, instead of getting one big thing, you got, like, twelve."

Yes, I did. But, I must remember what River teaches me. She nudges me at the computer and tries to fwing, I mean fling, my arm in the air to take her outside and play (she's actually doing this as I type this). She still eats with a voracious appetite and is outrunning me around the neighborhood, stopping traffic and people who ask about her missing leg.

River could care less about the missing leg and more about the amazing attention she's getting by showing off. Yes, she's a showoff. "Look at me! Ha, ha, ha!" she seems to say as she's balancing on two legs and chewing a stick. "Look at me, I can still whiz without peeing on my good rear leg - now that's balance." She's literally running and jumping. Even with chemo, she's never missed a beat...her coutenance is always loving and like, "how can I help by being very cute and standing next to you and cocking my head to one side?"

Her story continues each day. I thought I might not have much to say or write about but we are on day 20 and it seems as if each day something new happens.

River played with our friend Lee today. She hasn't seen her in a few weeks and when we went out in the yard, River jumped and leaned and twisted and body wagged all over the place for Lee.

Show off. Lee loved it.

Bliss.

Love,

Ruth and River

Piper's Someday - the book River stars in  http://www.bellabooks.com/
got to Amazon for reviews or to http://www.ruthperkinson.net/

River's sleepy after a day of showing off:

Monday, January 24, 2011

River Star - 4 Days after Chemo...Shout out to Ellen

Day 19 of 365

For Newbies: Here's how the story begins:  http://ruthperkinson.blogspot.com/2011/01/day-1-of-365anyone-want-to-come-along.html)

Remember the goal: Finding a producer or celeb or anyone who will help make Piper's Someday (the book River stars in) into a movie...

River's words of wisdom for today: "Dogs love authentic movies - especially if there is a love interest who happens to be the neighbor."

Here's some fun tubage for today:



More on her story tomorrow...today she wanted to show off and flirt!

We wrote to the Virginia Screenwriters' Forum today. We're looking for a screenwriter for the book. Anyone interested?

Love,

Ruth and River

Piper's Someday - the book River stars in  http://www.bellabooks.com/
got to Amazon for reviews or to http://www.ruthperkinson.net/

Sunday, January 23, 2011

River Force - The Three-Legged Dog Speaks

Day 18 of 365

My 32 buddies are sticking with me and all who read. River thanks you!

For Newbies: Here's how the story begins:  http://ruthperkinson.blogspot.com/2011/01/day-1-of-365anyone-want-to-come-along.html)

Remember the goal: Finding a producer or celeb or anyone who will help make Piper's Someday (the book River stars in) into a movie...

River's words of wisdom for today: "Dogs talk all the time - you just have to listen with your heart."

So, River talks.

And, I talk to River.

Ever been at the vet or somewhere where dog owners are tethered to their four-legged (or three-legged) companions. The dog owners will crack you up. All of them are talking to their animals as if they are talking to their partners, spouses, children, or co-workers. But...and here's the big BUT...usually, the talk is much more even-kieled, much more light-hearted, and much more matter-of-fact.

"Okay, dear, now just hang on here for one more second and when we get home, we'll get that extra treat for you and then when Aunt Belle comes over we can both visit with her, now won't that be exciting?" Dog owner to dog.

Then, inevitably, there's the response in body language of the dog back to said owner. A perk of the ear. A cock of the head to one side or the other. Brighter eyes. Perhaps a groan (if you say, "we're going to the vet"). Sometimes, it's a long suspiration. A sit. A down. Or a turned back. When you get a yawn, they want you to calm down...it's not that big of a deal.

River talks like any other dog. She's made me a better listener. Today, when I asked her if she wanted to go for a walk in the calmest of voices. "River, do you want to go for a walk?" I quieted on the word 'walk' to see if the slowed cadence would garner a different response.

I'm an idiot.

We did our loop in 9.3 seconds. My pants were falling down and River was sailing down the street with a red scarf on and her flying nun ears flapping in the wind. Heather and I were both winded by the time we got back to the house when an Asian man stopped to speak to River.

Asian man: "How long since she had her leg off?"

River: "Wooooooooooooooooooof!"

Me: "December 14th...about six weeks..."

River: Hair up. "Wooooooooooooof! Woooooooooof!"

Asian man: "Oh, God. She's a special dog."

Me: "Thank you for saying that." (I'm now catching my breath and am glad our paths crossed.)

River: Arcs around me and Asian man: "Woof" and a tail wag.

We part ways and then River wants to run as hard as she can up the hill. She wants the Asian man to see that it's nothing.

Nothing to lose a leg. Something to show your dignity.

Love,

Ruth and River


Go to http://www.bellabooks.com/ to get a copy of Piper's Someday if you'd like a copy...see Amazon for reviews or my Web site: http://www.ruthperkinson.net/


Saturday, January 22, 2011

River the Flirt...

Go to http://www.bellabooks.com/ to get a copy of Piper's Someday if you'd like a copy...see Amazon for reviews or my Web site: http://www.ruthperkinson.net/

Day 17 of 365

Thank you to my 32 loyal followers and all who share this ride...

(Here's how the story begins:  http://ruthperkinson.blogspot.com/2011/01/day-1-of-365anyone-want-to-come-along.html)

Remember the goal: Finding a producer or celeb or anyone who will help make Piper's Someday (the book River stars in) into a movie...

River's words of wisdom for today: "When God hands you more defeats than you can handle, just curl up next to someone you love and snuggle."

Time goes on.

Today is the second day after River's first chemo treatment and she's having a really good day. It started out with a romp outside this morning where she ran like crazy to the chain link fence where she got pets from the neighbor, Augie. He's a kind man and loves River very much even though she barks and wags her tail at him at the same time. He always talks to her in his sweet way and she thinks he's carved out of gold.

Neighbors are wonderful. The other neighbor on the other side, Tom, has two dogs, Bogie and Duffy. Both boys. Since River is straight, she has taken a shine to Bogie and always wants to come completely out of her skin when she sees him. Bogie is an older black lab with a hefty girth and strong wolfie countenance. She can't stand herself when Bogie's around. There's so much sniffing and loving and bouncing around that you'd think someone might want to film it...hmmm...gives mom an idea.

So, River's a bit of a flirt. She loves men and loves boy dogs. I thought I'd raised her well to be a lesbian dog, but, she turned out to be straight.

Guess you can't have everything you want in life.

We're marching through a very cold weekend here in Virginia. The temperature is supposed to be near ten degrees tonight. So, we will do a lot of snuggling.

River and Heather and I went for a jog (yes, a jog) around the block today. River had on her new harness and a red scarf to keep her neck warm. She led the whole way as she's continuing her plea to enter the Iditarod as a three-legger and go all the way 'cross the bloody Tundra.

I will be skinnier by then.

Thanks for reading. Here's to more suggestions, comments, whatever...if you have them.

Sleep tight.

Love,

Ruth and River

Friday, January 21, 2011

Chemotherapy - Treatment # 1

Go to http://www.bellabooks.com/ to get a copy of Piper's Someday if you'd like a copy...see Amazon for reviews or my Web site: http://www.ruthperkinson.net/

Day 16 of 365

32 Followers...can we get one another:)

(Here's how the story begins:  http://ruthperkinson.blogspot.com/2011/01/day-1-of-365anyone-want-to-come-along.html)

Remember the goal: Finding a producer or celeb or anyone who will help make Piper's Someday (the book River stars in) into a movie...

River's words of wisdom for today: "Chemotherapy - Shmeemotherapy."

Today, River had her first chemotherapy treatment. Her bill is now in the seven thousand dollar range. Her bill today was $479.00. She's resting behind my chair as usual and has a blue bandage on her where they put the needle in on her front paw. She ate voraciously of chicken, broth, and kibble when she got home as she had to be fasted for the first round.

I don't begrudge any of the money...I don't miss my truck...but I know there are families out there who cannot afford to pay for a diagnosis of this sort and don't know that there are options out there to help. I know Fetch-A-Cure has special assistance for people who need it. Other organizations offer the same.

I know some people opt to just put the dog down. Ouch...I'm sure because they feel like there is no other way...it's too much trouble or whatever.

Cancer sucks.

So, today, River doesn't want her picture taken. I just got overlooked on a job that I thought I would get. Unemployed for close to a year. I may have twelve pins in my ankle; I may be going blind in my right eye; I may be running out of money but I could care less...

River is here. And, that's all that matters today.

Love to you all,

Ruth and River

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Kevin Clay and GayRVA...

Go to http://www.bellabooks.com/ to get a copy of Piper's Someday if you'd like a copy...see Amazon for reviews or my Web site: http://www.ruthperkinson.net/

Day 15 of 365

32 Followers...Go get them!

Forward this blog to just one or two of your friends! It just takes a minute;)

(Here's how the story begins:  http://ruthperkinson.blogspot.com/2011/01/day-1-of-365anyone-want-to-come-along.html)

Remember the goal: Finding a producer or celeb or anyone who will help make Piper's Someday (the book River stars in) into a movie...

River's words of wisdom for today: "Love everyone - even if they are cat lovers."

So, today, I had the rare and privileged opportunity to meet a Richmond entrepreneur, Kevin Clay. He is the headmaster of GayRVA http://www.gayrva.com/ which is a great resource for everyone gay or not who wants to know what's hip, what's hot, and what's going on in the Richmond (and Virginia) gay scene. Click on the site and become a follower...it's really good.

Kevin is a handsome man. He showed up toting a computer and a camera.
River and I suddenly felt official and I was wondering if I needed more makeup.

So, our first interview went by so well that I wanted to adopt Kevin by the end of it all and give him a soft throw and watch the next episode of Oprah together. He's got a great story himself and I wish him all the luck in the world with his great Richmond adventure and will support him in anything he does. If a gay guy comes to meet a lesbian author and her dog (he's a cat lover), then he gets in the will.

Kevin asked pointed questions about River's story, my books, and our vision quest. His story on River will be out sometime next week. The best thing about Kevin is that...

he gets it.

More on that later...River is going to have chemotherapy tomorrow. Her first round.

If you guys are out there reading this, please pass this blog along and share River's story.

We love you for doing it.


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Fetch-A-Cure

Go to http://www.bellabooks.com/ to get a copy of Piper's Someday if you'd like a copy...see Amazon for reviews or my Web site: http://www.ruthperkinson.net/

Day 14 of 365...We've changed the title of our blog...River likes this one better.
32 Followers...you rock!

Forward this blog to just one or two of your friends! It just takes a minute;)

(Here's how the story begins:  http://ruthperkinson.blogspot.com/2011/01/day-1-of-365anyone-want-to-come-along.html)

Remember the goal: Finding a producer or celeb who will help make Piper's Someday (the book River stars in) into a movie...

River's words of wisdom for today: "Going for a walk is like going to a circus of dog sniffdom - pure bliss!"


It's been two weeks and River is looking at starting chemo on Friday. I just learned today from Fetch's web site that six million dogs will get canine cancer this year. Hello people - 6 million. That's almost an anomaly; most definitely a tragedy. I've been noodling around different web sites and am finding that there are many different canine cancer organizations out there.

One found me.

A reader by the name of Kerry Malak runs the organization named http://www.fightcanincecancer.com/. She wrote to me and told me that she would love to assist in any way. Kerry lives in Milwaukee and has quite her own story to share...check out her site if you feel like it. So, wow, more people to help.

I'm elated.

Tomorrow, a gentleman named Kevin Clay, who is the editor and publisher of Gay Richmond VA - http://www.gayrva.com/ is coming with a photographer to interview River and me about our story. He saw our story early on and is coming...I'm putting on make-up and River is making sure there are no sleepies in her eyes.

So, to continue our story of lore here...Scout (my other sweet dog) was diagnosed with bladder cancer in June of 2005. I stated the other day that River went underground - covert "I'm not really around" ops. Scout became my main focus as I waited for my first book to be published and worked at a Title company. We spent thousands in chemotherapy, medications, and chicken and rice and vegetables.

Watching her get sicker and sicker as the year progressed was, to use a banal metaphor, heart breaking, heart wrenching, and heart stopping.

We still walked. I tried to make her life normal...but by February of 2006, I could see that the effects of chemotherapy were making her too sick. I stopped everything and just managed her pain. I wanted her happy, waggy, and free to sniff, lick and snarl at River.

Scout was my good girl. More on her tomorrow...

Till then, please write to me with your suggestions of how we can get a film maker to take notice of my book, Piper's Someday and the prophetic story of River and how she was a star...long before she was a star.

Love to you,

Ruth and River


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Canine Cancer Awareness...

Go to http://www.bellabooks.com/ to get a copy of Piper's Someday if you'd like a copy...see Amazon for reviews or my Web site: http://www.ruthperkinson.net/


Day 13 of 365...We've changed the title of our blog...River likes this one better.

We are up to 32 followers! Unbelievable - my stepsister from Kansas just gave me an idea...

Forward this blog to just one or two of your friends! It just takes a minute;)

(Here's how the story begins:  http://ruthperkinson.blogspot.com/2011/01/day-1-of-365anyone-want-to-come-along.html)

Remember the goal: Finding a producer or celeb who will help make Piper's Someday (the book River stars in) into a movie...

River's words of wisdom for today: "When wrestling with a stick, stay on all three legs, not just two."

I am spending time researching different canine cancer sites and pooling information. Please send me any canine cancer organizations or even ones that sponsor or support them on any level.

For today, we have some tubage:


Love,

Ruth and River (and the cat...who is still chasing River all over the house)

Monday, January 17, 2011

A New Week...Calling on Delta Society

Go to http://www.bellabooks.com/ to get a copy of Piper's Someday if you want one.

Day 12 of 365

We are up to 31 followers! Yahoo! Forward this blog to just one or two of your friends! It just takes a minute;)

(Here's how the story begins:  http://ruthperkinson.blogspot.com/2011/01/day-1-of-365anyone-want-to-come-along.html)

Remember the goal: Finding a producer or celeb who will help make Piper's Someday (the book River stars in) into a movie...

River's words of wisdom for today: "Eat with veracity and gusto - no time for idle bark."

River wants you all to know this week that she's healing everyday and in many ways. Just yesterday, she posed for some cute shots on her back and today when someone unknown visitor rang the doorbell, she actually jumped onto the sofa. First time I've seen that.

River made me go to Vista Print and get her some business cards. We put her blog information on there and what our mission is. Her photo is front and center. We even made a few bumper stickers...what the hey, right?

Friday, we start chemotherapy and even though River could care less, mom is a bit worried. We go in the morning and we'll see how she does.

For those of you newcomers, we've been writing about reader's suggestions to get River's story to the big screen. We're looking for producers who are interested in great dog stories. Piper's Someday is the story River prophetically starred in several years ago. Go to my website: http://www.ruthperkinson.net/ for more information on the book if you like.

We are also, week by week and day by day, sharing River's life journey to becoming a Delta certified therapy dog and to her journey to becoming a bit of a TV star on "Virginia Currents" (PBS) a while ago.

So, for a few years after the anti-anxiety medication took effect and the electric fence held River to the deck, we all had a good life. Scout (my yellow lab mix), continued to snarl at her around food or bonies and River just arced around her and jumped into my lap. At seventy pounds, it was like a small elephant drop.

In early 2005, Scout and River and I jaunted up and down our streets after I finished teaching school each day.

Then I got the news I was to have my first book published. A twenty-year dream come true. I fell on my knees when I got the phone call from my publisher, Linda Hill. I could barely contain myself.

River and Scout and I danced for close to a year before it came out...

Then, Scout was diagnosed with bladder cancer in June of 2005. River became invisible.

More on that tomorrow...today, I wrote to the Delta Society in the hopes that they may be able to back our cause in some way. I'm hoping I'll hear from others I've written, specifically Sissy Spacek and a few I've chatted with on Facebook, some via e-mail.

If I get any news, this blog will be the first to know! River loves all of you who are reading.

Love,

Ruth and River (and Gabriel)

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Howling for you...

Go to http://www.bellabooks.com/ to get a copy of Piper's Someday if you need one.

Day 11 of 365

(Here's how the story begins:  http://ruthperkinson.blogspot.com/2011/01/day-1-of-365anyone-want-to-come-along.html)

Remember the goal: Finding a producer or celeb who will help make Piper's Someday (the book River stars in) into a movie...

River's words of wisdom for today: "When you need help...HOWL!"

Today, it is Sunday...River stayed home today while mom and Heather went to see True Grit, the movie. After we got home, the neighbor had his two dogs out. River's in love with the one named Bogie. They sniffed and wagged and River romped like I hadn't seen her romp since way before surgery. We watched while she shifted and hopped and twirled in circles - a sight to see. If the video camera were on, we'd have something to show you...

So, to continue the story of River's early days. She had a bad case of separation anxiety. So, when I left to go to work, I tried several things. I tried crating her...she got out of the crate. I tried leaving her out with Scout, only to come home to a house that had gone from clean to the mad hatter's palace, a scourge of toilet paper and trash and knocked over everything.

Then, I put her in the laundry room. She chewed the chairs, hopped on the dryer and tore the spindle out of the washing machine.

I was exhausted by the time she almost landed on my neighbor's head, so I took her to my vet and she put her on anti-anxiety medication. After a few weeks of consistent walking (shoulder out of socket) and the meds, Scout and I finally had time to breathe.

I taught her a few more tricks. "Up" or "Beg"; "Down - Stay"; "Who loves you?" which translates into her licking me on the face and me giving her a treat.

She was learning. Rather, I was.

Here's a pic of her on her back today. Heather is a better photographer than I am.

Sunday is a lazy day. River and I still hold out for more suggestions and help in our quest to find a producer. We have a local interview this week. We are excited...evidently, they'll be taking pictures.

Whoo Hoo. Howls about it!

Love to you,

Ruth and River (and Heather and that cat)


Saturday, January 15, 2011

Running like a dog training for the Iditarod

Go to http://www.bellabooks.com/ to get a copy of Piper's Someday if you need one.

Day 10 of 365

(Here's how the story begins:  http://ruthperkinson.blogspot.com/2011/01/day-1-of-365anyone-want-to-come-along.html)

Remember the goal: Finding a producer or celeb who will help make Piper's Someday (the book River stars in) into a movie...

River's words of wisdom for today: "When God gives you four legs - run fast. When God gives you three legs - run faster."

Today, she's running.

Today, mom is chasing - her and our dream.

So all you favorite readers out there...forward our message on! Mush, mush, mush. River went for a "walk" around the block, which is a half a mile, and instead of daintily hopping along, she ran like she's River Armstrong - no wheels, just three paws and a lot of spirit.

I can't keep up. Every now and again, I drop the leash and let her go. I read somewhere that when a dog has three legs, they need speed in their gait...it makes it easier.

To think that in 2003 I came close to euthanizing her.

Remember the 95-year-old lady (my next door neighbor)? Well, while she was in the hospital, I told her daughter, who lives across the street and is a lawyer, that I would try an electrical fence. If that didn't work, I'd either find her a new home or be forced to put her down. My neighbor agreed to the plan. She'd done hundreds of dollars worth of damage to my home and now the neighbor was in the hospital. Scout, my very sweet angelic lab mix just threw her paws in the air and said, "I don't know. Good luck."

The electric fence went up with a thousand flags. I tried to train River to the flags and once, when I wasn't looking, she tried to jump the privacy fence. This time, she got the shock of a lifetime.

After that, she never left the deck.

So, for the time being, we started to settle. River was growing into adulthood in late 2003 and I began to teach her tricks to keep her mind occupied. "Sit," and "Down" came in about four minutes.

We walked almost each day past the neighbor's house. Both Scout and River tethered to a leash...River always pulling my shoulder out of socket. I bought sixteen different collars - none worked.

Her separation anxiety was the problem I dealt with next...

Till tomorrow...thank you for reading. Here's to more suggestions...please comment or send them via Facebook or whatever. I'd love to hear your thoughts.

River loves the readers out there...

Love,

Ruth and River (and the cat)



Friday, January 14, 2011

Andi Marquette...linking blogs;)

Go to http://www.bellabooks.com/ to get a copy of Piper's Someday if you need one.

Day 9 of 365

(Here's how the story begins:  http://ruthperkinson.blogspot.com/2011/01/day-1-of-365anyone-want-to-come-along.html)

Remember the goal: Finding a producer or celeb who will help make Piper's Someday (the book River stars in) into a movie...

River's words of wisdom for today: "When your path changes direction, pause, take a look back, and then head for the better way."

Today, we are grateful to Andi Marquette, a fellow author who read of River's story and then asked if we would blog on her site for a book giveaway. If you are here reading this now and it is Friday, January 14th, then please go to the link above and sign up for a free signed copy of Piper's Someday. I'll even put a picture of River in there if you like.

So, to recap, we've had a big week. We are taking a look at River's story (which will continue this weekend...remember, it was a bit sketchy that first year I had her and was put to the test when the 95-year-old neighbor thought she was a large squirrel jumping over the fence); we also wrote to Sissy Spacek, and then my mother and I took River for a follow up visit yesterday to get more of her staples out.

My great surgeon, Dr. Barnes at the Virginia Veterinary Surgical Associates, advised us that River will have to undergo a few rounds of chemotherapy. He told me that it is the kind of chemo that won't make her sick but will ensure that the cancer is completely gone.

We start soon.

I'm calling on all of you kind readers today to forward this blog and this story to anyone you know who may be interested. Cancer in animals - especially our close furry friends is a hard thing to witness. They are too kind and gentle and soulful to get the disease that is silent till it is almost too late. Silence kills in many ways...

So, River is lying behind me as I finish this post. She just gave a large exhale which tells me to stop writing and take her outside.

She loves (and so do I) all of the people who have come our way to help. Thanks to Andi Marquette for seeing how her story might resonate. Here's to Sissy Spacek getting that letter, here's to the Virginia Surgical Associates staff and doctors who saved and are continuing to save River's life so she can share her story.

Love,

Ruth and River (and Gabriel - the cat)

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Writing to Sissy Spacek...

Go to http://www.bellabooks.com/ to get a copy of Piper's Someday if you need one.

Day 8 of 365

(Here's how the story begins:  http://ruthperkinson.blogspot.com/2011/01/day-1-of-365anyone-want-to-come-along.html)

Remember the goal: Finding a producer or celeb who will help make Piper's Someday (the book River stars in) into a movie...

River's words of wisdom for today: "Make a list and pray with all your heart."

So, I am taking suggestions from my now 30 followers of this blog and have put them to use. River and I have tried a couple of You Tube videos and yesterday we followed the advice of a reader and wrote to Sissy Spacek. I live only an hour away from her and am hoping she will get the letter and the book. I could not find an address for her but found out that she was on the board of the Charlottesville SPCA. Talk about kismet! River and I decided we would take a moment and this is what we said. We wrote to both her and the President of the Board of the Charlottesville SPCA.

Dear Ms. Spacek and Ms. Yetzer,

On behalf of my dog, River, I am writing to you both today. River is an SPCA rescue and is an eight-and-a-half-year-old German Shepherd mix. Recently, River had her left rear leg amputated and part of her pelvis removed in an effort to save her life from a soft tissue sarcoma. This was close to a month ago. Today, she is hopping along very well on her three-legs and on the legs of the same spirit she’s always had.

River came to the Charlottesville SPCA a few years ago and became a certified Delta therapy dog. The people at the Canine Campus had trained her and me and she was certified on her first go around. Since then, she has helped children with autism and people who are bound to wheelchairs at the Virginia Home here in Richmond where she lives. She even made it to an episode of “Virginia Currents” because of her service.

Her mom (that’s me) wrote a book about a three-legged dog four years ago. It is called Piper’s Someday…the dog in the story saves the young heroine’s life on a journey of a lifetime. River is the model for the dog in the book, so you can say it was and is quite the prophetic epistle.

We’ve been blogging about River’s story on the web at www.ruthperkinson.blogspot.com
and we’ve made several videos of her progress. You see…River believes (and so do I) that her story should be in the movies, but only in an authentic way, which is to raise funds and awareness for canine cancer. River wants to help because her story is truly amazing.

I’m reaching out to see if you all can help. I am off a small independent press (Spinsters Ink) and while I’ve gotten an audience from South Africa, to Sweden, to Belgium…it is still hard getting the word out.

I am enclosing the book. Even if you don’t have time to read the first chapter, could you please offer it to someone in the community who loves dogs and great dog stories?

Thank you for your time and all that you do for the animals,


Ruth Perkinson

I hope it will get into the right hands. I am following up on the leads you all suggest as soon as we get them. Thank you to those of you who wrote to Ellen and are keeping up with the blog. If River can lose a leg, then I can write about it every day for a year...always through her eyes.



Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Finding Sissy Spacek...

Go to http://www.bellabooks.com/ to get a copy of Piper's Someday if you need one.

Day 7 of 365

(Here's how the story begins:  http://ruthperkinson.blogspot.com/2011/01/day-1-of-365anyone-want-to-come-along.html)

Remember the goal: Finding a producer or celeb who will help make Piper's Someday (the book River stars in) into a movie...

River's words of wisdom for today: "Hollywood celebrities love dogs; find the ones who love them."

So, today, I googled around and think I may have found an address for Sissy Spacek. A reader of the blog and River's story suggested it and so we are going for it. Instead of carrying on with River's story, I am going to handwrite a letter to Ms. Spacek to see if she may be interested. Please send me a note on Facebook or here or via e-mail through my web site if you can think of another celebrity who may be of help. Or anyone for that matter.

So, more on River's story tomorrow. Today, we're putting paw and pen to paper to write to Ms. Spacek.

Love to you all,

Ruth and River (and that black cat)

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

River Showing off for her Followers...

Day 6 of 365 of Trying to Find a Film Producer in Hollywood or beyond...

(Here's how the story begins:  http://ruthperkinson.blogspot.com/2011/01/day-1-of-365anyone-want-to-come-along.html)

I now have 28 followers...you go! You rock...pass along the good news...

Remember the goal: Finding a producer or celeb who will make Piper's Someday (the book River stars in) into a movie...

River's words of wisdom for today: "When you dig in the dirt, dig fast and hard, you'll find it eventually."

So, here's the latest video of River walking out and about in the backyard. I need to take a filming class...all of these films are one-shot wonders...no editing, none. I'm keeping them to about a minute so you won't get bored.


So, yesterday, I was relating how River jumped fences. I tore down my chain link fence and put up a six-foot privacy fence the summer after I got her. On the third day after I put the fence up, she jumped to the top, grabbed on by her front paws, and then pulled herself over. When I heard my neighbor yell (she was 95 years old at the time), I went running.

River was tooling around my neighbor as she lay in the street. I thought the worst. I thought River had jumped on her head, or worse, jumped on her and knocked her over. I called 911, got another neighbor to help, and I asked her gently what happened. Dee, my neighbor, lay in the street with a bleeding arm and she said as sweet as sweet old ladies can be, "she didn't hurt me. I just thought it was a really big squirrel coming over the fence and it scared me. She never touched me."

I put River inside after the paramedics arrived. Dee went to the hospital and I was sure she had broken every bone in her body.

But, the CT scans came back clear. Nothing broken. Just a nice cut on the arm from the fear of the large squirrel coming down on her. She spent three weeks in a convalescent home because of soreness. I brought her cookies and told her lawyer daughter that if she wanted me to euthanize River, I would.

It was the summer of 2003. I never thought I would even consider something of that nature. But, after ten months of Houdini-like activity, and then nearly knocking over my neighbor, what was I to do? Send her to a farm? Euthanize her?

I told the daughter of my neighbor I would try one more thing...an electric fence and if that didn't work, we'd go to plan "b."

More on plan "b" tomorrow.

Suggestions from last week:

A reader suggested I get in touch with Sissy Spacek since she lives in Charlottesville. I will try over the next few days to see if I can make some sort of connection.

In the meantime, if you all will just forward the story on and then perhaps ask those people to forward it on to others, River would love it.

Love to you all,

Ruth and River (and the cat)


Monday, January 10, 2011

River's Journey to me and Piper's Someday continues...

Day 5 of Trying to Find a Film Producer in Hollywood or beyond...

(Here's how the story begins:  http://ruthperkinson.blogspot.com/2011/01/day-1-of-365anyone-want-to-come-along.html)

I did notice that on the You Tube video from yesterday that the Penguin pretty much stole the show...and the cat - Gabriel. See the post below for the film. See, this is the reason we need a producer. But, we'll carry on and see what more footage we can come up with. Watch for more videos to come!

I now have 27 followers...Yahoo! You guys are wonderful...thank you.

Remember the goal: Finding a producer or celeb who will make Piper's Someday (the book River stars in) into a movie...

River's words of wisdom for today: "When someone points a camera at you, make sure your whiskers have been plucked."

The story moves on:

So, when River spent that first weekend with me, I thought she was a licking, wagging, I-want-your-attention, fun-loving dog who had an exorbitant amount of energy. She was. By day three of my return from work, she had learned quite well how to jump the fence. She would sail over it and then run down the tree-lined street to the other brick ranchers in search of children or adults or any squirrel. On one particular Saturday morning, she sailed over the fence, caught a squirrel and brought it back to me, another sail back over. She was a deer, an antelope - full of play.

Scout, my whippet-lab mix, was not impressed with this bad behavior and skulked to the corner and did her gritty, toothy Elvis impression anytime River came near.

I could not contain River. As soon as I would let her out the back door. Gone. See you. Got better things to do than be saddled by that other dog and four walls all day. Twice I was late for school in those early days because she had jumped the fence early in the a.m.

I lost her three times. Once she was returned to the SPCA and they called me. I went with my tail between my legs and retrieved her. On another day, a sweet lady returned her. The lady looked at me up and down - how could I lose this sweet dog? She was six blocks away at a busy intersection sniffing bushes and hanging out with some people at the corner house. I'm surprised she didn't start smoking cigarettes and doing drugs with the homeless people at the intersection near Broad Street.

River was bored. I was busy. Things get crazier before the worst thing possible happens. I thought for sure I would end up in court, litigation, law suits...

More on that tomorrow.

Till then, if you can, please help River and me and canine cancer by forwarding this blog to your friends.

She and I would really appreciate it.

Love,

Ruth and River (note that the penguin has been relegated to a spot behind the pillow)


Sunday, January 9, 2011

River shows off her penguin, her book, her bonie and the CAT!

Day 4 of 365...

(Here's how the story begins:  http://ruthperkinson.blogspot.com/2011/01/day-1-of-365anyone-want-to-come-along.html)

Today, before we continue our journey to find a Hollywood Producer, River and I decided to try out our video skills. We did a bit over a minute...

Hope you enjoy:



River says if anyone out there knows of a Hollywood producer or of any connections, then she's got one heck of a story that will even scare the cat.

She loves all of you! Thank you!

Ruth and River (and the cat - Gabriel)






Saturday, January 8, 2011

River's Journey to me and to the book Piper's Someday



Day 3 of Trying to Find a Film Producer in Hollywood or beyond...

(Here's how the story begins:  http://ruthperkinson.blogspot.com/2011/01/day-1-of-365anyone-want-to-come-along.html)

She's a foot away. Belly full of chicken and kibble. Her eyes are heavy. The scab on her pelvis is healing...

For the next few days, those of you following this blog (thank you to my now 23 followers...woo hoo! We love you) River would like to tell you a bit of how she came to me and how she became a character in a book.

First, however...River's daily message: "Wag your tail...it's connected to your heart and spirit."

Thanksgiving of 2002, I went with my dog, Scout, to the SPCA here in Richmond. I was looking for a companion dog for her while I was teaching school. I went with a friend and she pointed to a solemn, scrawny shepherd mix in a cage in the back of the premises. I really wanted a puppy - something six weeks old or twelve weeks. The lady said that "Stacy" (River's girlish name) had come to them from the city pound where they euthanize animals regularly. The SPCA had scouted her out and thought she was adoptable. We were sent with "Stacy" and my dog, Scout, to the room where they close the sale out. River (a name I got from my friend's sweatshirt) was pacing around the room with tons of anxiety but also with a very sweet countenance. She was submissive to Scout and craved attention from everyone in the room - like a pinball, she bounced from the SPCA closing agent, to me, to my friend and then to Scout. Scout turned her head and looked at me and said, "What are you thinking? I'm getting along fine without anyone else." That was about what I gathered.

But, I couldn't help myself.

Seventy-five dollars later, I put River in the truck with Scout and went home to celebrate. What I remember most that Thanksgiving weekend was that River had a bunch of energy. When I got home from school on the Monday following the turkey, the loving, the playing...something was very, very wrong.

More tomorrow. But, let's just say that the entire contents of every trashcan was spewed all over the floor and phone wires were pulled away from the tacks and paint that had held them there for thirty years.

Ruh, roh.

Love,

Ruth and River

p.s. For those of you just joining, you can catch the start of the blog to figure out what's happening...we're trying to raise awareness for canine cancer in a BIG way.  That way is to find a producer to make a film about Piper's Someday...a book that has River as the star.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Connecting with Celebs: Ellen Degeneres


Day 2.

January 7, 2011

River is lying on her side with three legs stretched out behind my chair as I write her story. Good to have backup.

I'm the writer...again...she's the talker. Body language, of course.

Incredible. I received many notes yesterday from people who read the first blog. Remember: our ultimate goal is to get River's story via my book Piper's Someday to the big screen. We're trying to find connections in Hollywood who will have the ears to hear what many canines are trying to say. River is the conduit, the channeler, per se, to get a great story out there. No ego. No nothing. She's just got a lot to say.

When we suddenly heard that she had to get her leg amputated and part of her pelvis removed, it was a jaw dropper. The therapy dog who has worked with many handicapped people in the Richmond area was now going to have to manage like the others: a bit disabled in body but not in spirit. River can't climb over six-foot privacy fences any more or do some of the tricks she knows because her leg is gone. But today, she says to everyone...

Keep your spirits up. Disabilities aren't debilitating; they're unique ways to show off.

When I asked her if she wanted her story to be told, she licked my face and wagged her tail. Too many of our furry friends both feline and canine die of cancer each year. She lost her sister dog, Scout, four years ago to bladder cancer.

Enough is enough.

While River doesn't miss her leg - she struts forward with both front paws holding her seventy pound shepherd body - she sure wishes she didn't have to go through all of what she did if we somehow had more answers about canine cancer. Perhaps that's a little projection from mom.

So, the book: Piper's Someday to the big screen. How? Connecting with likeminded people. Perhaps in 364 days, we can find a producer who sees and hears what we see in our canine companions. The book is about a three-legged day who saves a young girl (the dog does not die...yeah!).

How can the readers of this blog help? One way we can help is to write to Ellen DeGeneres. Here's how you do it:

1. Go to the following site: http://ellen.warnerbros.com/
2. Click on the "Be On The Show" ... then click on "Tell Us Your Story"
3. It asks for your name and address...and to even upload a picture. You can copy the one of River from this blog.
4. In the comments section, just copy and paste this blog: http://ruthperkinson.blogspot.com/
5. You can tell them that it is a wonderful story. You can even link http://www.fetchacure.com/

River knows that her friends and family in Richmond, Virginia and beyond can help get this story out there. She just needs a fighting chance.

All our love to you,

Ruth and River
Day 2 of 365




p.s. Read on for the help I received yesterday:
Yesterday, I asked for help and many of you gave me your ideas. I wanted to share with you what River and I have learned so far...

1. Beth wrote about her three-legged dog buddy and Margot from Belgium told me of a potential director
2. Another friend has a friend in L.A...actually make that, two, and she wants me to send a copy of the book to her.
3. Andi told me of her dog who had cancer surgery last year...
4. We need a YouTube of River...I'm working on it...thanks Gaylin.
5. Anne from Charlottesville told me of Sissy Spacek and her daughter who live there and do a lot of work with animals at the SPCA. River is a rescue dog.
6. Norma from L.A....always is helping me.
7. Kevin is the editor of gayrva.com and is going to interview me about River's story.
8. Several people told me they would get the book.





Thursday, January 6, 2011

Day 1 of 365...Anyone want to come along?



Day 1.

January 6, 2011

River had her leg amputated three weeks ago and is lying behind my chair as I write this.

We both have a vision quest.

I'm the writer. She's the talker.

River wants everyone to realize that she's actually really good. They removed her left rear leg, a part of her pelvis, and put Kevlar mesh in her abdominal wall to build it up. Almost all of the one hundred staples have been removed. Her spirits are those of doggie spirits...she's on her side - snoring, waiting for a trip to the mailbox, and staying clear of the cat.

She's always been a really good model. Especially when I wrote a book several years ago called Piper's Someday. A book about a young twelve-year-old girl and the journey of a lifetime. The dog in the story has three legs but in a critical moment in the book is actually able to rescue the young heroine.

When River had to get her leg amputated a few weeks back, I realized the prophetic nature of her own dog journey. I realized how the kismet can be called on now to send a message to Hollywood that a story like Piper's Someday would be great for the big screen. Not in an ego way for me. I'm just the conduit who's searching for a job and trying to pay my bills like everyone else.

River sees this as an opportunity to tell a really good story...the story of young Piper and her three-legged dog (who does not die in the story)...one that has gotten really amazing reviews off an independent press.
I talked to the canine cancer organization here in Richmond called Fetch-A-Cure http://www.fetchacure.com/ and told them if we make it to the silver screen, then we'd give them the proceeds from the movie.

I sold my truck. I'm nearly broke. But, my dog means the world to me. I need your help. River may have six months or three years. We just don't really know. But we want to take this opportunity each and every day to talk about getting her story to the BIG Screen...I need help from all my friends out there who have read the book and believe in it. I know of some in South Africa, Sweden, Belgium, and here in the U.S. who have read it and told me they loved it. I sent a copy to Jane Lynch several years ago...maybe she can help. I don't know.

Let's help River. My retired therapy dog who has helped children with autism, people who are bound to wheelchairs, and me. Let's get Hollywood to take notice of this timely story, this timely cause, this kind of cancer that affects dog owner's everywhere.

Will you help? Can you help? We can do it together. I am not sure as to how right now...But, I am taking it one day at a time. Perhaps you can tell your friends and family to read this and get a copy of the book?

Love,

Ruth and River
Day 1 of 365