Thursday, January 6, 2011
Day 1 of 365...Anyone want to come along?
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?
Ruth and River
Day 1 of 365