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Caroline & Tia are walking Wag this Way in memory of best friend

City Hospice’s Wag this Way event is back on Sunday 26th March as dogs and their owners will be heading to Bute Park for a 5km sponsored dog walk and show. Eight-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Tia and Caroline will be walking in memory of best friend Dawn. 

Caroline told us:

“I am taking part in Wag this Way to walk in memory of my best friend, Dawn who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in July 2019. Right from the start, City Hospice was there for Dawn and her loved ones. Whenever I needed a chat, I could just pick up the phone and speak to someone from City Hospice. They made this nightmare easier to deal with. We laughed, cried but most importantly, made the most of the time we had left. The day before Dawn passed away, City Hospice was there to make sure Dawn was comfortable and to support those around her. 

Dawn sadly only lasted five months and passed away on the 29th of December 2019. As you can imagine we were all devastated, but the bereavement service City Hospice offered was incredible. Without your help and support, we wouldn’t have gotten through this. I truly appreciate everything that you do, and we are proud supporters of City Hospice. Even from Dawn’s funeral, we requested people donated to City Hospice rather than buying flowers. 

City Hospice deserves all the support, monies and love that they get so they can carry on the amazing work. The support we received was second to none. Any questions, you answered, anything we needed, you sorted it, and we are so excited to join Wag this Way and support you in any way we can. 

Tia is my eight-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier, who was in fact one of Dawn’s puppies and we are very excited to take part in Wag this Way next month. Tia was recently diagnosed with cancer and was told she only had three months to live. To me, Tia is not just a dog, she is family, so I decided to go ahead with the surgery, and here she is 6 months later like nothing happened. She’s a loving, smiley, gorgeous dog and I know she’s going to have a great time with all the other dogs”. 

Fundraising Coordinator, Katie Vaughan said: 

“Thank you so much to Caroline for supporting Wag this Way, your story is really touching, and we are so grateful for all your support. We look forward to meeting Tia and yourself and can’t wait to see her in her doggy bandana”. 

Online registration for our Wag this Way event closes on Friday 17th March, register now to secure your place here 

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