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A New Dog for Norma

04.21.2009

My aunt and godmother’s dear friend Norma’s service dog Sasquatch died recently. Norma had a virus which spread to her brain and left her disabled. She currently lives in Manchester, NH and is a trained concert singer, but the virus has also left her without the lung capacity to sing. She sang with my mom and my aunt for the University of the Philippines Concert Chorus. Here is a recording of her singing back in the Philippines for a hit record there.

If you are at all familiar with service dogs, these pups become like family/nurse for people with disabilities. So when Sasquatch lost his battle with cancer, it left Norma with the grief of losing a best friend plus the problem of needing a new service dog. Training raises the price for these canines, and Norma needs $9500 to achieve this.

I wouldn’t share something like this if it wasn’t important. I never had the opportunity to meet Norma or Sasquatch, but I’ve heard countless stories of what an amazing dog and companion he was. Sasquatch was family for Norma and quite literally cared for her. He knew how to get bottled water from the fridge, he helped get items off shelves at the supermarket, and even fetch the cordless phone when it rang. Sasquatch was a remarkable furry friend.

I feel a lot of you probably have good networks to send this to, and this is a trustworthy cause. It is a true loss and also vital to help her. But I think that together, dollar by dollar and the power of networking and the internet we can help her out. Let’s see how fast we can get this done!

sasquatch

Read her story here.

Read about Sasquatch here.

You can immediately donate through PayPal & ChipIn:
http://www.chipin.com/contribute/id/d1909434a99da5eb

You can follow this grassroots movement to help Norma on Twitter: www.twitter.com/newdog4norma

Could you pass this along to people who might be able to help?

Thanks for your help friends!

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