What a better way to face death than to celebrate life?
Rina, the half-sister of Ricochet – the Surf Dog, turned 13 years old with her health really deteriorating. After being diagnosed in an 8-month period with colon cancer, laryngeal paralysis and vestibular syndrome, her human decided to give her the time of her life and celebrate her life. So, instead of mourning her health, they took a pawesome trip to Las Vegas and threw her a shoe-theme party.
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And why shoes? Simple. Rina loves shoes and she always have. She has carried them since she was just a puppy. So what a better way of celebrating than being surrounded by all kinds of shoes. Literally.
She got the chance to ride in a giant Converse shoe from Quality Shoe Repair, she had shoe-theme snacks and drinks for her guests, little shoes to sign and decorate, a shoe-shaped piñata, a cake of a beach scene with some sandals, she got her paws measured, she received a pair of shoes especially delivered by an UPS messenger on uniform, she got some comfortable shoes from a shoe vending machine (Oh Las Vegas!) and she took tons of pictures in front of any and every weird shoe in the city.
But most importantly, she helped raise $12,000 for Goodie Two Shoes Foundation, who donated new shoes and socks for 440 students of one of the poorest schools of the state of Nevada. Rina is not only a service dog but a goal directed therapy dog as well, which means that helping others is her thing and her birthday couldn’t be just for her. She’s just that great.
Everybody was invited to her party but her human organized a live stream of the weekend in Vegas for those who couldn’t go but wanted to be a part of her celebration. They were able to see Rina taking a tour with Pink Jeep Tours Las Vegas and an impersonated Elvis singing Blue Suede Shoes for her, which by the way also gave her a scarf. And those who were there, tried the cupcakes, birthday bone cookies and Chicken Cheez Stix that her great friends from Hap-E-Dog Natural Food & Barkery brought for the guests.
It was truly a very memorable day. Her human says even though Rina is getting slower, she revived after the trip and she was very happy the whole time. I guess she knew everything was about her.
You will love these pictures because she really had a great celebration and you can see how happy and how loved she is.