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Midge for the Cure

Canine Cancer Awareness 

    In memory of Bridget - the inspiration for Midge
"Canine Cancer affects one out of every three dogs. Of those, over half of them will die of cancer. The National Canine Cancer Foundation is asking for your help to fund important research grants that are working towards improving those statistics. Through a major profect funded by the National Institute of Health, the mapping of the genome sequence of the dog has been complete. Knowing the mapping of every gene in the dog, gives researchers an advantage not yet achieved in humans.

We are closer than ever to a cure, now is the time to beat this cancer!

Researchers agree that many of the new cancer treatments and cures that we find for dogs should also help produce breakthroughs in treatment, and cures of
human cancers especially childhood cancers."


National Canine Cancer FoundationThese are facts quoted from the National Canine Cancer Foundation website.


"Words cannot express the overwhelming feeling of loss that comes over me when I think of you, Bridget. That wild, ear to ear grin, those big, sweet eyes, and that wagging tail – so full of love, of life, and of love of life. In my mind’s eye, I can still see you chasing horses and running wildly through the fields, chasing butterflies. I can still hear your excited bark. And I smile through the sadness – because I was blessed with the chance to know you, and to love you.

Bridget’s story is truly an inspiration. We adopted Bridget, or she adopted us, in 1992. A beautiful mix of beagle, collie, and corgie, Bridget was one of many dogs waiting for a home in a Maryland animal shelter. She stole our hearts and immediately became our loving and loyal, never-questioning friend.

In 1996, Bridget inspired me to create Midge – a comic featuring a pound-puppy with a penchant for causing trouble for her mild-mannered human, Melissa. In many ways, Midge’s personality mirrored Bridget’s. A free spirit and wild, independent nature were traits that Midge shared with Bridget. But the greatest inspiration that Bridget gave me was the humor that lies behind every naughty thing a dog does.

Sometimes, admitting that someone you have loved and lost had faults is difficult. Bridget, like all animals and people alike, had faults. She loved gnawing on the furniture, chewing vintage books, peeing on the oriental rug, taking off to make us chase her, eating toenail clippings, and squeaking that rubber hamburger until we had to hide it for a while to get some peace. Bridget challenged me to find the humor in naughty dog behavior. What she did was funny, because none of it was meant with malice. All the things Bridget did – good or bad – were all part of her.

That is the first and foremost message Midge tries to convey. Love and friendship never come easy, even regarding pets. The perfect-dog-cliché really doesn’t, and shouldn’t, exist. Just as your dog loves you unconditionally for who you are – return the same unconditional affection, even if your dog has just shredded your favorite slippers. I believe that was the message Bridget was meant to give me – and I am passing it along to all who care to learn it, through Midge.

In 2000, Bridget passed away at the age of eight after suffering from a year-long bout of cancer that had started on her leg. To see such a sweet soul in so much pain was heartbreaking, and after her passing, I quit drawing Midge. Without Bridget, I felt I had no more inspiration and no reason to continue a comic that she had helped to create. It was as though Midge died along with Bridget.

A few years later, I had an epiphany – that Midge is my way of honoring Bridget’s life and spirit. I began drawing Midge again, inspired now by Bridget’s memory and by all the dogs I have had, continue to have, and have heard about. My hope is that Midge will inspire people to adopt shelter animals like Bridget and to help cancer-sufferers like Bridget. What better way to honor her life?

To my darling Bridget –

Your memory is as alive as ever. You left us, dear Bridget, but you are not gone. Not from our hearts, not from our memories. Your spirit lives on – and will shine on forever. May our love follow you wherever your spirit roams.

Bridget was survived by her best friend, Della, who also passed away from cancer in 2007 at age eleven. We miss you, Della dear. Love to you, sweet Della. Wherever you are, I hope you’re chasing cats.

This is also dedicated in Della’s memory. Della, a beautiful purebred lab, was our fearless guardian and loyal friend. Della boldly chased down a pit-bull that had come after my brother and me, and was not satisfied with the pursuit until she had bitten its rump and sent it home yelping. Della was a dog that deserved a Medal of Honor for bravery in the face of danger.

Della was also often quite clownish, with a knack for making us laugh. Especially when she had eaten an entire bunch of bananas, including the peels then a full box of Imodeum, including the packaging.

We love you Della. You remain forever in our hearts.

Thank you both – Bridget and Della"

(Quoted from Bridget's Memorial Fundraising page on the National Canine Cancer Foundation website.)

Bridget's fundraising goal is $100,000

Originally, Bridget's fundraising goal was $1 million - but the goal counter on the National Canine Cancer Foundation website doesn't surpass six digits. Help Bridget surpass all six digits - help Bridget surpass $1 million. Donate today in memory of all, canine and human, that have been lost to cancer - and in the hope of ending cancer forever.

 

 

 

 
To donate, click the top photo of Bridget or the link below: 

 


This page is dedicated in loving memory of 
                                                    Arlo
                                                    Bridget
                                                    Della

(Memorial photos will be posted shortly)

Thank you, everyone, for your support!

 

 

 

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