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.