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The Paramus Post - Greater Paramus News and Lifestyle Webzine
Thursday, April 26 2018 @ 03:08 PM EDT
The Paramus Post - Greater Paramus News and Lifestyle Webzine
Thursday, April 26 2018 @ 03:08 PM EDT
The Paramus Post - Greater Paramus News and Lifestyle Webzine

A Run for Katie, A Run for Hope

1 Mile Fun Run / Walk to Celebrate an Amazing Story of Rescue – Dogs Welcome!
Katie is an 8-year old Alaskan Malamute rescued from a Tennessee kill shelter after living her life outdoors on a chain and discarded when her “family” thought she was too old and sick. This callous act of disregard was best thing to happen for this sweet girl, riddled with mammary cancer, heartworm disease and debilitating arthritis. Katie’s prognosis was bleak, but A Pathway to Hope rescue saw hope for this girl, an unwavering spirit and a life that still needed to be lived. After a complicated, painful surgery in July, Katie is now considered cancer free. Her road to recovery has been long but she never wavered in her spirit. 

In celebration of rescue and in honor of Katie, A Pathway to Hope is holding A Run for Katie on Saturday, April 27th from 1PM – 4PM (3PM race time) at the North Haledon Recreation Fields (near the dog park). This event is dedicated to hope for the seemingly hopeless animals in need of rescue. Come out to run / walk to support rescue, meet Katie and enjoy a day of festivities dedicated to saving more lives.

Katie has an amazing will to live, so we gave her that chance, and she proved what hope is all about. Help us to continue to give hope to our four-legged friends in need by joining or supporting A Run for Katie, Saturday, April 27th from 1PM – 4PM (race time is 3PM) at the North Haledon Recreation Fields (near the dog park) at 1 Brookview Drive, North Haledon. Festivities are to include a 1 mile run / walk with your dog(s), adoption event, microchipping, play time at the dog park, refreshments, prizes, raffles and more!

Register to participate in our 1 mile run / walk with or without your dog(s) at www.apathwaytohope.org. Pre-registration is $25, and event day registration is $30 (t-shirt sizes cannot be guaranteed day of).

Sponsorship opportunities include:
• T-shirt sponsors $250: Have your name printed on commemorative event t-shirts.
• Route sign sponsors $100: Your pets’ photo, business logo or family photo will be featured on a sign marking the route for all attendees to view.
• Banner sponsors $50: Have your name printed on our finish line banner.

Donations can be made online at www.apathwaytohope.org (please visit us to see a beautiful video of Katie) or to A Pathway to Hope, PO Box 165, Hawthorne, NJ 07507. Contact [email protected] for more information.

A Pathway to Hope, Inc. is committed to the rescue, rehabilitation and adoption of abandoned dogs and cats, with a special focus on south to north rescue of northern breed dogs, the rescue of stray cats, and community outreach to further the cause of rescue.


Katie’s Story: Katie underwent a long, complicated radical bilateral mastectomy on July 3rd, 2012. In the days following surgery, we wondered if we had made a mistake. It was a painful surgery for Katie, and she was in the hospital for four days. But, when Katie came home, we knew we had made the right decision. Despite her discomfort, she was happy and seemingly at peace. Katie’s spirit was still there, and she braved a long recovery. Her new life was way too good not to fight for! The results from the oncologist following surgery were encouraging. Katie needed no further treatment, only monitoring, and she was considered cancer free.

Towards the end of Katie’s recovery, a newborn baby joined her family. Katie was amazing with the baby, gentle and kind and alerting her family with a howl when the baby would wake up.

We never taught Katie to use the doggy door, thinking with her weak legs that she would hurt herself. But, she watched the other dogs and soon was in and out like a pro. Housebreaking, which was once a struggle for Katie, became a non-issue. Her appetite went from non-existent to howling and jumping up and down as soon as she heard kibble hit a bowl. Katie was put on a regiment of supplements and visited a holistic veterinarian for regular laser therapy treatment on her legs. She showed immediate improvement, appeared much more comfortable and fell a lot less.

Katie’s next challenge was heartworm treatment. We dreaded putting her through it, and postponed it for several months to allow her time to run and play and enjoy life. When the time came for treatment, Katie was retested, mostly on a whim with a slim hope that the holistic supplements we were giving could have made a difference. We were shocked by the results, and we retested Katie three times. Katie was miraculously heartworm negative. This is unheard of, given that she had never been treated for the disease. Katie was making miracles happen and proving her will to live. It was time to stop worrying about what treatment was next and start letting Katie just live.

Katie spends her days lying around with her pack. She enjoys hikes in the woods and enjoyed running through the snow this year. When we had a heavy snowfall, we feared that she wouldn’t be able to get around, but Katie proved her willpower, bouncing through the snow like a kangaroo.

Katie’s prognosis is still worrisome. Cancer will likely come back in a year to a year and a half post-surgery. But, Katie doesn’t seem to follow anyone else’s rules. Katie lives her life to the fullest and focuses on today.

One might wonder: Why spend SO much money on one dog, one life, when there are so many more out there in need with longer life expectancies? Our answer remains—Katie has found her happiness, with a family that will love her, a soft bed, a yard to run around in with her four furry siblings and two little boys who love their “puppy.” Her body doesn’t seem to be failing quite so much anymore and her coat is growing fuller and softer. The first time we saw Katie run was such an amazing experience, and we still smile when we see her run. Katie still has an unsteady, unwavering gait that exemplifies freedom and hope.

Amy (Birnbaum) Hofer, Co-Founder
A Pathway to Hope
...south to north rescue for northern breed dogs and rescue of stray cats.
www.apathwaytohope.org / [email protected]
No one could make a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little. Edmund Burke


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