Tuesday, August 18, 2009


HOPE....I believe, is one of the most powerful words in the English language. It means different things to different people but it is something that we cannot live without.

Hope is indispensable for survival and this is especially true when people are confronted by misfortunes, uncertainties, and bitter disparities in life.

Hope is faith holding out its hands in the dark.

I am reminded of this because this past week our Splash Dog family got some wonderful news--one of our sweet precious dogs, Ms. Talla Dega, got a clean bill of health that she is Cancer Free!!

For those of you who don't know her story, "Dega", a happy beautiful yellow lab, was diagnosed with cancer over a year ago and ended up losing her right front leg at the shoulder. She and her "mom", Gianna Telegan, are dearly loved in the Splash Dog family and we were all heart-broken over her loss. But it didn't phase Dega in the slightest. She went through the surgery and recovery to come back as strong as ever. When she appeared at the San Mateo Splash Dog event earlier this year, for her grand comeback, you could see all the excitement and happiness she has always had, and when she jumped there wasn't a dry eye to be found at that event!! It was such a wonderful moment!!

This past year or so has been a tough one for the Splash Dog family. We have lost a number of our favorite teammates for various reasons. I think of Chief, Snapple, Gabe, Sassy Girl and Einstein, just to name a few. Many have had to retire such as Sadie and Cisco. We love them all.

But Ms. Dega has done something wonderful for us---more than merely return to jump again. She has brought us happiness and renewed our Hope in the face of "misfortunes, uncertainties, and bitter disparities in life". Her spirit of excitement, infectious energy and warm smile (yes, dogs smile!) renews us all…and gives us Hope.

This coming weekend (Sept 22 & 23) Dega and her mom will be at the California State Fair, Cal Expo in Sacramento. If you’re in the area, please come by and see them—especially if you need a little encouragement in the area of Hope. Trust me, they have Hope enough, and to spare.

One thing I can guarantee, when Gianna and Dega get up on that dock to jump, there won’t be a dry eye in the house…..I know, mine aren’t dry now….

Blessings…and Hope,



  1. Howie -
    How inspiring...I look forward to seeing Hope and others. This will be our first time to attend the event (we've viewed it on television).

    Nancy & Dennis Gilman