Tribute to Ren

Just under 2 months ago, I posted on the Ren's List Facebook page that Ren had passed away suddenly and unexpectedly. Having had some time to grieve, I'd like to explain a bit more about Ren and the future of this site. I won't go into specifics about what happened, but it was a tragic accident for which I blame myself, and always will. Thankfully, it most likely was over quickly, meaning he did not have time to suffer.

Ren was my first dog and I was not prepared for how much I would fall in love with him. I adopted him at 12 weeks old, and not having any human children, I right away referred to myself as his mother. I thought about him every day: about how I looked forward to seeing him when I got home from work, what we were going to do together that day, how lucky I was to have him, and that in some ways I still couldn't believe I'd finally had a dog after years of wanting one. I told him every day that I loved him, sometimes multiple times. I always knew that when Ren's time came, I would take it hard. But the fact that he was only a few weeks away from being 4 years old, and by something I could have prevented, has put me into the worst emotional pain I've ever felt in my life.

A day after Ren's passing, when I wrote that Facebook post, I wasn't sure what to do. I want to be happy about what time we did have together, but the memories also bring me sadness, guilt and regret. Could I continue this site without him?

I have now decided that, yes, I will. Ren was truly my reason and inspiration for this website, and I think that continuing it, with the same name, would be a great tribute to him and a way for his memory to live on. I will now be better about updating the site more frequently, along with the Facebook page. I do plan to get another dog, when both the time and dog are right, but so far, that hasn't happened yet. In the mean time, I'll be providing information about upcoming dog-friendly events and asking others to help with the reporting on new dog playgroups and other facilities.

I'd like to thank everyone for the kind words and support for the last 2 months, including those who replied to my Facebook message, those who knew Ren from playgroups and other activities, and my friends and family.

In closing, I'd like to show a drawing of Ren. This was created by Morgan Spicer at Bark Point Studio who makes drawings based on photographs of your pet. It shows the way I like to think of Ren now: near the Rainbow Bridge, surrounded by the grass and trees that he loved to smell and run around in. I'll always love you, my baby.

Patriotic Paws Parade

Event Date: 
Saturday, July 2, 2016 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Event Location: 
5 W. Main Street, Lancaster, NY
Event Cost: 
$3

This Independence Day-themed event is co-sponsored by the Village of Lancaster and Lancaster Unleashed. Proceeds will go to the latter group to support their efforts to get a dog park in the town of Lancaster. Activities include a parade, and contests for the most patriotic pet, and owner-pet lookalike.

Facebook event page
Website event info from Lancaster Unleashed

Clarence Bark in the Park

Event Date: 
Saturday, June 25, 2016 - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Event Location: 
Clarence Town Park, 10405 Main St Clarence, New York 14031
Event Cost: 
$5 donation

This is part of Clarence's annual "Day in the Park" event. Dogs are not normally allowed in Clarence Town Park, but during the "Bark in the Park" portion, they are. Activities include contests, demonstrations and a race.

Website Bark in the Park info
Clarence Day in the Park Facebook page

Hertel Dog Walk

Event Date: 
Saturday, June 18, 2016 - 10:31am
Event Location: 
Hertel Avenue, North Buffalo

Sponsored by the Hertel Business Association, this is a day where you can take your dog to Hertel Avenue for a day of shopping, dining and exploring. Well-behaved pets on a leash are welcome in shops and restaurant patios that display a "Dogs Welcome" sign. See the website for lists of participating shops and restaurants.

Hertel Dog Walk Website
Facebook event page

Niagara County SPCA's Hounds & Heroes

Event Date: 
Saturday, June 25, 2016 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
Event Location: 
Reservoir State Park, Routes 265 & 31, Lewiston, New York 14305
Event Cost: 
Individual registration: $15; team-member registration: $10, children 10-18 registration: $8, children under 10: free

This event is a fundraiser for the Niagara County SPCA. It includes a 1.1 mile walk with your dog, and participants are encouraged to get sponsors. There will also be food, contests, and other activities.

Registration for the walk begins at 11am. The walk begins at noon.

Niagara County SPCA event webpage
Facebook event page

Paws for Patriots

Event Date: 
Saturday, May 21, 2016 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Event Location: 
VFW Post, 1419 2985 Lakeview Rd, Hamburg, New York 14075

This is a fundraiser for Linkon's Last Chance Animal Rescue. You can have your dog's picture taken with a "local hometown hero." There will also be food, raffles, and vendors.

Facebook Event Page

Pet Connection Programs THURSDAYS at the Main Street Farmers Market West Seneca

Event Date: 
Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 4:00pm to 7:30pm
Event Location: 
Main Street Marketplace - Corner of Main Street and Union Road in West Seneca, NY
Event Cost: 
Free to attend. Volunteers will be selling "Doggy Bags" for $10.00 & "Tabby Totes" for $5.00.

Pet Connection Programs Inc. will be at the Main Street Outdoor Farmer's Marketplace in West Seneca, with volunteers selling "Doggy Bags" and "Tabby Totes." Proceeds go to shelters and rescues. Well-behaved dogs are welcomed at the Farmer's Marketplace.

Pet Connection Programs will be there on these dates (all Thursdays):
May 12
May 19
May 26
June 2
June 9
June 16
June 30
July 7

Pet Connection Programs THURSDAYS at the Main Street Farmers Market West Seneca

Event Date: 
Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 4:00pm to 7:30pm
Event Location: 
Main Street Marketplace - Corner of Main Street and Union Road in West Seneca, NY
Event Cost: 
Free to attend. Volunteers will be selling "Doggy Bags" for $10.00 & "Tabby Totes" for $5.00.

Pet Connection Programs Inc. will be at the Main Street Outdoor Farmer's Marketplace in West Seneca, with volunteers selling "Doggy Bags" and "Tabby Totes." Proceeds go to shelters and rescues. Well-behaved dogs are welcomed at the Farmer's Marketplace.

Pet Connection Programs will be there on these dates (all Thursdays):
May 12
May 19
May 26
June 2
June 9
June 16
June 30
July 7

Buffalo Undy Run/Walk

Event Date: 
Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 7:30am
Event Location: 
Delaware Park, Buffalo, NY
Event Cost: 
Registration Fee $30-$40

The Undy Run/Walk is a family-friendly underwear-themed run/walk created by the Colon Cancer Alliance. Participants are encouraged (but not required) to run in their underwear/boxers to bring attention to the area affected by colon cancer.

According the FAQ page, well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome to participate.

Buffalo Undy Run/Walk registration page
Facebook Event page

Photos with the Easter Bunny at Golden Tail

Event Date: 
Saturday, March 12, 2016 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
Event Location: 
GoldenTails - 6511 Transit Rd, Bella Vista Plaza, Bowmansville, New York 14026
Event Cost: 
Free

GoldenTails Pet Supply (located behind Lancaster Storage) is once again offering free pet photos with the Easter Bunny.

Facebook event page
GoldenTails website events listing

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