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I am walking for my Rowdy Boy

Amy Barnes

Amy Barnes

I'm lacing up my shoes for Doggie Dash!

My reason for participating in the Doggie Dash is two-fold. First and above all the Oregon Humane Society does amazing things for animals in need as well as for the community and they deserve all of the help and support they can get. My second reason is very personal and close to my heart. Last year I participated in the Doggie Dash because my pup Rowdy started having seizures and this was a way for me to help raise awareness as well as to support by furry best friend. My Rowdy Boy lost his battle in October of 2018 leaving me heartbroken and devastated. So this year I walk in honor and in memory of my dear Rowdy Boy!

I would like to share our story from last years Doggie Dash and hope that you will help me support this great cause.

Meet Rowdy: Rowdy is a 2 ½ year Blue Merle Australian Shepherd that we got from a family friend when he was three months old. Rowdy definitely lives up to his name, he is a happy go lucky pup who is always up for good play session. Recently Rowdy started having seizures which is breaking our hearts. Not fully knowing what is causing the seizures, we have been doing a lot of research to understand the symptoms and causes while also trying find a remedy to help ease the discomfort and reduce the symptoms. Rowdy is still a young dog, he has a long life to live and we are determined to help give him with the best quality of life that we can provide. We understand that is going to be a challenge, there will be good days and bad days, but we are determined to keep fighting so that he can continue to live his happy go lucky lifestyle.

I am a type 2 Diabetic and Rowdy is very in tune with how I am feeling, he is not a trained assistance dog, but he does know when I am having good or bad days and he comforts me when I need it the most. Now that he has developed this recent ailment we are going to need each other more than ever, he looks to me for assurance and comfort as do I with him. “When I need a hand, I found your paw. When you need a paw, you found my hand.”

The Oregon Humane Society is more than just an animal shelter, it also helps to support animal’s rights, helps to fight and prevent animal cruelty, helps to heal injured pets, provides spay and neuter assistance and of course they help pets find their forever homes. They also offer a resource library with tons of helpful information for pet problems and questions.

Established in 1868 the OHS celebrates 150 years. Donating and/or participating in the Doggie Dash and other OHS fundraisers, helps provide the funding that is necessary to continue their ongoing support for animals within our community as well as state wide. Please help support my fundraising efforts and give back to a good cause. All donations are valued and appreciated, no amount is too small, please help make a difference!

I'm hoping you'll join me in helping pets from all walks of life. Please donate now! 

Thank you so much! 

P.S. Want to join me at Doggie Dash? Registration is FREE through March 31. Register today. >>


Thank you uncle Ross, aunt Patty and Maggie for your support and donation 💕


A huge shout out to VCA animal hospital for the generous donation of the dash cash! I was one of 31 lucky winners! This means so much to me because VCA was the hospital that tried to save my Rowdy. <3

Thank you Aunt Lisa for your amazing donation! Lot of love!!!


A Big THANK YOU to Nordisk Systems, Inc. for your support!


Thank you Lillie for your donation!


We received our first donation on Valentines Day, keep up the good work and please keep the donations flowing!


raised of $300 goal

Recent Donations

1. Ross, Patty & Maggie Getchell
Amy, Here is a donation for the doggies! Hope it helps - thank you for your volunteer work. Love Ross, Patty & Maggie too 🐾
2. Dash Cash
3. Lisa Nystrom
In memory of Rowdy <3
4. Nordisk Systems
5. Pupperoni Fundraiser
A Big THANK YOU to everyone who purchased a pepperoni stick for the Pupperoni Fundraiser.
6. Lillie Breazeale