How to lick can­cer

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

BARK For Life is in Perth in Novem­ber and Can­cer Coun­cil WA is call­ing on all dog own­ers and dog lovers to be a part of it.

The event high­lights the im­por­tance of hu­man­ity’s best friend to peo­ple go­ing through can­cer.

At the Can­cer Coun­cil’s two lodges for re­gional pa­tients in Shen­ton Park and Ned­lands, peo­ple’s pets play a key role.

Bark For Life is also a chance to unite and cel­e­brate can­cer sur­vivors, pa­tients and car­ers, hon­our loved ones lost and raise money to fund can­cer re­search, ed­u­ca­tion and sup­port ser­vices for WA fam­i­lies.

Can­cer Coun­cil WA can­cer in­for­ma­tion and sup­port ser­vices di­rec­tor Sandy McKier­nan said there was “of­ten a strong bond that ex­ists be­tween dog own­ers and their pets, and it’s been shown that dogs can pro­vide in­valu­able sup­port dur­ing a can­cer ex­pe­ri­ence”.

She said guests at Mil­roy Lodge in Shen­ton Park and Craw­ford Lodge in Ned­lands felt the con­nec­tion keenly.

“Of­ten they’re away from their homes and their much-loved pets for long pe­ri­ods of time and miss the com­pan­ion­ship that’s of­fered by their pooch,” Ms McKier­nan said.

The in­au­gu­ral Bark For Life will be at Paul Hasluck Re­serve in Ned­lands this Sunday and will in­clude a group walk around the re­serve, “pooch­per­fect stalls”, as well as mi­cro-chip­ping, vet checks, train­ing demon­stra­tions and an ob­sta­cle course.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d459884

Ken Jose with Mis­cha and Garfield Bis­sett.

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