If you haven’t heard the story of Cane the Pit Bull, get your tissues out.
Cane is a handsome and lovable pit bull from Dallas who was recently diagnosed with cancer. Sadly, the disease is inoperable and has spread all over Cane’s body. Knowing their time with Cane was growing short, his parents, Anna and Justin Carter, created “Cane’s Bucket List” of fun-filled and memorable experiences for Cane to complete:
Since getting the diagnosis last December, Cane has been a busy boy! He’s almost completely fulfilled every wish on his list, and last Saturday – Valentine’s Day – he was able to check one more off.
Gabriel D’Angelo from the North Texas Pit Bull Alliance coordinated a “Paw It Forward” walk on the Continental Avenue Bridge for Cane and some other pit bull buddies to show off their sweet nature. Along with adoptable dogs from Furgotten Souls Bully Rescue and some other pittie buddies, Cane made quite an impression as he strolled along, decked out in his red tuxedo tie and Valentine’s balloon.
His wish to Paw It Forward states:
I’m not a fighter, I’m a HUGE lover! Share my story, inspire humans to adopt more pibbles. Let them be a part of a loving family. All we want is LOVE.
And he did just that.
While we were waiting for everyone to arrive to start the walk, people began to notice the gathering of pit bulls. All along the bridge, there were families – some with children, some older, some younger, of all backgrounds. Yet no matter who they were, everyone smiled as they looked over at the dogs and their owners and foster parents. Within minutes, a young child began pulling her mom over to the dogs. She wanted so badly to pet them.
Kevin Drabeck of the North Texas Pit Bull Alliance didn’t waste the opportunity, and answered all their questions about crate training, adoption, and care. They had the chance to look at the adoptable dogs and think about adopting their next family member. Success!
Cane’s Bucket List is close to being complete, but as his family notes in the checklist, item #15 is “In Progress.” We still have more work to do to make sure as many of Cane’s buddies as possible find loving homes, just like he did.
As we crossed the Continental Avenue Bridge, I thought how it was just a practice run for Cane. Since he saw so many smiling faces and was with so many people who love him, when he gets to the Rainbow Bridge, he won’t be scared at all. He’ll know that Bridges are where your friends are, and where you are surrounded by love.
Godspeed, Cane. You’ll always be in our hearts.
For more photos of Cane’s Paw It Forward Walk, please check the DallasDogLife.com Facebook Page.