Walking For Red started when I learned that my red heeler, Red, needed major surgery on his left hind leg. The $3,000 surgery was far more than I could afford, but I knew I had to do something to get him walking again. Dr. Ken Brown at the Animal Clinic of Billings agreed to operate first and figure out the payment later.
We knew Red would continue to need surgery as time went on and his leg problems came back. I knew I'd find a way to take care of him.
Walking For Red
I spent a year carting Red around Billings, Montana in a wagon, raising money for his surgery and raising awareness for pet emergencies. A Connecticut woman named Patty Daponte learned about my goal, and started helping me raise money online. "That man would walk across the world for his dog, and I really believe that," she said.
Thanks to donations made in-person and through online fundraising, I've been able to pay the bill for Red's operation and follow-up procedures. People all across the world donated to help my dog get the surgery he needed. It's touched my heart.
Paying it forward
Once Red recovers, I plan to start walking in other states to raise awareness and money for other pet owners dealing with emergency medical expenses. There's a lot of love in this world. I've seen that, and I want to see more of it and spread more of it.