Monday, January 28, 2013

Damien - The Brunette Gentlemen. Well, brown furred - at least!

So - many of us out there share a devotion to Pit bulls and other bully breeds. We will protect and defend them with our lives, just like they would do for us. Unfortunately, many dont realize just how lovely pitty's are. They don't give them a chance to show their true colors. Devoted, loyal, loving - they are some of the most fantastic creatures I have ever had the pleasure of sharing my life with. And yet, every day, hundreds die in shelters. Cold - alone. Some perfect - some broken inside. No matter what they've experienced, no matter how hard they've tried, they aren't given a chance. Labeled as a 'pit bull' - they are thrown out, deemed vicious - baby eaters. Quick - hide your family! One of my greatest hopes for this coming generation is that they see, and understand, how stereotyping people and animals can have such a significant effect on them. Pit Bull's have a heart of gold, and a mind like no other. And so, with pleasure, I introduce Damien! Gray hair spots his muzzle, brown eyes lead the way to the kindest heart. A senior pup at about 7 years old, who deserves to live out the rest of his life in comfort, and with love - more then he could ever possibly imagine. And, on January 24th, our rescue (Tails Of Courage) stepped up to provide him just that - a chance to receive what every dogs wishes to posses - a home. However, most fairy 'tails' have a twist. Damien, a plain brown pit with a heart of gold, has a cancerous tumor growing on the side of his muzzle. If it is not removed, he won't have much longer to live. All his waiting, wishing, wanting, for a home that only wants to love him will go to waste. A brilliant mind, a fantastic heart, all will go to the ground. We are going to need all the help we can get to get Damien the medical funds he so desperately needs to survive. Please, help us get Damien the closest to heaven that he'll ever be, only with all four paws touching the earth, and his head on the lap of a new mommy. To donate to Damien, please visit or Thank you!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Please help Damien

div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> 1/25/2013 - He was rescued as an animal cruelty case. His owners were not giving him any medical care.  He ended up in the shelter and the mass on his mouth was biopsied and found to be cancerous.  We were contacted and agreed to take him.  He is being transported for treatment and surgery.  We are told he his super sweet and is about 8 years old.  The medical care is going to be expensive we know.  We will post updates on him frequently!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Tails of Courage: Run Your Race

January 17, 2013

My name is Kristan.  I am the President and Co-Founder of Tails of Courage.  This blog post is going to be pretty personal but I feel it's time to step out and share my journey.  Being an incredibly shy person this is not as easy as it may seem.  Just write a blog post, about yourself and your most personal journey to recovery.....I assure you being bitten by a dog is easier for me!

In August, 2012 I received the most devastating news I could have imagined.  While it did not involve a death of a loved one, it sure felt like it did.  It brought me to my knees and upon reflection I still have not quite figured out how this pain does not kill us.  Being a survivor of One World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 and having served aboard U.S. military vessels in several armed conflicts, AND having given birth to a 7 week early preemie baby, I know a few things about fighting to survive.  The day I received my tragic news, I weighed 187 pounds and couldn't run so much as down my driveway, which was actually a quarter of a mile long, but the point being I was a pathetic mess.  I won't share the specifics, because I believe we have all had the life altering moments from which we are not sure how to recover.  I spent several days just trying to wrap my head around where my life would now go, the fate and future of the charity and the rescue and what would I tell the volunteers.  I spoke at length with several of the charity program directors about what they wanted and instead of closing our doors, we decided to fling them wide open with abandon!  Comically, I sat flipping through pages of friends on facebook to see what they had been up to the last decade, as I was not very facebook active, and what do we as society consider to be challenging ourselves to be better?  I found several friends who were very active in triathlons.  And so, having never having trained for a triathlon, having no idea how to train for a triathlon or a marathon and again, going back to the fact that I could not remember the last time I ran anywhere, we created Tails of Courage: Run Your Race and I registered for a triathlon - May 11, 2013 in Danbury, CT.  I downloaded the app Couch 2 5K, bought a pair of running shoes, and set out on day 1.  My preemie daughter is now 2 and I got my hands on a running stroller, strapped her in with some snacks and a sippy cup and away we went!  Day 1 was a combination of walking and jogging (and wheezing) and every week an increase in running times and lengths.  The next step, eat better.  My family had been following the Primal Blueprint and Paleo Diets, so on board I hopped.  Away with the sugar, the carbs, the processed foods, junk food, etc and hello vegetables and meats and fruits and nuts.  As I was warned, the first few weeks I did get a little dizzy at times and my daughter was a bit confused as we cut way back on her hot dog and mac n cheese intake.  My brothers began recommending training techniques and a few friends helped out with dragging me to Bikram Yoga classes and crossfit like training sessions (where I was sore for 3 days following).  I am now 32 pounds lighter and still dropping weekly!  I am pleased to say at this time I have gone from 5K to 10K training!  I can swim the 1/4 mile required and the next step is bike work!  I have the bike, and bought the child seat and helmet for the back to train together.  And if it would ever stop snowing here I will get moving on it! 

So what is the point of Run Your Race?  It is a program under Tails of Courage to sponsor marathon runners, triathletes, awareness walks, hiking groups where the participants raise money for the charity.  We will put together the donation pages for the athletes and provide the t-shirt to wear while competing.  As a leader in this organization, I believe that if you are going to lead then do it by example.  I am a survivor, I am a fighter, and as of May, 2013 I will be a triathlete!  And I invite you to join me.  Run, walk, crawl if needed, but get up and get moving.  Never let the bad bring you down.  This program is here to help and to motivate.  Not sure what race might work for you, email me and I'll help you find something.  877-63-TAILS Ext. 705. 

To the entire Tails of Courage family, thank you for being there, for being supportive and Running the Race with me! 
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.  Hebrews 12:1