Friday, November 5, 2010

On Dog Size and Hair Donation

I snapped this picture yesterday, when Jackson decided he really wanted to be a lap dog:


When we brought this little bundle of fluff home, he weighed about ten pounds.  He's now topping the scale out somewhere between 50 and 60 pounds.  And he still thinks he's a lap dog.

Luckily for me, he's also a very sweet dog, belying the jaws clamped around Justin's wrist above.  Only being not quite five months old, he still has a lot of puppy in him but, in general, we are starting to see the incredibly loving pet that we will have a year or two down the road.  As long as he gets his three daily walks (yeah, three - Justin's pretty wiped out!), he usually sleeps most of the day and through the night.  He's started realizing that the younger boys' bus comes around 3:10 and can be found in front of the front window every afternoon, waiting for them when he starts to hear school buses rumbling by in the afternoon.

I've never been much of a dog person, but this dog, I love.

What struck me more about this picture than Jackson's enormous growth over the past three months is the length of Justin's ponytail.  When you're looking at it every day, you don't really notice it, but my guy has got a lot of hair.  He stopped cutting it after we moved to Winchester, about four years ago.  His hair is extremely curly, so most of the time, the curls hide the fact that he has managed to grow about two impressive feet of hair on his head.

Sometime next year, there will be an event in Syracuse, New York called St. Baldrick's Fundraiser. For the sixth year in a row, donations will be solicited and heads will be shaved in the name of cancer research.  Justin has decided that next year his will be among the heads being shaved.  Hopefully, we will be able to garner lots of local support and do some creative fundraising for this event.  He will go to New York to do this, because the donations will be in the name of Juliana LaMonica, the incredibly brave three year old daughter of Mike and Christine LaMonica, who died of Acute Myeloid Leukemia on July 5th of this year.  The LaMonicas live in Brockport, NY, near Syracuse.

We recently discovered that another little girl from our area, two year old Brooke Rosenberg, is being treated for the same cancer that took Juliana's life.  No parents should ever have to go through the nightmare of losing their child to cancer and, if shedding five years of hair growth will help keep that from happening, Justin will elicit support and not only have his ponytail cut off and donated to Locks of Love, the organization that provides wigs to patients undergoing chemotherapy, but have his head shaved to raise money.

I plan to be there to get pictures, since I don't remember what my husband looks like with short hair and I've actually never seen him with no hair.  And I wouldn't miss this donation for the anything in the world.

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