The Live and Learn Cancer Library at the Land of PureGold Foundation is a treasure.
You’ll find free downloadable handouts on everything cancer — food therapy, recent advancements, treatment options, hospice. They even have information on general health, rearing, training/behavior and working dogs.
This nonprofit – with an all volunteer staff – works to support the study of cancers that occur similarly in companion animals and people and to fund cancer treatment for working dogs, like pups who assist the disabled and the search and rescue/police dogs who keep us safe.
Their latest grant recipient is Leader Dog, Kela, a black lab that helps her blind human, Patricia, see the world. Land of PureGold is taking care of the surgical costs and follow-up care for Kela’s mast cell tumors.
One tricky way to give this hardworking foundation a bit of help is to do something you are doing already: taking care of your own dog or finding a perfect gift for a dog you love. 100% of net proceeds from sales help canine cancer research.
Here are my top picks from their shop:
This elegant set will up the style factor on your walks about town. Choose from 12 colors, black or silver buckle. Humane and safe Martingale option available, too. Washable. Handmade in New Mexico. Collar, $45. 6-foot leash, $35.
By the same Vermont artist (Stephen Huneck) who created the “Chase Away K9 Cancer” piece for the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Its likeness is now used by the eponymous foundation at the National Canine Cancer Foundation. His work — especially this one — is whimsical and endearing. $129
As an amateur, at-home groomer, I am always on the lookout for healthy tools to help Harper look her best naturally — without harmful chemicals or synthetic fragrance. This set includes an all-in-one shampoo and conditioner, deodorizing spray, paw conditioning treatment and fur conditioning treatment with sunscreen. It’s vegan, hypoallergenic and free of ingredients like sodium laureth/sodium lauryl sulfate, parabens, phthalates, petrolatum, alcohol, dyes, synthetic fragrances and salt (why this is important). There are 7 other formulas available. Pair with a Soggy Doggy quick-drying, odor-free shammy ($24.99) and you’re ready for beauty parlor time! Made in the USA. $55.99
Hand-painted (with lead-free and non-toxic paint) solid wood “Waiting for the Bone” treat box. Tuck in a bag of my dogs’ favorite treats and you have the perfect “welcome home” gift for that new pup in your life. $37
For pups or people! I like the Black/Brown Shag. Made in the USA and available in nine color options and five sizes. Starting at $44
Take a look at the foundation.