This was my dog Buddy. He died of cancer five years ago today.
Make and model...unknown
He was pulled out of a garbage bin where he was left to die, as a newborn puppy. I gave him a wonderful happy 14 year life. He loved steak, pork, poodles, chasing squirrels, camping and chasing Rudy on his bike, and tight places like drainage pipes. He certainly would have enlisted to train to be an Urban Search and Rescue dog so he could work with his master in the Fire Department.
An interesting thing is of the thousands of medical emegencies I attented in my career, many I forgot. But I never forgot any of the calls we had for animals, or the injured ones people dropped at the fire station. Usually struck by cars, abandoned to die etc. I think I remember them because I felt bad we could not communicate with them we wanted to help, and they were trembling so afraid not knowing. I saw people drive by dying animals all the time as I toured the world on my bike. Never drive by an injured or hurt animal...ever!
I was quite honored and more so surprised that UPS delivered me the coveted Firefighters golden axe today.
My childhood dream and career is now fulfilled.
They planted a cedar tree for me in my favourite park in Vancouver today while I am still alive! I always hoped someone would do that...but after I died. This tree that could last 800 or more years, thats a bit more than me. They said it's for completing my inspirational journey and charity funds given to the cancer agency because of it. I am very excited and will have a proper party here (beer and food provided free) post covid. I will post date and location next year. Thank you all for following my journey ....I'm not finished, or dead....yet
November 29 2016 will always be a special day for me as its the day I set the world record in New Zealand, up the worlds steepest street. It still holds today after several attempts to break in at 3m:49s:15. Also a full moon coming up Nov. 29. November's full Moon is most often called the “Beaver Moon” since it's in November that beaver traps were set in North America.
I never stopped much, but had to stop here on my journey. Its been lit almost 30 million years by glow worms. They survive in this cave by spinning a silk nest from the ceiling and lowering a thread down to fish for their prey. The roof of the cave is a breathtaking sight dotted with brightly glowing specks. Like a sky full of stars.
Sandstorms never worried me until I was caught in one. Then they terrified me. Protecting your eyes, lungs and skin from getting sandblasted in suffocating dust, is extremely difficult. Visibility is zero progress is zero. Hunker down tight in a ball, pray and wait it out.
I am a fire captain and cancer survivor.
In memory of the
FIRE FIGHTER CYCLE
FIRE FIGHTER CYCLE
A Cycle Around the World For Cancer Charity