Groom Plays a Role in 2,000 Mile Walk for Canine Cancer Awareness

Anyone walking 2,000 miles could use a little pampering and Indiana, a 2-year-old Great Pyrenees, is no different. Indiana left Canada on May 10 and has been walking with his owner, Luke Robinson, across the United States on their way to Mexico as a part of his effort to raise awareness of canine cancer. Upon arriving at Veterinary Medical and Surgical Group (VMSG), Indiana got the VIP treatment from Ojai’s Sweet ‘N’ Complete Dog Salon.

“This is a great cause so we were happy to take good care of Indiana,” said Sweet ‘N’ Complete Dog Salon owner Jessi Volentine. “We gave him the full treatment with a deep-cleansing warm bath, shampoo, conditioner, and nail trim. He’s been working hard and definitely deserved a little pampering.”

Nov. 25, VMSG teamed up with Luke Robinson and Indiana to increase awareness of canine cancer. VMSG provided a rest stop for the duo as they near the end of their 2,000-mile walk from Canada to Mexico. Robinson relaxed and enjoyed lunch from Scratch Food Truck while Indiana got a wellness checkup at VMSG’s state-of-the-art pet emergency and an animal specialty hospital.

Robinson is passionate about educating and raising awareness for the disease which has taken three of his beloved dogs. Since its inception, his foundation, Puppy Up, has funded a quarter of a million dollars in studies that search for the link between cancer in people and pets and another $100,000 in education and awareness initiatives.

“Bringing attention to canine cancer is near and dear to what we do,” said John MacFayden, VMSG director. “In the last 12 months our oncology veteran at VMSG has diagnosed more than 250 dogs with cancer so this is an issue we are very concerned about.”

Source: Ojai Valley News