5 years, 4 months, 25 days.
64 months, 25 days.
5 years, 4 months, 25 days.
64 months, 25 days.
You can now support us by purchasing any of the following items from Cuddlebugs Dog Grooming in Vestal, NY. We are sorry, we currently do not support online sales - but we hope to at some point in the future. If you can’t make it to our physical location maybe come see us at any one of the events where we will be attending this year and selling items!
Full item list and prices are available on our Merchandise page. Thanks for your support!
We are excited to be part of the following events this year sharing Sarah’s story and selling items in support of Sarah’s Cause: Come see and support us - these are all great family and pet-friendly events to attend!
Paint Night at Vestal Elk’s Lodge #2508 on April 17th from 6pm - 8:30pm
Pet Photos w/ Easter Bunny at Cuddlebugs Dog Grooming on April 12th from 4pm - 8pm
Candor Daffodil Days in Candor, NY on May 4th, 2019 from 10am - 5pm
Busy Bird Fest in Berkshire, NY from July 11 - July 14th
Doggone Fun on the Run at Otsiningo Park on July 20th, 2019 from 10am - 1pm
Woofstock at the Broome County Humane Society on August 10th, 2019 from 12pm - 5pm
Ithaca Dog Fest at Allen Treman Park on August 17th, 2019 from 10am - 2pm
All Cause for a Paws at Otsiningo Park on September 15th, 2019 from 10am - 1pm
Dogfest at the Baltimore Humane Society (MD) on September 21st, 2019 from 10am - 4pm
And, of course, our very own event that takes place the first Saturday of October every year:
Sarah’s Cause for Paws at Hickories Park, Owego, NY on October 5th, 2019 from 10am - 3pm
Don’t miss it!
Sepsis. How many of you have heard of this word? I'll say it again - Sepsis. I remember the day I first heard of this word and even then I didn't understand it. Most people don't, I am still learning about it over 3 years later. Sarah died of Sepsis on October 10, 2013.
I have gone through so many "what-if's" over the past few years, but one of the biggest ones is simply, "What if I was aware of what Sepsis was before and knew the signs?" Sarah only started getting sick on the evening of October 8th, 2013, stayed home from school on the 9th due to the "stomach bug" - or so we thought. But by the morning of October 10th, it was already too late when we took her to the ER. There was nothing that could be done. There was no lack of effort on behalf of the doctors as we had the support of 2 hospitals trying to save her life, it was simply too late.
For every hour Sepsis goes undiagnosed, the mortality rate increases by 8%.
There are far more deaths in the US from Sepsis than prostate cancer, breast cancer and AIDS combined.
ANYONE can get Sepsis: from the flu, a scrape on their arm, recent hospital stay, surgery, UTI, etc.
Sepsis is more common than a heart attack.
Sepsis is the final common pathway in the vast majority of deaths from infection worldwide. Think about that.
Sepsis is the leading cause of hospital deaths.
A new case of Sepsis occurs every few seconds.
Sepsis is a life threatening medical condition that arises from the body's attempt to fight an infection that causes the immune system to damage tissues and organs. Being aware of the condition and acting quickly with antibiotics will save lives, but only if people, nurses and doctors are aware of this condition and can react quickly to it. Time is against you when battling for survival when you have Sepsis. It's of utmost importance to Suspect Sepsis when you have the following symptoms:
You are severely sick or you are not yourself
Overall general weakness
Loss of appetite
Fever and chills
Signs of worsening organ function:
Difficult or rapid breathing
Rapid heart rate
Low blood pressure
Low urine output
If any of these symptoms are present and there is a suspected infection of any kind, suspect Sepsis and seek medical attention immediately and inform your nurses/doctors of your concern of Sepsis.
Sepsis can be prevented in most cases by preventing infections or treating them promptly. Remember to:
Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently.
Look for signs of skin breakdown and infection.
See your healthcare professional about any infections, ask if it could be sepsis and follow treatment plans as prescribed.
Stay current on vaccines.
Disclaimer: I am no doctor and don't claim to be. I only repeat here what I have found online and in my experience of this life threatening or altering condition of Sepsis. My daughter died of this condition and if only we knew what to look for and speak it's name soon enough, Sarah may still be alive today.
It's my goal to bring awareness of Sepsis to as many people as I can. Stay tuned for more information regarding Sepsis in the future. Thank you.
This is the third year we are having an event in memory of my daughter, Sarah. The start of the Sarah Jayne Orton Memorial Foundation had humble beginnings and looking at what it has grown to today - over $40,000 raised to benefit the Baltimore Humane Society is amazing.
Every year, this event grows and this year will be no different. We are still adding fun things to do and the event starts in just over a week from today! The event kicks off in Hickories Park in Owego, NY at 11am and ends at 3pm:
11:00am - 12:00pm: 1 Mile Dog Walk around the park
11:30am: New! Blessing of the Animals
12:00 - 3:00pm: New! Mathews Family Tradition - Live Bluegrass Music! (bring your lawn chairs)
12:30pm: K-9 Demo by Chavez and Dona!
1:00pm - 2:00pm: Nail Trimming (Donation)
1:30pm: New! Pet Contests (Oldest, Cutest, Halloween Costume, Best Trick, Pet/Owner Look-a-like)
2:00pm: Basket Raffle Winners picked and awarded
This is a FREE family-friendly event - so bring your whole family (that means your dog(s) too if you have one)! Also new this year will be a Bounce House and Face Painting for the kids available all day! More than 20 vendors will be hand as well as a Food Truck from River Rock Diner. There are 50+ baskets valued at over $2,000 to buy raffle tickets for to try and win. Something for everyone is available!
If there is enough interest, we will also have a cornhole tournament in the afternoon.
Sarah never got the chance to participate in a Play Day. 6 weeks of Kindergarten is all she experienced at Mechanicsville Elementary School. Enough to form bonds with friends and teachers that will be forever, but not enough. Never enough time.
Today (now Monday), I watched my oldest daughter, Emily, participate in her 4th Play Day at MES. I love watching her have fun - she is a great kid (and fast - more on that later). But today brought mixed emotions for me.
I should have been splitting my time watching BOTH my girls participate in this fun day at the end of another great school year at MES. As I walked by the Kindergarten playground on the way to Emily's first event, there sits the bench that the school placed there in Sarah's memory. I knew she was there with me, I felt her presence.
I took a "selfie" of Emily and I after she won her races as the fastest female in third grade (so proud of her) and as I looked down, I was again reminded that we were not alone, a shining light was with us.
Emily's class was "Team Blue" so obviously I wanted to represent the color as well. What better shirt to wear than my blue "The Great 5k" shirt (more on this wonderful event that took place on Sarah's birthday in another post). The shirt that had Sarah's name on the shoulder.
This was also the day we received our monthly update email from the Baltimore Humane Society showing the current status of donations to the Sarah Jayne Orton Memorial Fund. I was proud to have seen a number that I could never imagine being raised - $36,564. Thank you to all who have donated to the fund, both past and present. Even a donation of $5 is appreciated - it adds up and goes to a great cause! To see names on that spreadsheet, just melts my heart. (Note: we do not receive the amount of each donation, just names that have donated in the month).
We have a few events planned in the coming weeks to let everyone aware of:
Friday, May 1st: Sarah's bench dedication at Mechanicsville Elementary School. The Sarah Jayne Orton Memorial Foundation will be hosting a Special Event Night at Player's FunZone in Westminster from 6-9pm that evening. Mention Sarah and the foundation will receive 25% of the proceeds from the night. We will also be raffling off a "Family Time" Basket with LOTS of fun activities to do as a family!
Saturday, May 30th: The 2nd Annual Sarah Jayne Orton Memorial Walk will be held this year in Owego, NY at Hickories Park. Register by May 3rd and be guaranteed a Free T-shirt! Can't make it that day? Feel free to register anyway for the T-shirt and we will get it to you - leave a note in Special Instructions.
There will be plenty to do - LOTS of Basket Raffles to take part in! Go home with something special! Bring your dog and get them a nail trim! There will also be a place to get a special picture to take home with you as well. Look forward to a K9 Demonstration - time to be determined. Don't have a dog? That's ok! Stray Haven will be there for adoptions!
Bottom Line - if you own a dog, bring them to a day of fun at the Park. Don't own a dog? Come on out anyway - you may go home with more than you thought!
Monday, May 25th: The Orton Family will be participating in a 5k and "Color Run" in Reisterstown, MD. Come out and join us! (Note: This event is not organized by us and 100% of proceeds raised goes towards youth missions for the Covenant of Grace Presbyterian Church).
Thank you everyone for supporting us and remembering Sarah!
The Sarah Jayne Orton Memorial Walk will be held on May 30, 2015 at Hickories Park in Owego, NY (359 Hickories Park Rd, Owego, NY 13827). Bring your dog for a fun walk that will be approximately 1 mile long starting at 12:00 pm.
All proceeds will benefit the Sarah Jayne Orton Memorial Foundation at the Baltimore Humane Society. You can register one of 2 ways - Online at sarahjayneorton.com or by visiting Cuddlebugs Dog Grooming located at 2101 Vestal Pakwy W, Vestal, NY 13850. The registration is $25.00, including a free t-shirt if you register before May 3, 2015. You will also be able to register the day of the walk from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm.
We are accepting donations if anyone would like to donate a basket or items to be raffled off, please contact Nicole at email@example.com. Cuddlebugs Dog Grooming will be on site for dog nail trims for a donation. More details on other activities planned for the day coming soon. Hope to see you all there!
Last year on Saturday May 17, 2014 we held the first annual Sarah Jayne Orton Memorial Walk at the Sandymount Park located in Finksburg, Maryland. Golf Zoo help sponsor the event. We raised close to $4,000 for the Baltimore Humane Society. It was a beautiful day with many people and their dogs and rainbow colors everywhere you looked. The Baltimore Humane Society had an information table set up and dogs up for adoption. There was also a basket raffle which included items for kids, pool fun, cooking, pet themed baskets, etc.
We would like to thank all of our family and friends who help put the event together the morning of the walk: Ellen Bowersox, Meghan Bowersox, Ethel Orton, Robin Applegarth, Ashley Applegarth, Macie Maybury, Vonnie Ellis, Brooke and Mike Phayre, Heather and Heidi Sedlacek, Bonnie and Roy Mathews, Karen and Cal Mathews.