My name is Doug Craig. I was diagnosed with FSHD in 1968. I am now 61 years old and have retired from a career as a biotech and pharmaceutical research scientist. I have been an active supporter of the FSH Society for many years, but, aside from making monetary donations, I have never taken it upon myself to raise funds for the organization. Of course, if I wasn’t willing to step up and try fundraising, then it wasn’t exactly fair to expect others to do it. Nevertheless, I managed to side-step the issue—that is, until now. Its time I make a change and try to make a difference.
Gracie is a 2-year-old, 80-lb Bernese Mountain Dog mix. My wife, Elizabeth, and I adopted her in October 2013 from See Spot Rescued in Jersey City, NJ, the day after she arrived from a shelter in West Virginia. We fell in love with her immediately, and she was pretty taken with us, too. On our trial walk, we went through the streets of downtown Jersey City—construction noises, jackhammers, traffic, pedestrians—and she was totally unperturbed by all the commotion. She is great with grownups, kids, and babies. She is pretty great in all situations and plays well with all dogs, although she can sometimes be a little intimidated by really large dogs, and sometimes tries to intervene with a high-pitched bark if she thinks they’re getting too close and endangering me. She has always seemed to know that I’m not as strong or stable as others, and has always taken great care not to bump me when standing. She doesn’t like the sound of fireworks, not that I’m expecting that we’ll be greeted with fireworks when we roll through your city/town. She was quite put off and started barking when we first encountered a snowman in the park last winter, but I don’t think we’ll encounter snowmen on this trip. I think all dogs are great, but Gracie…to me, she is extra great. If I left her at home during this adventure, I would miss her and she would be so bored in the apartment all day. So, here we come.