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Dog owners turn grief into hope

By From page A3 | January 30, 2014

Nina Marshall had been planning to have a yard sale to clean out a cluttered garage.

She’s still holding it from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, but after the unexpected death of the family dog, proceeds now will go to benefit the Mercer Clinic.

Marshall and her family were first put in contact with the clinic when they were looking for a way to responsibly dispose of their dog Hershey’s medication. The 9-year-old German shepherd mix died from a rare lymphoma early in the new year. Before getting sick, Hershey was a favorite in the neighborhood, catching Frisbees and carrying home her toys.

The family had read stories of the Mercer Clinic’s work with the homeless and their pets in The Enterprise.

“(Holding the fundraising garage sale) seemed like the appropriate thing to do,” said Marshall, who’s hosting the sale at her home, 1120 Petra Court in Mace Ranch. “It seemed like something to do for her; she was a pound puppy from West Sacramento.”

There are no set prices on the sale items — which range from camping and sports equipment to children’s books and educational materials — instead, donations are the going rate. In addition, Marshall has contacted the clinic and has information for individuals who want to give cash, check or online donations.

Enterprise staff

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