PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - One family-owned grooming business in Pender County is painting the town pink, well, at least the dogs.
They're giving new hair styles to pooches for breast cancer awareness month. It's not just to make a fun statement - it's to remind women to keep an eye on their health.
Although the pink dog tails might seem strange to some, this business has a family story that is serious.
When owner, Jacqueline Parker's mother died, she moved in with her aunt and cousin. That cousin, who Jacqueline considers to be a sister, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Over time it spread to a terminal stage and since then, Jacqueline has been doing everything she can to help.
Living hundreds of miles apart, Jacqueline cannot be with her cousin during her impossibly hard days.
"She affects us everyday in all of our thoughts and our actions," she said.
So, Jacqueline is showing her cousin care by making a scene with pink pooch tails dotting streets all over our area.
"You know it doesn't stop right here in your heart. We carry it on in everything that we do and people wear pink ribbons and every time you see this it's a reminder of number one, take care of yourself and number two, a reminder that yeah, we're thinking of you," said Jacqueline.
Cute, fluffy, pink-tailed dogs are no match for finding cures but they can be just as powerful, in the way prevention and saving yourself.
"We're all sisters in this great world and we're all here to help one another," said Jacqueline.
All month long the Scott's Hill Pet Resort will be coloring ears and tails pink. The pink dye lasts about a month and $10 donations will go to breast cancer research.