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Maxwell added to Faces of Courage

February 23rd, 2015 · 13 Comments

May 14, 2006 — February 7, 2015


UPDATE 2-23-2015—

Maxwell Culkar’s Story

Maxwell was the best thing that ever happened to me. 5 1/2 years ago I was looking on and there he was, such a beautiful dog, I knew I had to adopt him. I went down to the APL and saw him. He was so sad and scared, sitting at the back of his cage. I knelt down and he slowly came to me, smelling my hand and allowing me to pet him. They brought us into the playroom and he walked over to me and sat right in my lap. That was it, we had found each other. Soulmates, best friends forever. We both needed unconditional love, safety, and comfort. I promised him from that day on, he would never want or need for anything, and I would make sure with everything I had, he would always feel loved and safe. He brought so much to my life, he was everything I could ever ask for. It was me and him, partners against the world. Through a few moves, ups and downs, different jobs and loves, he was my constant, my rock. All he had to do was look at me with those big, beautiful eyes, lay down next to me as close as he could, and nothing else mattered. He was perfect. Perfect for me. He would lay next to me all night, no matter what. Wherever I was in the house, there he’d be. That meant the world to me. I wanted, each minute of his life to show him how much he meant to me. I knew he had a horrible past with previous “owners” and months on end at kennels and that brought a feeling of uncertainty and fear to him. I was so conscience of everything I did, I tried to always make him feel comforted and loved. I loved to nuzzle in his furry neck. I loved the way we would lay on the couch together, either me lying on his back or him lying at my feet. We would get all cuddled up and felt no need to move until we absolutely had to. That’s all we needed, each other. He’d tap at the door of the bathroom with his paw, as to say come on, let me in. Sometimes he’d choose to enter, other times he’d lay right outside until I came out. Either way, was close to me, protecting me. He was so proud on our walks. If we passed a stranger, he’d bark, watch them, and then after we had passed I would pat him on his back and say “good boy Boobers” (that was my nickname for him), he’d perk up, head held high, and wag his tail as we kept on our way. When I would pick up the pace and start a little jog, he got so excited, smiling as wide as can be. He loved squirrels and any other land critter he could set his eyes on. His senses were impeccable. He could spot things a mile away, hear sounds that escaped me and the sense of smell…whenever I got a new outfit, he knew. It was amazing. He’d walk up to me and just smell away, as if to say, “new outfit, eh?” He loved his comforts too, big pillows, comfy blankets and a soft warm doggy bed. I wanted to spoil him as best as I could. Whatever I could afford, I wanted him to have. Sweaters, hoodies, even a pair of Christmas jammies with legs and all, he loved and proudly wore out on our walks. He loved my homemade chicken stock, especially when poured over his usual dinner time food. He never begged, really. Just quietly sit next to you, hoping and waiting that something would drop. Trust me, when it did, he found it. Sometimes he may tap your leg to remind you that he was there while you were eating, but that was as far as the begging would go. One of the funniest things he would do is when he was eating, if he heard something he should be barking at he’d try to do both at the same time. Munching away he’d throw in a low bark. It was so adorable. When he would dream, which was pretty often, his whole body would go into these waves and movements, I couldn’t get enough of it. He was so big, 130 lbs and to see him just wiggling about and his paws quivering, it just made me smile. Come to think of it, pretty much everything he did made me smile. I could be having the worst day, come home, and within minutes my heart and mind would heal. Just the look on his face when I’d walk through the door. He’d always be right there, within a foot or two of the opening door. Just as happy as can be. Talk about feeling so loved. If I had to do something before we took our walk, I’d make sure to bring out his leash and place it on the table so he knew, even though there may be a delay, we indeed were taking our evening walk. i didn’t want him to think I’d forgotten. He always knew he’d be getting a treat, too. If mommy had to leave, 9 times out of 10, he would be getting a little something on her return. The few times I couldn’t bring him something I would bring out one of his Milk Bones. It was so cute, he’d look at it and turn away, like he was saying “no, thank you”.

There are not enough words to describe how I felt about my beloved Maxwell. I wish I could describe every emotion, every moment he brought me joy. There are so many and I miss him so much. My life was so full with him in it. I never wanted for a hug, or love, or a friend. I had it all. He gave me it all. I know I tried to do the same for him, every moment of every day. He deserved that and the world and more. When I would wake up, and there he’d be right next to me, either sitting or lying next to me, that’s all I needed to start the day. When he’d look at me out of the corner of his eye from the couch when I’d leave, I just felt so good. He was keeping his eye on me, I loved it. I wish with all my heart, he was with me right now. The nights are so empty and lonely. We would sit down and watch our shows and do our routine until it was bed time. I miss that so much. I thank God I was blessed with him, I prayed for him all the time. I never wanted our time to end.

Friday night he was feeling fine. I got home from work we did our usual walk and came home to relax and I gave him his bone. All of a sudden a hour or so later, he showed some discomfort. He started walking around trying to get comfortable. He got sick, and then laid down with me, still agitated but trying to just lay with me. The next morning, yesterday (Saturday) he was lethargic and wouldn’t even take a small piece of fresh roasted turkey. I knew something was wrong and took him to Great Lakes Vet Clinic. His gums started turning pale grey on the way. We rushed him in and found after an ultrasound his belly was filled with blood. An undetected mass had ruptured. They went ahead with diagnostic testing and saw all his tests, urinalysis, blood, x-Rays, were not showing anything negative. They said he was an excellent candidate for surgery. We decided to have it done that same night at the Westpark Animal Hospital. My best friend and I Jacqueline rushed him over there and the surgeon was very positive. It could be a cyst, a hemotoma, or a benign or malignant Tumor. An hour or so later they began surgery, 20 min later they called me in. They found 3 bleeding tumors on his liver that were inoperable and were going to rupture. I begged them, I pleaded, “is there anything, anything I can do?? Whatever it is, I’ll do it. I just want him to live! He was FINE yesterday!” They said no, I’ll never forget the vet surgeons words “Something’s money just can’t buy”. I fell to the floor. I could not let him go. The vet told me, to wake him from anesthesia would bring nothing but pain to him. I thought of waking my Maxwell up just to have him know he was dying. An impossible choice and no time to make it. I wanted him home, I wanted to lay with him and hold him. But, I couldn’t let him suffer just to pass on. If there has been ANYTHING I could have done, if I would have been given even the slightest chance of hope, I would have taken it and done whatever was needed. He is my best friend, my soulmate. The vet told me He wasn’t going to live the rest of the life he was meant to. I went in and sang to him our song, the song I had sung in his ear ever since I met him, “you are my sunshine”. I held him him, stroked his head and neck and sang again. We let him go, to cross the bridge. He passed away. What is so hard is that this all happened within 24 hours. They said these types of tumors are undetectable and show no signs until they rupture. I can’t believe he’s gone. He was so healthy and active all the way up to late Friday night.

He made me feel so happy, so complete.

I thank God he brought him to me, I pray to God he unites us again when it is my time to leave this earth. Until then, I just hope and pray with all of my heart and soul, that he is here with me in spirit and can feel my love, each day growing. I miss you, Maxwell. I love you, Maxwell. Please wait for me and guide my way to you when it is my time. When that day comes, we can play and run in the snow, the leaves, the water. We can cuddle up close and keep each other loved and safe for all eternity. Til that day comes, stay with me, close to me, know that I will miss you so much until that day and know that my love will do nothing but grow and keep growing. I love you.

— Sharon

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Shaina added to Sponsored Dogs

October 28th, 2014 · 1 Comment



I have three rescue dogs that I’ve adopted over the course of 11 years. This is Shaina, my oldest. I originally chose to adopt instead of to buy from a pet shop when I was. 17. I’d just lost my father to heart disease, and had a desire to fill a void by taking care of a dog who truly needed a home, and who might be euthanized otherwise.

I went to the South Los Angeles pound to look for a smaller dog, but then I saw her. She was skinny with a cut on her ear, but so full of energy and smart. She had her long nails wrapped around the cage’s chain-linked fence door and was shaking it, making noise to get my attention. The friend I was with said “Look at that one. She’s smart!”

I asked an employee if I could meet her. She took Shaina out from her pen. I crouched down to say hi. Shaina put her two front paws on my knees and licked my face.

I’ve been in love since.

The day I brought Shaina home, I found out that she was on the high kill list. She would have been euthanized the next day.

Shaina has been my best friend through it all – through good moments such as my high school graduation and my wedding 11 years later – and through bad moments, too.

In August 2014, the vet called and said that my baby Shaina has lymphosarcoma. It’s a type of cancer that, apparently responds really well to small chemo doses that are not harmful, and will prolong their life for 1-2 years.

I’ve had Shaina since I was 17. I am now 29. I will know when she’s in pain and it’s time to let go. Right now isn’t the time. She’s still active, playful, cuddly, and has a voracious appetite.

When you love someone, extraordinary things happen. You make it work. You make it happen.

To quote our vet’s website in regards to Shaina’s cancer type: “With chemotherapy, most dogs reach a complete remission and enjoy happy, healthy lives of one year or longer, often much longer!” So yeah…this type of cancer doesn’t cause dogs pain, and the chemo doesn’t cause them pain. I say heck yes.

Best regards,

— Danielle

The CCA Board of Directors had allocated $500 to help pay the costs of Shaina’s treatments.

To help sponsor Shaina’s treatments, you can click on the PayPal donate button below or send a check to:

Canine Cancer Awareness, Inc.
44 Devoe Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211


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Clinical Trials for Canine Lymphoma

October 8th, 2014 · 3 Comments

Information regarding two open clinical trials for canine lymphoma can be found at:

ACI is currently enrolling cases in a nationwide clinical trial to evaluate a monoclonal antibody (AT-005) 
that is conditionally licensed by the USDA to aid in the treatment of dogs with lymphoma. The study is designed to assess the benefit of adding AT-005 to a multi-agent chemotherapy protocol for dogs with intermediate to high grade T-cell lymphoma.

ACI is currently enrolling cases in a nationwide clinical trial to evaluate a monoclonal antibody (AT-005) that is conditionally licensed by the USDA to aid in the treatment of dogs with lymphoma. The study is designed to assess the benefit of adding AT-005 to a single-agent CCNU chemotherapy protocol for dogs with intermediate to high grade T-cell lymphoma.

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Pheona added to Sponsored Dogs

October 5th, 2014 · 1 Comment



Pheona and I have been together for over 10 years, since Pheo was only 5 or 6 weeks old. I have known her since she was born though. I used to visit her even before she was weaned. We met at one of my lowest points in life; I was homeless, suffering from severe PTSD symptoms and I struggled each day to find a reason to live. Pheona coming into my life gave me the reason I needed. After being homeless for another year in 2008 I was blessed to get into supportive housing and some treatment for my trauma. A couple years later I was doing so well I went back to school, something I had always wanted to do, but didn’t feel capable of doing it alone. Pheona was with me every step of the way, including during my graduation from City College recently. She is such a gentle and loving dog that she was the class pet in every class I had at CCSF. Even people who are afraid of dogs were in love with her by the end of a semester, just from her gentle presence. At 10 years old she is also still very playful and active. (The emergency vet guessed she was only 6 years old!) She loves to play and just be a dog sometimes. I have never had to worry about her wandering off; she can’t stand for me to be out of her sight. (We both have a bit of separation anxiety where each other is concerned!) For 10 years Pheona has been my constant companion, and my Service Dog for over 5 of those years. We go everywhere together and she helps me navigate life successfully. My life didn’t magically get better when she came into my life, but with her by my side I couldn’t give up. Things would go up and down like anyone’s life. She helps me keep my head above water, emotionally, when things are rough though. Up until a month ago things had been going well again. Unfortunately, this upswing has been intercepted by a humongous downer of life recently. On July 2, 2014 our whole world fell apart. We took her to the vet for digestion problems. But, they wanted to talk about something more important they said: the big C- cancer. The cancer, specifically a mast cell tumor, is aggressive and in a really bad place to operate. We had first noticed the lump last October and took her in to our old vet to have it checked out. The vet that day said it was a perianal cyst, stuck a needle in it and said that since nothing drained out of the hole he made that it was nothing to worry about. We were relieved but tried to keep an eye on it. That was easier said than done though, due to the lump’s location. Surgery is the first treatment option for mast cell tumors, but the location of this tumor makes thing very complicated. The first vet said surgery wasn’t an option but when I went to the VCA hospital they said aggressive surgery is needed, ASAP. Unfortunately, to get all of the cancer cells they need to amputate her tail and remove a part of her rectum. That should cure it though! I am physically disabled and unable to work. My SSI payments aren’t even enough to pay my rent, let alone to cover any part of this treatment. (My husband’s disability payments cover my rent for me.) We have spent almost $1000, literally every penny we had, already on the vet bills, and she hasn’t gotten any actual treatment yet. I was starting to feel hopeless; I didn’t see how I was going to be able to make sure that my girl had all of the things that she needs. She has been there for me, every moment of the past 10 years. Now that she needs me, I want to give her the care she deserves. I feel like a failure. Since the oncologist suggested surgery I have been fundraising like a mad person. I have to make this happen for her. None of this would be possible if it wasn’t for the kindness of others.

We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
— Julie, Steve, and Pheona

Update 10-05-2014

Hi everyone!

I just wanted to take a few minutes to let everyone know that Pheona had her surgery last Saturday and is healing well. There was a major setback during the week, her foot became infected. We are pretty sure the injury happened the day before surgery, the vet believes she stepped on something that stabbed completely though her right rear foot. She didn’t show any sign that it was injured until Monday morning, she wouldn’t put any weight on it. After 2 visits to the vet ER over 4 days they finally were able to figure out what was causing the swelling and clean the infection out for her (first visit they diagnosed it as a bee sting or spider bite). She went in this morning for a foot recheck and they said it was healing well. She is very obviously feeling much better, she is eating and drinking again and can walk on the foot now.

Her tail amputation went well, by Monday morning her foot was much more painful to her than her tail. She still has a bit of a nub that we have seen wiggle once so far. The swelling around the area has gone down quite a bit but she sure looks funny right now. She has 5 different areas on her body that are shaved, one spot is a huge square around her tail! We have to put the ecollar on her at night when we are sleeping but during the day she does a great job of leaving her stitches alone. We have to watch that she isn’t licking her foot more than her backside right now.

While we were at the ER the second time Dr. Kidd stopped in to give us the test results from the tumor and the great news is it wasn’t cancer after all! They don’t know why it showed the purple granules under a microscope like a mast cell tumor but what she had was a perianal edema (or something like that, I didn’t hear much after “it wasn’t cancer” LoL). He said it would have needed to come off anyway so the surgery wasn’t for “nothing” but this means cancer can’t “return” because it wasn’t there to start with!! I am so relieved. I am also relieved that this whole ordeal seems to be finally winding down. Since the tumor wasn’t a mast cell after all they were able to start taking her off the meds she was taking for it, as well. They were really dragging her down and making her act very agitated. She is starting to act like her old self again, but still subdued by pain meds a little. We go back in 2 weeks to have her stitches removed and that should be the end of it. Yay!!

I can not thank you and your agencies enough for all that you have done to help Pheona and I during this time. We wouldn’t have had any choices or the joy of knowing it wasn’t cancer without all of you. She has a lot of life ahead of her yet! Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts.

With love,

— Julie and Pheona

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Kerious Added to Sponsored Dogs

October 5th, 2014 · 2 Comments



UPDATE 10-05-2014: It hurts me to say this, my Kerious passed on last Monday, September 29th. It was sudden and unexpected, he was in remission just last Saturday, but he took a turn for the worse the day before he passed. My heartaches right now from the pain. He was one of a kind and I will always love and miss him. Thank you, thank you, thank you for everything you have done for me and my Kerious. Please keep me in your prayers.

Kerious I love and miss you so much.

— Tracyi



My name is Kerious ( pronounced curious ) I am an 11 year-old Yorkie and my human mommy found out on the 4th of July I have stage 4 Cancer (Lymphoma). When she found out she was so very upset. She was told if I didn’t get treatment I had only weeks to live but with treatment I could live for a year or more and my cancer could go into remission. Please anyone and everyone reading my story please donate towards my treatments so I can live longer I’m not ready to leave my human mom yet. I am fighting with all the energy I have to live but I really need your help, anything you give will help.

Thank you,

— Kerious

The CCA Board of Directors had allocated $1000 to help pay the costs of Kerious’ treatments.

To help sponsor treatment in memory of Kerious, you can click on the PayPal donate button below or send a check to:

Canine Cancer Awareness, Inc.
44 Devoe Street
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Ayla added to Sponsored Dogs

September 21st, 2014 · No Comments



My niece was having a baby in Feb. of 2004. I loved the name Ayla from the movie Clan of a Cave Bear. I wanted her to name her daughter Ayla. But on February 4th she had her daughter and named her Nyla.

One month later, in March 2004, Ayla came to me from my daughter’s friend. She was three months old. Her name then was Princess and I changed it immediately to Ayla. Ayla’s been my best friend ever since. My Grandson is 5 years old now, but when he was younger and taking naps in my room, Ayla would lay right outside the door. I knew when he was waking because Ayla would come to me and go back to the room. Because of my Ayla, I get my walking exercise done. We walk every night. On July 3,2014 I received the worse news. Ayla has Mammary Tumors and needs surgery to survive.

I am 58 yrs. old now. I am an ovarian cancer survivor, so I know my Ayla will be too,once she has the surgery. I know the time will come when she has to leave me but in my heart she is still a young pup. She still looks like a puppy when she rolls on her back or goes running.

After much research Canine Cancer Awareness is donating $1,000. I would not be able to get Ayla’s surgery without the help of their donation.

Thank you so much Canine Cancer Awareness.You will always be in my prayers.

— Kathleen

The CCA Board of Directors has allocated $1000 to help pay the costs of Ayla’s treatments. Please help Ayla receive the treatment that she needs. Any sponsor donations made on behalf of Ayla will be used to pay unpaid invoices and the checks will be sent directly to Ayla’s vet.

To help sponsor treatment, you can click on the PayPal donate button below or send a check to:

Canine Cancer Awareness, Inc.
44 Devoe Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211


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Sapphire added to Sponsored Dogs

September 15th, 2014 · No Comments



I first met Sapphire at Fresno Bully Rescue in May 2012. I was one of the volunteers there. This was her second time back to Fresno Bully Rescue. She was originally from Los Angeles where she was used as a breeder dog. They clipped her ears and filed down her canine teeth. I believe she escaped from there because she was found by a woman roaming the streets of LA. She couldn’t keep her so she contacted Fresno Bully Rescue and they took her in. She was adopted by a family and was there for less than a year. They said she was stolen, I think she escaped from them because they just put her in the backyard and did nothing with her. SPCA contacted Fresno Bully Rescue to let them know they had Sapphire. She was now back at the shelter and that is when we met. By the 3rd time I walked her she let me know I was going to be her new mommy. Yes…she chose me! It took her until October to totally convince me. I was so in love with her and knew she had to come home. She finally came home in December 2012. She was my Christmas present.

Sapphire is 6 years old. She loves to give hugs, play with her favorite ball and just be right by my side. She never leaves me. She has a wonderful life now and is so spoiled. I can’t believe what a gentle loving dog she is considering the way she was treated before.

In May 2014 she was diagnosed with Mast Cell Tumor on her head. Her surgery is scheduled for September 17, 2014. Thank you to the Canine Cancer Awareness for donating so Sapphire can have her surgery to remove the tumor.

— Debbie

The CCA Board of Directors has allocated $1000 to help pay the costs of Sapphire’s treatments. Please help Sapphire receive the treatment that she needs. Any sponsor donations made on behalf of Sapphire will be used to pay unpaid invoices and the checks will be sent directly to Sapphire’s vet.

To help sponsor treatment, you can click on the PayPal donate button below or send a check to:

Canine Cancer Awareness, Inc.
44 Devoe Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211


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Harvey added to Sponsored Dogs

August 19th, 2014 · No Comments



Harvey is our first dog as adults. We never expected he’d feel like our first child, our best of best friends, the love of our lives. He’s gentle, soulful, his spirit strong and personality almost human. He gives kisses like they’re water he’s gotta unload from a sinking ship. He’s a total mush and flirts and cuddles with anyone that’ll allow it. He attracts attention everywhere: “What a handsome dog!” “such a perfect boy!” And yet it’s WE who have the privilege of receiving his love each day, with no expectation of anything in return.

The day we learned Harvey had thyroid cancer was the most devastating day of our lives. Cancer? How could it be? It’s our Harvey and God wouldn’t do that. It’s not fair. But then we put away the pity party and decided we would not let this disease take our son. We would fight it out of him, because it has no business being in such a sweet soul to begin with.

So we have fought, are fighting, and will continue to fight, despite financial hardship. Because of your support, we will get more days with Harvey, more years (God-willing), memories, smiles, laughter, and oh so many more kisses.

As I type this he trots up to me and puts his face to mine for a kiss. He knows we’re fighting this. I know in my heart that we’ll never love another dog the way we love Harvey, and we’ll do everything we can to make sure he has a long, healthy, happy, QUALITY life with us. We rescued him once, THANK YOU for helping us rescue him again. He has been an absolute blessing to us and those that meet him. May God continue to wrap him in blessings as he fights this battle against cancer.

May God wrap you in blessings for helping us fight it.
— Kate and Christian

The CCA Board of Directors has allocated $1000 to help pay the costs of Harvey’s treatments. Please help Harvey receive the treatment that he needs. Any sponsor donations made on behalf of Harvey will be used to pay unpaid invoices and the checks will be sent directly to Harvey’s vet.

To help sponsor treatment, you can click on the PayPal donate button below or send a check to:

Canine Cancer Awareness, Inc.
44 Devoe Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211


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Cody Added to Sponsored Dogs

August 1st, 2014 · No Comments



Cody is a 5 year old Cocker Spaniel diagnosed with Lymphoma cancer. It was the worst news to hear that Cody was diagnosed with Lymphoma cancer. My heart just broke and the tears were like a raging river. I could hardly breathe that the vet’s had to call for someone to take us to Ocean State Veterinary Hospital for immediate treatment. I prayed and prayed for a miracle for my Cody to please protect him and bring him back to health as they did not think he was going to make it past that day. Thankfully with faith, prayers and the blessed hands of our great veterinarian’s Cody is on the right track to becoming healthy again.

He is just the friendliest and most loving dog I have ever had the pleasure of having. He was a therapy dog for me as my husband was admitted to a nursing home and it left me home alone. He is my best friend, my companion and my cuddle buddy all wrapped up in one. He has brought so much joy and happiness to my life. He helped me overcome the loneliness that was easily slipping into a depression once my husband was admitted. He is now having chemotherapy and seems to be taking it well. He saved my life and now I hope to save his. Words cannot explain the gratitude we are overwhelmed with for my Cody.

Thank you so very much and God Bless.
— Hilda
The best way to prepare for life is to begin to live.
Elbert Hubbard

The CCA Board of Directors has allocated $1000 to help pay the costs of Cody’s treatments. Please help Cody receive the treatment that he needs. Any sponsor donations made on behalf of Cody will be used to pay unpaid invoices and the checks will be sent directly to Cody’s vet.

To help sponsor treatment, you can click on the PayPal donate button below or send a check to:

Canine Cancer Awareness, Inc.
44 Devoe Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211


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