In 2001 Bubba came to stay with us. He belonged to a neighbor but came to our house because he wanted love and attention. Bubba is a beautiful Yellow Lab and the sweetest, most gentle dog you could ever meet. He just wants to be with his new adopted family and be petted all the time. We didn’t even know his name but our son, who was in college at the time, came home, fell in love with him too, and said he looks like a ‘Bubba’. We already had another dog at that time – our beautiful Cocker Spaniel ‘Lady’. She accepted Bubba and they became best friends, immediately. Unfortunately, in 2005 we lost our precious Lady to kidney failure – which absolutely broke our hearts. She was 15 years, 3 months, and seven days old and had become like a child – even though we had three children of our own – she was our 4th. So…that was a heart-breaking time to loose her, having to put her down. Even though I know I will hold her again in heaven one day, my tears never stop and it still hurts – but having our adopted dog Bubba to help us with love and support, has been a great comfort to us. He has become like another child to us and is so faithful and loving. All three of our children are married now and out of the home so our sweet Bubba has become even more important in our lives for comfort in hard times (believe me, we’ve had plenty of them) loving, supporting, and always being there for us. Every time someone sees him, they always say he is a beautiful dog and sometimes ask if they can take him home. He’s just that kind of dog – one that gives you so much unconditional love and that is always the only thing he wants back – love, to be petted, and sometimes, even though he weighs 75 lbs., to get in my lap!
After we got Bubba we moved several times because of job loss and other things but even though we lived so many different places, Bubba has been our constant, faithful friend to go with us and help us through so many bad and hard circumstances. As long as we gave him a place to be at our feet, he was happy – and also the many long walks we have had together in parks, woods, around mountains, lakes, and in neighborhoods. He has been such a wonderful companion during good times and bad. We love our Bubba so much and can’t stand the thought of loosing him.
Cancer is something we never thought we would have to deal with in such a strong healthy dog. While currently in another job loss situation, we found out that Bubba has cancer. So while looking for employment, we have found ourselves also looking for funding to help us afford CT scans, surgery, pathology, and chemotherapy. This is why Canine Cancer Awareness has become so very much a part of our lives and hearts. We are so very thankful for the many people who care about animals to aid people in our situation needing help.
In 2009, Bubba developed a visible tumor on his right side. I took him to our vet who told us that it would need to be removed. Before we could have the surgery done, he started coughing-up blood. I took him back to the vet – after lots of blood work that gave no direction, he recommended a chest x-ray. When I saw the x-ray I was shocked beyond belief! I saw yet another, different larger tumor on his left side, the size of a baseball. It was inside his lung lobe, close to his heart, his main bronchus, and his rib cage. The vet referred us to a specialist. Following a CT scan, it was determined that it had to be removed and a biopsy done. The biopsy revealed that Bubba has Bronchogenic Carcinoma with vascular/lymphatic invasion, which is very rare in dogs that are only 8 years old. The tumor was so close to his heart at the junction of the stem to the lung lobe, the surgeon was unable to completely remove marginal tissues from around the lobe. This is a very aggressive cancer and there are likely still cancerous cells in the bronchus that will form another tumor in 4 – 6 months. It was recommended that we see an oncologist and start chemotherapy treatments. The recommended chemo agent was vinorelbine, also used in humans. He has to have 8 treatments in addition to another drug, piroxicam, which we give daily at home. With the assistance of Canine Cancer Awareness, we are in the process of getting the chemotherapy treatments at this time. He seems to be responding well and we are pressing-on to save his life.
About three weeks ago, we noticed the original tumor on his right side had begun to grow and change colors. The specialist did a fine-needle aspirate of it and determined it to be a mast cell neoplasia with fibroplasia tumor. Mast cell tumors range from being essentially benign to highly malignant. The most reliable predictor of how an individual tumor is likely to behave is based on the tumor grade. It has been recommended that an excisional biopsy be performed to confirm this mass is a mast cell tumor and to determine the grade of the tumor. This would be done between his 7th and 8th treatment of chemo. After this, Bubba would need to have an abdominal ultrasound performed to evaluate for signs of mast cell tumor spread especially to the liver and spleen.
Needless to say, we are very concerned because our sweet Bubba has another threat to his life. But, we are doing everything we can to provide the necessary treatment to save our precious dog. So…if you are reading this, please say a prayer for us to continue to find funds available to pay for additional surgery etc., and pray for Bubba that he will stay strong during all of this and that God will bless him and us with a long and happy life.
Again, thank-you Canine Cancer Awareness for your generous help and support during a very difficult time in our lives.
— George and Linda
CCA has donated $1000 to help pay the costs of Bubba’s treatment. Please also give generously to Bubba. 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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