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Deuce added to Sponsored Dogs

August 5th, 2013 · 8 Comments



Deuce will be 8 years old in October, diagnosed with grade II mast cell tumors in May 2013.

We sometimes think of Deuce as our housewarming gift. When we purchased our first house we already had 2 dogs, Roxy, a pit bull who is now 12 years old and Zipper, a rescued pit bull terrier who is now 11 years old. While in the pet store, my husband was deciding what new fish to add to our tank, I wandered back to the puppies for sale. It was then that I seen this cute little pug puppy sitting in the cage all by himself and of course I couldn’t leave without him. Deuce got to spend our first Christmas in our new house together as a family.

On a regular scheduled visit to the vet we noticed a red swollen lump on the inside of Deuce’s ear. We thought maybe he had been bit by something. The vet recommended Benadryl and to keep an eye on the swelling. A few weeks later we went for a follow up as the lump was still there. The vet then suggested we have the lump tested for cancer. After waiting for what seemed like eternity we got a call letting us know that it was a mast cell tumor and because of its difficult location she needed to refer us to an oncologist to find out our next steps. I was in shock. Deuce showed no signs of being sick. He is always full of energy, running around, playing with his brother and sister (Roxy & Zipper) and has always been our door greeter. He loves to go for walks and always has to have a leg to lie on.

After visiting the oncologist we were overwhelmed with all the options for testing, medications, surgery, and treatment and could only think about how we were going to afford it all. Doing nothing wasn’t an option. We will do all that we can for him that our funds allow so that he can have the longest and most comfortable life possible. To some his is just a dog but to us, he is our son!

Since diagnosis, Deuce has had surgery to remove 7 mast cell tumors. He does get a little sick with sedation and anesthesia so recovery takes a little longer but recovery has went well. He hasn’t missed a beat and you would never know that he was sick other than his battle wounds (scars). In the weeks to come, with the help from Canine Cancer Awareness, Deuce will begin chemotherapy. Please keep him and everyone else that has had to deal with this horrible disease in your thoughts and prayers. We could not do this without all of the support from our friends and family.

We can’t thank Canine Cancer Awareness enough with us already having spent over $4,000, using the resources available to us we are beginning to wonder how much more we can do.

Thank you for your support,

—Crystal, Josh, Deuce, Roxy & Zipper

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


Tags: Mast Cell Tumor

8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Shannon Munar // Aug 19, 2013 at 6:32 am

    It is a pleasure to know Deuce. He is the sweetest boy. I remember when he was a little puppy. Oh, so cute!!!! Although I do not have the resources to contribute, just let me say that I know Deuce, Roxy & Zipper are Crystal & Josh’s children (with four paws). They are good and honest people who need your help. Deuce – keep on fighting. Your Mommy loves you.

  • 2 Crystal Barrett // Aug 22, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    Update: Chemo #2 down, 6 more to go! Dr says everything looks good but had to drop dosage on the prednisone because I can’t complete a full walk around the block without being carried back home and I’m driving mom crazy 

  • 3 Lydia // Sep 19, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    My little dog Sparky has just been diagnosed with a 2 Mast Cell Tumors called “Nerve Sheath Tumor” just above his elbow on his left front leg. The Vet told me it is cancer and has to be removed as soon as possible. I don’t quailify for the care credit and I am on Disability and can’t afford to pay for the surgery. This type of cancer grows fast and the Vet told me that Sparky needs surgery as soon as possible. He is 12 yrs old and his daddy (dog) barely died 3 months ago of old age. I don’t want Sparky to die, please can you help me? Please help me with my baby Sparky. I need to know by this week because if we wait to long Sparky will lose his leg, and I need to know for next week. Please help me with bill or part of it I will highly appreciated it. Thank You.

  • 4 Crystal // Sep 20, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    Update: Chemo #5 down, 3 to go! Deuce is doing good. No signs of reoccurring tumors right now. We are no longer on prednisone but have started on antibiotics to help with an infection. Other than some nausea we are doing good! PS, I have made it around the block walking again! Thanks again for helping us!!!

  • 5 Nicola // Dec 9, 2013 at 4:44 am

    My name is Nicola. I just read little Deuce’s story, Bless him. My boyfriend is currently going through the same issues with his Staffordshire Bull Terrier. He was diagnosed with Cancer last month. He is receiving a course of chemo as we speak. It is all very upsetting. Was Deuce’s treatment successful? Did you manage to gain any funding to cover his treatment? x

  • 6 Crystal // Mar 4, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    As of last month Deuce is 4 months into remission. I cannot thank Canine Canine Awareness enough for the help that they have given us. Unfortunately one of our older dogs, Roxy, 11 yr old pitbull, has been diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma. She went through emergency surgery on Monday and is currently doing well but I am unsure how we are going to afford treatment for her as well. This is very hard on us right now. I hope that your’s are hanging in there.

  • 7 Phyllis // Dec 27, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    My name is Phyllis, and I have a 4 yr dog, Bodie, a Rottweiler/Hound mix that I found a large lump on his hind leg. After going to the vet, it was confirmed that the lump was a mast cell tumor. The tumor was in a very difficult place to do surgery, and as we expected, they did not get clean margins. The surgeon said he was literally scrapping the tumor from his bone and tendons. We are waiting for his wound to heal before we can start radiation. He has to have 16 treatments which is a lot. I have taken a loan against my 401K, but the radiation treatments are going to cost $6000. Would love to know what resources there are out there for us to look in to. I hope everyone else’s dogs are doing well!! Thank you!!

  • 8 Crystal // Aug 18, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    I just wanted to give an update on Deuce. He is currently going on 2 years remission. We couldn’t have done it without the help of you guys. It has been a year since we lost his best friend, our oldest dog, Roxy to hemangiosarcoma. We are fighting cancer for her!!! Hope everyone is doing well! Sending prayers and hope.

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