JJ, aka Big Sexy, is our nine year old Bassett Hound and the eldest of our crew which includes two Bassets from the Basset Hound Rescue of Georgia, one Carolina Basset Hound Rescue and one Basset who wandered up to our house and knew he had found the hound party of the century!
My husband and I have been married 12 years and don’t have any kids. Our family thinks we are crazy when we tell them our dogs are our children. We don’t dress them up or sit them at the table, but we give them all the love we have and they give us back 200%. It’s a great investment!
JJ, ironically, is the one we could count on to never get sick, never have digestion problems or cysts or injuries. He was born with a heart murmur but it has never given him any trouble. He has the typical Basset stubborn yet laid back personality and gets along great with his brothers and sister but they definitely know he is in charge.
One afternoon in early August, as JJ allowed me to help him off the sofa at bedtime, I felt a lump in his chest. Over the next few days it went up and down in size and we noticed another in his neck. We thought it was nothing, our others get cysts from time to time, but we made an appointment anyway. My husband took him to the vet while I was out of town visiting my family and I’ll never forget the phone call he made to me from the vet’s office. I was in the middle of lunch at a restaurant when my husband told me the vet thought JJ might have cancer. All his lymph nodes were swollen. We were devastated.
The biopsy results confirmed Lymphoma and the vet old me he could refer us to an oncologist but it would probably be several thousand dollars. Or we could just make him comfortable for his last few weeks. It’s a fast disease and at best we had a month. We looked at JJ, staring back at us with his usual bored expression and we knew we couldn’t let him go without a fight.
The oncologist confirmed the cancer and the estimate and we opened up another credit card just for JJ’s chemo treatments. My husband was laid off two years ago, as so many others have been of late. He builds furniture and works odd jobs when he can get them. I am an administrative assistant at a church.
JJ has completed 9 of the 16 treatments in the Madison-Wisconsin Protocol for the treatment of his Lymphoma which was stage IV. With the exception of the third treatment, he has done extremely well and had very few side effects from the chemo. He has lost a little weight from a loss of appetite early on but we are working on gaining it back. All his lymph nodes have gone down and his heart murmur has not been affected by the chemo. In short, he is doing fantastic!
We appreciate any help we receive and for the chance to share JJ’s story. We realize this is a difficult time of year and a hard economy. If nothing else, we truly appreciate any thoughts and prayers for our boy and for us in dealing with this situation.
—Shawn & Stephanie & JJ
Currently CCA is in desperate need of funds and is not able to help pay the costs of JJ’s treatments. Please step in and help JJ. Any sponsor donations made on behalf of JJ will be used to pay unpaid invoices and the checks will be sent directly to JJ’s vet.
Please give generously to JJ. 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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