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Presley added to Sponsored Dogs

July 12th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Heartjoy Presley Good Luck Charm


UPDATE 7-12-2011—

That’s what I named him when I adopted my Maltese Presley when he was just 2 years old in 2004. His previous owner had had a baby and Presley was beginning to play too rough with the baby as he was crawling. Once Presley came home he was such an energetic guy I decided to train him in agility. He has been competing now for 6 years, including at a national event. On June 4, 2011 I was brushing him out before a bath and felt an asymmetry in his rib cage. I looked, and could see a barely perceptible difference on his left side compared to his right side. Of course it was a Saturday, but I called my vet and took him in. They were stunned I could see such a slight change in contour. She did an x-ray and saw nothing of note. She aspirated the bulge and came back with a bad result. The aspirate showed some cancerous mast cells. I was devastated and confused. He had no signs of illness. So the following Tuesday Presley had surgery. I was able to be in the surgery and saw the huge tumor that was removed. It was actually under the diaphragm. It was about the size of a golf ball, very red and angry looking. I knew it looked more malignant than benign. It was not in an organ, but just attached to the wall of the abdomen and the tip of the sternum. A biopsy was taken and sent out. A few days later it was confirmed: mast cell tumor. We were then referred to a specialty vet for ultrasound. The ultrasound showed no other tumors in the abdomen. They also did aspirates of the spleen and liver. When the results came back, he was diagnosed with a grade III mast cell tumor with probable liver involvement. They said it was likely the cells in the liver were few in number, so chemotherapy was advised. We started the chemotherapy on July 11, 2011.

I am unemployed and have little savings. I was not sure how I would take care of Presley’s expenses. But I did not want him to suffer because I had no resources. I searched the internet and was lucky to find the Canine Cancer Awareness information.

I applied for the grant from Canine Cancer Awareness and was so lucky and blessed to receive a grant. I don’t know how I would have started chemo without it. Presley is a fit and otherwise healthy 9 year old. He plays hard and competes in agility. I am hopeful that he will get through this and be able to have a happy life for many more years. Presley is the joy and happiness in my life. I am so thankful for the help!

Thank you for caring and for your support, donors! Presley and I would be lost without you!

— Michelle and Presley

The CCA Board of Directors has allocated $1000 to help pay the costs of Presley’s treatments. Please help Presley continue the fight. Any sponsor donations made on behalf of Presley will be used to pay unpaid invoices and the checks will be sent directly to Presley’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 · Sponsored Dogs

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  • 1 Michelle Reehl // Dec 28, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    The grant allowed me to get chemotherapy for Presley and he continued to enjoy competing in agility, going to the beach and dog parks and having a happy life. Sadly he began to decline in Sept and passed away Sept 21.
    Teacups Dogs Agility Association has recently made a donation of $2, 731.73 based on my nomination of CCA. I was thrilled to hear this and hope others may benefit as Presley and I did.

    Many thanks to all the donors to the CCA.

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