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.
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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