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Sponsors Needed

Besides providing knowledge and an awareness of canine cancer, Canine Cancer Awareness has mainly been established to help those owners who have been faced with a diagnosis of cancer in their precious dog but simply cannot afford treatment. Our goal is to assist the owner with treatment costs while working closely, and sending funds directly to, their veterinarian.

However, due to the overwhelming requests we have gotten for financial assistance, we are unfortunately unable to help all of those who have gone through the application process. We screen our applicants very carefully so as to distinguish those who truly are not able to afford treatment. These treatments can be very expensive, most times in the thousands, which also depletes our funds rather quickly. Our goal is to really make a difference.

It is here that we look to the public for help. The dogs listed here are in desperate need of treatment. Those marked “URGENT” need your help NOW. Please consider sponsoring one or more of the dogs listed on a monthly basis. Your donation will go specifically to your “adoptee.” Any progress noted will be posted as an update. Also please be aware that when donating to a specific dog, if those funds are not used for any reason, the board of Canine Cancer Awareness, at it’s own discretion, will determine how the sponsorship money will be divided among the other dogs needing sponsorship.

Your donation to Canine Cancer Awareness will enable us to help them continue to lead a happy, comfortable life. Please help us provide some precious quality time for these dogs and their owners.

For those wishing to make a donation without going to Paypal, you may mail a check to:

Canine Cancer Awareness

44 Devoe Street

Brooklyn, NY 11211

DOGS CURRENTLY NEEDING SPONSORSHIP


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DOGS THAT HAVE BENEFITED FROM SPONSORSHIP IN THE PAST


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Emma

Emma


Emma is the sweetest dog alive, she’s never met a person or animal she didn’t like and everyone she has met has fallen in love with her. She is pure love. Emma has had a gift since she was born, the gift of caring for others.

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Moose

Moose


Moose is a purebred Golden Retriever born November 8, 2012. In May, I made the discovery of what I thought was Moose’s swollen glands due to allergies.

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Sadie

Sadie


My younger daughter and I adopted Sadie, a/k/a Bean, from the City of Columbia Animal Shelter in April of 2007. According to the shelter she was four months old and had been picked up with two other puppies just walking down the road.

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Deuce

Deuce


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

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Victoria

Victoria


Our seven year old Rottweiler, Victoria, loves to go camping and boating with us. During a recent camping trip she accidentally fell off the boat and would not move her leg. We immediately took her to the nearest vet where X-rays showed her hind left leg had a fracture where a fracture is uncommon for healthy bone. A mass showed in the X-ray and we were given the terrible news that it was likely osteosarcoma. Repairing the fractured bone was not an option.

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Cody

Cody


Cody is a 5 year old Shetland Sheepdog diagnosed with Lymphoma.

Cody is the light of our life. He makes each day worthwhile to keep going in our situation. He is our inspiration. He walks around the house everywhere I go acting as my eyes as I am legally blind. He’s there to lay his head on my lap whenever I am having a bad health day as I am diabetic and Stage 4 kidney failure. He is what we call the worker bee as he constantly follows his dad around the house assisting in fixing odds and ends and painting as well as mowing the lawn and gardening.

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Tigra

Tigra

Tigra is a 9 1/2 year old Pitbull diagnosed with Stage IV-V Lymphoma.

tigra came into my life, at the exact moment when i needed her most. she was the sweetest, cutest pitbull puppy, and her sweet cuddly personality made her even more irresistible. she was about 11 weeks old, and she quickly became my shadow and my constant companion. she went everywhere with me. the bond was established from day one.

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Kahlua

Kahlua

Kahlua is a 10 year old Labrador mix diagnosed with Anal Sac Apocrine Gland Adenocarcinoma.

Almost 10 years ago a co-worker asked me to help her find a home for a little puppy living on the street in her niece’s neighborhood. Her niece would leave food out for the neighborhood dogs, and only this puppy would come over to eat.

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Lucy

Lucy

This is Lucy’s story. She is a 5 year old yellow Labrador who has always been vibrant, full of joy and never sick a day in her life, until recently, her journey took a fork in the road we certainly never expected… cancer. She is the love of our lives and constant companion to our 6 year old yellow Labrador, Maxx. Our world turned upside down.

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Aki

Aki

Aki is a 4 year old Akita mix diagnosed with Stage IIIa Lymphosarcoma.

Aki’s story is one of triumph over tragedy.

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Koda

Koda

Koda is a 6 year old Shepherd/Rottweiler mix diagnosed with Multicentric Lymphoma.

Koda was abandoned at eight weeks in a desert in NM full of ticks, flees and anything else that would attach itself to her. I rescued her and brought her home as she laid on the floor on the passenger’s side of my SUV underneath the air conditioner; lying on her back, tongue hanging out on a hot August day in 2005.

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Charlie

Charlie

Charlie is an 8 year old Aussie/Rottweiler mix diagnosed with Bronchoalveolar Carcinoma grade III.

This is Charlie. He is my heart and soul! So full of life I couldn’t believe it when they told me he had a month maybe two to live. Charlie has Adenocarcinoma a very serious and fast moving cancer. I learned the news just before Christmas.

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Sadie

Sadie

UPDATE 1-22-2012—

Well, where do I begin? I always made sure Sadie, my Great Dane, had her yearly inoculations and regular exams from her vet. If anything suspicious came up, it was another visit to the vets. She is ten years old and the only thing wrong with her is she has slight hip dysplasia. One week before Thanksgiving of 2011 my Sadie girl went to sit on the sofa as she usually does. She slid to the floor with such a resigned expression of “oh well I might just as well stay here” She finally made it to her destination.

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Senci

Senci

UPDATE 12-4-2011—

I want to write about my dog Senci. I just found out that she had cancer. Her cancer is called Peripheral Nerve Sheath Cancer.

One day, me and my mother noticed a lump on Senci’s side. At first we figured it was just a fatty cyst, because black labs are known for getting them. As time progressed, her lump got bigger and bigger.

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Ginger

Ginger

UPDATE 9-1-2011—

Ginger’s person of nine years had passed away and a friend of mine convinced me to try a weekend with Ginger to see if she would fit into my life. We all know once you say yes to a trial it is over.

The loss of Ginger’s person had taken a toll on her. She was ten pounds too thin when she walked into my apartment and I wasn’t sending her back to a place that wasn’t a home to her.

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Jake

Jake

UPDATE 6-30-2011—

On April 25th 2011 (my birthday), Jake was diagnosed with bone cancer in his tibia. Previously he had been being treated for hip dysplasia with laser therapy. On Saturday the 23rd I noticed he was really limping and thought it was his hips. He goes to daycare at the vet hosp so I asked them to check him out. Call back, bone cancer, advanced. No cancer in lungs but recommended amputation or it would fracture within days and I would have to put him down.

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Presley

Presley

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.

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Uta

Uta

UPDATE 5-30-2011—

I assume you have found your way to this website because you just found out that your dog has cancer, or after years of paying for cancer treatments you are in search of help, that is why I am here. Our story starts out like yours, either one day you detected a lump on your pet or like us you found out at a routine exam that beneath your pet’s thick, healthy coat were enlarged lymph nodes, hiding from your unsuspecting touch. Before you knew it you were sitting in the waiting room of a veterinary oncology office, scared and a little in shock.

Read More About Uta…

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Keefer

Keefer

Keefer is a 10 year old German Shepherd diagnosed with Lymphosarcoma.

UPDATE 5-23-2011—

Hi, my name is Keefer and I have Cancer.

I just turned 10 a few months ago and live in Florida with my mom, a fur sister and fur brother, and some other pack members. I have lived here since I was a little boy. When we first found out I had Cancer, I knew it was not something very good.

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Grace

Grace

Grace is an 8 year old English Springer Spaniel.

UPDATE 5-14-2011—

On April 10 2011 I took Grace for what was to be a regular check up. Instead the vet asked me if I had noticed her lymph nodes in her neck and behind her knees the were enlarged.

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Stella

Stella

UPDATE 5-12-2011—

I know this is a long-winded recollection of a story of a girl and her dog, but bear with me. I don’t know how else to express what Canine Cancer Awareness means to me without starting from the top. Here goes (got the Kleenex box next to me and ready to go)…

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Lady

Lady

UPDATE 2-23-2011—

Lady is our 3 year old cocker spaniel. When we first saw her, she was hiding under a chair, while her brother ate her lunch. When she was offered to us, we were so excited to bring her home.

She was always nervous when it came time to eat, as she thought someone else might take it. Thank goodness after about a year, she became comfortable eating.

Lady looks just like “lady” in the “Lady and the Tramp” movie. She is just as sweet and charming as any dog can be.

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Libby

Libby

UPDATE 2-17-2011—

While petting my three-year-old West Highland White Terrier, Lady Liberty (aka Libby), I noticed that there were a number of very large, raised areas on her chest. I called the Vet’s and made an appointment for later that day. I wasn’t too concerned as I assumed that it had something to do with the tick I had found on her a few days before…

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Puggy

Puggy

UPDATE 1-9-2011—

Puggy is my 9 1/2 year-old, black, male pug. Recently, he was diagnosed with cancer. He had a mast tumor on his back. At first I was very confused about what action to take next, but my vet assured me that surgery to remove it and send it to the lab was the best option.

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JJ

JJ

UPDATE 10-24-2010—

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!

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Allyson

Allyson

UPDATE 9-10-2010—

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A few months ago I took my beloved rescued 9 year old Yorki-Poo Allyson to the vet for a routine check-up. My vet shocked me when she said she felt a large tumor in her abdomen. She did an x-ray and confirmed two masses in her liver. She took blood and suggested an ultra sound. The ultrasound confirmed the tumors, and a needle biopsy confirmed cancer. She has recently had a successful surgery to remove these tumors. The next stage to improve the chances of her recovery is chemotherapy.

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Chloe

Chloe

UPDATE 8-26-2010—

Our darling girl Chloe was diagnosed with lymphoma on July 11. Lymphoma is a very aggressive form of cancer and has attacked all of her organs. The cancer attacked quickly; there was no sign of it only one month previously when she had her annual checkup and shots. Cheryl and I are brokenhearted and are going to do whatever is necessary to fight the cancer and give our sweet girl a full and happy life. We began chemo the next day at Veterinary Specialists of Texas in Dallas. Chloe has responded wonderfully and seems her old sweet self again but she MUST have chemo once a week for about six months. These treatments will cost over $6,000.00 in total!

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Dakota

Dakota

UPDATE 8-12-2010 —

My Dakota is a 9 year old Shepherd/Chow with a heart & soul of a 9 month old puppy. Dakota came to me when he was 2 months old and we have been inseparable since. He’s always been strong and in good health, we hike, we take long walks, he goes to dog parks, dog beaches, day care and even has play days along with his sister. Back in June of this year, I took him to the holistic vet for acupuncture, he had been limping a little; he was checked thoroughly and had no signs of anything.

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Alfie

Alfie

UPDATE 6-19-2010—

In order to tell you Alfie’s story I need to tell you mine so you will know just how much Alfie is needed and loved. My first husband tried to kill me by lacing and Anacin 3 capsule with 10 times the lethal dose of cyanide. It left me with brain stem damage damage and lots of pain. But, my story has a happy ending.

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Dallas

Dallas

UPDATE 7-22-2010—

I was at the Oregon shelter that morning to help my 12 year old rottie diagnosed with bone cancer over the rainbow bridge. As a foster parent for the shelter I knew Dallas had just come back that morning from her 3rd home. I was in no mood for another dog, no mood to give my heart again, and definitely not in the mood for a puppy; somehow though I ended up leaving with her tucked under my arm like a tiny black suitcase mumbling under my breath about my own sanity.

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Angel

Angel

UPDATE 4-29-2010—

My name is Kristie. My husband Johnny and I live in Louisianna with 2 dogs that we love like children.

Angel is a 5 year old Carolina Yellow Dog aka American Dingo that wandered out of the woods and into our hearts when she was just a pup. Angel has another ½ sibling named Romeo. They are everything to each other. They’re more than friends, lovers, or even family. They’re best mates. They’re a pack.

Johnny and I were married in New Orleans in July 2009. Romeo was the ring bearer and Angel was the flower girl. 2 weeks after tying the knot Johnny found a lump on Angel’s belly during their daily Poochie Pilates session.

Read More About Angel…

Unfortunately, Canine Cancer Awareness, Inc., is not be able to offer any financial assistance at this time because our funds are so limited. Angel’s story is amazing and hopefully we can help raise funds for Angel’s treatment in this way. Any sponsor donations made on behalf of Angel will be used to pay unpaid invoices and the checks will be sent directly to Angel’s vet.

Please also give generously to Angel. 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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Tara’s Story

Tara

UPDATE 4-9-2010—

Tara is our 9-year-old Shetland sheepdog and the first dog for our family. My son, Michael, picked her out from the litter when she was 6 weeks old because she was friendly and full of mischief- a perfect little boy’s dog. Over the years she has become a wonderful and loving member of our family.

Both our vet and I were shocked in December 2009, when he performed an aspiration biopsy for a lump that had recently appeared on her leg, and it turned out to be a mast cell tumor.

Read More About Tara…

CCA has donated $1000 to help pay the costs of Tara’s treatment. Please also give generously to Tara. 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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Rebel

Rebel

UPDATE 4-14-2010—

Hello my name is Rebel Jo and I am a 7 year old rottie that has been diagnosed with osteosarcoma bone cancer January 2nd 2010 and it is in my right front leg.

Read More About Rebel…

CCA has donated $500 to help pay the costs of Rebel’s treatment. Please also give generously to Rebel. 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

DONATIONS RECEIVED FOR REBEL:

07-04-10 — $50.00 (Donation from Patricia Robinson)

08-25-10 — $3.00 (Donation from Amanda DiMauro)

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Bubba

Bubba

UPDATE 3-30-2010—

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’.

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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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Jaxon

Jaxon

UPDATE 3-17-2010—

Breed: Border Collie-Labrador Mix

Born: March 2007

Diagnosis: February 12, 2010

High grade lymphoma of abdominal lymph nodes

Jaxon is my companion and a friend like no other. He became a part of my life during the summer of 2007 when he was just shy of 4 months old. He climbed into my lap and refused to get down and we’ve been joined at the hip ever since

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Roxy’s Story

UPDATE 12-20-2009—

I adopted Roxy from my local Animal Control shelter when she was 5 months old. She was the last one left of her litter; the others had all been adopted at 2 months old. She had just had eye surgery to eliminate her reoccurring cherry eye infections; her right eye was stitched shut with hot pink stitches while she was healing. She was malnourished and looked so sad with only one eye to use, but she had so much personality that I could not stop thinking about her.

Read More About Roxy…

CCA has donated $720 to help pay the costs of Roxy’s treatment. Please also give generously to Roxy. 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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Daggit

Daggit

UPDATE 12-30-2009—

I adopted Daggit as a 9-week old pup at a puppy rescue in Colorado. She’s an Australian Shepherd/Lab mix (to the best of my knowledge). Even before I brought her home from the puppy rescue, I knew she was a very special girl. They always say “the dog chooses you” and this was no exception. Although she was still a little puppy, she showed me that she already knew how to play catch and even brought the ball back to me. That’s when I knew she was coming home with me. Not only was she as cute as can be … she was so smart!

Daggit is now 9-years-old. She’s a real sweetheart and an absolute momma’s girl. We’ve been through so much together, including moving across country. Such an intuitive and sensitive soul … and still so playful and fun-loving, even in her ‘older’ years. Daggit has been there for me as much as I’ve been there for her and I want to do everything I can for her to beat this cancer. I need to do everything I can for her. She’s a fighter and I know she won’t quit on me so I know I will not quit on her.

Read More About Daggit…

CCA has donated $500 to help pay the costs of Daggit’s treatment. Please also give generously to Daggit. 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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Roxane’s Story

Living with Cancer

UPDATE 09-29-2009—

The glee in Roxy’s eyes was inescapable after her high speed racing around the edges of her enclosed yard.

Her slight limp didn’t interfere with our daily long walks. Actually, it was hard to pin down at first, which front leg had the limp.

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HARRY

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UPDATE 09-24-2009—

We are sorry to report that Harry passed away. Our thoughts go out to Harry’s mom LaDonna.

UPDATE 08-13-2009—

Harry came to me at 7 months old, the breeder thought him too large to keep since he weighed in at almost 25 lbs and was bigger than his mother by then, breed standard for Cavaliers is between 12-18 lbs. I thought he was beautiful, and so did his golden retriever new sister Maisey.

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KATIE SCARLET “SCOUT” KELLY

UPDATE 05-09-2009—

Katie Scarlet is all about character. Initially named after the diva in “Gone With the Wind,” her tomboyish antics soon gave her the nickname, Scout, after the girl in “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Scout adored people at an early age—she loved adulation, and was often the class clown in her obedience classes. She was also quite the diva and expected all the attention when she walked into a room. Her nature and temperament suggested that she would be great at therapy work, so she was enrolled in further classes. She obtained her Good Citizen Certification and was registered with the Delta Society to begin training for work in nursing homes and hospitals. She has been a welcome sight at local parks where she plays with children and allows seniors citizens to coo over her.

However, at 18 months, Scout was diagnosed with osteosarcoma of the rib, and the cancer was growing fast, affecting her breathing. Doctors were baffled why such a young dog would contract this disease, but urged us to move fast. In April, Scout underwent a five-hour surgery to remove the tumor (growing inside her rib) and two ribs on either side of the affected rib; they also removed tissue surrounding the area. She had her first dose of chemotherapy the next day.

In the weeks following the surgery and chemotherapy, Scout continues to delight her doctors with her quick recovery and happy demeanor. She has had no side effects or nausea. She is a chow hound who loves food—hers and yours. When she walks into the Washington State University Veterinarian Teaching Hospital, she does so like a queen greeting her subjects. As her oncologist vet says, “Everybody knows Scout—she makes sure of it.”

Scout has several IV chemo treatments left. She is now taking a daily low-dose chemo pill. Just before her diagnosis, Scout’s “mom” lost her job—another statistic in the growing recession. Scout’s “dad” is a disabled veteran who is returning to college for retraining, thanks to the Veteran’s Administration. The medical bills have continued to pile up, and the couple has sold some personal items to help pay the mounting bills. WSU Vet School has been patient in allowing the couple to make payments.

With her shaved hair and big rib scar, Scout will be the hit at a new program this summer called The Be Kind Garden, where abused and sick children will plant vegetables and flowers. Scout will become their mascot, and since she will look like many of them, she will be an inspiration to those fighting disease. Her altered look doesn’t faze her a bit, and we think it will help the children accept their appearance as well.

More than anything, Scout loves to swim and would stay in the water until she wrinkled and turned blue. We want her to have the opportunity to swim again—it brings her such joy and gives us such pleasure to watch her—she is so graceful in the water. We have to believe that Scout was put here for a purpose, and we will give her every opportunity to make her life meaningful. If you can help us, we would be grateful, and more importantly, Scout can make her time count as something more than our beloved pet.

— Christina

CCA has donated $700 to help pay the costs of Scout’s treatment. Please also give generously to Scout. 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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JESSIE

UPDATE 04-03-2009—

We’re Stan and Brenda and this is our female cockapoo, Jessie, hiding in her favorite place, her pillow fort.

Jessie had a rough start in life: when she was barely three months old, she began having terrible seizures and her original owners wanted to get rid of her. Her then-vet warned us she’d never be a good dog and we should put her down. We refused and instead found treatment for her epilepsy. Admittedly, she was a bit wild during this period, but we worked with her, and over time, she became a sweet, gentle, loving member of the family.

Last November, we noticed Jess had developed a limp and her stamina wasn’t what it used to be. She didn’t want to go for walks and she had little to no appetite. We took her to the vet and he confirmed the worst: lymphoma.

Although she’s 14-years-old, we felt she still had some time left to her so we decided to proceed with chemotherapy. We’ve been fortunate to find a wonderful, caring group of people at the Purdue Vet Teaching Hospital/Small Animal Clinic, and we are forever indebted to Dr. Michael Childress for all his dedication to Jessie’s treatment. We’re also thankful to a tech intern named Jacob, who always makes the time to visit Jess and give her attention and affection when she’s in the clinic for her chemo treatment. We’re also grateful to CCA for their generous sponsorship that helps underwrite our girl’s medical bills.

Realistically, we know we aren’t going to beat this awful thing, simply delay it, but every day extra we’ve had with Jessie since we first learned of her illness has been a blessing we neither take lightly nor regret.

— Stan and Brenda

CCA has donated $500 to help pay the costs of Jessie’s treatment. Please also give generously to Jessie. 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

DONATIONS RECEIVED FOR JESSIE:

08-25-10 — $3.00 (Donation from Amanda DiMauro)

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ROMY HERMAN

UPDATE 06-02-2009—

We are sorry to report that Romy passed away. Our thoughts go out to Beth in this difficult time.

UPDATE 03-26-2009—

In May of 2002, I had moved to Nashville for a job with my dog Skylar. He and I were deeply grieving the loss of Lilly, my other dog. (Both Skylar and Lilly had been living in a cage together in a dilapidated car lot in Albuquerque, New Mexico, when we found each another, before my move to Tennessee.)

I clearly recall being incapacitated by the grief I felt for Lilly while driving to an appointment that day in May. In that I was new to Nashville, I’d left early to find my way around and had arrived ahead of schedule, entering a store to look around and take my mind off of things. Much to my surprise (great shock, actually), a young woman in the store with a scrawny yellow Corgi-Chihuahua mix asked me if I wanted him, explaining that she bred German Shepherds and had only taken him from a shelter because someone there told her he was about to be euthanized for space purposes. Living on an acre of land with 20 German Shepherds, the little Corgi-Chihuahua spent his days and nights under her bed in a box, so as not to be injured by the bigger dogs. I later also learned (via sheriff’s records) that this dog had started his life in a house where he was so badly abused and neglected, he was eventually removed from the premises (it takes years to build a case like that, replete with eye witnesses willing to step forward, so one cannot begin to imagine the suffering he endured for so long). He’d then been taken to a shelter and eventually went to live with an older woman, who passed away, wherein he lived with the body before anyone realized it. Placed once more in a shelter and facing euthanasia, the woman with the German Shepherds rescued him, but only temporarily.

It took me a week because I was clouded by my grief, but I finally decided to take him. Apparently someone else had agreed to take him in the interim, and when I discovered this, Skylar and I drove out to the acre of land with the German Shepherds and literally cried at the front door, begging for him and handing her a list of references, including former and current veterinarians. The woman let me walk him but refused, and I cried all the way home, calling her probably 10 more times that day. At 5 p.m., she called me, saying the individual never showed up, and he was mine. His name had been Tony but I renamed him Romy because he was little and blonde, like the blonde in the movie “Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion.”

If we move ahead to the current day, I live in New England again (where I was born and raised). Both my mother and Romy were diagnosed with cancer here on June 10, 2008 (my mother is doing fine now). I had been laid off from my newspaper job five months earlier, and only because of the assistance provided by a few local organizations and individuals, and primarily because of the enormous generosity of CCA, Romy began chemotherapy for his lymphoma which involved his lymph nodes, liver, spleen and pancreas. He was in the early stages of liver failure.

Within 12 hours, Romy began to respond to chemotherapy, and within a few weeks was in remission. Chemo continued through November (it was a five-month CHOP protocol), but he came out of remission two months later in mid-January, 2009.

By this time, my other dog, Skylar, had also been diagnosed with cancer (actually in September of 2008) – fibrosarcoma in his mouth and nose – and was undergoing palliative radiation at an animal radiation facility. Though I would take the proverbial bullet for Skylar and Romy, I was still unemployed except for some temp jobs here and there, but too ashamed to ask for help from CCA. I have always been self-sufficient, and this time of high unemployment has been very painful. Nevertheless I tried to be enterprising and worked out a barter arrangement with the radiation facility, working on their Web site in exchange for Skylar’s radiation. When Romy came out of remission, however, I did have to appeal to CCA again on his behalf, and once again they found it within themselves to support me with amazing generosity this winter.

Chemo for Romy (at about $250 a session) is ongoing, and funds are almost gone now. I wish to keep Romy alive. I have always believed it is one thing to have to pull the plug on an animal when he is suffering and in pain and all remedies have failed, but quite another to have to do it when he is thriving under his current treatment, as Romy is today. I had to put Skylar to sleep on March 25, though radiation oncology had given him the gift of an additional six months from the date of diagnosis. I am grieving deeply (he was my rock and my heart and my reason for being), but I am grateful for my time on earth with this extraordinary soul. If someone can find it within their heart to provide something for Romy, who is also my entire heart, so he and I can be together for a little while longer while he is feeling so wonderful, there are no words to express my gratitude.

Thank you and God’s blessings.— Beth, Romy and Skylar’s mom

CCA has donated $750 to help pay the costs of Romy’s treatment.

DONATIONS RECEIVED FOR ROMY:

04-13-09 — $25 (Donation from Mysti in memory of Sadie Mae)

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CARSON

UPDATE 03-17-2009—

Oh dear Lord no matter how many times it happens it still tears me apart. My honorary nephew…Pam’ s goofy lab Carson is on his way to the vet to make his journey to the bridge. He’s such a sweet, stoic, happy boy even now so excited to ride in the car. He loves to ride in the car! he is in tremendous pain and he gave Pam “the look” not long ago. It kills me not to be there…I am at work.

—Rebecca and the motley crew

UPDATE 03-12-2009—

Carson was unceremoniously dumped at a local high-kill shelter the day after Christmas 2006 at the age of 8. The fact that he even made it to the kennels was a miracle. This particular shelter considers anything over the age of 7 as “unadoptable” and generally those dogs go straight back to the euthanasia room. Add to that the fact that Carson has a malformed left front leg which later testing revealed was the result of three breaks as a puppy that were never treated.

I am a golden retriever person through and through and told many people I would never have any dogs except goldens. The lesson learned? Never say never. This bouncy little cream colored boy with gold ears, a deformed leg and a smile from ear to ear tore at my heart. I convinced myself that I would pull him and find a rescue to take him in. I didn’t need another dog. I didn’t want another dog. Carson, however, had other plans.

Fast forward to late summer 2008. My happy little Carson McBoing Boing has brought so much joy into my life and in the process I fell hook, line and sinker. He was and continues to be a trooper in every sense of the word. He ran faster than any dog with four good limbs I’ve ever had and he exudes nothing but enthusiasm and a zest for life. So one afternoon when I opened the gate to the dog park to let him run down to the water and saw him limping on his right hind leg, I knew something was awry. I allowed him to rest, treated him with NSAIDs and some herbal supplements and the limping temporarily stopped. But in time, his right hip began to take on an odd shape….something just wasn’t right.

On November 18, 2008 I got the diagnosis I had dreaded: Cancer. Carson had late stage pelvic osteosarcoma. Amputation was not an option….you can’t amputate a pelvis. And even if amputation had been possible, he didn’t have three good limbs to stand on…..his malformed front leg (or “boo boo foot” as we fondly called it) could not have handled the excess weight. It was full of arthritis. The internal specialist gave a very grim prognosis. Two months at the most….and I was strongly urged to euthanize him in the office that very day as I was told there was nothing that could be done. I declined…..I saw too much life left in my little guy.

We immediately began seeing our holistic vet, Dr. DiNatale. As far as we’re concerned, Dr. Connie all but walks on water. Her down-to-earth nature, compassion and wonderful sense of connection with her patients have given so much extra time to my goldens and heart kitty who romp now at the Rainbow Bridge. If anyone could help Carson live his days to the fullest, it would be Dr. Connie. She began a protocol of acpuncture along with some supplements, homeopathy, chiropractic adjustments…..and an unbelievable bond with Carson.

It has been nearly four months since Carson’s grim diagnosis, and he continues to plug away in his true gooofball fashion. I think the positive energy we feel when we enter Dr. DiNatale’s office along with her vast knowledge of both Traditional Chinese Medicine working in complement with some traditional therapies are buying my Dirty White Boy (yet another nickname) quality time. Carson is an inspiration to all he meets…..he is always up for a ride in the car, he is happy and quirky and I am so blessed and honored to be his Mom.

To CCA, my heartfelt thanks for your help by allowing us to continue Carson’s treatments. I wish there were words that could adequately convey what I feel in my heart, but perhaps for now the smile on my boy’s face will send that message loud and clear. Bless you for what you do, and thank you for allowing us to be recipients of your goodness!

— Pam and Carson

NOT today…NOT without a fight.

CCA has donated $700 to help pay the costs of Carson’s treatment. Please also give generously to Carson. 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

DONATIONS RECEIVED FOR CARSON:

4-7-09 — $396.31 (Donation from Sherri — for Pam’s Carson. Sponsor Donation for his outstanding bills.)

4-3-09 — $50 (Donation from Sherri)

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WILLOW

UPDATE 01-16-2009—

“She Squirmed across the sheet, struggled in the darkness, driven by instinct, the last puppy born edged closer to my armpit. Marveled by her strength, beauty and perfectly formed miniature canine features, I savored this moment. The puppy nudged in my armpit, it tickled, eventually I picked her up and I plugged her onto a nipple on Theia’s belly. I liked this little one, seconds old and we already had a soul touching moment. I pushed the encounter out of my mind. Sleep over came us all, canines and human. In the stillness and silence of that early spring morning in May, a new journey began to unfold…”

That was how Willow and I first met. She is the sweetest, most gentle dog and my soul’s companion. We have been separated only ONE night in her entire life, we travel together everywhere from Maine to Connecticut, to errands around town, walks daily in the woods and she and her son wait patiently in the car during my massage appointments. We are so close we hear one another’s thoughts; her constant vigil has saved me many times.

Willow, my 12-year-old Labrador retriever, was diagnosed with lymphoma on September 8, 2008. One morning, I noticed her neck lymph nodes were enormous. Within days nearly all her nodes were swollen. There were no other signs. I had to do all I could to help Willow. I did not know where the money was going to come from, but I had to believe it was there.

I have no savings; my summer job ended, and up to then I lived paycheck to paycheck. My newly formed canine massage business became the only source of income, which barely covered my car payments. I sent a letter to friends and family for help. I was given a substantial donation from a friend to get started with treatments and the rest trickled in from family, friends, yard sales, consignment, and donations from agility competitors. With these donations I was able to get over half way through Willow’s treatment. I searched the web and applied to all sorts of cancer funds.

In October 2008 Willow began her chemotherapy treatments. It was a rocky start and the prednisone drove us all crazy. Willow suffered a severe infection that was treated with antibiotics. For the most part we managed the ill effects and sleepless nights, worry became a constant lingering shadow. After each treatment Willow always seemed to feel a bit under the weather, but bounced back. I had asked the oncologist if anyone had ever regretted gong through chemotherapy for canine lymphoma and he said: “No, not one person has.” I now understand. After four weeks of treatment Willow was in remission. If I had not gone through the chemotherapy Willow would have been very sick by Christmas time, I now have been given this extra time and I am so grateful.

Only four treatments remain and I am flat broke, out of money. I am on fuel, electric assistance, and just recently applied for food stamps. I keep telling myself the only way is up from here, so the job searches continue.

Forced to cancel an appointment, I was worried what the consequences might be. I consulted the oncologist, who felt one week ought to be ok and kept my next appointment. We had come so far against such opposing odds, things just had to work. Then late one evening I randomly checked my email and there it was, a message from Canine Cancer Awareness stating they received my application, I would hear from them soon! This email arrived the very day I cancelled Willow’s appointment. I began to think about Willow’s next appointment on 01/21/09. Again, compelled to check my email late one night, 01/14/09, and there was the approval for Willow’s sponsorship from Canine Cancer Awareness! This sponsorship will get us just $250.00 shy of completion. I do not know where that money will come from, but one way or other everything will work out. Willow has amazing love and support from near and far.

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