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Zeke added to Faces of Courage

May 3rd, 2010 · 3 Comments

Ezekiel, “Zeke”


UPDATE 05-03-2010—

Ezekiel, “Zeke” was born in our home on Dec 26, 2000 and spent his 8 years 4 months with our family. He loved and protected us all and was a gentle giant at 110 pounds. In December 2008 we noticed a lump on Zeke’s neck. Our vet thought it was a salivary gland problem since it was the only “lump” found and surgically removed it in January after the holiday. We were all totally shocked when it came back as lymphosarcoma and we were told that it was very aggressive and he would probably only survive a few weeks. Zeke was not a good patient and hated to go to the vet’s so we did not pursue chemotherapy and found an excellent holistic vet. He proved to be quite a fighter and enjoyed life abundantly and joyfully, happily at home with his family. Zeke lost his battle on May 7, 2009 — 4 1/2 months later. We will always miss him and treasured the time we had with him. — Jani

Tags: Lymphoma

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  • 1 Rose // May 4, 2010 at 9:56 am

    My Zena, 4 year old Boxer, is just beginning her Battle with Lymphoma and Hypercalcemia. I, too, have decided not to treat her… but, as you said, TREASURE the TIME we have together. It has been 6 weeks since being diagnosed. Prednisone has worked very well, lymph nodes are normal size for now and water comsumption is greatly reduced.

    Thank you for sharing your story.

  • 2 Cynthia-Ralph Fisher's Mom // Jun 2, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    So, so sorry for your loss. Zeke was a beautiful yellow labrador, who reminds me so much of our beloved yellow lab, Ralph…who also died of cancer around the same age. Ralph was a big boy too, and also gentle…he thought at times he was a lap dog.

    I found this website after our Ralph died, and it helped me a lot through the grieving process. I realized immediately, I wasn’t the only one suffering from losing a pet from this horrific disease. I had never lost a pet to cancer, and never realized how prevalent it is in dogs.

    I know you will forever cherish your memories of Zeke. When you treat a dog, like a member of the family…there is no purer love.

    Although there will never be another Ralph in our lives…we recently added a new member to our family. A little yellow lab puppy…whose growing really fast and actually is not so little. We didn’t do it right away…we waited a few months…but finally realized, for us, we needed to let another loving animal into our hearts.

    Thanks for posting your beautiful dog and story…

    Cynthia – Ralph Fisher’s Mom

  • 3 samantha // Jan 11, 2011 at 12:40 pm


    just wanted to say sorry for your loss of Zeke. (and sorry to all the others who have lost their dog/dogs to cancer). it is devastating.

    i lost my little dog to lymphoma. when she was diagnosed i was crushed. she passed three and a half weeks (filled with lots of love, comfort and chicken) after diagnosis.

    there’s not a day since i haven’t stopped thinking about her. she will be greatly missed.

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