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Archive for September 29th, 2011

Featured Pup – Maddie

Posted by Erich Trapp on September 29, 2011

Maddie.

Every day, from now until our calendar contest  ends on October 1st, we’ll feature several of our calendar dog contestants. We’d like you to meet Maddie.

(by Jennifer Teters) This is Maddie. On the 16th of March both she and her sister were diagnosed with cancer of the mammary glands. Desi, her sister, was able to undergo the surgery and was it successful. Maddie’s health wasn’t good enough to make it through a surgery.

Benita, her owner, has changed her diet with hopes that she will become strong enough for surgery. Otherwise the vet gave her one year.

Maddie is family. She is my cocker’s mama. She needs more time, as do all of our furbabies with cancer.

Maddie wanted to show her spirited side, so she put on her grass skirt and lei.

Please help and donate so the research can continue. Thank you.

 

To vote for Maddie, please follow this link.

 

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Featured Pup — Maggie Crawley

Posted by Erich Trapp on September 29, 2011

Maggie Crawley

Every day, from now until our calendar contest  ends on October 1st, we’ll feature several of our calendar dog contestants. We’d like you to meet Maggie Crawley.

Maggie’s Story

(by Ashley Crawley) “Free dog to a good home” read the ad and this fresh-out-of-college Florida gal couldn’t resist.  I snatched her up and named her Maggie and with that, an unforgettable bond was formed.

She was a lovable mess of a puppy who enjoyed eating cheese (and kitty litter), jumping on people, sitting on the furniture and escaping through any open door.  Despite these comical shortcomings, her fan base grew rapidly and broadly.

We moved to California to take on a new adventure together and to our world we added Bayard, who Maggie fully believed hung the sun, the moon and the stars.

And then something happened.  Before my eyes, she turned into a well-behaved and gentle superstar – with enough lingering orneriness for character.

The life of every party and the leader of every hike, Maggie lived life to the absolute fullest and was always the first to jump into an open car door, usually without knowing where we were going or what we were doing.  We should all live with such faith and unabashed enthusiasm.

Her sweet disposition and gentle nature transcended being a dog, this we’re sure of. She was that agreeable, kind and impactful to anyone and everyone she met, especially children and her big family.

Unbeknownst to many, she courageously battled T-cell lymphoma for 9 months, although you would never have known it given the miles she hiked, amount she swam or smiles (yes, dogs do smile) she shared.  She was an amazingly brave, vivacious pup right up until the end and we are grateful for the 10 awesome years we had with her and what she brought to our world.  We gave her the rest she so rightfully needed and deserved on Friday, August 26, 2011.

She was an absolute angel to us (and will continue to be) and will be dearly, sorely and deeply missed.  We hope we honored the original ad and gave you a good home, sweet Maggie May. You certainly made ours. Thanks for teaching us so many life lessons… we know you’re bounding in heaven.

Ashley & Bayard

To vote for Maggie, please follow the link to her page.

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Featured Pup — Goldie

Posted by Erich Trapp on September 29, 2011

Goldie

Every day, from now until our calendar contest  ends on October 1st, we’ll feature several of our calendar dog contestants. We’d like you to meet Goldie.

In Memory of Goldie

(by Mike Wernsign) Goldie came to join me in April 2000 from a rescue for a companion for a 6 month old Golden.

Always happy with a smile and never meeting a stranger.

This transformed in 2007 to him being registered as a Therapy dog, visiting a local children’s hospital and working with abused children on a regular basis.

The Monday before Thanksgiving 2010 he became lethargic and when examined a Hemangiosarcoma was discovered and had ruptured and surgery was ruled out due to age.

He passed on Sunday November 27 2010.

Many thanks to Dr. Sue and all her staff.

To vote for Goldie, please click on this link.

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Featured Pup — Megan

Posted by Erich Trapp on September 29, 2011

Megan.

Every day, from now until our calendar contest  ends on October 1st, we’ll feature several of our calendar dog contestants. We’d like you to meet Megan.

In The Life of Beggin Megan, Miss Megan, Nanny Megan’s

(by Amy Julian-Swencak) I adopted Megan at 9 months from St. Hueberts in Madison, NJ, shortly after loosing my Sheltie to bladder cancer.

It did not take long before Megan’s love for me filled the void in my heart that I had for Chelsea.  Megan was not one for playing ball but more so loved to snuggle and welcomed rubdowns.  Megan was always there through two un-employments, a best friend Shep, raising puppy Thunder to her best bud and then a short-lived raising of Bear.

We had no idea that Megan’s life would end because of cancer, this never entered my mind in the least.

 
To vote for Megan, please click on the link.

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Featured Pup — Cheli

Posted by Erich Trapp on September 29, 2011

Cheli

Cheli’s Story

(by Karyn Vasquez)  I don’t think there is anyone out there who knows me and doesn’t know the impact that my beloved Cheli had on my life.  He brought me so much love, laughter, and pure happiness all without expecting anything but a good butt noogy and mommy kisses in return.

Sadly on 12.26.2008 he was diagnosed with Lymphoma.  I remember the call from the vet as if it was yesterday.  She actually got the results back before Christmas but didn’t want to ruin our Christmas so she kindly waited.

After Vic and I had time to digest this news, we, together with Cheli, began our fight.  2009 was probably one of the hardest years I have had to go through.  Cheli went through months of Chemo, a couple surgeries, and heart problems but through it all, he wagged his tail and fought as hard as he little body could fight.

He was cancer free for about 6 months and then in December 2009 the cancer had returned.  With this came two seizures and eventually his kidney failed and he lost his battle on New Years Day 2010.  The picture I have posted was taken just 2 months before he passed.  He truly was a Super Dog!  His favorite costume by the way!

That day I lost Cheli is the day I lost part of my heart and soul.  That  is the day that I vowed to do whatever I could do to learn more about what causes cancer in our beloved pets and find a way to eradicate this deadly disease!  For those that know me, that is what I do – I find a way.

I may not be able to cure canine cancer but I promise you this:
·    I will find a way to bring awareness to the causes of cancer in our pets.
·    I will continue with my personal research on the foods and enviromental changes that cause cancer in our pets.
·    I will help raise funds to support research on how to treat and cure cancer for both humans and pets alike.
·    I will work to help those families struggling with the emotional and financial stress that a cancer diagnosis brings.

And most of all, I will honor my hero, my life, my Cheli.

Sadly I think everyone has had cancer touch their lives in one way or another.

Let’s pull together to honor those that have gone before us and to fight for those still struggling.

Thank you –
Karyn

A cancer-free world starts with one mile, one dog at a time.

“Permanent” – David Cook
A song written for David’s brother who battled cancer for 11 years and eventually lost his fight.

Holding my Cheli during his hard days always made me think of this song.

“Is this the moment where I look you in the eye?
Forgive my broken promise that you’ll never see me cry
And everything, it will surely change
Even if I tell you I won’t go away today

Will you think that you’re all alone
When no one’s there to hold your hand?
When all you know seems so far away
And everything is temporary, rest your head
I’m permanent

I know he’s living in hell every single day
And so I ask, oh God is there some way for me to take his place?
And when they say it’s all touch and go
I wish I could make it go away but still you say

Will you think that you’re all alone
When no one’s there to hold your hand?
When all you know seems so far away
And everything is temporary, rest your head
I’m permanent, I’m permanent

Is this the moment where I look you in the eye?
Forgive my promise that you’ll never see me cry…”

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Featured Pup — Murphy Watson

Posted by Erich Trapp on September 29, 2011

Murphy Watson

Every day, from now until our calendar contest  ends on October 1st, we’ll feature several of our calendar dog contestants. We’d like you to meet Murphy Watson.

Murphy’s Story

(by Donna Watson) Hi, my name was Murphy and my human mom and dad rescued me and my best freind, jolly ball, 10+ years ago. We soon became one big happy family including my 4 feline buddies.

In 2009 we lost a part of the family to cancer. It was hard missing a part of my family but those of us left still remained  close.

It was about 6 months ago I started not feeling well. I started sneezing, my eyes couldn’t focus and eating became a chore. After many tests and tears a decision had to be made. I am now with my human dad watching over those we had to leave behind.

Please help find a reason and a cure so the tests and tears can stop!

To vote for Murphy Watson, please click on this link.

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Featured Pup – Delilah

Posted by Erich Trapp on September 29, 2011

Delilah

Every day, from now until our calendar contest  ends on October 1st, we’ll feature several of our calendar dog contestants. We’d like you to meet Delilah.

(by Cindy Massmann) Delilah was my sweetheart, my little baby (because the thirty pound lab-mix was already the big baby).

She came into my life at the age of four, having never lived in a house before. We had our ups and downs (she hastened my bathroom remodel by removing the flooring and moldings). But I wouldn’t change a thing.

She was diagnosed with bone cancer in 2009 right before Christmas. She made it through her twelfth birthday.

Though she’s gone now, she lasted over a year, running like the crazy beauty she was. I miss her.

To vote for Delilah, please click on this link.

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Featured Pup — Casey

Posted by Erich Trapp on September 29, 2011

Casey

Every day, from now until our calendar contest   ends on October 1st, we’ll feature several of our calendar dog contestants. Today we’d like to introduce you to Casey.

(by Christine Kelsey) In memory of my dear Casey. She lost her battle with pancreatic cancer 3 years ago and is missed every day.

To vote for Casey , please follow this link.

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Featured Pup — Emily

Posted by Erich Trapp on September 29, 2011

Emily.

Every day, from now until our calendar contest  ends on October 1st, we’ll feature several of our calendar dog contestants. We’d like you to meet Emily.

2 Million Dogs and Emily

(by Janet Corbett) As the pet parents of every dog who is diagnosed with some form of cancer quickly realize, we’re all in this together. Fighting the fear and panic that grip us is universal. We reach out for accurate information, second opinions, the best surgeon, oncologist, holistic vet, diet and meds. We accept support from other families battling canine cancer, from friends and family, from our personal faith and prayer chains and from organizations like 2 Million Dogs.  All of this makes it possible for us to approach the positive attitude and amazing courage with which our beloved dogs face this disease.

My service dog partner, Emily and I said yes to Puppy Up! with 2 Million Dogs after she was diagnosed with mast cell cancer.  Luke, Murphy and Hudson were walking through our town in March 2009 when we learned they would be walking shelter dogs at Animal Friends Humane Society here in SW Ohio.  I wanted so much for Emily to meet the boys.  The same thing which always challenged us, a lack of wheelchair accessible transportation, kept us from meeting them but couldn’t stop us from being involved.  We walked our miles in our neighborhood and would have been honored to walk into Boston with them. Since that wasn’t possible I asked Nature’s Variety, makers of the raw diet which was part of Emily’s successful treatment, to sponsor the cause and they did, for $5,000!  We also immediately said yes to The Canine Hereditary Cancer Consortium (CHCC),  Canine Comparative Cancer Study, by donating Emily’s DNA. When I learned about the 2012 Calendar as a way to raise funds for this wonderful organization, another yes was generated.  Reading all the stories, seeing the wonderful spirits of each dog lighting their eyes, tells me once again that Emily is in good company.

Emily and I gratefully said yes to each day we were given.  She gracefully overcame great physical and emotional challenges.  As a very young dog she gave birth, and survived domestic violence in her previous home, sustaining facial nerve and dental damage while protecting the woman.

For us, as foster mom and foster dog for our animal rescue, Wildwood Pet Network, Emily quickly became our ambassador and nanny dog to foster kittens, puppies and ducklings. We said yes to beating the heartworm we discovered Emily was carrying and then yes again to creating a life together as family.

We knew we could always count on each other and so when my health began to change I hired a trainer and at age seven Emily enthusiastically said yes to being my service dog partner.  We trained together for three months and in that time Emily learned everything she needed to learn to be my mobility assistance dog.  Our special bond deepened as my physical challenges increased.  As with all good service/training relationships we continued to shape ours, taking great delight in training and our working partnership.

As my needs continued to change, Emily adapted to meet them, often problem-solving the solution herself. Whether retrieving dropped items (phones, remotes, pens, keys, pieces of paper, etc), shopping and paying for things in the store, pulling me in the manual wheelchair, or adapting to assist me in the motorized wheelchair, riding the van lift with me or sitting proudly on the bus seat with her safety harness on, the joy on Emily’s face (and on mine for that matter) radiated. We tackled Emily’s ACL injury rehab with water and physical therapy and the unfailing support of our friends – Emily led us in her successful, non-surgical recovery with typical zeal.

Just by being herself Emily proved that dogs can learn at any age, are capable of much more than is generally expected and that rescue dogs rock!!!  When we worked in public she served as a wonderful ambassador for dogs in general as well as for dogs who serve.  People were always amazed, delighted and inspired as this beautiful cocker spaniel with sparkling eyes and a great big doggie smile did her job with joy and devotion.

No matter what kind of day I was having she made my heart sing. I am so grateful that Emily and I chose to live each day with joy and not in fear of the day when we would be parted in this lifetime. The morning that I awoke to discover that my beloved girl had died without warning while sleeping next to me changed my life and the lives of everyone who cares about us. Cancer did not take her life, her heart simply stopped. To say that we all love and miss her, and always will, hardly seems enough.

I am so very proud of Emily and 2 Million Dogs – of what they have and continue to accomplish. I hope you will choose to help eradicate cancer with your votes.

Thank you for this opportunity to share the story of 2 Million Dogs and dear Emily.

Blessings,
Emily’s Mom, Janet

To vote for Emily, please visit her page at this link.

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