National Canine Cancer Foundation to fund a new innovative Hemangiosarcoma (HSA) Research Project

June 19th, 2014

I have some new exciting news. As you all know we are always trying to find an new edge in the battle against canine cancer. And Hemangiosarcoma (HSA) is one of those cancers we would like to get a better handle on since it seems to end up being diagnosed too late to save the dog. In fact, we are so keen on finding out how to deal with HSA that we have actually initiated our own research project on HSA with G. Elizabeth Pluhar, D.V.M., Ph.D., and John Ohlfest, Ph.D. This is very exciting for the NCCF because this type of research on HSA has never been tried. Let me tell you how it all came about by first talking about a dog name Batman.

Batman was the first dog to undergo a breakthrough experimental treatment for brain cancer, led by doctors, G. Elizabeth Pluhar, D.V.M., Ph.D., and John Ohlfest, Ph.D. They developed a combination treatment plan for dogs with glioma, a very aggressive and relatively common form of brain cancer. First they removed the tumor surgically. Then, in some cases, they use local gene therapy to attract immune cells to destroy remaining tumor cells, and finally they created a personalized anti-cancer vaccine made from the dog’s own cancer cells to prevent tumor recurrence.

I personally love the thought of taking a cancer that was killing a dog and turning it into a personalized vaccine to kill the cancer!

Dr. Pluhar, a surgeon at the Veterinary Medical Center, and Dr. Ohlfest, head of the neurosurgery gene therapy program at the Masonic Cancer Center, gave Batman his initial treatment in August 2008. Batman led a normal life unaffected by his tumor until his death from cardiac failure in February 2010, there was no tumor recurrence. According to the Dean of the College, Trevor Ames, DVM, MS, “the far-reaching implications of this promising new treatment are almost difficult to fathom; not only could these treatments lead to a cure for brain and other systemic cancers in dogs, but because dogs and humans share many physiological traits, dogs could also be the missing link in the cure for brain cancer in humans.”

Then something interesting happened. Almost one year ago, Davis Hawn’s then 8-year-old yellow lab, Booster, was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma in his nasal sinus. Booster was given three weeks to live. Hawn did not want to accept the death sentence and began searching the country for a cure. His search led him to doctors in Florida who removed Booster’s tumor and gave him chemo. An online search then led him to Dr. Elizabeth Pluhar from the University of Minnesota’s canine brain tumor clinical program. Davis asked her to help his dog, but Dr. Pluhar had never made a vaccine for this type of cancer before. But Davis was not going to take no for an answer so she did agree to try. She shipped the vaccine off and ten months later Booster is cancer free.

Then after Davis contacted the NCCF to tell us about how well the vaccine works, we contacted Dr. Pluhar to ask if she would be willing to try the same research that was successful with brain cancer and skin cancer, and use the same protocol to try dealing with splenic HSA. The NCCF’s thinking is that with all these other cancers, the similarities were that the cancer had to be removed and a vaccine needed to be created from the cancer cells. With splenic HSA, one of the more common forms of HSA, the spleen is typically removed so we felt that Dr. Pluhar’s research could possibly work. With that in mind, we asked her if she could try and apply her protocol on splenic HSA. After doing some initial research she agreed to do the study based on reaching certain goals before going on to the next level.

First, she needs to insure that we can culture the cancer cells in the lab,

Second, she needs to insure that the tumor vaccines stimulate immune cells to attack tumor cells. If she can achieve these two steps she can go on to treat the HSA cancer. We could not be happier and are guardedly optimistic over this research project.

The cost for this project will be $55,500. I hope you are all as excited as we are about this research and will help fund the project. If you want to help with funding this new innovative NCCF’s initiated project please CLICK HERE or got to this link

Thank you

Gary D. Nice
President and Founder
National Canine Cancer Foundation

Dog Lost Her Battle With Canine Cancer, But Daddy's Tribute Broke Everyone's Heart

December 1st, 2015

It can be difficult to lose a loved one, and our beloved pets are no different. It’s sad that they only have such short lives, but they manage to enrich ours so much with their antics and endless amounts of love. Sometimes, it seems like we never get enough time with our beloved pets, that they’re taken too soon.

Image Credit: John Loughney / Youtube

But here’s one man who decided to record all of the memories he had with his pooch, who sadly lost her battle with cancer. John Loughney created a video to commemorate the passing of his dog, Harper. Harper was a dog that he rescued, and he documented almost all of their waking moments together. That gave him a lot of video to work with to develop this loving tribute to his best four-legged friend.

There won’t be a single dry eye in the room once you’re finished with this video. Please share this video with your friends…RIP baby, you’re in doggy heaven now…

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Canine Cancer: Clinical Trials Give Cure Clues

November 30th, 2015

Aggressive cancer research may benefit both man and animals, and because many cancers in dogs so closely resemble human cancer, the clinical trials used for dogs can provide meaningful results for humans, too. These trials, taking place all over the United States, are helping scientists find answers in their war on cancer.

Canine research hasn’t been confined to studying just cancer. Researchers are also gaining knowledge on spinal injuries and aging, and they are even learning if having a dog improves overall health. But the biggest potential medical benefit for humans comes from work intended to unlock the mystery of cancer. These studies are far from what you might imagine, and not “animal testing” as one might think of it.

Animals participating in cancer clinical trials are generally dogs with cancer that belong to people who are trying to prolong their lives and provide pain relief for a beloved companion, and most continue to be cared for and live at home. Their owners are getting help from veterinary specialists who have access to the latest information and equipment. These dogs often get experimental drug therapy. Cancer treatments are expensive, but clinical trials are frequently offered at a reduced cost or sometimes at no cost.

A new cancer drug for man’s best friend may help advance cancer therapies for humans as well. According to veterinary oncologist DMV Cheryl London, of Ohio State University’s Center for Clinical and Transitional Science, this drug, called Verdinexor, works by preventing powerful tumor-suppressing proteins from leaving the nucleus of cells, an exodus that would allow the cancerous cells to grow unchecked. It’s a new type of treatment for dogs with certain types of blood cancers. Dogs suffering from lymphoma usually go to the veterinary office weekly to get chemotherapy infusions. Verdinexor is a pill that can be given at home, making treatment less traumatic for both the dog and the owner. It’s an option when chemotherapy fails or as an adjunctive therapy, and shows great promise: preliminary studies showed that the drug either stopped or slowed tumor growth with over 30% of dogs experiencing some regression of the disease.

Dr. London notes that more information sharing is taking place between veterinary and human oncologists, making discovery and development of new drugs more efficient. The US Food and Drug Administration approved a portion of Verdinexor’s animal drug application for “minor use” – similar to “compassionate use” in humans. Additional trials of the drug are ongoing, and veterinary oncologists hope to have access to Verdinexor later next year.

At the Veterinary Cancer Center in Norwalk, CT, 20 dogs in a cancer study are still alive, perhaps because they received a vaccine developed at the Yale School of Medicine. The vaccine was first tested on mice before the clinical trial that has allowed dogs to receive it, too. The vaccine’s purpose is to encourage animals to make disease-fighting antibodies to attack their tumors. More traditional medications provide the antibodies externally, so it’s a big step when the body makes them itself. If the study shows that the dogs have developed the antibodies, additional research will look at dosing and long-term effects on tumors. Dr. Gerald Post, a DMV and oncologist at the center is excited about the results so far and says that “it could revolutionize how cancer is treated in both dogs and humans.”

Dog research has certainly led to drugs and therapies that show promise in human health. Researchers are beginning human trials on a number of drugs after successful results from canine studies. Sutent is one such medication, prescribed to battle advanced kidney and other cancers, and human trials are also underway on a drug called PAC-1 which causes cancer cells to self-destruct.

Throughout the country, clinical trials are taking place on dogs with cancer, aimed at curing the animals but with huge ramifications for human cancer treatments as well. Over the last 15 years The American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation has funded over 30 different trials and researchers at 20 universities formed the Comparative Oncology Trials Consortium to cooperate on clinical trials and to share their research. This important work may play a big part in helping researchers to finally unlock vital answers for dogs suffering from the disease, as well as for people who are battling cancer.

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Love That Dog: How do You Express Thanks for Your Dog?

November 28th, 2015

“I love that dog” are words that may be spoken in hundreds of languages all over the world when people talk about their dog and if you watch and listen very closely, you’ll hear stories that will make you smile, break your heart or bring you to tears because your dog fills a need that you often can’t express in words and even when your dog is gone you can still feel that love.

This news brief gives you examples of how you can express thanks for your dog and may inspire you to create your own personal message for your dog.

Love That Dog: Write a Song to Express Thanks for Your Dog

After I lost my dog, Jesse, I went to a place where we sat for hours on end and wrote this song.  You may find words like these to express your thanks for your dog and write a song, a book, a poem or maybe a short note that will help you to capture your gratitude for your dog.

Jesse’s Song

Come lay by my side, Jesse dear.

Come stay with me for a while.

We can stare at the sea and smell the salt air,

Let me feel your warm body next to mine.

Shall I tell you a story of squirrels and birds?

Do you know where the ducks sleep at night?

Let’s run on the sand and discover a treasure

that waits for us like an angel in the light.

Come lay by my side, Jesse dear.

Come stay with me for a while.

We can stare at the sea and smell the salt air,

Let me feel your warm body next to mine.

Let’s walk side by side, Jesse boy.

Your sweet soul has touched my heart.

We’ll hug the wind in silence, you and me, Jesse boy.

It was love at first sight from the start.

Come lay by my side, Jesse dear.

Come stay with me for a while.

We can stare at the sea and smell the salt air,

Let me feel your warm body next to mine.

Love That Dog:  Take Action Without Words

  • Your time with your dog when you are out on a walk may be the most beautiful way to express thanks for your dog in silence.  Imagine how grateful your dog must be to enjoy the fresh air, the people and all the other dogs he meets on your walk.
  • Your time with your dog when you are both relaxing in your home is yet another way to appreciate the love you have for your dog.  Imagine how grateful your dog must be to have a roof over his head, food in his bowl and your loving attention.
  • Your time with your dog when you give him a belly rub, a scratch behind his ears and a kiss on his furry face is a perfect way to express thanks for your dog.  Imagine how grateful your dog must be to have your touch and feel your love in these affectionate ways that soothe his body and make him feel loved.

Love That Dog: Humanity and Responsibility

  • Responsibility – Your personal commitment as a dog owner means everything to your dog.  The best way to express thanks for your dog is to learn the best ways to keep your dog well.
  • Humanity – When you express thanks for your dog, your compassionate kindness spreads over time and is a benefit for mankind.

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Factors to remember when dealing with cancer in pets

November 24th, 2015

Last week, I met with a couple who wanted palliative care for their pet with cancer. The dog is 14 years old, active and happy. They want to keep her comfortable until she and they decide it is time to say goodbye.

They asked what caused her cancer, how they could have prevented it and why there isn’t “a cure.”

I explained how toxins, trauma, stress, genetics and diet influence health. The concept of what is toxic, beyond the most obvious chemicals, is difficult for many people to conceptualize.

Toxins include emotions that alter biochemistry in the body, drug residues and heavy metals in our water supply, and chemicals in our environment like hair dyes, fire retardants, cleaners, yard treatments and food preservatives (the list is endless).

Anything that can alter DNA structure can create cancer cells. By the time cancer is diagnosed, hundreds of metabolic processes have been altered by mutations in our genetic structure. A healthy body patrols for cancer cells; the overwhelmed body becomes unsuccessful at controlling rogue cells.

Why do bodies allow mutations that can create cancer? It turns out that the ability to change allowed us (all species of animals, even humans) to adapt and prevented us from being in-bred when our populations were smaller.

Mutations create genetic diversity and prevent a species from dying from a new disease outbreak. The problem is that when many mutations occur, or when genes that code for aggressive cancers get “turned on,” the result (cancer) can overwhelm the body.

This month is Cancer Awareness Month in veterinary medicine. I treat a many benign and malignant neoplasias. Every day I speak with pet owners, guiding them through decision-making processes that are challenging.

“Cancer” evokes feelings of anxiety and overwhelm. Fear takes over with thoughts of a potentially worse future.

In dealing with cancer, there are important things to remember:

1. Get prompt diagnostics and treatment. Gather information in a timely fashion and then act. Don’t wait to get a lump checked and biopsied. If your pet is acting differently, waiting for a diagnosis out of fear can allow cancer to spread.

2. Fear is the enemy. It causes many deaths by paralyzing us emotionally. Stay hopeful; always focus on life and love. A great attitude goes a long way toward creating a healthier body and successful intervention.

3. Find an open-minded practitioner you can communicate with and trust.

4. Integrative or multiple approaches that include diet, exercise and nutrition, in addition to a specific strategy to alter the rapidly dividing cells are successful in producing a better quality of life. Conventional medicine employs radiation, chemotherapy, surgery and radiofrequency therapies. Immunotherapy, acupuncture, natural solutions to treat allergies, nutrition, and herbal treatments are very powerful alternatives or complementary treatments.

5. Second opinions can be helpful. Do your own research and ask questions.

6. Be your pet’s advocate. If something doesn’t seem right, speak up.

7. Do not buy/believe everything you see on the Internet. Too much of a good thing can accelerate cancer cell replication. Work with a vet who has experience and training in treating cancer.

8. Be supportive and compassionate for anyone going through cancer therapy for themselves, a family member or pet. When a non-owner expresses judgment for the person who is going through cancer care, the owner feels really bad. They first question their choices and then feel bad toward the person who judged them.

Though no one wants to see suffering, it does help us gain compassion. Life makes sense when we use our difficulties as a way to increase understanding for others.

I recommend that clients surround themselves with supportive friends, read books like “No Death, No Fear: Comforting Wisdom For Life,” and use their faith to find meaning for suffering.

I feel thankful for my teacher, veterinary oncologist Dr. Guillermo Couto. More important than cancer protocols, he taught compassion, hope and pain prevention. His example inspired me to look for alternatives to chemotherapy for pets with cancer.

I never expected the number of complete and partial remissions I have seen. Clients learn a lot about facing life challenges and gain appreciation for each day with their companions. This makes a difference in the way they view cancer and their own health care.

I always hope for a miracle cure. When the cure doesn’t happen, the extra time to share quality moments helps decrease owners’ fear of cancer. Positive ripple effects benefit all humans and animals.

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By Dr. Cynthia Maro

Thanksgiving Foods Your Dog Can And Cannot Eat!

November 22nd, 2015

Are you and your dog ready for Thanksgiving? Here are some foods your dog can and cannot eat!

Thanksgiving is only a few days away! All loving dog owners include their dogs in the celebration, but not all traditional Thanksgiving food is healthy for dogs.


According to a survey in PetMD, 56% of respondents said they share Thanksgiving table scraps with their pets.

While this is a wonderful way to share the Thanksgiving spirit with our pooches, there are also hidden dangers in it.

Here are some Thanksgiving foods your dog can and cannot eat.

Mashed Potatoes:

Potatoes on their own arefine for dogs. Just be aware of additional ingredients used when making this food. Mashed potatoes may contain cheese, sour cream, butter, onions, and gravy which can be dangerous for your dogs and other pets.


Turkey is great source of lean protein. Just make sure to stick with white meat and remove any excess skin or fat. Also, do not give your dogturkey bones.

Cranberry Sauce:

Cranberry sauce is generally okay for dogs but make sure to watch the amount of sugar in it.

Macaroni and Cheese:

If your dog’s stomach handles lactose just fine, macaroni and cheese is a safe to share. To be safe, you can always give your dog plain macaroni.

Green Beans:

Plain green beans are a healthy vegetable treat you can give your dog. But if the green beans are mixed with the casserole, be conscious of the other ingredients in it.

Onions, Garlic, Leeks, Or Any Allium:

Don’t give your dog anything with alliums. It may be true that small, well-cooked portions can be okay.  But ingesting these foods in large quantities can lead to toxic anemia in dogs.

Grapes and Raisins:

Many people do not know how toxic grapes and raisins are to dogs. The fruit has been shown to cause kidney failure in dogs.


In the new age of food handling, artificial sweeteners are used as a substitute for sugar. It may be a healthier choice for humans, but it is terribly fatal for dogs.


Humans love chocolate and it seems that dogs cannot resist it too. While we always make sure to keep chocolates away from out dogs, mishaps happen. During the holidays, baking chocolate is often used in recipes and sometimes forgotten about by the time the dishes are served on the table.

To keep your dog safe, make sure your dog does not eat anything with chocolate, especially the baking kind.


Never give your dog any food with alcohol – even in little amounts. What humans consider a small amount can be toxic for dogs. Bear in mind that alcohol poisoning can be present in foods like fruit cake and unbaked bread.

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What To Do If Your Dog Is Diagnosed With Canine Cancer

November 19th, 2015

The dreaded “C” word. When your veterinarian comes to you and says it, it feels like time has stopped. You may even deny it at first. But, unfortunately, it’s a bitter truth that many pet owners are faced with – their dog has been diagnosed with cancer. Now’s the time, however, for action. Once your dog has been diagnosed, there are things you should do to make your pet as comfortable as possible, give you peace of mind, and may even increase your dog’s chance of survival.

#1 – Follow Instructions

Make sure you do everything your vet tells you to. The vet that diagnosed it will give you specific recommendation in regards to timely rechecks, medication, etc., and you need to follow them, says Dr. Kathryn Primm, owner of Applebrook Animal Hospital and the “Animal Stuff You Wonder About” blog.

#2 – Healthy Diet

Dr. Prim also says now it even more important that your dog is on a healthy diet. Speak to your vet about the best food you could possibly be giving him and make sure you those recommendations.

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#3 – Continue Exercising

Your dog will have a better chance at fighting his cancer if you keep him healthy. That includes exercise to keep a healthy weight, which Dr. Primm says is “very important.”

#4 – See an Oncologist

There are canine oncologists and if you would feel better about it, ask to be referred to one for treatment of your dog’s cancer. It never hurts to cover all your bases and they may have access to treatments your regular vet does not, like this scanner.

Image source: @KOMUNews via Flickr

#5 – Second Opinion

This is a scary time in the life of a pet owner. If you aren’t sure about what your vet says, or don’t feel the options she has to offer are right for you and your dog, it’s okay to go another vet and see what they say. Peace of mind is important at this time and you should do all you can to get it.

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#6 – Cherish Your Time

Don’t forget to take time and cherish the moments you have with your pet while he is still feeling good. In the early stages, you can often continue to do all the things the two of you love, and you should do so for as long as possible.

#7 – Create a Bucket List

A lot of pet owners are finding peace by creating and carrying out a bucket list for their best friend. It may include eating things you would not normally give him (like that fattening hot dog, just once), or taking a trip to his favorite place, getting professional pictures taken (I am so thankful for the ones I got of my childhood dog), etc.

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By Kristina Lotz

ClancysCure Honors Golden Retriver Lost to Canine Cancer

November 17th, 2015

You might recognize these two golden retrievers, Clancy and Chase. They kept guard outside of St. Mary’s Church on Greenwich Ave. for eight years until sadly their owner Rev. Monsignor Frank Wissel had to be put in a nursing home. Bill Gorgas and Barbara Davis saw that these two pups needed a new home and jumped on the opportunity.

Clancy had Hemangiosarcoma, a very common canine cancer in golden retrievers

“We probably went through about a month’s long process of adoption,” said Gorgas.

Chase and Clancy became a part of the family officially on May 14 of last year. Things were great for about a year until Clancy got sick one June night.

“He woke us up on a Sunday night breathing very heavily, and the next morning he was completely lethargic- wouldn’t go for a walk, wouldn’t eat, wouldn’t lift his head,” said Gorgas.

They were then hit with the news that Clancy had Hemangiosarcoma, a very common cancer in golden retrievers.

“I’ve read 25 percent of all golden will die from that particular cancer,” said Davis.

“It’s very aggressive, it’s very quick. We actually lost him in two days,” said Gorgas.

Gorgas said the cancer began in the dog’s liver and spleen but it had spread throughout his whole body.

“There was nothing they could do, so we actually put him down that night,” said Gorgas.

And as a tribute to their four-legged friend, ClancysCure was founded. It works in partnership with the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine to raise funds for canine cancer research.

“We needed to figure out why he was given to us and turn that into a positive,” said Davis.

All funds raised go directly to Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Gorgas hopes the money raised will bring about a day when dogs are cancer free.

“Of course, that’s a long term goal, but you have to start somewhere,” said Gorgas.

And now this cause is even more important to Gorgas and Davis- it was discovered a few weeks ago that Chase now has a tumor similar to Clancy’s.

“There’s a one third probability that it’s benign, and that’s the thought we are going on right now and that’s our hope,” said Gorgas.

But no matter what happens, these dogs will have helped lead the way to hopefully one day eliminating caine cancer.

“My philosophy in this is, you took Clancy from me, so game on. I want to have a proactive stance on this and fight it head on,” said Gorgas.

You can help fight canine cancer head on by donating at

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By Taylor Knight

AU researchers see major breakthrough in canine cancer

November 15th, 2015

There are not enough months in the year to raise awareness for the numerous types of cancers, but there is one unlikely awareness month that could be an invaluable asset for the future of cancer treatment research.

And, it might come as a surprise.

Dr. Bruce Smith of the Scott-Ritchey Research Center, at Auburn UNiversity's College of Veterinary Medicine examines a dog. Smith has been part of research in canine cancer that has great promise.(Jeffrey Etheridge / Auburn University)

November is Pet Cancer Awareness Month. This year the month is marked by a major cancer research breakthrough in dogs could push the realm of possibility in cancer treatment for humans.

And it is all happening less than an hour’s drive down Highway 280 East, at Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and the Auburn University Research Initiative in Cancer.

The approach hinges on using viruses to target and kill cancers in dogs.

And it is only a fraction of the research set to begin at the AURIC, potentially with the help of dogs from local families.

Most dogs, for example, that are diagnosed with cancer at Alexander City Veterinary Clinic, according to a staff member, are sent to AU’s Teaching Hospital for its advanced facilities and treatments.

And though this method alone is not completely new and is used to a degree to treat certain cancers in humans, it is still at the forefront of current cancer treatment research.

The new approach will build upon the use of these oncolytic viruses, or viruses altered to directly infect and kill only cancer cells.

It was proposed by Andrew Hessel, a genetic researcher out of Northern California, to the director of AURIC, Bruce F. Smith V.M.D., Ph.D.

“What we’re doing is trying to build a virus that’s precisely designed for each patient. That’s a huge revolution. That is a complete revolution,” said Smith.

In short Hessel, skilled in genomics and trained in genetics, microbiology and computer programming, will digitally map the genetic makeup of the cancer that is individually specific to each dog.

The genetic information will come from the samples collected by Smith and his AURIC team.

From this information Hessel would construct a digital blueprint for an oncolytic virus specified for the cancer of each dog.

Smith said that an entire virus genome could now be synthesized from scratch.

“We’re right at the point – and I mean like days and weeks, not months or years – in the technology development that allows this to happen,” said Smith.

He said that physical trials probably would not begin for nearly a year.

However, in the meantime, he noted that if a dog were diagnosed and the cancer caught early enough, with current methods, including his implementation of generic oncolytic viruses, it might be likely that the dog could go into remission until physical trials of the new method are available.

And the reason behind the excitement behind the approach comes from what Smith called the potential “bidirectional” application of this method later in human trials.

“Dogs get many of the same cancers at much the same frequency that people do,” said Smith.

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Mr. Brown, the Face of Canine Cancer, Passes Away

November 13th, 2015

Mr. Brown may not have gotten to visit The Ellen DeGeneres show, but he was able to accomplish quite a bit, including touching the hearts of thousands.

Mr. Brown passed away Monday, Nov. 9, according to his Facebook page. He was taken in by Hopeful Tails Animal Rescue board member Chris Ulreich and had been living with her since mid-May.

(Mr. Brown touched the lives of thousands with his positive message of living life to the fullest.)

Ulreich wanted Mr. Brown to be more than just a dog with cancer. She wanted him to help educate people about canine cancer and bring hope to others.

“It’s trying to show what an awesome life he’s leading even though he’s fighting canine cancer,” Ulreich said in a previous article. “We’re going to give him the best life we can for whatever time he’s got because we don’t know what his previous life was. We can assume it wasn’t the best because of the condition that he was in.”

Based on Mr. Brown’s bucket list, he certainly lived to the fullest. The only thing he wasn’t able to do was visit The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The rest were checked off, including having salmon for dinner, getting a doggie massage and going to the beach.

The day of his death, Mr. Brown was getting around fine, according to a Facebook post by Ulreich. He went outside and then came in and ate his breakfast. But then something changed.

“Shortly after that his breathing became extremely labored and he started panting and drooling. I took him to the vet,” Ulreich said in the post. “At that point it was determined that we needed to make some very tough decisions.”

Ulreich went to go pick up her kids from school so they could say goodbye, but then got a phone call telling her to come back. When she arrived, the vets were performing CPR on him. He then passed away.

“He was brave and strong up until the very end,” Ulreich said. “I truly believe he purposely waited for me to leave and passed at that moment because he didn’t want my children and I to have to decide to put him down and then sit there with him while it was done. He was trying to save us some pain.”

Hundreds of commenters shared messages of support for Mr. Brown. Many people loved him and he won’t be forgotten soon.

Rest in peace, Mr. Brown.

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