Archive for March, 2012

Abby is awarded a certificate of courage for her fight of canine cancer

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012
Abby and her certificate of courage

Abby and her certificate of courage

In December of 2005 Edward and Sharon Ostrowski adopted Abby, a female beagle, from a rescue in Illinois.  Abby was one of the many helpless animal victims from Hurricane Katrina.  Her years prior to the Ostrowski home remain a mystery; with numerous signs showing her life may have been a very rough road.  Abby settled into the good life enjoying cuddling with her new owners, playing with their 3 grandkids and her feline friend Minnie.  She is a very smart little girl and enjoys being the “owner” of her two human companions and all the comforts their home brings.

On Dec. 27, 2011 Edward called our clinic reporting that Abby’s gums around her lower incisor teeth looked inflamed.  This was the first sign that they noticed something was wrong with their little girl.  Biopsy results revealed cancer and further testing diagnosed Stage III Amelanotic Melanoma.  Edward and Sharon were devastated.

On Jan. 11, 2012 Abby underwent a Bilateral Rostral Mandibulectomy surgery at a specialty hospital, removing a portion of her lower jaw containing the cancer.  Abby is now currently undergoing chemotherapy treatments and despite all the hardships, Abby continues to be a trooper! She is able to eat well and has even learned how to chew her favorite crunchy treats. Abby had always been a familiar face at the clinic prior to her cancer diagnosis and with her more frequent visits now; she continues to melt our hearts with her sweet nature. With the loss of my own dog “Libby” to Osteosarcoma in the spring on 2010, canine cancer holds a special spot in my heart.

Libby the black lab who inspired Megan

Libby, Megan's black Lab who inspired her to do this project!

I discovered the National Canine Cancer Foundation on-line shortly after Libby’s passing. I presented an idea to my practice owner, Dr. Gerber, that we could give our cancer patients a pink paw collar tag along with a Certificate of Courage for their fight against cancer. “ABBY” is the first to receive her tag and certificate from our veterinary clinic.

Megan Niehoff CVT

Columbus Countryside Veterinary Clinic

Columbus, WI


Lotto donates his birthday to canine cancer research!

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012
Lotto enjoying his Birthday cake with Mom, sister Flyer and foster brother Max

Lotto enjoying his Birthday cake with Mom, sister Flyer and foster brother Max

Every year for his birthday, Lotto hosts a party at K-9 Playtime and instead of gifts, he requests donations to go to a worthy cause. This year Lotto turned 10 and decided that his birthday gifts would go to the National Canine Cancer Foundation in memory of a number of his friends who were lost to cancer.  He worked for his whole birth month to raise funds for NCCF and he raised $535.00!

Raffle for the birthday fund raiser to beat canine cancer

Raffle for the birthday fund raiser to beat canine cancer!

Fun was had by all at the birthday party!  There was a raffle, a dog wash and of course birthday cake!  Lotto was good enough to share his cake with his sister and foster brother too!

Lotto is picking out his raffle items

Lotto is picking out his raffle items

Lotto's friends who he raised funds in memory of...

Lotto's friends who he raised funds in memory of...

I love what Lotto’s Mom Marla wrote as she closed the letter  - “Let’s kick that cancer in the BUTT!”  You bet we will Marla!  We believe that “Together, We are the Cure” and you and Lotto and friends have just become part of the cure for cancer in dogs!

Lotto’s friends who were lost to cancer:

In loving memory of :

Ruby Johnson

Winny Weidner

Princess Sunny and Toaster Gamoke

Stella and Mac Mallo

Nathan and Q Timm


You can see more birthday party pictures here. And here is what was written about Lotto on his Birthday invitation:


MACH ARPH Big Lottery Winner 6674

Therapy Dog Extraordinarie

DEAD Man Walking at one and 1/2

Now gracious host at his own doggy daycare with full staff

Agility Champion Lotto, Ambassador of all things rescue

Changed the COURSE of life for hundreds, and me TOO


So for his birthday, here’s the plan!

I talked a little further to Lotto’s Mom because the invitation had me curious about this sweet fund raising boy and here is her answer:

Lotto was sold by his original family to a 2nd family who kept him tied out all day and ultimately surrendered him 6 months later as “a problem barker” to a high kill shelter. He was on death row when Aussie Rescue “sprung” him. He spent a few weeks in foster care where his foster mom’s Vet commented that he was THE nicest dog she had EVER brought him!

My soul mate, miniature schnauzer picked him out as HER pet and SO he came home with us in November. We were the fifth place he lived and he was only 1 1/2!

We lived in a townhouse with no yard and HE, understandably, was TOTALLY reactive on leash due to spending most of his life on the end of one! We sought out trainers, animal communicators, tried every piece of equipment, read any book we could find and ultimately came to the conclusion that he would never be able to leave the house.  But through it all he was, and remains the single most beautiful soul I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.  We just didn’t know HOW to help him.

My agility teacher and friend said bring him to class and we will work through it. He took right to agility and soon forgot about anyone else in the room when it was HIS turn to run.

Not too long after that, we openned him his very OWN doggy daycare. He is great with other dogs OFF leash.  Too bad the world cant always be leash free.

He became Uncle Lotto to all the puppies while they crawled over his head and tried to catch him when he was playing ball. Visiting dogs could eat his food, take his bones, toys, sleep in his bed whAtever, he has always been a gracious host.

If he felt a dog was playing too roughly with one of HIS charges, he would literally hurl himself accross the room to put himself between the offender and HIS puppies.

Lotto has never met a person he didnt love. So we took a class and whaddaya know, he was certified as a therapy dog.  We began working with autistic children and watching him with these kids was AMAZING! He would walk into the classroom, look around and walk right up to the kid that needed him that day.  One day, one of his kids had a meltdown and the teacher was walking him out of the room, I asked if he wanted to pet Lotto before he left and he nodded yes.  He ran his hand through Lotto’s fur and pretty soon he was telling me all about HIS dog. By the time we were done he was able to return to the group activity.  I brought him a laminated picture of Lotto so whenever he needed he could “pet” Lotto and feel better. I cried for two days after that incident.  Lotto is simply the single most generous soul ever.

Around the same time we found a positive reward based trainer and that’s when it all came together for us.  She taught ME how to help him and manage his “outbursts” so that he could go places and do things….including competing in agility at the highest level in various venues.

Several years ago he and I were out walking when a car hit me in the middle of an intersection. I screamed and mustve rolled over the hood before hitting the ground. Lotto sat perfectly still while all the neighbors ran out, the fire department came and took me away to the hospital.  He sat right there at my side.  When I came home a week later, NON weight bearing for SIX weeks he took up his vigil at my side and would only leave his post to eat and go outside.

He is my MAIN man, the most wonderful man EVER!  I cry when I think of what he had to overcome to get to where he is today and how he took it ALL in stride as we shopped trainer to trainer, took some very bad advice, made a lot of mistakes and he never batted an eye always ready to play whatever game we were playing that day!

He is MY hero, and as the saying goes, I only wish I could be more like the person my dog thinks I am.

Because of him I got involved in rescue and through the daycare we have fostered and rehomed hundreds of dogs. He has helped us help so many other people and dogs who have met him and been inspired to try to work things out with their own pets, I cant tell you HOW many people have adopted Aussies after meeting him, including two of my closest friends who are now on their 3rd Aussie rescue. Because of HIM our motto has become that NO nice dog should die for lack of space and at one point we had EIGHTEEN  rescues staying at the daycare for a week, all because of him

Because of him we have all learned things we never would have known to even seek out and like a snowball rolling it has radiated outward and now, after 6 years in business and 8 years of living with him we couldn’t even begin to count how many lives he has touched.

Hope that answers your questions. If not, ask me, I could and DO go on and on and ON about my most BEAUTIFUL boy.

Several of the dogs we lost last year were good friends of Lotto’s and AGAIN, because of HIM, we decided to dedicate his birthday month to raising money for research. Lotto did tricks for donations, shared his office, beds, bones and mom with any who needed in their final days.  Because of all that I learned just HOW lucky I am with the statistics as shocking as they are.

And basically because of him I have the life I have, being with dogs every day, helping people and their beloved fur kids from puppyhood to the final day when we have accompanied many of them to the Vet when the time came to let go.

Because of him, I am the person I am today, which is not even half of the “person” Lotto is.

Had it not been for Lotto I may never had actually taken the leap to openning my own daycare where he reigns supreme as a gracious host and head of the welcome committee.

Marla L.

The German Shorthair Pointer Club of Middle Tennessee raises over $4500 for Chase Away K9 Cancer

Friday, March 9th, 2012
Cera, Martha and Stacy

The GSP club of Middle Tennessee invited Cera to join in on the fun of raising over $4500 for Chase Away

I have just returned from a wonderful long weekend spent with my friends with the GSP Club of Middle Tennessee attending their Agility Trial. My dear friends Martha & Stacy asked me to attend and help raise donations and WOW did we ever. The generosity of these great folks was amazing, from donating if their pups did well or if they didn’t they gave and gave. One of the funniest things was the judges of the trial volunteered to have Whip Cream Pie’s thrown at them which raised over $800 just for that. The tally for the weekend went over $4500. THANK YOU ALL for sharing the love you have for your dogs with Chase Away.
Happy tails till we meet again…..

Cera Reusser
Founder, Chase Away K9 Cancer

Judges before the Pies Fly

The good natured judges before the pies started to fly!

Chase Away K9 Cancer Fund raiser

Pie Flying strategy session

Chase Away K9 Cancer Fund Raiser

Judges post pies in the eyes and they are all smiles!

National Canine Cancer Foundation has a new generation of supporters!

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012
Baby Becca discovers the National Canine Cancer Foundation reminder band

Baby Becca discovers the NCCF reminder band

There are a lot of wonderful volunteers and friends that donate their time to doing the little things that keep the NCCF running.  One of my great joys in being a part of this Foundation is meeting all our new found friends and keeping in touch with them as we fight the good fight.  I very much enjoy receiving emails on what’s going on in people’s lives and how the Foundation touches them.  I want to share a recent email I received from one of our long time friends and volunteers, Vicki.  Vicki sends out all of our memorial cards with great love and respect for each one she sends.  We are so thankful for her time and effort.

Last February, Vicki became a Grandma to a wonderful baby girl named Becca!  Since she has been born we’ve been getting updates about Baby Becca and her encounters with Grandma Vicki’s dogs.  At a year old now, Becca has five words, Mama, Dadda, Hi, Gram and doggie!  Her most recent update has come in and she is learning the concept of ‘on’ and ‘off’.  And what better way to learn the concept than to use an NCCF reminder band! So, Becca and Gram put the bracelet ON and Becca and Gram take the bracelet OFF.  You can bet the next time the NCCF does an event in Phoenix that we will have to get Becca a shirt just her size and she can come to the booth and demonstrate ON and OFF, so people will know how to wear their reminder bands well.  Also, Becca is a pretty good model to show how good you could look supporting the NCCF with a reminder band too!

Becca has grown up in her one year of life thus far knowing her Grandma’s dogs.  And already, Becca has been touched by canine cancer, even if she doesn’t know it yet.  Late last year, Vicki lost her heart dog, Princess Tessie.  So, it’s never to early to start a new generation of supporters and Vicki is doing her part.  Thank you so much for your support, Vicki!

Princess Tessie with Becca and Laila

Vicki and Princess Tessie showing. I just see their true love.

Pours for Pooches 2 raising funds for National Canine Cancer Foundation

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012
Rada, Pours for Pooches, raising funds for the National Canine Cancer Foundation

Pours for Pooches honors Rada each year

Jeff and Pat Dolan lost Rada two years ago to Leukemia.  After their terrible loss of their heart dog, they wanted to do something to raise funds for NCCF so that in the future dogs and their owners won’t have to suffer the pain of the disease and the loss from it.  This is where Pours for Pooches was born and their first year they raised $670.00.  Here’s what Jeff and Pat had to say about Pours for Pooches 2:

Our 2nd annual “Pours for Pooches” on February 14, 2012 event was a huge success. Through the generosity of House of Beer, raffle prize donors and our wonderful friends at C/K Photography and their photo booth we raised $985. Throughout our 5 hour event we had nearly 30 dogs who attended with their merry making humans. We watched the last night of the Westminster Dog Show on the big screen and everyone (2 and 4 legged) was well behaved and good times were had by all. Losing our dog, Rada, to lymphoma was an awful experience. Hosting “Pours for “Pooches” helps us fill the void we have in our hearts and help other people maybe prevent what we went thru. We are already making plans for “Pours for Pooches 3!”

Pours for Pooches attendees having a great time while raising funds for the National Canine Cancer Foundation

Pours for Pooches attendees having a great time while raising funds for the National Canine Cancer Foundation

Jeff tells me that Charles, the owner of House of Beer, already said “when is Pours for pooches 3?”. So, if you are in St. Cloud, FL in February, look out for the event!


8 Year Old holds 2nd Annual Fund Raiser in honor of his dog Jack for the National Canine Cancer Foundation

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Spiro Cromwell, 8 years old, of Gulfport, Florida found out about the NCCF last year when his dog, Jack, was diagnosed with cancer.  Last year he was assigned a community service project for his gifted program and he organized a dog walk in honor of Jack that raised $2000.00 in February 2011.

Jack and Spiro

Jack and Spiro

After losing Jack to cancer in September of 2011 Spiro was determined to do another fund raiser at Gulfport’s “Get Rescued” event in February 2012.  His booth at this year’s event featured his own hand made dog art.  Spiro painted canvases with stencils of different breeds.  Some people that purchased the art even took their picture with “the artist”!  He also organized a raffle which included many gift certificates from local restaurants and businesses with his big ticket item was a 2night/3day stay at The Tradewinds Resort in a pet friendly suite.

After the many furry visitors that day who came by Spiro’s booth to visit and buy art and tickets, he had raised $650 this year in honor of Jack, who he had known and loved since he was 2 years old.  The good memories spur on people to make a difference and ignite their passion to something about this awful disease.  Spiro has started doing this at a very young age and by the time he graduates from elementary school he will have made a difference in so many people’s lives!  Thank you Spiro for your excellent effort!

I want to share with you the letter that Spiro wrote to prospective givers:

My name is Spiro Cromwell. I am 8 years old and in the third grade at Azalea Elementary. I was assigned a community service project for my gifted program last year. I didn’t know what to do at first, but then my family and I found out my dog (Jack) had late stage cancer. I decided that raising money for dogs with cancer would be a great project. We lost Jack in September, it was very hard for us (and everyone that knew him). My event last year was very successful and I was able to raise $2000. In Jack’s memory and for all the other dogs out there with cancer, I would like to do it again. Here are a few things I’ve learned from The National Canine Cancer Foundation website:

Canine Cancer affects one out of every three dogs. Of those, over half of them will die of cancer. The National Canine Cancer Foundation helps to fund important research grants that are working towards improving those statistics. Through a major project funded by the National Institute of Health, the mapping of the genome sequence of the dog has been complete. Knowing the mapping of every gene in the dog, gives researchers an advantage not yet achieved in humans.

My event will be held at Gulfport’s “Get Rescued”, Saturday February 25th from 10am-6pm. The dog walk starts at 3pm. For each $5 entry, you will receive 6 raffle tickets for a chance to win generous donated items. I wil be selling “dog art” and NCCF merchandise during the day. Please stop by and say hi and meet our newest family member Murphy!

Please continue to support this foundation! With your help, we can help them find a cure for this disease that is stealing our furry family members.

Thank you for your support!

Spiro Cromwell