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

Thursday, 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

3rd Annual Gulliver's Run Once again Runs Over Canine Cancer

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

For the 3rd year the National Canine Cancer Foundation has had the pleasure of partnering up on the Gulliver’s Run, helping raise awareness, provide outreach and research dollars for canine cancer treatments and cures. Annually this event grows and breaks new boundaries raising over $15,500 in 2015 alone! If you are a runner or a dog lover in the Central PA area, then be sure to register at and put the 2016 Gulliver’s Run on your “must run” list!

Hello everyone, it’s hard to believe that three months have passed since the 3rd Annual “Gulliver’s Run” took place in beautiful Gifford Pinchot State Park here in Central Pennsylvania. The trails are now covered in deep snowpack, just trying to navigate them (let alone run on them) is a challenge for both dogs and people.

But the snow will melt, the seasons will change, and we’ll be back for the 4th Annual “Gulliver’s Run” on Sunday, November 6th 2016!

Our supporters are growing, the numbers are increasing, and the word is spreading that “Gulliver’s Run” is a quality event for a great cause! We can only thank everyone who has helped us and believed in us for that.

Canine cancer has not slowed down, so why should we? Each year we continue to meet others who have been impacted by the loss of a dear friend to this insidious disease. And each year we meet more and more people who look forward to the simple joy of being able to spend time with a canine companion.

So we will continue to put our time, energy, resources, and most importantly, our hearts into making “Gulliver’s Run” a positive, fun, and memorable way for others to help in the fight against canine cancer.

Join us on November 6th 2016 for the 4th Annual “Gulliver’s Run”. Make your dog proud of you and your part in this mission.

Together—We are the cure!
John & Lisa

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Self-Taught Artist Paints Pet Portraits To Raise Money For Canine Cancer Research

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

When Debbie Bruce’s 11-year-old golden retriever was diagnosed with cancer she was devastated. When only a few years later her 5-year old golden retriever was diagnosed with lymphoma cancer, she knew she had to do something to help further canine cancer research.

That’s how Painting For A Cure was born, a website that allows you the chance to get an affordable hand painted portrait of your pet, from which a generous percentage of proceeds go directly to funding canine cancer research.

Qupid, Debbie’s 5-year-old golden was diagnosed with lymphoma, a fast moving canine cancer that can kill a dog in a mere month. Luckily, thanks to a team of oncologists at California Veterinary Specialists, Qupid enjoyed an extra year-and-a-half of life. Still, she was only 3 months short of her 7th birthday when she passed, much too soon in the eyes of her loving family.

A painting of Qupid, the dog that inspired it all:

During Qupid’s bi-weekly cancer treatments, Debbie met people with dogs, cats and even rabbits battling cancer. One day, Debbie was struck with the idea to paint personalized pet portraits to raise money for canine cancer research. The only problem? She had never drawn more than a stick figure in her life.

Debbie wasn’t going to let a lack of experience stop her. She signed up for private lessons, watched countless YouTube videos, purchased books, and practiced almost every hour of every single day. Before she knew it, her ‘okay’ drawings were turning into incredible works of art that truly capture the heart and soul of each animal on canvas.

Today, Debbie’s website, Painting For A Cure, stands in honor of Qupid’s legacy. Providing hope that one day we will have a cure for cancer.

The self-taught artist said, “It is my hope that someday in the near future cancer will no longer have the chance to rob anyone of their golden years.”

It’s not just golden retrievers, or even dogs. Cancer is on the rise in many species, and when breakthroughs occur in canine cancer research it helps all across the board. You can help contribute to these breakthroughs by simply ordering a personalized pet portrait for you or someone you love.

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By Earthables

Fall River family, friends rally to give beloved pet dog with cancer a fighting chance

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

Dakota’s howl wasn’t meant to frighten and had nothing to do with the moon, which was still neatly tucked behind the afternoon sunshine.

It was a happy howl.

On three legs, Dakota, a 9-year-old Alaskan malamute, came to the door and set her mouth in an “O” and gave her visitors a welcoming howl. She wore a pink bandana around her neck. Her tail wagged. Her eyes were expressive.

She’s a big dog, nearly 100 pounds, but is graceful and kind. She weighed 115 pounds before her left front leg was amputated.

“We couldn’t lose her,” said Dakota’s mistress, Darlene Tetreault.

It didn’t matter that Tetreault and her husband, Steve, could scarcely afford such an expensive surgery, they felt they had to give Dakota a fighting chance.

Dakota had belonged to their only child, Mirissa Ann Medeiros, who lost her life in a car accident on Thanksgiving in 2011. She was just 22.

Their suffering has been great, and that includes Dakota.

After Mirissa passed away, Dakota “was so depressed. She wouldn’t eat. She didn’t want to be near us,” Tetreault said.

She would no longer sleep in Mirissa’s bedroom, the place she had spent every night since she was adopted at 8 weeks old when Mirissa picked her from a litter of puppies. She cried for Mirissa continuously.

To this day, Dakota must visit Mirissa’s grave almost daily. More than once, she’s run away and was found at her grave site. She’s also ventured on her own to Mirissa’s workplace as if she might meet her there.

“They were inseparable,” Tetreault said. “I feel like … I know she would have wanted me to help (Dakota) and save her.”

Dakota was always a healthy dog, only ever going to the veterinarian for annual shots, until about a month ago.

“She was limping and we didn’t know why,” Tetreault said.

She took Dakota to a local veterinarian and learned that Dakota had osteosarcoma, cancer of the bone. It is probably the most common bone tumor diagnosed in dogs, generally in the limbs. The bone had been weakened and was also fractured. No one can be sure how long Dakota had been in pain.

A trip was made to Tufts Veterinary Clinic and surgery was scheduled. Dakota’s leg was removed on Aug. 13.

Besides the Tetreaults, Dakota has been nurtured back to health and happiness by two neighborhood girls who have sort of adopted the family and their dog.

Jessica Farrell, 23, a psychology graduate of Salve Regina, and Skyler Belshaw, 15, a Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School student, have hand fed Dakota, cleaned her wound, helped her walk, and even slept with her out on the porch and in the grass when Dakota didn’t want to come in the house at night.

“We’ve always loved Dakota. When we found out she had bone cancer, we were heartbroken,” Farrell said.

Tetreault calls the girls her “earth angels.”

“They’re both naturals at it,” she said. “I am thrilled at the help and care (the girls) have given Dakota.”

The girls took it upon themselves to start a fundraising campaign to help the Tetreaults with their veterinary bills. They were able to secure a donation from Petco and have contacted the Blue pet food company. They also started a Go Fund Me account online. So far, they’re raised about $1,400 and are hoping for much more.

Veterinary bills have mounted to about $8,000, which includes the surgery and an emergency visit two weeks ago for “bloat” or “twisted stomach,” in which the stomach fills with air and rotates and can cut off the animal’s blood supply. The total also includes follow-ups and Dakota’s first of several rounds of chemotherapy.

The Tetreaults received a line of credit for Dakota’s care, but Tetreault isn’t currently working so the bills are hard to pay on one paycheck. In May, she became a registered nurse and is seeking employment.

Dakota is doing well. She’s learning to get around on three legs and is pain free for the first time in probably months. Doctors at Tufts say she’ll likely live for another two or maybe even a few years if the cancer doesn’t come back.

The girls’ reasons for wanting to help are simple.

“We love Dakota,” Belshaw said. “We’re like a little family now. They call us their adoptive daughters.”

Belshaw, who is studying culinary arts, has decided after her experience with Dakota to change her major to veterinary medicine.

To donate to Dakota’s care, visit

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Deborah Allard

Solo swimmer Deborah makes a splash for canine partners

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

Committed fundraiser Deborah Herridge made a splash on Sunday by swimming 14 miles across the Solent and back again to raise £1,000 for assistance dog charity Canine Partners and Cancer Research UK.

Determined Deborah swam for 7 hours, 18 minutes and 47 seconds in an average temperature of 16.5C from Hill Head Sailing Club in Fareham to Ryde and then back to Hill Head on Sunday 6th September.

She followed Channel Swimming Association Rules and wore only a swimming costume, hat and goggles which offered no thermal protection or buoyancy while completing the feat, which she named Quantum of Solent 2 – Return of the Tide. This is an inaugural swim and she hopes it will be ratified by the British Long Distance Swimming Association as a first.

Last year Deborah completed a one-way 7.5 mile sea swim but in a bid to test herself further she doubled the distance by tumble turning at Ryde and swimming back to Hill Head again.

Deborah chose to support Canine Partners, which is celebrating its 25thanniversary year, as she has previously been a volunteer puppy parent for the Charity.

Deborah, 46, of Lee-on-the-Solent, said:

“I support Canine Partners because I see how it can change people’s lives for the better. I swim to help others, and when it gets painful, which it did, I think of people who are worse off than myself and it gives me the courage to go on knowing that what I am doing may go to help them in some way.

“I nearly gave up several times when the waves were so big I couldn’t see any land, only my safety boat.”

Canine Partners, which receives no government funding and relies solely on donations, is dedicated to transforming the lives of people with physical disabilities by training dogs to help with everyday tasks they would otherwise find difficult, painful or impossible, including opening doors, undressing, pressing buttons, and fetching help in an emergency.

If you would like to support Deborah’s challenge and donate to Canine Partners and Cancer Research UK please visit

Deborah has also supported the Oakley Waterman Caravan Foundation and raised nearly £1,000:

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By Island Echo

3rd annual "Chase Away K9 Cancer Twin Lakes Picnic"

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

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Chase Away K9 Cancer is a division of the National Canine Cancer Foundation and Chase Away K9 Cancer is 100% volunteer run and we do our best to make 100% of the profits from merchandise sales and donations that are received go to help fund K9 cancer studies and to raise K9 cancer awareness. No one gets paid, we all do this for the love of our dogs. Together as a great dog loving community we are making a difference in our pets lives.

If you have any ideas that you would love to make happen we can use all the help we can get.  I have a full time job along with three lovely Labradors along with a loving husband that take up a lot of my time. But I always find time to answer emails and phone calls along with trying to run a few local events a year along with attending other events with my pups and getting out in the crowd  helping to spread the word of K9 cancer.  Please join us in our fight and drop me an email anytime if you have another great idea you would like to make happen.

Thank you,
Cera Reusser


Donations help treat therapy dog with cancer

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

When Sandia Vista Elementary principal Cathy Gaarden learned that the school’s therapy dog, Lil’ G, had an aggressive form of cancer, she debated on how she should proceed.

The 8-year-old female golden retriever was diagnosed with an aggressive form of lymphoma five weeks ago and doctors gave the dog less than a month to live.

The 8-year-old golden retriever has cancer and Gaarden is trying to raise money for her treatment. (Photo: Jim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal)

Gaarden said Lil’ G stopped eating and she noticed the dog had swollen lymph nodes. She took her to the veterinarian immediately and a biopsy was performed, revealing the cancer.

The dog is currently undergoing chemotherapy and Gaarden said, with ongoing treatment, Lil’ G could live to the average lifespan of 10 to 12 years.

“I gave some thought about doing treatments because it is expensive,” she said. “But the staff and students begged me to do this.”

On May 14, Gaarden set up an account with gofundme, which allows people to raise money online for their causes, to help pay for Lil’ G’s treatment.

Gaarden initially set a goal of $3,000 and within a week had surpassed that goal. Gaarden raised the goal to $5,000 and, as of Friday afternoon, she had raised $3,565.

“I’m totally blown away,” Gaarden said. “The generosity is amazing. Perfect strangers are donating.”

Jamie Firth, who said she is from the United Kingdom and also owns a retriever, made a donation and left a message on the fundraising page.

“I hope Lil’ G receives all the funds she needs to keep treating her cancer,” she wrote. “She is a stunning little girl and has many more years to live as a happy, sweet doggy!”

Gaarden said the most of the Rio Rancho school’s oldest children are aware of the Lil’ G’s diagnosis and, during the last week of school, several delivered cards and well wishes.

“The kids just love her,” Gaarden said. “They swarm her when she’s around and she loves them, too.”

(Photo: Jim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal)

Gaarden was an administrator at Enchanted Hills Elementary when she decided to get Lil’ G. She had witnessed the positive effect another golden retriever at the school had on an autistic student.

Lil’ G went to work at a few months old and became a therapy dog in a special education preschool classroom. Gaarden became principal of Maggie Cordova Elementary a few years later and Lil’ G followed, still working in a special needs classroom.

Gaarden said Lil’ G is calm, loving and intuitive, knowing when a student needs comfort. The dog would, without prompting, go lay down next to a student who was getting upset or having an emotional outburst, often creating a calming effect, she said. The dog would also greet students every day as they got off the bus.

“A lot of special needs children have trouble with transitions,” she said. “When they would see her at the bus stop, it would help keep them calm.”

(Photo: Jim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal)

Two years ago, Gaarden became principal of Sandia Vista and, once again, took Lil’ G with her. At Sandia Vista, Lil’ G is no longer in one classroom but greets visitors to the office, attends school functions and makes classroom visits.

Money continued coming in this week, with several people leaving messages of encouragement. One woman said her nephew knew the dog and had asked her to make a donation. A teacher who had the dog in her classroom also gave a donation.

“Lil’G means so much to my granddaughters!” wrote Becky Talbott. “We will be praying for healing!”

Gaarden said her initial goal was to help Lil’ G live until the last day of school, May 22. She said the dog is not in pain right now and she will continue to provide treatment for as long as there are no adverse side effects.

“She’s a great employee,” Gaarden said. “She works for cheap. She works for treats and pats on the head.”

To donate to Lil’ G, visit

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By Elaine D. Briseño

Dog helped with cancer treatments by group

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Local chocolate Labrador retriever Della is a young five years old – in “human” years – but she is suffering from stage III lymphoma and requires chemotherapy.

Della’s owner, Winder resident Catherine Margrave, has sought and is receiving financial assistance from the Magic Bullet Fund for Della’s treatments.

(Labrador retriever Della with Winder)

“When I found out my furry baby has lymphoma, I knew that I had to give Della the best chance to fight cancer and continue loving the world with all she’s got,” Margrave said on Della’s donation space on Magic Bullet’s website.

Margrave said on the site that she is Della’s “official human mommy” and therefore has a special place for Della in her heart. Despite Della’s cravings for human food, mentality that 80-pound dogs can be lap dogs and “absolute worst gas imaginable all the time,” Margrave said the Labrador retriever “loves every single person she meets without hesitation.”

Della goes to Dr. Stuart Rackley at Auburn Animal Hospital every Monday for treatments which can last 6-7 hours, Margrave said. Della gets anxious about having the IV in her leg, and Margrave said every time she returns to pick Della up, Della is “ecstatic and ready to go.”

At home, Della’s been having a rough time, lacking energy and having an upset stomach. But her appetite has been fine and Margrave said she prepares special meals to help settle Della’s stomach.

The original timeframe for Della to live without chemo was one to two months, Margrave said, and there has not been a new timeframe established since Della began her treatments, but it’s at least been extended somewhat, since Della is responding well to the chemotherapy.

Margrave said her son, for whom the family first got Della when he was 10 years old, has been snuggling and playing with Della more and finding ways to have quality time with her since the family found out she had cancer.

But the emotional difficulties the family faces are compounded by the financial aspect of it all.

“We are doing everything we can to help Della beat this, but the vet bills are staggering,” Margrave said.

Founded in 2005 by medical animal writer Laurie Kaplan, the Magic Bullet Fund assists dogs whose cancer would otherwise not be treated due to financial constraints. Kaplan founded the fund in honor of her dog Bullet, who survived cancer.

According to a Magic Bullet press release, about half of the 65 million pet dogs in the United States today will have some form of cancer during their lives. And while miracles can’t be expected for all dogs afflicted with cancer, Magic Bullet celebrates the miracles they do get.

Donations for Della may be made through, under the “Donate for a Dog” tab. Her Magic Bullet campaign will end Friday, March 27, and as of this past Thursday, $640 had been given, but nearly $400 was still needed.

Margrave said that if Della does pass away before her treatments are finished, any remaining donations garnered for her through the Magic Bullet Fund will then be passed along to help another dog.

Margrave has also set up a page for Della on, where $335 of $4,000 had been given as of Thursday. The page, entitled “Della’s Cancer Crusher Fund,” can be found at

“Any amount you can find in your heart to give will be infinitely appreciated,” Margrave said on the Magic Bullet website. “You will be giving my Della the chance to live out the remainder of her life as healthy and happy as it began. For that, I could never thank you enough.”

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By Bonny Harper

2nd Annual Gulliver's Run Trounces Canine Cancer

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

A partnership that began 2 years ago in helping each other launch Gulliver’s Run and continues to grow as we fight canine cancer together!

Year Two of “Gulliver’s Run” was another “pawmark” of success! Our human field doubled as did our canine field and people continue to support and encourage us with many kind words. Dogs just keep on having a great day out with their human companions and helped us raise $7600 for the National Canine Cancer Foundation!

Race day 2014 was bright, sunny, and extremely windy, destroying one of our registration booths!  But our passionate participants came out with their dogs just the same. As a result of the large increase in runners they even put up with a shortage of restrooms, dogs didn’t have this problem.

This has already been corrected for our November 1, 2015 race as we expect even greater numbers.

Thanks to our great volunteers we were able to get around and talk to our runners and supporters about “Gulliver’s Run” and fighting canine cancer, while petting my share of dogs along the way.

Helping dogs and their families carry on that fight is the driving force behind our efforts to put on a special and enduring event. We met a number of people who took a moment to tell us their stories about a beloved canine friend and how the specter of canine cancer had marked their hearts. As I looked at each of those people through my own tear-clouded eyes (maybe it was the wind) I became more determined to continue our mutual battle through “Gulliver’s Run” for many years to come!

It is, at times, an exhausting and nerve-wracking process to put together a running event. We strive to make “Gulliver’s Run” a quality event for all who choose to join us. It is hard work, but the reward of knowing that our efforts and the efforts of all who come out for “Gulliver’s Run” do count for something in the fight against canine cancer makes it all worthwhile.

I believe that people do want a way to fight back against something that has changed them in the manner that the experience of facing canine cancer with a dear canine friend has done. We believe that our vision of founding and carrying out the annual event of “Gulliver’s Run” will enable others to do so.

Gulliver lives on through the trail run that now bears his name. We are humbled and thankful for the association that it enables us to have with so many others who know what it is to share their hearts and homes with a special canine friend. May each year bring more of us together! Thank you all so much for believing in us!

See you on the trails November 1, 2015 for Gulliver’s Run 3!

Together—We are the cure!
John & Lisa

Photo courtesy: NaterPix

Artist paints pet portraits to raise money for cancer-stricken dog

Monday, February 16th, 2015

Shaun Mitchell deeply understood his own love for his cancer-stricken dog Charlie, but he was astonished to discover the depth of feeling shown by strangers.

Last June, the 5-year-old boxer was diagnosed with T-cell lymphoma and has been receiving treatment since that time. Although Mitchell and his wife Tasha have pet insurance, out-of-pocket expenses have been high, so Mitchell, a self-taught artist, decided he would offer up his artistic talents by painting portraits of other people’s pets in an effort to raise money for Charlie’s treatments.

“I thought maybe if I’m lucky, five or ten people would be interested,” Mitchell said.

Within four days of Tasha posting the information on Facebook, Mitchell has received nearly 160 requests from all over the world.

“After the responses I got, it left me speechless. I am so overwhelmed with gratitude,” he said. “People email me a picture of their pet so I can use it to paint the portrait, and some of them attach their stories for me to read. Some of them, what they’ve gone through and what they’ve done for their pet is so moving.”

Mitchell uses watercolors, acrylics, water-based oils, charcoal and pencil to create his work. As a child, he said he used to “doodle” a lot with paints and became more serious about it as an adult.

Lisa LaRue of Ogden has asked Mitchell to paint a portrait of her dog, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, a Rottweiler who died of cancer last fall at the age of 10.

“When I saw it on Facebook I thought it was an awesome idea,” LaRue said. “I just felt this would be a great way to honor my dog while helping the Mitchells raise money to save theirs. It’s a very hard and emotional thing to go through when you lose a pet. I will put the painting of her somewhere that everyone can see, probably in the living room.”

After Charlie’s diagnosis, he underwent a round of chemotherapy. Five months later, he was in clinical remission. However, the cancer returned.

“It was very scary. His lymph nodes were the size of golf balls,” Mitchell said.

More chemotherapy was done, but Charlie wasn’t responding well. Then the couple learned of a new treatment that just came out of clinical trials. The only catch: it’s only being offered in Las Vegas or Denver.

“They are hoping to get it here eventually, but treatment has only been out of trials for eight weeks, so for now we had the choice of going to Vegas or Denver, so we decided to go to Vegas” Mitchell said. “He’s had one treatment and so far his body is responding really well. In fact, the doctor told us if he didn’t know Charlie had cancer he would never be able to tell, so we are hoping Charlie will be pioneering possible treatments for other dogs in the future. It gives us hope.”

Mitchell said he will paint as many portraits as people want to send him. He doesn’t just paint dogs. He’ll paint cats, horses and other family pets as well. As long as you’re patient, Mitchell said he will get the job done. He charges $40 for an 8×10 painting and asks for no money up front.

“I want people to be happy with the end product,” Mitchell said. “I want to be good enough that when people see their painting, they will get that warm fuzzy feeling inside. I’m working on a rush order right now of a family whose bulldog passed away last year at this time. They are honoring me by asking me to paint a memorial picture for them. It really stirs my emotions.”

To view Mitchell’s Facebook page, go to
You can email him at to place an order.

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By Jamie Lampros