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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

http://wearethecure.org/giving/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=2&products_id=70

Thank you

Gary D. Nice
President and Founder
National Canine Cancer Foundation

NCCF "Gelling" with NEW Concept Dedicated to Giving Back

Monday, November 24th, 2014

Very excited to announce a new partnership for the National Canine Cancer Foundation. Launching late November 2014, Gells is dedicated to bringing good and looks together. Simple, classic and polished apparel with philanthropy at heart. When working with companies and organizations we like to find people that share the same passion we have for our dogs, which is why Gells struck an all to familiar chord with the NCCF team. The Gells concept is based on giving back to organizations that have represented something very important in founders Ashley and Richards lives. Can-Can, their beloved Bouvier de Flandres and company logo, lost her battle with cancer at a young age, a pain we know all too well. Because their passion comes from the same place as ours, to eliminate cancer in dogs, we are very excited to welcome our new pack member!

- Chris Pike
VP of Marketing and Events National Canine Cancer Foundation

This principle was the foundation for our company which “gells” our love of sharp looking apparel with our continued commitment to philanthropy.

Our signature belt will be available in 5 colors-each has been matched to a charity but you can control where your donation is going.  In fact, we encourage you to support whichever hits closest to home.

We have chosen to align with charities that are close to our hearts. In fact, our company logo is a rendering of a beloved family pet, “can-can”, who lost her battle to canine cancer at far too young an age.  Doing what we can to find a cure for canine cancer is just one of our goals as a company.

We have always loved this loyal and caring breed, bouvier de flandres, and recently welcomed a new puppy “goose” into our family.

Show your support for the National Canine Cancer Foundation by sporting the Purple Belt (the color chosen by your Facebook community!).

We look forward to connecting with you and hope to see you #gelling soon!

Twitter: @gellsusa
Facebook: gells
*gells belts will be available online at www.gells.org in late November and in selected stores*

Cancer treatments for pets help Meriden family's furry friend

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Innovations in veterinary care are giving pet owners in Meriden new options in keeping man’s best friend cancer-free.

The 8-year-old dog Coco is a beloved member of the Carbray family.

“She loves everything and everybody,” said Erika Carbray. “She’s more human than dog. She likes to sit at the dining room table with us when we eat dinner, and she’ll just sit there in a chair and not make a sound.”

Although she’s still her typical happy-go-lucky self, Coco is battling cancer for the second time.

When Coco was diagnosed the first time, Erika Carbray decided to try radiation treatment to shrink the tumor in her nose.

Carbray drove Coco to Tufts University in Massachusetts every day for one month, which has the closest animal hospital that offered radiation at the time.

“After radiation, it had shrunk by 75 percent. So that was considered a huge success,” Carbray said.

It was a time-consuming commitment and Carbray even quit her job to be able to take Coco to appointments, but Carbray has no regrets.

“So far Coco has gotten two and half more years of life, and a great life, you know I want to continue that,” Carbray said.

The family thought they were in the clear, but about one year ago Coco’s tumor had grown.

At first they used chemotherapy, a cheaper alternative to radiation, but it hasn’t worked.

“Radiation is what’s going to give her more years of life hopefully,” Carbray said.

Doctors said more pet owners feel the same.

“There have been a lot of innovations in the last decade in veterinary medicine following on the heels of 30 years of innovations in human cancer research,” said Veterinarian Dr. Shawn Behan.

Pet owners now have a variety of options but some are still crucial.

“I did get a lot of backlash from certain people, you know kind of, ‘How could you do that? How could you put her through that?’,” Carbray said.

But doctors said cancer treatments for dogs are not like the side effects human patients experience.

“The entire process is much milder and gentler for dogs- we use lower doses, they tolerate the drugs much better, so they do not go through even a tenth of the suffering that most humans have to,” Behan said, who is a veterinarian at Rocky Hill Animal Hospital.

Similar to human cancer treatment, oncological care for dogs is hugely expensive, and coming up with $9,000 for radiation treatment is tough to swing.

So they started a fundraiser on the popular crowdfunding website Go-Fund-Me.

“I mean I would always do anything, just like you know, if I had a child – I would do the same for Coco,” Carbray said.

To make a donation, click here.

Carbray said after Coco is treated, she plans on continuing to help raise money for other dogs who need cancer care.

Story reposted from:
http://www.wfsb.com/story/27288830/cancer-treatments-for-pets-help-meriden-familys-furry-friend
By Hena Daniels • Maggie Lohmiller • Kaitlyn Naples

Dog with amputated leg moves again with help of wheel

Friday, November 14th, 2014

A devoted dog has been given a new lease of life after beating cancer and having a leg amputated – and after being fitted with an adorable wheelchair.

Chocolate Labrador Rogan was given just two months to live in August, but owner Kirsty Johnson, 27, refused to have the 11-year-old put down.

Rogan the chocolate Labrador has been outfitted with a wheelchair that allows him to run around and play.

Johnson was devastated when the vet told her best friend Rogan had been diagnosed with a grade 3 soft tissue sarcoma.

She had taken the chocolate Labrador home when he was just 8 weeks old and she said she was desperate do anything she could to keep him alive – even if it left him with phantom limb pain, depression and hallucinations after his right hind leg was amputated.

However charitable donations from well-wishers from all over the world meant she could buy a custom-made dog wheelchair so Rogan can run as he used to.

“When the vet came out and said that it was cancer I couldn’t believe it. He had never been ill in his life,” Johnson, a canine and feline beautician from Southport, Merseyside, said.

“The vet said it was grade 3 and the worst it could be – it was just horrible. I have known Rogan since birth – he is basically my best friend. Finding out your best friend has cancer is just horrible. I just can’t describe how I have felt – it has been awful,” she added.

Rogan’s vet gave him two months to live if he didn’t have any treatment because chemotherapy and radiotherapy wouldn’t work.

After a failed attempt to remove the aggressive life-threatening tumor that was spreading to the bone, Johnson had a tough decision.

“Putting Rogan down was considered of course. He could have kept his four legs and had pain relief, and we could have put him down,” she said.

But that was not an option because she did not want to lose him.

“The vet said amputation and that was the only way forward. It was just horrendous knowing he would lose his leg. Even the morning he went in for the surgery, I still didn’t know if I was doing the right thing. How would he cope with only three legs? He is such a heavy dog?” Johnson said.

Rogan, who weighs almost 90 pounds, loved walks in the parks, playing fetch with Johnson and would go for a stroll at least twice a day.

After the operation he could barely move, couldn’t walk and was depressed.

Rogan’s owner said the 11-year-old dog suffered from depression, hallucinations and phantom limb syndrome after his operation.

“He was on a lot of painkillers and he just looked a bit depressed. I think he was having hallucinations and he even had phantom limb pain – he still thought he had his leg and it’s not like you can tell them what happened,” she said.

Johnson slept on the floor next to her ‘life-long buddy’ for two weeks as he got used to his new way of life.

“He was just crying and barking all through the night,” she said.

Poor Rogan struggled to get around without Johnson harnessing him to her and the strain of missing one leg caused injury to his cruciate ligament and knee.

“It was pretty desperate. It was either put him in for surgery again which I didn’t think he could handle it or put him down which I couldn’t bear. Then the vet told me about the wheels! I thought he has come this far I can’t give up on him now,” she said.

With the help of well-wishers from all over the world, many from America who raised about $750 to date, she was able to buy Rogan a new set of wheels.

Rogan got the wheels after he had a leg amputated.

Johnson says the dog wheelchair, which supports the dog’s hind quarters and harnesses around his neck and stomach, has saved her dog and her best friend’s life.

“He has only had the wheelchair two days and he has been out walking and he is his old self again. It is amazing what it has done!” she said.

“His tail is all up in the air wagging as he is back running and playing as he used to. He is definitely a different dog to the last few weeks. He was just so depressed before, but this has given him a new lease of life. It is a life saver!”

Johnson says many other dogs come to check out Rogan with his new wheels and often many of their owners are always intrigued to know how he is coping with his new toy.

Johnson believes these dog wheelchairs can change how owners decide on the future treatment of their dog.

“In terms of disabled dogs these wheel chairs are the way forward. This is a solution in many ways – putting a dog down doesn’t always have to be the answer in the case of a very poorly dog. Rogan will be able to do everything he could before because of his new wheelchair,” she said.

Johnson bought the chair on Dogswheels.com and paid $375 for the custom built chair. However her fund-raising plans don’t end there.

“I have decided that when I reach Rogan’s goal I want to help other dogs and their owners in similar situations to Rogan as I know how costly vets can be especially when you’re not insured, she said.

“I am totally overwhelmed by the support I have received and I thank everyone who has followed Rogan’s journey and for your kind words.

Rogan’s wish is to walk in the fields again and be happy.” Visit www.gofundme.com/roganswish

Story reposted from:
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/dog-amputated-leg-moves-wheel-article-1.2009685
Images Credit: Cavendish/ Kirsty Johnson

A Dog Battling Cancer Still Loves Life to the Fullest After Losing His Leg

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Sheridan the dog is loved by his owner Morgan, and her boyfriend Zach. As the beginning of this video shows, Sheridan is full of life, but sadly he is battling bone cancer.

He recently went through an operation to remove his right forelimb and is currently undergoing chemotherapy. Despite these challenges, Sheridan continues to live life to the full, as the end of the video shows.

His owners are asking for donations for their online fundraiser at http://www.youcaring.com/pet-expenses/tri-pawed-embracing-canine-osteosarcoma/258285.

They say all donations will go to Bone Cancer Dogs, “a non-profit 501©3 organization whose mission is to exclusively fund research for canine bone cancer, and to promote awareness and education about the disease.”

Story reposted from:
http://news.yahoo.com/video/sheridan-dog-battles-cancer-owners-154343879.html
Credit: YouTube/Zachary Pearl

Runners take on canine cancer

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

For many families, a pet’s health is the utmost importance, and dealing with a disease like canine cancer can be difficult. On Sunday the mission to find a cure brought Vermonters together in South Burlington.

“Her name is Dezi – she just turned eight four days ago,” said Rich Armstrong, Dezi’s owner.

The golden retriever mix was diagnosed with cancer six months ago. She lost her front leg but never lost her loving personality. “She was wagging her tail within a few hours of surgery and she’s just really been an inspiration. She’s a really brave dog,” Armstrong said.

Dezi is just one of countless dogs who have been diagnosed with some form of cancer. It’s a disease the Chase Away K9 Cancer 5k hopes to help families overcome. “I wanted to do something to kind of help the cause and make my own mark and do something for the Vermont community,” said Debbie Safran, one of the event’s organizers.

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says nearly 50 percent of pets over the age of 10 will develop some type of cancer. It’s the leading cause of non-accidental death in dogs. Organizers of Sunday’s 5k hope to raise around 7-thousand dollars. “Every dollar that we raise will eventually make it’s way to a grant that will hopefully find a treatment — better yet a cure for canine cancer,” Safran said.

It’s a disease that dog owners like Diane Popke see everyday in her line of work at the Animal Hospital of Hinesburg. “We came out here to support all the dogs, all the parents, see the success stories, see the happy endings that we were are part of — their success story,” she said.

This is the walk’s 4th year and it’s a day where dog owners are able to see that there is life for their pets even after a battle with cancer. “For a lot of people its hard to wrap their head around — ‘Gosh my dog with three legs. I don’t know that she can handle that.’ But you give these guys a chance, they can do amazing things,” Armstrong said.

If you didn’t make it to Dorset Park for the fundraiser, you can still check out the Chase Away 5K Facebook page and make a donation to help fight canine cancer.

Story reposted from:
http://www.wcax.com/story/26767447/runners-take-on-canine-cancer

Written by: Melissa Howell

Nonprofit helps Durham family pay for dog cancer treatment

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

When Benedict, a 9-year-old Lab/shepherd mix, stopped eating a few weeks ago, his owners feared something was wrong. They were right. Benedict had cancer, and time was of the essence.

So Joseph Haefling, whose family adopted Benedict in 2006 after seeing his Pet of the Week picture in The Herald-Sun, took him for chemotherapy treatment to Triangle Veterinary Referral Hospital on Morreene Road.

In addition to the stress of having to deal with their sick pet, the financial burden presented a problem for the Haeflings. But while searching the Internet, Haefling stumbled onto a nonprofit called the Magic Bullet Fund, a nationwide nonprofit that helps families who can’t afford to pay for their dogs’ cancer treatment.

That was about five weeks ago, and the fund is now picking up the cost for Benedict’s chemo, which will be several thousand dollars for 26 hospital visits.

The fund was founded in 2005 by New York resident Laurie Kaplan in honor of her dog Bullet, a cancer survivor.
Haefling, 80, said Benedict’s treatments appear to be working.

“The vet said it’s a good thing we came in that day, or he’d probably be gone the next day,” Haefling said. “They gave him a blood transfusion and IVs to get nourishment in him, and started the chemotherapy right away.”

Now, Benedict has resumed barking at home to announce he’s ready for his next meal — just like old times.
Life with Benedict started out somewhat rocky, however.

“At first, he was a little on the wild side,” Haefling said. “Once we got him home from the shelter (in 2006), we went through things like him chewing on the furniture, tearing out a door screen and knocking over a bowl of beans from a counter,” he said. “But by just talking nice to him, he changed pretty rapidly. He seemed to appreciate that.”

It didn’t take long for Benedict to become a beloved member of the family. “We got attached to him right away,” Haefling said. “He’s real good now. My oldest son walks him, and all the neighbors are crazy about him.”

Haefling’s son, Dennis, said Benedict is his best friend.

“I’m happy that the treatment is working,” Dennis said. “I stay with him all the time, day and night.” Haefling said the Magic Bullet Fund has lifted much of the burden off his family. “We’re just thankful that they’re around,” he said. “We really appreciate their help.”

News reposted from:
http://www.heraldsun.com/news/localnews/x1154807491/Nonprofit-helps-Durham-family-pay-for-dog-s-cancer-treatment

Written by: Keith Upchurch

Paws for a Cause: Event set to benefit canine cancer

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

“My Best Friend’s Training” in LaMoille will be hosting their first ever Paws for a Cause fundraiser event this Saturday, Sept. 27.

This event is calling on all area dog owners to join in on a fun-filled afternoon with their furry friend, while at the same time supporting a great cause.

Jen Rhodes, owner of My Best Friend’s Training, has put together a number of activities for dogs to partake in – everything from a best kisser contest, to highest jumper, best costume, fastest dog, best catcher and more.

Jen Rhodes (right), owner of My Best Friend's Training, stands with her dog, Tosha. My Best Friend's Training will host a Paws for a Cause fundraiser event Saturday, Sept. 27. All monies raised will benefit the National Canine Cancer Foundation. Also pictured is Rhodes' daughter, Amanda Mancilla, with Kacy. (BCR photo/Goldie Currie)

There will be trophies and treats for the winners of each category.

The event is free and open to the public. For those who don’t have a furry friend but are interested in seeing the fun, Rhodes invites everyone to come watch the fun.

Rhodes explained the money raised at Saturday’s event will benefit the National Canine Cancer Foundation. The foundation is a non-profit corporation dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health issue in dogs by funding grants which are directly related to cancer research. These grants work to save dogs’ lives by finding cures, better treatments and accurate, cost-effective diagnostic methods in dealing with canine cancer.

“People don’t realize there is a foundation for dogs that will actually help you financially beat the disease or help the dog through the disease,” Rhodes said. “It’s for the cure. It’s for them to figure out what’s causing these different cancers. There are so many different cancers in canines.”

Rhodes said this is a topic that hits home for her, as she raises Rottweilers who are more prone to cancer. Just last year, Rhodes lost her 2-year-old Rottweiler to cancer.

“That was it for me. I was at the point where I knew we have to do something,” she said. “People don’t know this foundation is there to help them, and we’re looking to raise more awareness for it.”

Rhodes is looking forward to a great turnout on Saturday. The event begins at 2 p.m. and will be held at the location of My Best Friend’s Training at 28593 2650 North Avenue, LaMoille. There will be door prizes, a 50/50 drawing, activities for children, refreshments and a bake sale. For more information about the event search for My Best Friend’s Training on Facebook.

News reposted from:
http://www.bcrnews.com/2014/09/22/paws-for-a-cause/ap1hnnb/

Written by: Goldie Currie

Team Its For The Dogs Continues to Take a Stand Against Canine Cancer!

Friday, September 19th, 2014

In 2008 Debra Roseman decided she needed a new hobby and on Thanksgiving Day she set out and hit the pavement for her first run. Several months later, and many miles later, her husband found an event online called “The Bruiser Memorial 5k” being held in October 2009. Knowing his wife’s love for dogs, he suggested she go to the race which benefited canine cancer research.

Deb did sign up for the race that day and having known friends who lost their dogs to cancer she even took a shot at fundraising for the event.  It was only a few weeks out so she was short on time, but was able to raise several thousand dollars.

Soon thereafter, several other friends of Deb lost their dogs to cancer.  One was Frank Heffelfinger.  He decided to join Deb at the Bruiser race in 2010 and from there blossomed a friendship between Deb and Frank that will be forever cemented through the love of dogs.  Deb and Frank fundraised separately and again raised several thousands of dollars.  At the end of the race the wheels began to turn… what could be done as a TEAM?  And so Team It’s For the Dogs was formed.  With the announcement of the team, new members wanted to be a part of this special journey.  The members changed a little throughout the new few years, but all members except two (Deb and Terry Travis) had shared a common bond.  All had lost at least one dog to cancer.

For 2011 the team hit the ground running and held agility fun runs, raffles, wrist band sales, and 50/50s to raise funds.  The support of the dog community was amazing and the drive of the team increased.  They dreamed BIG and drove HARD and fundraised BIG.  The team idea proved to be a huge success and it was decided they would continue to keep the hope alive.

2012 was to be a different year for Deb.  Early in January after feeding her 4 dogs breakfast, one collapsed at her feet.  Hannah was rushed to the ER but there was nothing that could be done for her.  Heart based hemangiosarcoma had claimed her life.  The loss of Hannah drove Deb to drive harder and to drive her team harder than ever.  The raffles became bigger.  The agility runs became more numerous.  Everything became bigger and better.  Unfortunately Deb’s experience with cancer was not to stop there.  In April 2013 she had to give her Elkhound the gift of no more suffering.  He had been diagnosed with nasal cancer a few months prior.    In addition to what had already been done in years past, Deb added an obedience match and an online auction to the mix of fundraising opportunities.  Driven now more than ever by the loss of two of her own beloved canine companions.

Over the years that Deb and Frank ran the race individually, combined with the three years of team fundraising, Team It’s For The Dogs has raised over $50,000 for canine cancer research.  Even though the Bruiser Memorial was retired, they made the decision to continue fighting as a team.  With the hope that someday that helpless feeling of a cancer diagnosis would be no more.  That HOPE for LIFE will prevail…

See the highlights from their very first event on their own. Which won’t be their last!

For the past three years, Team It’s For The Dogs has participated in The Bruiser Memorial 5k to raise funds for canine cancer research.  In conjunction with running the race and traditional fundraising, the team has run several types of events to raise money including memorial agility runs, raffles, online auctions, 50/50s and obedience matches.

While looking for even more ways to raise money for this cause that is so near and dear to all of our hearts, Paul Mount of PMCC Services LLC approached us with the idea of holding a UKI fundraising agility trial.   Given “The Bruiser” had retired after 5 very successful years leaving us without a “base” event, we decided to GO FOR IT!

In order to “go for it” however, we needed to keep expenses as low as possible.  We were very delighted to learn that Darryl Warren would DONATE his judging services and that K9Jym in Colmar, PA would DONATE the use of their facility to us!  Additionally, Paul also would be donating back a large portion of the entry fees.

We didn’t stop there though!  We looked for more ways we could raise funds at the trial and along with having a wonderful spread of amazing raffle prizes donated by ourselves and our various dog loving friends, we also offered “mulligan runs”.  If you wanted to run a course again for practice you could pay $5 at the gate and get training time in the ring.

Now that all of that was set, we all anxiously awaited for the big day, August 23, 2014.

The day arrived and it could not have been more perfect.  The trial was a big success and the raffle and mulligan runs were very well received.   After all was said and done, along with a few flat donations including a rather large personal donation from the trial secretary, we sat down and crunched the numbers and learned that we raised $3,100!  This money is being donated to the National Canine Cancer Foundation with a request it be used to help fund their Hemangiosarcoma Research Project.

Huge thank you to EVERYONE involved in this inaugural event… The exhibitors, the volunteers, our secretary Paul, Debb and Roy of K9Jym, and our judge Darryl.   We are looking forward to next year already!

A Little Scare and Some Big Plans

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

My friend Porter is fighting stage 3 Mast Cell Cancer. He is really a champ, this is his 8th week on Palladia, and the lymph nodes have all shrunk to normal size and he is his normal peppy self.

Porter and I at work

Quite a big change from thinking we had 2-4 weeks left with him. We hike a lot, and at least according to some people, we hike too much (don’t get me started).  It is something that we have done together since he was a pup…

Baby Porter taking a break on top of Moxie Bald Mountain

…and someday (in like 100 years) when he is gone I will walk those same trails and think of him and maybe smile through the tears.

He woke up having trouble walking one morning 2 weeks ago, and together we made it down the stairs. I noticed it was his right front leg that he was having issues with.

It was so hard seeing him so confused and in pain, and being able to do nothing to help him.

When you are dealing with a complex medical condition such as cancer, you think everything that happens is because of the cancer. This isn’t necessarily so, but still, when the problem your buddy is having is on the same side of the cancer – the place you know it is likely to spread – you can’t help but worry.

What bothered me was that we hadn’t hiked or done anything to speak of for almost 2 weeks. If he hurt himself hiking, it would have shown up before then – which is exactly what freaked me out.

So we went to the vet, did x-rays, and determined that it was thankfully not cancer causing the problem, it was something else, likely a soft tissue injury or some sort.

I felt like we dodged a bullet. Since our vet wasn’t sure what exactly was causing his pain, she prescribed rest, pain medicine, and an anti inflammatory.

Within 2 days, he was back to himself. I kept him rested for another week or so, going on a few easy walks along the river/Wyman Lake.

Kennebec River near Wyman Lake

Kennebec River near Wyman Lake

Yesterday we went back up to Moxie Bald Mountain (and forgot our camera, but trust me, it is a freaking cool place).

Porter and I had big plans to do this epic back packing trip this fall to help increase awareness about canine cancer and to raise money for the National Canine Cancer Foundation, who funds grants to cancer researchers to help find better cures, treatments, and to find more accurate, cost effective ways to diagnose canine cancer.

Well, in light of Porter’s mystery injury, we amended our plans.

We now have a trip planned that is a little less epic, but still very cool! We are going to hike from Rt. 27 in Stratton/Eustis, across the Bigelow Range, and then home to Caratunk – 37 miles.

We are still going to work to raise money to help fund canine cancer research, in hopes it will help others facing the same issues as we are (click HERE to donate).

We are saving the epic trip for next year – we are going to celebrate him beating the odds. I can’t wait!

Thanks for reading!

Mandy & Porter

Story reposted from:
http://caratunkgirl.com/2014/08/17/a-little-scare-and-some-big-plans/

Written by: caratunkgirl