Oct 2, 2011


Dis is a very special postee for mee today.

It be mee very furst LIVESTRONG postee.
Mee was around for LIVESTRONG 2010
butt mee didn't have mee own bloggy back den.

Dis be some impawtant stuffs so mee will just sit back and let mee capable assistant take ovr' for mee.

Mee be back so don't run away!

Thank you, Amber

Cancer is a terrible disease.  We have probably all had some dealings with it in one way or the other.  Our human family has been very fortunate and hasn't been directly affected by cancer.
However, over the years we have lost five members of our canine family to cancer.  Many of you already know about our most recent loss......our sweet Tucker, taken by lung cancer two months ago today.

Today I would like to remember our five brave dogs and introduce them to you.  If you have any time and would like to read their entire stories on my personal website, the link to their individual story is embedded in their name.

The first dog we lost to cancer was our dear
Samantha had both liver cancer and a brain tumor.  The brain tumor took her life.

SABRINA was our second Doberman lost to cancer.  She began her journey to Rainbow Bridge on her 6th birthday.  Liver cancer spread to many parts of her body but she never complained until the very end, nor had any symptoms, leaving us in shock when we got the diagnosis.

In 2003 we lost our TIFFANY after a nine-month battle with Hemangiosarcoma cancer.

Our sweet SERENA was diagnosed with congestive heart failure and then developed osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in her rear leg.  The cancer spread to her shoulder but the vet was able to successfully remove the tumor on her shoulder.  She was not a candidate for amputation due to her bad heart.  At about the same time that she developed cancer, she also became blind.  One night about 7 months later I told her it was ok to leave for the Bridge if she had to and that I would be OK.  She passed away quietly about 15 minutes later when her heart just stopped beating.  I believe to this day that she was waiting for me to tell her I would be alright before she could leave.

Our most recent loss was TUCKER.
There were no symptoms until one day he started coughing.  The emergency clinic we took him to first believed he had pheumonia and found the tumor in his lung by way of an x-ray and biopsy.  We had to let him go exactly one month after the diagnosis and four chemo treatments.

I would also like to remember two very good blogging buddies who have very recently lost their battles with the "C" Monster.


We also lost another dear friend earlier this year who belonged to friends of ours.  Asia was diagnosed with cancer on a Tuesday and had to begin her final journey less than a week later.
One of our very close friends from Blogville was just diagnosed with terminal osteosarcoma.  We are all saying extra prayers for GIZMO from Rottrover as his battle with this disease continues.  All the paws in our household are crossed for you, big guy.  Miracles really do happen sometimes and just maybe someone will find the right weapon to blast the ugly "C" Monster right into outer space.

Ok, Amber....back to you!
Ok's Every Buddy...
As da day goes on, let us all cross our paws in da hope dat we can sends dis cancer ting a packin'.  Between da crossed paws and da prayers, how can we lose? 

Remember to stop by da LIVESTRONG bloggy too.




bichonpawz said...

Oh Amber! You have done a wonderful job with this tribute to all of your friends!

Live Strong!!
xoxo Chloe and LadyBug

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

What a beautiful tribute to those furries in your life who have had to endure cancer. We are so sorry for all your losses. Today we must all Live Strong and fight to rid our world of this evil.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

Bobbie said...

Wow! So sad!! Amber, you are so sweet and thoughtful in educating others and for this beautiful tribute.
So, do they know what causes cancer in our pets? Is there something we can and should do to prevent it? Anything we should 'stay away' from? What is known? I did have a dog that was presumed to have cancer years back. Scooter was 13, and one morning woke up sick and a week later was gone... the vet was guessing that the lump that quickly formed on her side was cancer but he didn't even recommend surgery for her.
Keep up the good work, Amber.. and you're capable assistant!!

Old Kitty said...

Awwww!! Such wonderful angels!!! Wonderful tributes!! Big big hugs and purrs! Take care

Scooter said...

Hey Amber!
Wow, you and your assistant did a wonderful post. I'm so sorry for all the lost furiends and this is a great reminder.
Grr and Woof,
Sarge, COP

My Mind's Eye said...

Hi Amber..oh my goodness your K9 family has truly suffered from this horrible disease. Thank you for sharing this most heartfelt post in honor of all your K9 and Feline friends.
You my sweet Doxie look very good in yellow.
Hugs from your BFFF,

rottrover said...

Sweet Amber... What a beautiful and touching post. We are spending today remembering our lost pack mates, too. Thank you for your prayers.

Gizmo, Bart and Ruby

HoundDogMom said...

What a great post today Amber. You did a much better job then us. We had lots of plans then our normal person that updates or blog has been sick, so Mom had to try her hand it. She got as far as the header and that was it. She didn't get much further with typing up a great post like you. We hope she will learn more editing techniques soon. Love ya, The HoundDogs

Elaine Pritchard said...

Lovely lovely post and a lovely tribute to your many dear friends.

Love and licks, Winnie

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

Amber this was a truly special post. I know how much this means to you.. esp. so soon after dear Tucker.

You did a Brave and Fangtastic job of puttin out the word.

Anonymous said...

Sweet Amber you and your capable assistant has put out a great post. We are so sad and sorry for all your losses. LiveStrong! Hugs and nose kisses

Scooter said...

Amber, that was a very nice tribute to the dogs of past. We NEED to get rid of that ole monster. We are also sorry for the losses of each family that had their pet go on.

Jazzi and Addy

Anonymous said...

Oh Amber, that was a beautiful tribute. You are correct we have lost too many of our furiends and their pawrents to that C word.

You post is pawsome!

woos, Tessa

Jans Funny Farm said...

A lovely tribute, Amber. And we're sorry for each of your losses.

We think it was brave of you to go yellow for today. But we don't think yellow is your color. You are perfect as you are. :)

Brian's Home Blog said...

That was such a beautiful post sweetie, it made my whiskers weepy wet. I really believe we can whip the evil C if we will LiveStrong together!

The Daily Pip said...

Oh my gosh, I was reading along this beautiful post and then I found Sweet Pea and the tears just flowed. Thank you so much for including him. I am dreaming of a day without cancer ...I know it will come some day.

Your pal, Pip and mom

Backcountry Brodie said...

Wow, Amber, that do be a lot of furrends that the C monster has gotted. I know some of the dogs I has fostered ofur the years has been gotted by the C monster alreddy. They woz such good furrends while they woz here waiting fur a furefur home. At least they did get their furefur homes and woz loved in the end. It do still be so sad.

Remington said...

AWESOME post, my friend!

Unknown said...

That was a very beautiful post. We hope that cancer doesnt have to find any of our furfriends anymore :(

sox said...

Hi Amber thinking of all thee babies and my Sox.xxxxx

White Dog Blog said...

We were honored to have your family's special warriors with us at the Walk to End Cancer...we felt their strength and having them at our side made us more determined than ever that this monster will be beaten.

LiveStrong, dear friends. We join you in the fight and know that day will come when Cancer.Touches.NOone.

Bailey Be Good! said...

Big hugs to you -- you've lost so many furries. I know a few furries that have lost their battle with the big "C." Sending lotsa woofs & hugs your way. <3

~Bailey (Yep, I'm a girl!)

Trixie, Lily, and Sammy-Joe said...

When people think of cancer, they don't always think about its effect on pets!!! Our two big sisters both died of cancer. Chopper lived to be 13, which is a pretty average age for a dog, but poor Zip only lived to be six years old! Cancer is cruel and painful to humans and pets alike.