|I’ll never forget my first personal experience with cancer. I had brought my dog, Puma, into the vet for x-rays
because he had been limping for a couple of weeks. I had expected to hear that he had either torn the
ligaments in his knee yet again or perhaps it was arthritis. The vet called that afternoon to say was almost
certain he had cancer in his leg. My first reaction was, no big deal, just surgically remove the tumor and we’ll
get on with it. After all, he was only five years old, he could’t possibly have a life threatening disease, right?
The vet brought me back to reality, “I don’t think he’s going to make it”. Suddenly, the world seemed to stop.
That was 18 years ago. Between then and now, I’ve had two other dogs who were also diagnosed with
osteosarcoma. I can tell you from experience, it doesn’t get any easier to hear the “C” word time and time
again. I started to think I was jinxed – three dogs in a row all diagnosed with the same type of cancer. Who
could image the odds of that happening?
When my second dog, Beanny, was diagnosed and given about a year to live, I began to read every book,
every medical journal, every Internet site, every clinical trial I could find. I explored conventional therapies
and alternative & holistic treatments. Nothing was too outlandish for me to think about and believe me, there
are some crazy sounding cancer ‘cures’ out there. Beanny became my personal guinea pig – I wanted
desperately to cure him, or at least give him longer to live than Puma had (he died 6 months after
diagnosis). And so our journey began. To read our story click here.
|We published our initial version of this site in late February, 2007 with the hope to become truly a one-stop place to obtain or be
linked to the information you need. We constantly update and add information to the site so check back often. Please contact us
with any suggestions – we’d appreciate your feedback for how to make this site more useful. Click here to give feedback. Since the
launch of our site, I have lost two more dogs to cancer, Cherish to histiocytic sarcoma and Snuggy to lung cancer. Advances in
cancer treatments and cures have been made, but we still have a very long way to go to save our beloved companions from this
If you are visiting this site because your dog has cancer, I’m truly sorry and understand the difficult time you are going through. I
hope this site will help you by providing the tools you need to choose the right path for you and your dog. The path is not always
clear and you may be confronted with choices to which the right answer will not be known. This is but one of the heart wrenching
realities of cancer. My advice is to get a caring veterinarian(s) that is knowledgeable about cancer and the various current
treatments available, get second or third opinions, be open to clinical trials and alternative therapies, and learn to trust your own
instincts. God Bless.
|Comments from our Site Visitors
NO matter what is going on in my life, I
always come back here to see my Maggie
and read what I wrote about her after she
was gone. I always think about lucky we
are to have a website like this and people
like you that allow this to remain forever. A
special grave to visit. Honestly, I love this
website. I see all the wonderful dogs
people have lost and you find comfort in
knowing you're not the only "nut"
that will never get over losing your friend
Cindy, August 2012
Before I jump into the story of our dog, I
wanted to thank you for your website. We
have only been without her for two days and
the grief has been suffocating. I found your
website and after reading about what
others went through with their dogs and
cancer and that what they are thinking and
feeling is similar to how we feel, it just
made me feel better. I had never heard of
the rainbow bridge, but I loved it and just
typing it now and thinking of her waiting for
me brings tears to my eyes.
Chelsea, August 2012
I was truly grateful when I found your sight
after finding out she had cancer. Your sight
gave me a lot of information that I needed. I
also found a lot of comfort in the prayer list,
memorial, rainbow bridge.
Elizabeth R., September, 2011
Hi, I have just across your site and it is
fantastic! I am so thankful I found your site.
John M., August, 2011
Thank you again sooooooooooooooooo
much. It sure helps to have someone who
understands what you're going through.
You have been a Great Blessing to me.
Ann P, August, 2011
You are doing an AWESOME thing for so
Susan, August, 2011
Thank you for publishing all of the
information on your site. It was very helpful
by allowing me to decide the best course of
action for my dog who just passed from
multicentric Lymphoma. The section on
end of life was so helpful and made me
feel at peace with my difficult decision.
Ed G., August, 2011
Thank you for your kind words and posting
his memorial. I visited many sites and this
was the only one which seemed
compassionate whilst clear. Your site was
very helpful through this difficult time.
Hi. I first wanted to tell you how much I
appreciate your site. Sharing this helpful
information to those in need is very
Shannon F, August, 2011
Well you are an inspiration, to have gone
through all that you have with your
wonderful dogs and yet be brave enough to
give that information out to the world to help
so many people = incredible!
Jan W., August, 2011
You are an absolute marvel – thank you so
much for going to the trouble of contacting
the Essiac company and clarifying things
Jerry S., August, 2011
Love your site it is very educational and well
Cynthia B. , July 2011
I just wanted to thank the developer and
contributors to this site for creating such a
sensitively written and very thorough
information source on the topic. You've
included information on every aspect of this
time in a dog's and his/her owner's life and
I feel better knowing I have a resource to
come back to as my information and
support needs shift during the remainder of
my dog's life.
K.K., July 2011
Just wanted to thank you for the information
and check list to determine the right time to
euthanize your dog when they have cancer.
I have an 11 yr old yellow lab, I needed
something to help me gauge when my dog
S.W., June 2011
Good afternoon - I just wanted to say Thank
You for your Web site. It has come up in
searches I have done in recent months for
my dog's neurologic symptoms that are
seeming to point towards a brain tumor
(knock on wood it isn't!). The information
you have here is awesome, and Beanny's
story is moving. Thank you again!
Jennifer, May 2011
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