Today is the last Give Cancer the Paw blog hop. We have been happy to participate in all the hops, and to be part of a successful endeavor. This hop raised awareness of cancer, we learned about studies and treatments, and many stories were shared to help and support everyone who has had a pet whose life was affected by cancer. Thank you to our hosts Peggy at The Writer’s Dog and Jackie of Pooch Smooches for having this great idea. For the last hop it was suggested that we keep it simple by sharing a photo or a little story about a pet who is battling or has survived cancer, or who has crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. It could be our own pet, a family member’s or friend’s, or perhaps a blogger we admire.
Suggesting a blogger we admire immediately brought to the surface something that has always stuck in my mind. I will never forget the day just over 13 months ago when our golden retriever Moses was undergoing surgery to hopefully remove a tumor on his spleen. The hope was that the tumor was benign and could just be removed. We also knew there was a possibility the cancer had already spread.
I was sitting at my computer trying to occupy my mind by perusing my news feed on Facebook. My blog was not yet a year old then, but I had already started following many other blogs and one of them was Tales and Tails, which many of you might be familiar with. I read the blog and followed the page on Facebook. I was shocked and dismayed to read that Blueberry, one of the greyhounds featured on the blog, had just passed away from osteosarcoma (bone cancer) that day. Literally, as my fingers raised to write a condolence message, the telephone rang. It was our vet telling us that Moses’ cancer was spread throughout his organs and there was nothing to be done to save him.
Cancer does not discriminate.
- Blueberry was 13 1/2 years old, Moses was 8 1/2.
- Blueberry was a greyhound, Moses a golden retriever.
- Blueberry’s cancer was osteosarcoma, Moses’ was most likely malignant hemangiosarcoma.
- Blueberry lived in the Midwest, Moses in the Northeast.
- Blueberry had already survived another form of cancer once, Moses was healthy throughout his life, other than very infrequent seizures.
However, these two dogs did have one very important thing in common: they were greatly loved by their families and are extremely missed to this day.
Thank you to Carrie from Tales and Tails for allowing me to use her wonderful photographs of Blueberry.