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Jun 04 2015


Charley, I carry your heart with me. ~ March 29, 2008 – June 3, 2015 ~

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❤️ Charley, I carry your heart with me.  ❤️

 ~ March 29, 2008 – June 3, 2015 ~

 

Charley earned his well deserved angel wings at 5:13pm.  He beat bone cancer 2x…for 4 Years, 7 months and 6 days.  He survived bone cancer and he beat the odds, but he couldn’t beat another evil cancer called Hemangiosarcoma.

 

Charley was totally fine and acting like his happy Labby self even last night.  This morning he seemed tired and he refused a treat which never happens and my gut told me something was wrong.  I called my parents and they checked on Charley this morning about 10:30 and he was more of his perky self, he greeted them at the door, brought them a baby and scarfed down his food.  Joe came home around 11:30 and checked on him and he went potty but didn’t want to go on a walk.  I got home about 12:30 and he didn’t want to eat, he was panting, he jumped up on the couch by me and his back legs were shaking.  When he looked at me his eyes told me he was scared and he was asking for help.  When I looked at his gums and lips they were way too pale.

I called my parents since Joe was in court downtown and they came over and we took Charley in to the ER, which is also where his oncologist is. The ER is about 30 minutes away and I really didn’t think Charley would make it.  He was breathing really slow and not responding when I was talking to him.  By the time I got him to the ER he was in shock.  His pulse was thready and his blood pressure was low.  Hematocrit was fine.  His lungs were fine.  Dr. Buss, his oncologist, did an abdominal US and it showed a tumor in his spleen and behind his left kidney.  FNA confirmed Hemangiosarcoma.  One of the tumors must have ruptured and he bled internally, although no fluid was seen in his abdomen, around his lungs or around his heart.  They gave Charley 3 shock boluses of fluid and his blood pressure wouldn’t come up.  He was fading.

 

Dr. Buss, his oncologist, was there with us and he was the one to give him the injection.  I will never forget what Dr. Buss said with tears in his eyes, “I will never forget Charley.  He touched so many lives.  He was an inspiration and he gave so many people hope.  I’ve never had a patient survive bone cancer twice and beat bone cancer.  I’m not going to say goodbye, but rather see you later.  You’re a good boy Charley.  You are so loved.”   He also said that the internet is going to go viral tonight with the news of Charley.

 

I am thankful that Charley held on long enough that we were all able to say goodbye and he was surrounded by everyone who loved him.  All of the vet techs and the receptionists that knew him came in to give him a pet and a kiss…and he knew a lot of people over his 5 years going there!

 

I am thankful and blessed that we got an additional 4 Years, 7 Months and 6 Days (1,680 days) with Charley after his bone cancer diagnosis.  We were able to see a young pup of 2-1/2 grow into a wonderful adult.  We were able to keep our promise and take him to the beach so he could swim in the ocean.  We got to celebrate his 7th Birthday on 3/29/15.  We will get to bring him home on Friday or Monday.

 

My heart is shattered and I’m broken.  I’m not sure how I am going to make it without him.  If I had only known last night was the last time he would sleep with me, I would have stayed up all night. ❤️

 

Godspeed Charley.  Run free, sweet boy, run with all of the hero angels that have gone before you.  You are my love, my heart, my son, my hero…. I love you forever and always.

 

Charley, I carry your heart with me.  March 29, 2008 – June 3, 2015

 

 ❤️ Hugs from me and chocolate Labby kisses from my forever Warrior Charley! xoxo  ❤️

 

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May 30 2015


Happy 4 Year, 7 Month Ampuversary Charley!!!

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Charley celebrated his 4 Year, 7 Month Ampuversary on May 28th!!!   I can’t believe it’s been 1 Year, 7 Months since his OS met was removed!  

 

Charley, you are and will always be our Bone Cancer Warrior, our hero, our inspiration and our miracle man!!!   We love you!  ❤️

 

 

❤️  NEVER GIVE UP HOPE!!!  ❤️

 

Sending lots of positive thoughts and prayers to all of you and your furry babies!

 

Thank you for all of your prayers, positive thoughts, hugs, and kisses.  It is greatly appreciated and we can’t thank you enough for all of your support!

 

  Hugs from me and chocolate Labby kisses from Charley!  xoxo  ♥

 

 

 

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May 10 2015


Charley’s a rock star (and his rocks his new collar)!!! He’s met free!!!

 

Charley saw his oncologist, Dr. Buss, this Thursday May 7th and it’s all good news!  Charley’s chest x-rays were clear (no mets) and Dr. Buss said Charley looks great!  YIPPE!!!  That’s a great way to celebrate Joe’s 40th Birthday too!  Charley is a 4-1/2 YEAR Bone Cancer Warrior and it’s been 1-1/2 YEARS since his osteosarcoma met was removed from underneath his amputation scar!  His next met check is scheduled for 8/6/15.

 

Charley also received his Karma Collar that he won in the contest on Facebook in March.  The Karma collar is the “Hendrix” and it looks great on Charley.  Joe thinks he looks like a king wearing it!  Thank you to all who voted to help Charley win it!  Here’s some pictures of Charley rocking his new collar.  

 

❤️  NEVER GIVE UP HOPE!!!  ❤️

 

Sending lots of positive thoughts and prayers to all of you and your furry babies!

 

Thank you for all of your prayers, positive thoughts, hugs, and kisses.  It is greatly appreciated and we can’t thank you enough for all of your support!

 

  Hugs from me and chocolate Labby kisses from Charley!  xoxo  ♥

 

 

 

 

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Apr 30 2015


HAPPY 4-1/2 YEAR AMPUVERSARY CHARLEY!!!

 

 

❤️  NEVER GIVE UP HOPE!!!  ❤️

 

Sending lots of positive thoughts and prayers to all of you and your furry babies!

 

Thank you for all of your prayers, positive thoughts, hugs, and kisses.  It is greatly appreciated and we can’t thank you enough for all of your support!

 

  Hugs from me and chocolate Labby kisses from Charley!  xoxo  ♥

 

 

 

 

 

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Feb 28 2015


Happy 4 Year, 4 Month Ampuversary Charley!!! CANINE CANCER WARRIORS ends tomorrow March 1!

Happy Happy Happy 4 Year, 4 Month Ampuversary Charley!!!  YAY!  YIPPEE!!  WOO HOO!!!  I can’t believe it’s been 16 months since his metastatic OS tumor was removed!

 

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I wanted to thank each of you for making CANINE CANCER WARRIORS a HUGE success again and it has relaunched for the 3rd time!   Shirts and hoodies will be available until tomorrow, March 1st at 10:00pm CST!  So far another 59 have sold and there are still over 24 hours left!

 

A total of 228 shirts and hoodies were sold in the first campaign that ended on February 8!  Another 115 were sold in the campaign that ended yesterday, February 18!  I am truly amazed on how successful CANINE CANCER WARRIORS has been and how much money has been raised for Bone Cancer Dogs, Inc.!

 

Because of each and every one of you,  a total of $5554.00 was raised and directly donated to Bone Cancer Dogs, Inc. and it will go directly toward funding of specific research directed toward canine osteosarcoma!   THANK YOU!   Together we ALL made a difference! ❤️ 

 

If after you receive your shirt or hoodie and you love it and can’t live without another one in a different style or color, just go to the CANINE CANCER WARRIORS campaign and reserve another shirt or hoodie:

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❤️ PLEASE SHARE!!! ❤️ 

 

CANINE CANCER WARRIORS was started to honor my Charley (4 Year, 3 Month Bone Cancer Warrior) and all of the Canine Cancer Warriors who are currently fighting the biggest battle of their life and in memory of those who have earned their angel wings!  100% of the profits…yes 100%…will again be donated to help fund canine cancer ongoing trials and research! 1 in 3 dogs will be diagnosed with cancer. 50% of dogs over the age of 10 will die from cancer.

 

I know most of you are dog lovers.  Many of you have had a personal experience with canine cancer or know someone close to you who has.  Dog lovers have lots of doggie lover friends who know other doggie lover friends.  Even if you don’t want to buy a Canine Cancer Warriors shirt, PLEASE SHARE because…Together we can ALL make a difference!  ♥  

 

All of the shirts and hoodies are Charley approved too!

 

Here’s pictures of the front and back of the shirt I designed.  The shirt is available in a short sleeve tee, long sleeve tee, hoodie and a women’s fitted tee and they come in a variety of colors.

 

 

 

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Never give up hope!  My hope is that one day there is a cure for this dreaded disease….

 

Sending lots of positive thoughts and prayers to all of you and your furry babies!

 

Thank you for all of your prayers, positive thoughts, hugs, and kisses.  It is greatly appreciated and we can’t thank you enough for all of your support!

 

  Hugs from me and chocolate Labby kisses from Charley!  xoxo  ♥

 

 

 

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Feb 17 2015


HURRY! Last chance for CANINE CANCER WARRIORS!!! Ends 2/18 at 10:00pm CST!

 

Last chance!!!  CANINE CANCER WARRIORS ends tomorrow, February 18, at 10:00pm C.S.T!!!

 

A total of 72 shirts and hoodies have sold so far!  YIPPEE!!!  Can we hit 100?   I have a goal in mind and I think it can be reached or at least we can come really close if a total of 100 shirts and hoodies sell!  That’s only 28 more!  WE CAN DO IT!!!

 

Because of each and every one of you, Bone Cancer Dogs, Inc. received 100% of the profits from the initial campaign that ended on February 8 and sold 228 shirts and hoodies, which was $3,647.00!  Yes, $3,647.00 that went directly toward funding of specific research directed toward canine osteosarcoma!  Together we ALL made a difference! ❤️ 

 

CANINE CANCER WARRIORS was started to honor my Charley (4 Year, 3 Month Bone Cancer Warrior) and all of the Canine Cancer Warriors who are currently fighting the biggest battle of their life and in memory of those who have earned their angel wings!  100% of the profits…yes 100%…will again be donated to help fund canine cancer ongoing trials and research! 1 in 3 dogs will be diagnosed with cancer. 50% of dogs over the age of 10 will die from cancer.

 

❤️ PLEASE SHARE!!! ❤️

 

I know most of you are dog lovers.  Many of you have had a personal experience with canine cancer or know someone close to you who has.  Dog lovers have lots of doggie lover friends who know other doggie lover friends.  Even if you don’t want to buy a Canine Cancer Warriors shirt, PLEASE SHARE because…Together we can ALL make a difference!  ♥  

 

All of the shirts and hoodies are Charley approved too!

 

Here’s pictures of the front and back of the shirt I designed.  The shirt is available in a short sleeve tee, long sleeve tee, hoodie and a women’s fitted tee and they come in a variety of colors.

 

 

 

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Never give up hope!  My hope is that one day there is a cure for this dreaded disease….

 

Sending lots of positive thoughts and prayers to all of you and your furry babies!

 

Thank you for all of your prayers, positive thoughts, hugs, and kisses.  It is greatly appreciated and we can’t thank you enough for all of your support!

 

  Hugs from me and chocolate Labby kisses from Charley!  xoxo  ♥

 

 

 

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Dec 28 2014


Charley wishes you a belated Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy 2015!!!

 

As the saying goes, it’s better late than never….. Merry Christmas!!!

 

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We hope that everyone’s Christmas dreams came true!   Our dreams came true because Charley was here with us celebrating his 5th Christmas since he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma.

 

May 2015 bring all of you lots of love, happiness, and most importantly health!

 

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Charley loves opening presents and he is like a little kid at Christmas time trying to open the presents under the tree when no one was looking….or even when we were looking!

 

Here’s a picture of impatient Charley….he wanted to open his presents now!

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The holidays are just exhausting!

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Charley fell asleep waiting for Santa Paws to arrive!

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Sending lots of positive thoughts and prayers to all of you and your furry babies!

 

Thank you for all of your prayers, positive thoughts, hugs, and kisses.  It is greatly appreciated and we can’t thank you enough for all of your support!

 

  Hugs from me and chocolate Labby kisses from Charley!  xoxo  ♥

 

 

 

 

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Oct 01 2014


Charley’s 47th Month Ampuversary a bit late….and a BIG surprise!!!

I’m a few days late but Charley’s 47th Month Ampuversary was on 9/28, so Happy Belated Ampuversary!!!   YIPPEE!!!  YAY!!!  WOO HOO!!!   HIPHOP” HOORAY!!!

 

We are getting very close to celebrating 4 years on 10/28/14!  To put 4 years into perspective in Charley’s life, he was 2-1/2 years old when he was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma and he just turned 6-1/2 years old on 9/29.  On his 4th ampuversary, he will have spent 66.6% of his life as a Tripawd fighting cancer and it will be 1 year since having his metastatic OS tumor removed.  Pretty amazing indeed!  I can barely remember him having 4 legs.  This is why Charley is and will always be a Bone Cancer Warrior! 

 

To honor Charley’s AMAZING journey we have a BIG surprise for our boy!  Drum roll please…..

 

When Charley’s OS came back in October 2013, I promised him that I would take him to see the ocean to swim in the waves and run in the sand (living in St. Louis, MO he has never seen the ocean).  My parents, Joe, Charley and I are renting a mini van and driving 13++ hours to Cape San Blas, FL (It’s an inlet about 1 hr or so east of Panama City with the gulf on one side and St. Joe Bay on the other).  We rented a 2 bdrm house directly on the beach.  Cape San Blas is completely dog friendly with no beach restrictions…YAY!  Charley will be running in the powder white sand and swimming in the green blue gulf water!  He already has his own float coat to wear!  I hired a photographer to take sunset beach pictures of Charley and all of us too!  Long story short…it’s a surprise vacation for Charley! 

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Charley LOVES his cow ears!  Every night around 7pm he will start bugging us for one…..if we don’t get him what he wants he will start barking!  Spoiled??  I say so and he deserves to be spoiled rotten!

 

 

Sending lots of positive thoughts and prayers to all of you and your furry babies!

 

Thank you for all of your prayers, positive thoughts, hugs, and kisses.  It is greatly appreciated and we can’t thank you enough for all of your support!

 

  Hugs from me and chocolate Labby kisses from Charley!  xoxo  

 

 

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Aug 28 2014


Happy 46th Month Ampuversary Charley!!!

Today is Charley’s 46 Month Ampuversary!!!   YIPPEE!!!  YAY!!!  WOO HOO!!!   HIPHOP” HOORAY!!!

 

We are getting very close to celebrating 4 years!  To put 4 years into perspective in Charley’s life, he was 2-1/2 years old when he was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma and he will be 6-1/2 years old the end of next month.  On his 4th ampuversary, he will have spent 66.6% of his life as a Tripawd fighting cancer and it will be 1 year since having his metastatic OS tumor removed.  Pretty amazing indeed!  I can barely remember him having 4 legs.  This is why Charley is and will always be a Bone Cancer Warrior! 

 

Charley enjoyed his brief photo shoot in the front yard this evening…of course posing for treats!  It’s been very hot and humid here recently, between 105-110 with the heat index, so his outside time has almost been non-existent the past week or so.

 

Here’s my beautiful boy….

 

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Sending lots of positive thoughts and prayers to all of you and your furry babies!

 

Thank you for all of your prayers, positive thoughts, hugs, and kisses.  It is greatly appreciated and we can’t thank you enough for all of your support!

 

  Hugs from me and chocolate Labby kisses from Charley!  xoxo  

 

 

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Aug 14 2014


Charley’s Met Check = All Clear!!!

Great news!!!   Charley saw his oncologist today for chest x-rays and they were clear!  YIPPEE!!!  YAY!!! WOO HOO!!!

 

Dr. Buss said that Charley looks great!   He can’t believe it’s been almost 10 months since his OS met was removed!

 

Our next met check will be on 11/13/14…2 weeks after Charley’s 4 Year Ampuversary!!!

 

Charley decided to wear a bow tie to impress his oncologist today…I think it worked! 🙂   Here are some pics from today and they are a bit blurry. Charley was a bit anxious today, had difficulty sitting still and was a bit too distracted to pose for pictures.  I don’t blame him at all…he did have his leg amputated there, 5 rounds of Carboplatin, a CT-scan, his OS met removed, 6 rounds of chemo alternating between Doxorubicin and Lomustine, numerous chest x-rays and blood work, countless poking and prodding, 4-1/2 years of oncology visits, etc.   Just a few reasons why Charley is my OS Warrior!

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Sending lots of positive thoughts and prayers to all of you and your furry babies!

 

Thank you for all of your prayers, positive thoughts, hugs, and kisses.  It is greatly appreciated and we can’t thank you enough for all of your support!

 

  Hugs from me and chocolate Labby kisses from Charley!  xoxo  

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