Woof! My name is Charley. I am a 3.5 year old male Chocolate Labrador Retriever. I was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in my L proximal humerus on 10-21-10, when I was 2.5 years old. I had my L front leg and scapula amputated on 10-28-10, followed by 5 rounds of carboplatin chemotherapy spaced 3 weeks apart. I can do everything on 3 legs that I did on 4 legs and my amputation did not slow me down at all. I’m here to prove to others that it’s better to hop on three legs than to limp on four! I celebrated my 10 Month Ampiversary on 8-28-11.
Even though there is no cure for osteosarcoma, there is no need to just give up hope either. There are pups that live 2, 3, 4+ and even 7 years after diagnosis. Vets can’t make accurate predictions on how long an individual dog will survive. Vets can only give a prognosis based on statistics, which are only averages. No one knows exactly how long any of us will survive and I can guarantee that there is no expiration date stamped on the bottom of any pup’s paw either.
One thing I have learned from this unwanted OS journey is that our dogs live in the moment. Charley is still the same happy labby boy we knew before his amputation, only minus a leg. To be honest, there are days when my hubby and I forget he only has 3 legs.
Charley reminds us everyday that he is living with cancer, not dying from it and as Eleanor Roosevelt said, “Today is a gift. That is why we call it the present.”
Below is a link to a video of Charley playing in the snow, just 12 weeks post amputation of his L front leg. It is amazing to watch! He can do everything on 3 legs that he did with 4! Charley is our hero!!!
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