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Oct 28 2011

Happy 1 Year Ampuversary Charley!!!

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Just wanted to share some great news…one year ago today Charley became a tripawd!


Charley is doing great and he continues to amaze us everyday!  He does everything that he did on 4 legs with 3!  Since his amp, he has even figured out that he’s a lab and he loves to swim!


The day we were told that Charley had osteosarcoma, we were devastated…Charley had just received a death sentence at 2-1/2 years old.  But 8 months prior to Charley’s OSA diagnosis we were given a reprieve.


At 22 months, Charley began limping and we were told he had OSA at that point.  We saw an oncologist immediately and an aneursymal bone cyst (extremely rare) was diagnosed in his L mid-humerus via a fine needle aspirate.  We had follow up visits with the oncologist every 6-8 weeks and we watched the cyst resolve.  At what we thought was our last oncology visit, the oncologist saw something starting in his L proximal humerus which was diagnosed as OSA via a bone biopsy on 10-21-10.  His L front leg and scapula were amputated exactly one year ago today on 10-28-10.


When we were initially faced with the possibility of OSA in February 2010, I frantically started researching on the internet and everything that I found was grim and depressing….except for one thing…the BoneCancerDogs (BCD) Yahoo group!


BCD gave me a glimmer of hope!  A group of complete strangers, became my extended family and close friends, as well as my life-line and support when I needed it the most.  When Charley was first given a reprieve from OSA, I made a promise to myself that I would remain an active member of BCD to help others by sharing Charley’s story.


Then about 8 months later, my bubble burst and Charley was diagnosed with OSA.  It may sound strange, but I consider myself lucky.  I had 8 months of learning more about OSA from all of you and I was better prepared when we did receive the diagnosis.  I’ve kept my promise to myself and to Charley, by continuing to be an active member of BCD…it’s my way of paying it forward.


I celebrate with you when your pups are doing well.  I cry with you when your pups are struggling.  I grieve with you when another hero loses their fight.  Please give all of your pups some extra hugs and kisses from me….you are all always in my thoughts and prayers.


Charley being his handsome self:


Charley running like a bat out of hell (note how he face plants as he zooms around the landscaping and he doesn’t even slow down…he only has one speed…FAST):



Love, Hugs and Chocolate Kisses,
Ellen, Joe & Charley


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7 responses so far

7 Responses to “Happy 1 Year Ampuversary Charley!!!”

  1.   etgayleon 29 Oct 2011 at 1:34 am     Reply1

    happy ampuversary charley!!! we’re celebrating for you here in ET!! and tell your mom it’s way cool that she pays it forward!!

    charon & gayle

    •   Charley's Momon 29 Oct 2011 at 4:15 pm     Reply2

      Charon & Gayle,
      Thank You! My mom is way cool!
      Hugs & chocolate kisses,
      Charley xoxo

  2.   samsamsmomon 29 Oct 2011 at 12:47 pm     Reply3

    Congratulations Charley….way to go! You make everyone proud! I think you should take credit for bringing the cardinals good luck! You are surely an inspiration! Congrats on being the champs…in more ways than one! Xoxo sue and Sammy

    •   Charley's Momon 29 Oct 2011 at 4:18 pm     Reply4

      Sue & Sammy,
      Thank You! I try to proudly represent tripawds everywhere!!!
      Hugs & chocolate kisses,
      Charley xoxo

  3.   maximutton 29 Oct 2011 at 2:46 pm     Reply5

    Charley, congratulations on your One Year Ampuversary! I loved the video of you running around. You’re really fast!! I hope you have a great ampuversary celebration! (And congrats on your team winning the championship! I think your costume last week gave them a huge advantage in beating those Texans!)

    •   Charley's Momon 29 Oct 2011 at 4:20 pm     Reply6

      Thank You Maximutt!! My mommy always tells me to slow down…whatever that means! My big party is tonight…I’m hoping for lots of yummies!
      Hugs & chocolate kisses,
      Charley xoxo

  4.   jerryon 30 Oct 2011 at 4:13 am     Reply7

    Oh Charley, you are fabulously pawesome! Congratulations!!!

    One thing we learned when it came to dealing with cancer, is that knowledge is power. With it, cancer is a much less frightening journey.

    Thank you for being a part of the Tripawds family. Your story makes a difference for others who are just beginning their own journey.

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