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Nov 07 2013

Charley’s Surgery is Tomorrow Morning….and 4 Reasons for Good Karma!!!

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Charley’s surgery is tomorrow morning to remove the OS met in his lymph node that is near his amputation site.  He has to be there at 7:45am CST.  I’m not sure the exact time of his surgery, but I will keep everyone posted.  Charley can’t have anything to eat past 8:00pm CST tonight, so I fed him 2 dinners because he was not happy last Thursday when he couldn’t eat before his CT scan.  Charley thinks he hit the lotto…or his mommy is going crazy and forgot that he already ate his dinner.


We’re praying for the skill and wisdom of his surgeon, a successful surgery, clear margins (even though we are fully aware that the surgeon will may not be able to get clear margins), a quick recovery, and more precious time with our cancer warrior!


Positive thoughts, prayers, and keeping fingers and 3-paws crossed are greatly appreciated!  I will post updates tomorrow.


Here are 4 reasons that I believe are good karma for Charley’s surgery tomorrow:


1.  November is National Pet Cancer Awareness Month….maybe Charley could be their poster child!  🙂


2.  Charley won Penn Vet School’s Halloween contest on Facebook and I just found out last night!   His costume was, of course, “Superman Cancer Warrior”.  Charley’s prize is a package of Penn Vet swag.  Here’s the link to the post of Penn Vet’s FB page:


3. Penn Vet (University of Pennsylvania) is also where Dr. Nicola Mason is running the trial for the Bone Cancer Vaccine, so I’m thinking this is a sign!

It is now over 16 months since the first dog diagnosed with spontaneous osteosarcoma received an experimental bone cancer vaccine at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine.  The results are highly promising and a larger phase II clinical trial is now being planned at Penn and at collaborating sites including Colorado State University and the University of Florida.  If you would like to learn more about the clinical trial, are interested in enrolling your dog, or wish to support Dr. Mason’s research, visit


4.  Charley received a very special present in the mail today….a beautiful handmade collar that reads “Together We Can Make a Difference” in support of Bone Cancer Dogs.  Chris O’Riley of Collars By Chris (Wellington, New Zealand) donates 50% of her profits to Bone Cancer Dogs for cancer research.  Until Chris raises $1500, she is donating 100% of her profits to Bone Cancer Dogs.


If you need a beautiful, high quality, and affordable dog collar please consider purchasing one from Collars by Chris:


Chris also dedicated a page for Charley on her website over a year ago!  I am still touched and honored that Charley continues to grace a page on her website.





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 


Here’s a few pictures of Charley modeling his new collar….and they are the “before” pictures for this surgery.  The next pictures that you’ll see after tomorrow he’ll be shaved (or at least 1/2 shaved).





….and my favorite collage that shows Charley’s personality!


Charley collage 10.31.13

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19 responses so far

19 Responses to “Charley’s Surgery is Tomorrow Morning….and 4 Reasons for Good Karma!!!”

  1.   jerryon 07 Nov 2013 at 10:41 pm     Reply1

    You have SO Much going for you tomorrow Charley, the Universe is on your side and so are we. Good luck and keep us posted OK? You’ll be back to your old kick-butt self in no time.

    •   Charley's Momon 07 Nov 2013 at 11:04 pm     Reply2

      Thank you!!!
      Hugs and chocolate Labby kisses,
      Ellen and Charley xoxo

  2.   fourminipupson 07 Nov 2013 at 10:42 pm     Reply3

    Charley you are beautiful and really are Superman! Sending you the most pawsitive thoughts ever. Will be watching for updates.

    Luanne and Spirit Shooter

    •   Charley's Momon 08 Nov 2013 at 8:27 am     Reply4

      Thank you Luanne and Spirit Shooter!!!
      Hugs and chocolate Labby kisses,
      Ellen and Charley xoxo

  3.   benny55on 07 Nov 2013 at 11:07 pm     Reply5

    CHARLEY, CHARLEY, CHARLEY!! I could look at your photos all day and NEVER get tired of seeing that gleeful,, happy, handsome mug of your!! You are pure joy and a treasure to all of us!

    CONGRATULATIONS on winning the best costume award!! Well deserved!! You are going to wear it romorrow, right!!? You just look so darn cute ii it!

    And to be highlighted on tne website for tje collars…..quite the celebrity!! Impressive guy Charley!! And you have a wonderful “good luck” collar too!!

    I’d like to add a fifth reason things will go very, very well with your surgery…..YOU HAVE THE WHOLE TRIPAWD COMMUNITY SURROUNDING YOU WITH PAWSITIVITY AND HEALING ENERGY!!!

    Love and hugs Charley!! Update us toorrow, okay?

    Sally and Happy Hannah

    •   Charley's Momon 08 Nov 2013 at 8:28 am     Reply6

      Thank you Sally and Happy Hannah!!! We always LOVE reading your posts! 🙂
      Hugs and chocolate Labby kisses,
      Ellen and Charley xoxo

  4.   Linda Morriceon 08 Nov 2013 at 4:59 am     Reply7

    Lots of hugs, prayers and pawsitive energy coming your way from Linda and Tucker – your chocolate lab kindred spirit.

    •   Charley's Momon 08 Nov 2013 at 8:28 am     Reply8

      Thank you Linda and Tucker!!!
      Hugs and chocolate Labby kisses,
      Ellen and Charley xoxo

  5.   Nola's Mommyon 08 Nov 2013 at 7:34 am     Reply9

    I love the collar and I plan to get one for Nola’s brother, Barley in honor of his big sister. I’m sending up so many prayers today for Charley that I can hardly think of anything else! Big hugs to all of you! Stay strong, I know it is hard and you are terrified inside, but I think you are soooo right about your 4 reasons for good karma! All the signs are there!
    Heather & Badass Angel Nola

    •   Charley's Momon 08 Nov 2013 at 10:31 am     Reply10

      Thank you Heather and Badass Angel Nola!!!
      Hugs and chocolate Labby kisses,
      Ellen and Charley xoxo

  6.   Danicaon 08 Nov 2013 at 9:04 am     Reply11

    Many thoughts and prayers for you today for Charley’s surgery, recovery and healing! He looks so handsome in his new collar. You must be one proud momma, considering all of his accomplishments! That is so wonderful! Can’t wait to see more updates!

    •   Charley's Momon 08 Nov 2013 at 10:31 am     Reply12

      Thank you Danica!!!
      Hugs and chocolate Labby kisses,
      Ellen and Charley xoxo

  7.   Christineon 08 Nov 2013 at 9:21 am     Reply13

    Mega vibes and finger crossing coming from me and my pack.
    Charley.. you will breeze through this no problemo.. because you are SUPER DAWG!!!!
    hugs hugs hugs.. and a belly rub too!
    Christine…. with Franklin in her heart♥

    •   Charley's Momon 08 Nov 2013 at 10:31 am     Reply14

      Thank you Christine and Franklin!!
      Hugs and chocolate Labby kisses,
      Ellen and Charley xoxo

  8.   Micki & Angel Solaron 08 Nov 2013 at 10:10 am     Reply15

    You’re a strong boy with a special mommy & daddy! We know you’ll do great and keep that super hero legacy going! Many prayers being sent for all of you!

    Micki, Shaman, Yaundee & Angel Solar

    •   Charley's Momon 08 Nov 2013 at 10:32 am     Reply16

      Thank you Micki, Shaman, Yaundee and Angel Solar!!! I told Charley he can have lots of hot dogs when he’s back home from you!
      Hugs and chocolate Labby kisses,
      Ellen and Charley xoxo

  9.   Chrison 09 Nov 2013 at 2:57 am     Reply17

    Charley and is family are very special. It is very easy for us all to care about you and wish the best for you all.

    Bone cancer warriors like Charley need to be shared for what the fight they have fought, for courage for those fighting and those that have lost the fight. Charley is also on the banner I will use as a sign of hope and never give up.
    Good thoughts coming. Fight that beast Charley…fight and win.

    Thinking of you

    •   Chrison 09 Nov 2013 at 2:59 am     Reply18

      I did proof read before I hit send….oops missed a couple of typos. My lap top mouse wanders off putting words where they shouldn’t be and sometimes I miss them.

  10.   Carol Cureon 09 Nov 2013 at 8:19 am     Reply19

    Best wishes and prayers for Charley. Our 9 year Golden, Sam, also had a left front amputation for OS and 6 chemo treatment, but still had a metastasis 8 months later to his iliac crest that left him unable to walk. We miss him so much. Wish we had had the U Penn vaccine option. We hope Cheley is one of the lucky ones and beats this awful disease.

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