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Mar 30 2014

Happy 6th Birthday Charley….so many reasons to celebrate!!!

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Charley celebrated his 6th birthday yesterday, 3-29-14!

Happy Happy Happy 6th Birthday Charley!!!


Charley hat1


It was a very special birthday for Charley for many reasons!  This was his 4th birthday since being diagnosed with osteosarcoma (he was only 2-1/2 when he was diagnosed)!   It’s  been 5 months since Charley was diagnosed with metastatic OS (the tumor was removed from underneath his amputation scar with clean margins)!  Charley finished his 6 rounds of chemo (alternating between Doxorubicin and Lomustine) on 3-12-14!  Charley celebrated his 41st Month Ampuversary on 3-28-14!  As you can see, we have many reasons to celebrate!


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We had a birthday party yesterday for Charley and my dad!  Charley celebrating 6 and my dad celebrating 74 (on April 1).  Both of the birthday boys enjoyed their special birthday meal.  Charley had his famous meat cake and my dad had a filet….and he even shared some of it with his furry grandson, Charley.


The Birthday Boys!

Charley & dad 3.29.14


 Yummy!!!  I can hardly wait…but I’m being a good boy, mommy!

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Meat Cake:  Before….and….after!

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Charley’s Meat Cake Recipe 2014:
*2 pounds of ground sirloin, 2 eggs, and about 1/2 container of cottage cheese (large size container)
*mix all ingredients together in a large bowl
*place ingredients in an 8″ spring form pan (the pan used for cheesecake) on top of a cookie sheet to catch grease from meat
*flatten ingredients level in the pan
*bake at 375 for 45-60 minutes depending on how well you want it cooked; I cooked it for about 50 minutes
*ice meat cake with softened Philly cream cheese
*decorate with turkey bacon


Charley enjoying some fresh air during his pawty!

Charley 6th-9


Mommy, did you say I get a Birthday Cookie?

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Here I come!  I love cookies!

Charley 6th-12


Oh my!!!  A Birthday Cookie Bone from Treats Unleashed!  YUM!

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My mommy and me!

Charley & me 3.29.14 Charley & me1 3.29.14 Charley & me2 3.29.14 Charley & me4 3.29.14 Charley & me5 3.29.14



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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28 responses so far

28 Responses to “Happy 6th Birthday Charley….so many reasons to celebrate!!!”

  1.   Michelleon 30 Mar 2014 at 8:32 pm     Reply1

    I love Charley. Such an inspiration for all he has been through. Happy Birthday, Hoppy Ampuversary. Keep on kicking butt buddy. You are going to have a bunch more birthdays to celebrate. Love all the pictures and videos. and that birthday cake recipe.

    Michelle & Angel Sassy

    •   Charley's Momon 30 Mar 2014 at 9:45 pm     Reply2

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

  2.   mom2shelbyon 30 Mar 2014 at 11:03 pm     Reply3

    Shelby is definitely jealous of that cake!!! Happy Birthday Charley… keep rocking it big guy! So proud of all you have accomplished! Here’s to many more years and cakes!

    Alison & Shelby

    •   Charley's Momon 31 Mar 2014 at 5:23 pm     Reply4

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

  3.   trituckon 31 Mar 2014 at 5:34 am     Reply5

    Happy, happy birthday Charley!

    Congratulations on all your celebrations.

    Your story really does inspire hope for all those just starting out on this battle.

    Thanks for sharing your pictures and video with us, Ellen


    Linda and Tucker

    •   Charley's Momon 31 Mar 2014 at 5:24 pm     Reply6

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

  4.   snoopon 31 Mar 2014 at 5:55 am     Reply7

    Happy birthday Charlie! What a fantastic mile marker. You are a super dog for sure!
    Celebrate, celebrate, celebrate!

    Esther and her Snoop

    •   Charley's Momon 31 Mar 2014 at 5:25 pm     Reply8

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

  5.   fetchon3on 31 Mar 2014 at 7:47 am     Reply9

    Awwww! He looks SO strong and always as handsome and cute. He really looks outstanding! I mean, he should after all, he got a sweet present, a cake, AND a cookie! Lucky boy! It’s as much of a celebration and congrats to Charley as it is TO YOU. I’m so happy he’s made it to #41 and #6! WAHOOOOO!
    ~ Katy & Jackson (ampu-twin)

    •   Charley's Momon 31 Mar 2014 at 5:26 pm     Reply10

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

  6.   kate Wilsonon 31 Mar 2014 at 8:24 am     Reply11

    Dear Ellen

    Such happy pictures! I have tears in my eyes reading about Charleys and your dads birthday party. I love the photos – Charley looks so well and so totally himself. It is also great to see pictures of you – now I have a face to the name. Guapos i Guapas! In spanish – you are all beautiful

    Wishing you all many more celebrations and happy days

    Love Kate xxx

    •   Charley's Momon 31 Mar 2014 at 5:26 pm     Reply12

      Thank you Kate! You are so sweet! 🙂
      Hugs and chocolate Labby kisses,
      Ellen and Charley xoxo

  7.   Christineon 31 Mar 2014 at 9:20 am     Reply13

    Well now.. that put a HUGE grin on MY face!!!

    Hoppy Birthday Charlie!!! I think I am going to use your pawrents recipe for that cake.. looks good enough to eat myself!!!

    Christine…. with Franklin in her heart♥

    •   Charley's Momon 31 Mar 2014 at 5:27 pm     Reply14

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

  8.   maximutton 31 Mar 2014 at 9:24 am     Reply15

    Happy Birthday Charley!! You are amazing and an inspiration to so many!! You keep on kicking cancer’s butt, buddy!!!

    •   Charley's Momon 31 Mar 2014 at 5:27 pm     Reply16

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

  9.   jerryon 31 Mar 2014 at 9:34 am     Reply17

    Hip! Hip! Hooooraaaay! Hoppy Birthday to the rock star of the Tripawds Nation!!!!

    Charley it is so beautiful to see the joy on your face and your humans too. To think that you get to celebrate another birthday, well it just give us so much hope that more cancer dogs can reach their next one too! Your joys are those of the entire Tripawd Nation, we salute and raise a glass to you my friend.

    ….and many more!!!

    •   Charley's Momon 31 Mar 2014 at 5:28 pm     Reply18

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

  10.   jerryon 31 Mar 2014 at 9:37 am     Reply19

    Oh and thanks for the meat cake recipe! I think we’ll feature that on our Tripawds Nutrition blog. Where did you get it? Looks TASTY 🙂

    •   Charley's Momon 31 Mar 2014 at 5:29 pm     Reply20

      I sent you an email regarding the cake recipe. I made the recipe up myself since Charley can’t do grains or carbs!
      Hugs and chocolate Labby kisses,
      Ellen and Charley xoxo

  11.   benny55on 31 Mar 2014 at 10:00 am     Reply21

    CHAAAAAAARLEY!!! You are THE happiest boy in the land!! And soooooooo loved!! I think your Grandpa feels pretty special too!

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU BOTH!!! Whole lotta’ love going on in your family! And look at your cookie and your cake…OMD!! How specisl is thaaaaat??!

    My stupid tavlet is having “issues” and wn’t load the video…but I’m gonna keep coming back til it gets it’s little “tablet self straight” so I can see the video. Nope, I’m not missing ANY video or pics of our boy Charley!!

    I forget wt a BIG boy you are until I see you next to your human….big, healthy, fit and soooooo happy!!!!!

    Charley, you give us a reason to “believe” in the “unbelievable”. a reason to stand strong against the wind and most of all, you give us a reason…..many reasons… smile and rejoice in the celelbration YOU!!!

    The world became a brighter place the day you were born!!

    And you know what…..ghe “six” on your birthday cake?……Yeah, turn it upside down and it becomes “nine”…..I think that’s a real good sign!!

    And you know what else? I’m gonna go out and get the ngredients for the birthday cake and make one up for my Happy Hannah to help you celelbrate!! Shhhhh…..dn’t tell your mom…..but she WILL have ice cream with hers!! Women of a “certain age” get to have ice cream!! And I’m going to eat a fancy cookie myself!

    Making me smile all day long and waaaaay into next year Charley!! Hugs tonyou AND your Grandpa!


    Sallh and Happy Hannah

    •   Charley's Momon 31 Mar 2014 at 5:30 pm     Reply22

      Thank you Sally and Happy Hannah! Sending Happy Hannah lots of positive thoughts and prayers for many many many more good days with you! 🙂
      Hugs and chocolate Labby kisses,
      Ellen and Charley xoxo

  12.   labsruson 31 Mar 2014 at 10:51 am     Reply23

    What a WONDERFUL Birthday Charley had! And such HUGE milestones in his life! The love that he has received is priceless. So many thanks to you all for sharing his journey. Wishing Charley many, many, many more Birthdays and special moments in between. Great job on not letting the “c word” win!

    Love and Hugs,
    Super Dog Angel Hunter’s pack

    •   Charley's Momon 31 Mar 2014 at 5:31 pm     Reply24

      Thank you Julie and Super Dog Angel Hunter’s pack!
      Hugs and chocolate Labby kisses,
      Ellen and Charley xoxo

  13.   KBon 31 Mar 2014 at 8:53 pm     Reply25

    Angel K is cheering from heaven and I’m dancing with joy for hero Charley. Happy Birthday Charley!

    Thx for the awesome cake recipe!

    •   Charley's Momon 31 Mar 2014 at 9:00 pm     Reply26

      Thanks KB! I know that Angel K is looking out after Charley from up above!
      Hugs and chocolate Labby kisses,
      Ellen and Charley xoxo

  14.   dina carinoon 31 Mar 2014 at 11:48 pm     Reply27

    Happy Birthday Charley 🙂

    •   Charley's Momon 03 Apr 2014 at 8:42 pm     Reply28

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

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